Travel Blogs from Pienza, Italy

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Under the Tuscan Rain, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Under the Tuscan Rain

A travel blog entry by minhee

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... literally (okay, big guy up there?).  Looks like we have brought a little bit of Seattle rain with us here to Pienza, Italy, which is in the Tuscan countryside. Luckily, sitting inside and relaxing was just what we needed.  Jeanine and I ...

Under the Tuscan Sun, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Under the Tuscan Sun

A travel blog entry by travelinbull

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... look cushy though and has air conditioning. We lodge for the first two nights in a quintessential hilltop city-state, called Pienza, with its central plaza (piazza), large main church (duomo in major cities) and high walled perimeter. Ancient Italy ...

Picnic in Pienza, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Picnic in Pienza

A travel blog entry by jojorockstar

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Armed with a bottle of red wine, some cheese and chicken pate, we arrived in Pienza and browsed the shops looking for a loaf of bread. It took a bit, but we got our loaf and found a park bench overlooking vinyards for our picnic lunch. We had many ...

tuscany, Pienza, Italy travel blog

tuscany

A travel blog entry by crystal

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... . we went to Multepulciano where the Contucci vineyard is located and were able to taste and buy local wine. Later we went to Pienza which is famous for it's cheese. One of the stores was full of shelves filled with blocks of different beautiful moldy ...

A Room With a View, Pienza, Italy travel blog

A Room With a View

A travel blog entry by millant.travel

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... as being exceptionally beautiful. The valley was pretty all right, but many of the towns had been dressed up for tourists, particularly Pienza, the most popular one. This was because it produced a Pope and, well, you can guess the rest. The towns we ...

Under the Tuscan Sun, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Under the Tuscan Sun

A travel blog entry by mholtz

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On Sunday we visited two of the most beautiful and famous Tuscan hill-top towns...Pienza and Montepulciano.  After our three hour journey of winding through the rolling hills we first arrived in PienzaPienza was built in the 1400s by Pope ...

Cretaoile Dreamin', Pienza, Italy travel blog

Cretaoile Dreamin'

A travel blog entry by bachcj

... to another hill town for a day trip. We spent a day in the pouring rain in Montecino. The town was a little bigger then Pienza and had a fortress to seek shelter in from the rain. We also had another fantastic zuppa lunch. Mostly we walked around and when ...

Italy's first example of Renaissance town planning, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Italy's first example of Renaissance town planning

A travel blog entry by c.i.222

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...  city walls and the Pieve di Corsignano (first recorded in 714) all date back to the medieval ages. We visited lower Pienza first to visit the cathedral before going uphill to visit Pienza and the castle area.        ...

Pienza and Chiusi, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pienza and Chiusi

A travel blog entry by juliadillane

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Another damp day but not as bad as Sunday. After breakfast, we headed off to Pienza, a local town about 40 minutes away. There is a famous church up there that has not been altered since it was 1463. The Cathedrale Di Santa Maria Assunta The floor slopes ...

Day 25- Summer, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Day 25- Summer

A travel blog entry by twn5017

NORTH TRIP BEGINS!!! The trip we have all talked about and waited for was now upon us.  First stop: Pienza.  Woke up early and started to four hour drive, but we were cool with it because we had a full bus just for the 23 of us so we were all ...

Pondering the Pici, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pondering the Pici

A travel blog entry by bergerhof

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Who ever heard of Pici, before coming to Val d'Orcia?  Not we, certainly, but here we are, hands and clothing covered with flour, kneading our pici dough!  Isabella showed up at 5:30 p.m. to begin the process, complete with 88 (seemingly) ...

Pienza, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pienza

A travel blog entry by elgeneralo

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Pienza, is this beautiful little town on a hilltop in the South of Tuscany. Here we stayed in a newly renovated but old monastery. It was great. We had a tour of Pope Pius summer home, enjoyed great Tuscan food, did a little bit of shopping and, probably ...

From medieval to renaissance, Pienza, Italy travel blog

From medieval to renaissance

A travel blog entry by tommays

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... another.   I think that today is our favorite so far as we crossed over from medieval to renaissance with a visit to Pienza, possibly the first medieval village to be rebuilt in the new humanistic morality and urbanism of that time.  Pienza is ...

From Pienza to Montichello, Pienza, Italy travel blog

From Pienza to Montichello

A travel blog entry by nishaparmar

... - Learned how to make a frittata (with roasted red pepper, cheese and a buttery crust!) - Hiked the Italian back country from Pienza to Montichello (10 glorious uphill kilometers) - Drank wine, ate pasta for lunch.  Drank more wine. - Took a nap in ...

