pienza, italy

Pienza, Italy is one of my favorite places to visit.  The town is fairly small and located on top of a hill, giving an impressive view of the farmlands below.  The streets are filled with a mix of locals and tourists, lots of shops, and friendly dogs spying on the street action from their balconies above.  If you're looking for cheese shops, come to Pienza! Pecorino cheese is the speciality in this region, and while the cheese shops stink up sections of the street, the quality of product (as I'm sure you can image) is superior to anything you'd find in an American grocery store.  There is also a beautiful church in the center of town called the Pienza Cathedral, built in 1459.  The walk into town is also stunning because of the views, and the pathway from the parking lot overlooks the valley the entire way.  I hope you enjoy the pictures I captured from today!

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 Cheese shops

Cheese shops

 Piazza Pio II

Piazza Pio II

 Piazza Pio II

Piazza Pio II

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 A door on the Pienza Cathedral

A door on the Pienza Cathedral

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 Oh, hello there!

Oh, hello there!

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 Yummmyy

Yummmyy

 A platter of pecorino and a variety of prosciutto and salami 

A platter of pecorino and a variety of prosciutto and salami 

 pici pasta with bolognese 

pici pasta with bolognese 

 Truffle pici pasta

Truffle pici pasta

 And of course, my absolute favorite thing in Italy, caffé gelato!

And of course, my absolute favorite thing in Italy, caffé gelato!