Picnic day continued...
From the Pecorini cheese farm we went to Pienza (Storico), another walled-village, Renaissance-style, apparently planned in the 1400’s by the Pope himself... Pope Pius II. (I think I called him Paulo in my last entry - perhaps that was his nickname.) Anyway there is a magnificent palace where he once lived and of course a very grand cathedral to match… both these are located in the main piazza right next to the town hall.
The buildings these days mostly house museums, café’s and shops. This little town has such a quaint ambience and what’s great about it is that it’s not too touristy. Oh and did I mention the views? To die for… and so under-rated. I guess the views all around Toscana are so picturesque that one could become blasé. To me I think they would be best enjoyed from the shade of a tree on a sunny day, sipping wine with a lover! Oh why do we fill our lives with busyness and complications?
After Pienza, Katia took me to a well-known natural spa town, then on to her family vineyard and olive grove. We played with her sheepdog a while then drove
some more through the Orcia Valley region before we stopped off at her hometown for me to buy yet another pair of new specs! She showed my some of the life of the locals – away from the tourist areas, and for this I am grateful. Her town is called Sateano. It’s also a walled town, but more residential and suburban. I liked it!
It was a huge day and it was 8pm before I arrived back at my apartment. I was exhausted, but satisfied. Who wouldn't be! One more thing though… homework!
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