pienza in 50 pictures is what i saw during our short stay in town.
as in all the other medieval towns, we parked outside the city walls and walked on. this is another one of those little towns that look like a film set: beautiful and picturesque.
one of the vantage points just outside the city walls allowed me to take pictures of the surrounding hills.
we had lunch in a wonderful terrace garden overlooking the above-mentioned tuscan hills. it was also overlooking a cool swimming pool which was unfortunately reserved for the guests of the in-house hotel. this place is called chiostro di pienza and is a former franciscan convent dating to the 13th-century. the meal was great and so was the service. the check was quite decent given the conditions and the location.
the soup was green peas gazpacho with squid and lemon zest and the main was free range rooster with rosemary and garlic. they were both delicious!
this is the cattedrale dell’assunta aka the duomo di pienza.
in a perfect world, i’d have access to this kind of wonderful selection of cheese. if cacio means cheese, cacioteca must mean heaven on earth.
pecorino is a hard type of cheese made from ewe milk – pecora means sheep so… there are endless possibilities and i can only imagine how delicious, for instance, pecorino rosso semistagionato or pecorino-caprino al latte crudo biologico can be. you can laugh but this is the stuff (some of my foodie) dreams are made of!
this is a pic of the central square.
last but not least, we came across a store selling some hard-to-resist souvenirs. among the best were the calendars and the prints with tuscan scenaries and the various kinds of soap.
stay tuned: the arezzo post is coming up!
photo credits: little aesthete