Pienza and Montepulciano
Today we drove to two villages, Pienza and Montepulciano. Both were amazing and a must see if you come to Tuscany.
Pienza is a tiny village high a top a hill in southern Tuscany overlooking the beautiful valley cal Val d'orcin.
It has been said that this city was "born from a thought of love and from a dream of beauty" (Giovanni Pascoli) according to the will of Pope Pius II. The village is located about 20 kilometers east of Montalcino and a few kilometers west of Montelpulciano amidst gentle undulating hills and wonderful natural landscapes. It's a superb example of Renaissance architecture with all main monuments located in the town center, Piazza Pio II. The cathedral is the tallest building on the square and is beautiful inside and out. For 2 Euros you can go beneath the cathedral to the crypt and view archeological findings
as well as images and diagrams of the rebuilding of the cathedral foundation. On either side of the cathedral are open spaces where there are views of the valley below. I would also recommend that you make sure you go on the walking path on the town wall on the south side, views you won't want to miss.
From here we wandered down the street to one of the oldest wine cellars in the city, De Ricci.
|Cave of the Ancient well|
As the raindrops increased we decided to stop in to the historical Caffe Paliziano (1868) in the center of Montepulciano and grab some lunch. Some of our group had the same idea so lunch time with Michael & Stephanie, Arlene & Shelley and us in a historical Caffe in Montepulciano with spectacular views, gorgeous surroundings, and yummy pastries, it doesn't get any better!
We stopped at the fort and the wine shoppe where we read that not only can you get some amazing wines but the archeological digs beneath the glass bottom floor was amazing!
|"Hey Steve have you seen Norman"?|
|Is Norman over there?|
|Where is he?|
Our evening ended at a local restaurant called Lo Stranero in the town of Petriganano. The food, the service, and the setting was absolutely perfect!
|Lo Stranero Restaurant in Petrignano|
|Our table for the evening|
|Just one of our many Courses|
|Steve and Rene' enjoying the evening!|
|A toast from Rory!|
|Rory with the Chef/Owners of Lo Stranero|