Pienza and sunset, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pienza and sunset

A travel blog entry by truelove

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After we left Montepulciano we went to the next hilltop to visit, Pienza. A very small town with Renaissance beauty everywhere you turn. The most wonderful thing here is the walkway all around the outside of the town on the mountainside wall! It is just ...

Field Trip (even if it is a little late!), Pienza, Italy travel blog

Field Trip (even if it is a little late!)

A travel blog entry by sabrina.mason

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... , so I only remember a "limited edition" of the drive! I kept falling asleep! Surprise, surprise!! haha. Anyways, driving to Pienza was neat because it's truly in the heart of Tuscany. And let me tell you, Tuscany is spectacularly beautiful. Looking out ...

Pienza, tuscany region, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pienza, tuscany region

A travel blog entry by jaclynandchad

... a very charming young man; we will call him Guisseppe, who translated for me. We had to take a bus to Montepulciano and then another to Pienza.  It took about an hour and a half to get there by bus due to wait times but we finally made it and it was ...

Clau en el auto, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Clau en el auto

A travel blog entry by segun_coco

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The Pope's place, Pienza, Italy travel blog

The Pope's place

A travel blog entry by tizwoz

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Pienza, is a town which was totally redesigned by Pope Pius the 2nd, who came from there. He certainly knew what he was doing as this town is a delight to walk through. However it is popular which means parking is difficult in such a small place. Luckily ...

Vino and formagio, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Vino and formagio

A travel blog entry by gaye1959

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... was designed as the perfect city by Pope Pius II born here in 1405. The English Patient and Gladiator were filmed here. Pienza's old town centre was included in UNESCO's world heritage list in 1996. The city is perched on a sandstone cliff and dates ...

Day 2 - Picnic and Pienza, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Day 2 - Picnic and Pienza

A travel blog entry by paigejasonitaly

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... of world famous Pecorino cheese and locally cured meats. I bought the rich flavored kind with tartufo (truffles)! On the journey to Pienza we stopped to watch the locals harvest olives and Jason even jumped in to help with the bountiful harvest! We are ...

Pienza - Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Pienza - Val d'Orcia, Tuscany

A travel blog entry by suzieb2

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... beauty, thanks to the vision of Pope Pius II who was born here and who completely redesigned the centre of Pienza into a model Renaissance town. According to sources (Wikipedia!) the architect, Bernardo Rossellino, was commissioned to build a Duomo, ...

Tusca-mememememe!, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Tusca-mememememe!

A travel blog entry by beakers

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Memememem. ME!  MEMEME! ...

Cretaiole & the Val d'Orcia, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Cretaiole & the Val d'Orcia

A travel blog entry by buonviaggi

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... 8217;Orica, sits Agriturismo Cretaiole.  The Val d’Orica, an Unesco World Heritage Site, consists of five villages, Pienza, Radicofani, Montalcino, Casteiglione d’Orcia, and San Quirico.  During the summer of 2008, my family had the ...

Sickness, but trudging on to Montepulciano anyway!, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Sickness, but trudging on to Montepulciano anyway!

A travel blog entry by lizziep

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... high wall. No problem, we walk around it, and we should be golden! I'll also note at this point that we went through Pienza on our way and I offered to stop at the pharmacy for Lizzie so we could get her some throat lozenges. We stopped, but ...

EXTRA Virgin!, Pienza, Italy travel blog

EXTRA Virgin!

A travel blog entry by bergerhof

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Friday, May 25, our last full day at Cretaiole.  The day was spent mailing some postcards, roaming Pienza for one final time, and a the afternoon at a garden party hosted by our new Australian friends in the nearby town of Castelmuzio, a precious ...

Wine/Going South, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Wine/Going South

A travel blog entry by sps5032

So the wine/olive oil tasting at CnC's apartment was very exciting.  Another example of CnC going way beyond my expectations.  We had 5 different wine, increasing in price and quality and beginning with an 8 euro bottle.  The first three ...

Etruscans and monks, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Etruscans and monks

A travel blog entry by bergerhof

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... and honesty. I’m sure I was not the only one in tears at her presentation. From where we were stopped on our walk in Pienza, we could overlook the greater Val d’Orcia, and at the far side even see to the house at Cretaiole! The name, ...

800-year-old head, Pienza, Italy travel blog

800-year-old head

A travel blog entry by bergerhof

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... papacy to Rome.   Sorry, no pictures of body parts... On Wednesday night we met 14 others at dinner at a local Pienza restaurant for “fish night”. The antipasto dishes kept coming for some time, and included shrimp salad, potato salad, ...

Day Trip to Pienza, Pienza, Italy travel blog

Day Trip to Pienza

A travel blog entry by tendashseven

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Silvio Piccolomini, who became Pope Pius II, was born here in the 15th century and strived to turn it into the ideal Renaissance town. It was built on top of the medieval castle of Corsignano, which marked the border between the possessions of ...

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