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We had never been to Pienza…a lovely little hill town with a GORGEOUS small renaissance piazza built by Piccolomini…who later became Pope Pius the second in 1458. Designed by Bernardo Rossellino…student of Alberti…it was envisioned as the “ideal city” and in many ways, it is…

and not only did we touristical types like it, it IS the gathering place for the community…

We went into the cathedral of 1462, which we heard was slipping slowly down the hillside and it’s true…cracks and mends in the floor are evident…

we said a prayer…

and here’s the clock tower which kind of convinced me we need a metal flag on our chimney…R isn’t sure…

The city wall is convoluted and the views are wonderful

both out…

and in…

As luck would have it it began to rain JUST as we noticed we were starving so we ducked into a little hole in the wall restaurant and out the back

where the bottle of prosecco we ordered came with a little “superman cape” on it!!

Slowly we made our way to the bus rendez-vous where I HAD to stop and have a coffee…as you may know I not only photograph my coffees, I draw them too…this keeps me from drinking too much coffee, but I’ve gotten fast…

and the next week we were back in Pienza again with friends for coffee at the same place…

but soon it was back on the bus…did I mention I got addicted to taking pictures from the speeding bus??