DAY 5 (May 12 and Oct 24 | 2021)
Today we’ll introduce you to 4 exciting photo locations.
First we’ll travel about 1 hour north of Pienza to the tiny hamlet of Torri surrounded by oak and chestnut forests to photograph a little visited secret gem — the Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity and its magnificent 3-tiered cloister. The cloister is only open on Mondays and Fridays from 9 – 12 am and off the beaten path but well worth the visit. And the little village offers some fun details to photograph as well.
CLOISTER of TORRI
Montalcino, another lovely Tuscan hill town is only a 30-minute drive west of Pienza. It is the home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino, a rich red wine produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown in this area.
And if you’ve ever wondered what living in a smallish Tuscan hill town would be like, read Vanilla Beans and Brodo by Isobel Dusi.
“When Isobel Dusi visited Italy with her Australian husband Lou, little did they imagine that life would change forever. . . Isobel and Lou are gradually transformed into Isabella and Luigi in this charming account of Tuscan village life that really gets to the beating heart of an Italian community – its joys, pleasures, anxieties, but above all, its absorbing eccentricities.”
ABBEY of SANT’ANTIMO
After a photo stroll through the town and a lovely lunch, we visit the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a former Benedictine monastery approximately 10 km from Montalcino. The Abbey is situated in a picture-perfect setting and is one of the most important examples of monastic architecture of the 13th century. We love photographing the picturesque surroundings as well as the serene interior of the Abbey. Listening to piped-in medieval chanting inside the low-lit Abbey adds to the contemplative and meditative quality of the space. Such a peaceful experience.
ABBEY of SAN GALGANO
We continue driving west for a little over 1 hour to the impressive ruins of the Abbey of San Galgano. Only the roofless walls of the once wealthy and powerful 13th-century Abbey still stand. What a striking photo op! The image on top shows you the roofless nave of the church.
RECIPE for DAY 5
Click here for a very typical Tuscan dish: “Pici” with porcini mushrooms
A creamy sauce made with fresh or dried Porcini mushroom on top of the thick soft Tuscan Pici noodles (best handmade) — I can smell the earthy irresistible aroma now.