Pienza Duomo – Built for Pope Pius II’s Renaissance City

Pope Pius II

Pienza Duomo was one of the Monuments that make up Pius II’s Renaissance City: On one side of the Piazza Pio II, the main square in Pienza, sits the Pienza Duomo (or Cattedrale dell’Assunta), one of the Renaissance monuments that make up Pope Pius II’s ideal Renaissance city. Architect Bernardo Rossellino who was charged with […]

Shopping in Pienza was a Pleasant Surprise

Pienza Shopping

There’s More to Pienza Shopping than Just Pecorino Cheese: Pienza, we were told, is famous for its pecorino cheese, but apart from this cheesy bit of intelligence, we had no expectations of doing any shopping when we paid a visit to this Tuscan hill town. We arrived at 9:30 in the morning and the place […]

Pienza – The Town that Pope Pius II Built

Pienza Historical Centre

Pienza Was Pope Pius II’s Idea of the Perfect City: From our base in the spa town of Chianciano Terme, we took an excursion to Pienza, a small town in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. Pienza was Pope Pius II’s idea of the perfect Renaissance city and it is also famous for its pecorino cheeses. […]

Galleria dell’Accademia – Home to Michelangelo’s David

Florence Accademia

The Star Attraction at the Galleria dell’Accademia is Michelangelo’s David: For most visitors to Florence, the star attraction of the Galleria dell’Accademia is Michelangelo’s David, a representation of the Biblical hero who took on Goliath and killed the fearsome giant with his sling. The Galleria dell’Accademia is a part of the Accademia di Belle Arti […]

How to Get to Siena

How to go to Siena

How to Get to Siena by Air, Bus, Train and Car: Being in the centre of Tuscany, and surrounded by Pisa, Florence, Arezzzo and Grosseto, Siena is easily reachable from any of these Tuscan towns. By Air If you’re flying into Italy, the closest international airports to Siena are the Aeroporto di Firenze (Florence Airport) […]

Florence: Live from Piazzale Michelangelo

Michelangelo Square

Piazzale Michelangelo Offers Magnificent and Sweeping Views of Florence: For a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, most tourists head to Piazzale Michelangelo, a square that’s dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor. Piazzale Michelangelo is on a hill in the Oltrarno district, south of the Arno. Michelangelo Square Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular tourist destination and […]

Libreria Piccolomini – A Stunning Room of Renaissance Art

Piccolomini Library

Pinturicchio’s Paintings in the Libreria Piccolomini are Simply Stunning: Connected to the Siena Duomo is the Libreria Piccolomini (Piccolomini Library), a small room with the most stunning frescoes and a magnificent collection of hymn books. If you’re visiting  Siena and its beautiful cathedral, do not miss seeing this outstanding library whose artwork and colours are […]

Getting Advice on Brunello di Montalcino Wines in Siena

Tuscan Wines in Siena

At Cantina del Brunello in Siena We Got Great Advice on Brunello Wines: On our walk back to Piazza San Domenico, where our coach was waiting, we came across a wine cellar that had a large selection of what looked like quality wines. It was the ‘Brunello’ in name of the shop – Cantina del […]

Siena Shopping: What to Buy in Siena

Siena Pottery

Shopping in Siena is Surprisingly Good: Siena may not be known as a shopping destination, however those who want to shop will be surprised at what this medieval hill town has to offer. Not only are there souvenir shops, arts and crafts, food and wine, but there are also small trendy boutiques selling anything from […]