Tourist guide of Pienza

Tourist guide of Pienza

Pienza   Pienza is a small village in southern Tuscany in the beautiful valley called Vald’Orcia, and is located about 20 miles east of Montalcino and a 10 miles to the west of Montepulciano amidst gentle undulating hills and wonderful natural landscapes. Pienza is most famous for production of cheese “pecorino”, is a tasty cheese made from sheep’s milk, renowned worldwide and very delicious. Your tour of the city, starting from the main gate (Porta al Prato), through the main street (Corso Rossellino) which are full of small charming shops selling a large quantity of various types of pecorino, from fresh to aged pecorino, that you can taste together with a number of other typical local products, such as fine wines, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. After a little bit of shopping, we suggest you try one of the fantastic restaurants or typical osterie serving really exquisite local food. The name Pienza comes from Pope Pius II, who was born here, and it means the city of Pius. Pope Pius II is elected Enea Silvio Piccolomini in 1458, gave him the task to transform his birthplace, small place”Corsignano”, into the ideal Renaissance town.   Piccolomini is hired Bernardo Rossellino, the famous architect, to build Pienza in accordance with humanist urban planning concepts. The construction of Pienza started around 1459, and took about four years, creating a fairytale town, which has remained practically unchanged over the centuries. The Cathedral, Piccolomini Palace, the Town Hall and the lovely central square (Piazza Pio II) were built in 3 years and represent the wonderful art of the Renaissance. Some scenes for famous movie Romeo and Juliet is filmed in Palazzo Piccolomini, in which it represented the location of the first encounter between...
Tourist guide of Montepulciano

Tourist guide of Montepulciano

Montepulciano When you making tour of Tuscany , Montepulciano is definitely highly recommended. This hill town is located between the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners. Montepulciano have ideal position to stay and this is perfect base to explore this beautiful part of Tuscany, from here, you can reach the beautiful Pienza, the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni and Montalcino, then, on the other side of the Val di Chiana valey you can find a nice and charming Cortona.   Your tour can start from the main gate of the town Porta al Prato. From this point Montepulciano is crossed by a main long wide street called the Corso and finish to main square of the city Piazza Grande. Main street (il Corso) is full of all kinds of shops and fashionable stores. A series of beautiful and elegant palaces( like Palazzo Avignonesi) succeed one after the other, until you come in front of the Church of Sant’ Agostino, by Michelozzo. Continuing on the main street, you will meet incredible Palazzo Cervini, and two steps after is the home of Poliziano, a great poet and humanist and under the patronage of the famous Lorenzo dè Medici. Also, Poliziano was teacher to the Medici children. In the end of your walk, you will found the big and beautiful Piazza Grande, the focus of the city. You will feel unique and evocative atmosphere offered by the plaza surrounded by the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo Tarugi and the Palazzo Contucci, where you’ll find his beautiful wine cellars and wine tastings. We strongly recommended to visit cantina del Redi,...
Tourist guide of Orvieto

Tourist guide of Orvieto

Orvieto Orvieto is situated in the Umbria region and it’s one of the world’s most beautiful hill towns. You can recognize the town from afar, standing at the top the rocks of tuff with medieval towers and cathedral in the center, that will leave you breathless. From the 9th Century BC the Etruscan civilization experienced a period of great importance and splendor, Orvieto, then is was the most important town. Today, Orvieto is divided into 4 quarters: Corsica, Serancia, Olmo and Santa Maria della Stella. Your tour can begin with the main road (Corso Cavour), that runs through most of the old town, which connects the two main squares: Piazza Cahen and Piazza della Repubblica. Orvieto is a city full of impressive monuments, churches and buildings – where some are over 2,000 years old San Giovenale church is oldest church of Orvieto, and one of the oldest in Umbria. Church was built right over the remains of an Etruscan temple in 1004, and is outlined by a very beautiful area of the city with many narrow streets. This area of Orvieto was the first to be developed in the Middle Ages.   The Torre del Moro is at the crossroads of the two main streets located where Corso Cavour crosses Via del Duomo. Duomo you can find in Piazza del Duomo,and this is one amazing masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Construction of Duomo was commissioned by Pope Urban IV,and began in 1290, but took couple hundred years to fully complete. The facade is decorated with detailed mosaics in stunning colors and pure gold, as well as large reliefs and statues. The reliefs on the facade represent Old and New...
Tourist guide of Montalcino

Tourist guide of Montalcino

Montalcino Montalcino is a beautiful village of Tuscany immersed in the breathtaking Val d’Orcia Natural Park, famous all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine. This beautifull town has scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. When you come up to the town , then begins one magical spectacle for your eyes: rolling sunny hills, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards, picturesque olive groves. One of the world’s best and most appreciated Italian wines its Brunello wine. Montalcino was already famous for its red wines during the 15th century. But, the formula of the fantastic Brunello wine was invented in 1888 by Ferruccio Biondi Santi. Brunelo wine is 100 % of Sangiovese grapes. Before the Brunello is ready, it must age for 5 years take place in oak barrels, while the Rosso of Montalcino is ready after 2 year of aging. Amongst the many wine producers in the area you will find Biondi-Santi, Banfi, Casanova di Neri, Barbi and many others. Montalcino have also very rich in artistic treasures. Your tour in the city can begin with Rocca or fortress, built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. The views from its walls are spectacular, stretching towards Monte Amiata, across the Crete to Siena,and across all of the Val D’orcia and the hills of Maremma. The fortress has practically intact since the Middle Ages and offers a excellent place for festivals,concerts and of course the famous Jazz & Wine Festival held in July each year, where you might combine the pleasure of listening to fine Italian and international jazz music with drinking of very good wine! After the...
Tourist guide of Lucca

Tourist guide of Lucca

Lucca Your tour can start with a walk along the old city walls, over 4 kilometers of panoramic walkway overlooking the city of Lucca. You will see secret passages, corners, playgrounds and recreation area hidden beneath the leafy shade of secular trees equipped with tables perfect for a picnic. As you cross the walls into the city, you enter the heart of the town Lucca (city of one hundred churches). Here is the large number of religious buildings which represent marvellous examples of architectural Italian styles. Since you’ll hardly be able to visit them all in just one day, we suggest you focus on the cathedral of St.Martin (il Duomo). Il duomo its located in the square of the same name, just pass through the wall closest to the train station, is home to some of the most beautiful art masterpieces, such as Ilaria del Carretto’s Tomb by Jacopo della Quercia and the Volto Santo (a wooden crucifix of the Holy Face, ancient symbol of the city),from San Frediano Basilica (where the procession of the Holy Cross Celebrations departs). Very near is the most famous street of Lucca, called Il Fillungo, if you’re in the mood for shopping, you’ll find all the most important and prestigious stores and shops in the city. From Fillungo a nice walk will lead you to the discovery of most charming spots and places you can’t absolutely miss, including Piazza dell’Anfiteatro or the Amphitheatre Square. As you stand in the centar of this oval square, you can see the buildings were built around the original elliptical structure typical of Roman amphitheatres. Today,many local restaurants and shops look onto the square where, especially during Summer,events and...