Hello from Pienza,

We are staying in this delightful hill town in the heart of the Val d’ Orcia. We love this location. It seems that any destination in Tuscany is no more than 1.5 hours away from our home base here, and of course many sites are very close. Today we will head to Montepulciano, which is about 25 minutes from Pienza.

I got up early this morning for the sunrise, hoping to get a good photo of one of the most famous farmhouses in all of Italy, “Belvedere”. I was hoping for mist and fog rising from the valley, and I did find that, but the morning light is not right at this time of year to illuminate the farmhouse. The sun will be rising from a much better angle when we return for the photo tour in May. Here is a photo that I took of “Belvedere” in May of 2009.

Arrivederci,

Jim