Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism“.
Podere Il Casale is an organic farm near Pienza, province of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy. Owned by a Swiss couple the farm produces a wide range of organic cheeses, olive oil and wine. A restaurant is also available with a menu rich in seasonal organic ingredients.
Podere Le Ripi is a winery in Montalcino with a really good story, and good stories can help sell (expensive) wine. I will try to explain what makes this winery so special, so there will be more text than usual.
Montalcino is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Siena, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Florence and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Pisa.
Since we came first to Italy a few years ago we started appreciating the real, high-quality olive oil. What is being sold in most supermarkets around the world is marketed as high quality extra-virgin olive oil, but once you try the real deal, you will understand what all the fuss is about.
Canneto wine estate (Azienda Agricola Canneto) is situated on the western side of Montepulciano, near the splendid church of San Biagio and has a long wine-making tradition.
Castel MIMI Winery is the largest (private) architectural restoration project in the history of Republic of Moldova. This historic estate was founded in 1893 by the last Governor of Bessarabia, Constantin Mimi.
The last time I published photos from Hancu Monastery was 6 years ago (2010), at a time when I was really excited taking HDR photos. This is what Hancu Monastery looked like in April 2016.