Friday, March 18, 2011

more of tuscany - monte oliveto and pienza Feb 2011

the benedictine abbey at monet oliveto maggiore is famous for its frescoed cycle of the life of St Benedict. frescoes are by signorelli and sodoma. wonderful. painted from 1497-1508

just 3 of the great 41 frescoes

loved the two wanderers in the desert on the right

the great balze cliffs

fran and bill freezing in pienza

the walls and view from pienza

the always gorgeous tuscan country side with monte amiata in the distance with snow

pienza - we have been fed and ready to go on to next adventure

tuscan countryside

went to abbey to see the famous frescoes by signorelli and sodoma. They seemed even more vibrant than I last remembered.  we  then had a gorgeous drive to pienza for lunch and a  cold walk. Headed home and were treated to more beautiful scenery.

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