Once again, our decision not to walk turned out to be a good one. We were deposited in Pienza at about 1 p.m. and it began to storm about 2 p.m. Had we walked, we would have been caught in the deluge. It was ever so much nicer to watch the storm from the security of cover with a very early cocktail in hand . . . or was it a gelato. Oh, shoot, I am misremembering. We weren’t under cover when the rain came, we were walking back from a supply mission to a supermercato. This is what happens when I don’t blog in a timely fashion; I forget all these critical details! We got fairly wet but our potato chips stayed crisp; so, no complaints really and we were only a couple of minutes away from a hot shower.
Our hotel, Hotel Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza, is lovely. Right inside the historic center but quiet as one might think a cloister should be. The room that Michael and I have is huge. I’m very happy that this is where we are spending three nights.
The historic center of Pienza is quite compact and in the course of the afternoon and evening (post-storm) we found an exceptional gelateria* as well as a great spot for an evening cocktail.
*Paul: Melone (cantaloupe); Cindy: Orange-fennel; Michael: Celery-strawberry-pear and chocolate; Virginia: Pesto-pistachio.