One of the loveliest towns in the Val d’Orcia, tucked into the Tuscan countryside, is Pienza. A hilltop town reached via a gorgeous drive through the gently rolling hills south of Siena, the thing that struck me most about the village was the abundance of sweet potted plants placed lovingly about.
The views into the surrounding Val d’Orcia are outstanding.
The road to Pienza meanders through the impeccably cultivated gentle hills of the Val d’Orcia.
A view from the piazza reveals the luscious blue skies.
Potted plants are everywhere in this charming village.
Yet color can also be found in the wisteria above.
Rebuilt in the 15th century as an ideal Renaissance town, the main piazza is flanked by Pienza’s significant structures, including the columned Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo Piccolomini.
Pienza’s Duomo dominates the center of the piazza.
The town is widely known for the best pecorino cheese in Italy.
Flowering plants add to the colorful flavor.
The simple stone facades are punctuated by lovely arched doorways and floral displays from floor to sky. For me, this is what sets it apart from the many lovely hill towns nearby.