Situated at the south end of the Asciano, Pienza is surrounded by a simple, almost abstract landscape. The colors change dramatically with the seasons. From the brilliant greens of spring, the warm hues of summer, and the stark umber of winter, painters can find interesting subjects at any time of year. Pienza has one of the most incredible Romanesque country churches in the area. The town is known for it Pecorino, or sheep’s cheese. And unlike most small Tuscan towns, its inhabitants seem to have very green thumbs. Flowers flow from every corner and window.
This area of Chianti enjoys a sunny location with hills that stretch out to the Sienes plain. The area is drier than much of Chianti. The area also contains the oldest vineyards in Tuscany. It has some of the best restaurants, with simple country food. There are many areas to paint in this region. One could work in this part of Chianti for a whole season with no need to travel elsewhere.
MONTEFOLLINCO,MONTICCIELLO, PANZANNO, MONTERCHI etc, etc
Each town has its own identity. One may be known for its linens, another for its special "picci" hand made pasta, another for excellent olive oil, and another for the crust on their bread. We will explore many of these towns as artists, but also as cultural observers.
SMALL VILLAGES IN EXPANSIVE LANDSCAPES
From Pienza to Montefollinco this area of Tuscany has so many unique small towns. Each is renowned for something special: Pienza for its cheese, Bango Vignoni for its Roman baths, Monticchiello for its linens. Each day we will discover a new town.