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Post by FBower on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:56 pm

A dear colleague of mine is visiting Pienza for the first time next week. Apart from the town itself, is there anything special historically or interesting churches or gardens worth seeing nearby? No Siena, Florence and only the gems of Montepulciano please. If anyone knows of anything off the beaten trail...

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Post by The Original Relaxed on Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:31 pm

About a kilometre outside Pienza is the Pieve di Corsignano, an early church (with a lovely nativity frieze above the rear door).

San Quirico d'Orcia is about 8 km away (there is a very formal Italian garden here, with statues) and a wonderful early church.

A bit further south on the Via Cassia is the small town/village called Bagni Vignoni - I'm not going to say anything more about this spot because you need to turn up and get the surprise!

If your friend has read Iris Ortigo's book, about the 2nd World War in the Val d'Orcia, discovering some of the localities mentioned in the book would make an exciting little drive.
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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:15 pm

Directly from an award winning blog Perfect Pienza
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:18 pm

Nice to see you back Gala....  Smile

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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:24 pm

Thank you, Steve. Forgot to mention that we went to Pienza last year, following our good friend Debra's advice. Not to be missed!
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Post by FBower on Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:53 am

Thanks Relaxed and Gala - I'm going to add Pienza to my list of places to visit now!

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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:52 am

Just today, Debra Kolkka published this post about Chianti roads
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:37 am

Ha! Even the sheep look clean!  Smile

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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:00 am

Yes, Steve. You are quite right!  Razz  If I didn't personally know the author and those roads, I would have said that it was publicity from the Tourist Board. And those beautiful Maremma dogs are gorgeous! Everything is postcard perfect.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:35 am

Not all the Maremma here are as pretty LINK to pic

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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:48 am

But they are lovely dogs, Steve! Granted that, as it is the case with human beings, some may be better looking than others, but I find the one in the picture very handsome.  Very Happy
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