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Pienza

trip-to-italyPienza is a delightful village which was almost completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in 1459. Pope Pius II was born in Pienza and he had a strong desire to transform the look of his birthplace. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino to carry out his dream. The square known as Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it, the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its pure Renaissance exterior and an interior in the late Gothic style are all architectural wonders.

You can sample the king of all sheep cheeses, Pienza's own pecorino or cacio. You can sample the pecorino in many forms: fresco (fresh), semistagionato (partially aged), or stagionato (aged and suitable for grating).

Many pecorini rounds are also dusted with materials to keep them soft and to alter the taste a bit. The most popular are cenerato or sottocenere, which is an ash coating that's mainly use to soften the cheese. Peperocinato (hot peppers) and tartufato (truffles) are among the favorites.

In Pienza, you can judge the perfect cheese that tops your list. Pecorino tasting is even more popular than wine tasting in Pienza. Be sure to have some served in the traditional way, with a side of local honey!


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Our Tours - Discover Tuscany!

Tuscan Muse offers creative tours that provide the opportunity to see Tuscany from every angle, from large cities to small villages. Tours designed for specific interests such as photography and painting are often planned. Tuscan Muse knows the best places to go for incredible subject matter and where to find the famous light of Tuscany, often far away from the beaten path of areas filled with tourists. Your days are filled with discovering Tuscany and your nights are filled with the warm hospitality and the fine cuisine of Tuscany.

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Our Workshops - Find Your Muse!

Tuscan Muse offers culinary, artistic, photography, music and writing workshops in this land known for the presence of Muses. Tuscany has been a place of artistic creation for centuries. Tuscany is the perfect source of inspiration. It is a place that promotes the very best work from artists, photographers, chefs, writers and musicians and for anyone looking to spark the flame of their creativity. Tuscan Muse provides the space and the instruction for understanding yourself as the creator of your work, giving you a haven for experimenting and allowing your artistic vision to take form. Once you have experienced the burst of creativity inspired by being in Tuscany, you will understand that it is impossible for your Muse to be elusive in this enchanted land. The Tuscan Muse workshop instructors are the best in the industry. We take great pride in the fact that you will not leave a workshop without having had both the experience and the education of a lifetime. You will truly know what it means to have your Imagination Inspired by Italy as only a Tuscan Muse Workshop can provide.

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Private Tours and Events Designed for You!

In addition to workshops and creative tours, Tuscan Muse is also delighted to offer private tours and events created especially for your needs. Private tours designed for specific interests such as painting and those who want to travel to distinct areas of Tuscany with a specific group of people, such as a Club, are a favorite way to see Tuscany. Tuscan Muse also hosts corporate retreats, weddings, honeymoons, vow renewal ceremonies, family reunions, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.

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Our Incentive Program

At Tuscan Muse we encourage you to let others know about the incredible opportunities that we offer in Tuscany. The enthusiasm of our workshop and tour attendees is our most powerful advocate. In recognition, we want to pass along savings to those of you who introduce others to our workshops and tours in Tuscany.

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