PIENZA AND MONTEPULCIANO Through the steep and clayed land
named "the Sienese Crete", we visit Monte Oliveto Maggiore, an abbey founded in
1314 by Bernardo Tolomei, a member of Tolomei family).
There is a magnificent cloister frescoed by Signorelli and by
Sodoma; the church was decorated with an extraordinary wooden choir inlaid by
Giovanni da Verona, who planned also the library.
Following the old Roman route, the "Cassia", we reach Pienza,
the "Jewel of Renaissance", quite rebuilt by the Pope Pius II, who was born here
It's possible to visit the Cathedral and the nice and
romantic streets and alleys. The city overlooks the Orcia Valley and here we can
taste also the local product: Pecorino cheese.
In the afternoon we reach Montepulciano in order to visit
Piazza Grande, surrounded by stately buildings which date back to 16th century
which are evidence of the economical development of the city after the medicean
conquest: palazzo de' Nobili Tarugi, Palazzo Contucci, the Town hall.