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“My favorite hilltop town in Tuscany!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
near Montepulciano, Italy
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Piegaro, Italy
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“My favorite hilltop town in Tuscany!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

This is my absolute favorite of hilltowns in Tuscany! I prefer this over Montepulciano, for ease of parking, ease of seeing all there is to see of this perfectly preserved Renaissance town. The perfect perservation is due to it being the birthplace of Pope Pius, originally of the renowned Piccolomini family. He directed a lot of Vatican money to perserve it and centuries later visitors can walk among the sheer beauty of the place. Wonderful central piazza, great restaurants, places to get a gelato and just rest tranquillo people watching. You can purchase great wines in the shops and gourmet products typical of this area such as truffles, pecorino cheeses and great wild boar salamis. If you want to visit a beautiful Renaissance town with children in two, this is the place to come! Can be combined with a beautiful drive through the iconic Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO Heritage Site with the rolling hilltops with cypress paths leading to farmhouses. Yes, this is where all the calendar art comes from! Enjoy. I visit Pienza often and never tire of the panoramic views.

Visited June 2011
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“Small town charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

This tiny town with a reported population of < 3000, is easy to reach by car. It is along the route from Siena to Montepulciano. I think most of the other visitors had driven there. Several others took a bus from Siena, along with me. The frequency of bus service during the off-season is limited. The route is also scheduled to serve commuters going from Montepulciano to Siena in the morning and returning home in the afternoon. This would be limit your choices if you originate from Siena. Check the schedule carefully.

The town is tiny, with historic building dating back to the middle ages. The historic center can be traversed in approximately 5 minutes, but the edges of town overlooks a beautiful valley. During the afternoon that I visited, many of the other tourists had congregated at this sunny, wind shielded, overlook. The "sites" to visit are few but included a church dedicated to Pope Pius II (Piccholomini). Inside the church the floor is sloping away and the cracking walls have not been repairable.

Visited October 2011
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“Minutes from Montepulciano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

Don't miss this little treasure.

Trattorias, shopping and the best vistas of Tuscany you can find.


Visited October 2011
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Crown Point, Indiana
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“Lovely Tuscan town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Our wine tourguide brought us to this little Tuscan town as an added unexpected bonus. Beautiful views from the walls surrounding the town. Truly enjoyed our time here and would love to return for a longer stay.

Visited September 2010
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Lovely experience of an Agriturismo in Tuscany.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

During our ( My wife and me and our daughter ) recent visit to Tuscany (Italy):
We stayed at Terrapille on a hill facing Pienza. The picture perfect landscapes with
rolling hills of vineyards olive groves and sprawling fields of other cultivation were
waiting for us to be explored. Terapille is a working ancient farm (The history goes back to 1683 Monastery documents in Pienza) which is now owned by Giuliano Mangiavacchi and managed today by his daughter Lucia with the help of her parents Giuliano and Elsa.
It is also an “agriturismo”.

We are very thankful to our hostess Lucia and her family for the warm Tuscan hospitality.
We had dinner with the host family with other guest families in the main dining room.
The food was great with local vine, appetizers, pasta, meat, vegetables, fruits and other ingredients (all locally grown) in the Tuscan style. Despite the rural nature of the lodging, one might expect a rustic experience; yet feature luxurious (including internet access) accommodation as well as a very modern swimming pool.

The drive from Pienza by “strade Prov.18 del Monte Amiata mountain” is very scenic. The country (gravel) cypress lined road to Terrapille reminded the scenes from the movie “Gladiator”. The house built in local stone is furnished pretty good/comfortable.The swimming pool is very relaxing with the panoramic view up to the very horizon under the Tuscan blue sky. The view from all the rooms is also very magical.

Even though, Our stay was during the end of July (the hottest days of the summer); the house was very comfortable with natural “air-conditioning”. Leave the windows open for the natural tuscan breeze. The house models the design strategies (like cross-ventilation) and construction technology for an energy efficient/cost effective building based on the old and new principles of architecture. Now a days (especially from “New-England”) I
am exploring in-to “going green” with natural ways of “habitat”!

We enjoyed the stay very much and would recommend very strongly for those who want to explore a fantastic farm stay under the tuscan sun!

“Agriturismo” is a style of vacationing in farm-house resorts suitable for the whole family.

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