Tomorrow we'll be jumping on another train -- this time for Florence. Before then, though, let's take a last look at Tuscany.
Montepulciano . . .
While walking the streets of Montepulciano, Pino introduced us to some of the city's most notable craftsmen. First, he took us to the shop of a coppersmith (where I took no photos whatsoever). Such beautiful pieces, though. (You'll just have to trust me.)
Then, he introduced us to Albo Mazzetti, a glass mosaic artist. His work is incredible! It's hard to believe his intricate works . . . are made entirely of glass pieces! His workshop is lined with boxes and boxes of glass in various colors and shades.
I have always wanted to try mosaic - and have dabbled ever-so-slightly. When Pino and Albo found out I was interested, everything ratcheted up a notch. . . and, before I knew it, Albo invited me to give it a try!
(It was clear I'll need a lot of practice. . . )
Montepulciano is a magical place. (I'll definitely be back someday!)
Breathtakingly beautiful -- up close or from a distance!
Pino also took us to Pienza, yet another charming Tuscan hill town -- especially known for its pecorino cheese.
(Pino needed to pick up some cheese for his wife! Who knew there were so many flavors and varieties of pecorino?)
Like all of the other Tuscan hill towns we visited, Pienza was lovely and totally charming. The streets were just delightful. (I love looking down a side street and catching a hint of a breathtaking view!)
There was a cathedral with a tower that is slowly . . . slowly . . . slowly . . . leaning. (Massive cables are holding this baby up.)
And . . . the views???
Oh, yeah. They're EVERYwhere in Tuscany! Possibly . . . the most beautiful place on earth.
Now . . . on to Florence!
Until then --
I'm heading out this morning for Salt Lake City -- to visit Margene and do some knitting at the Alta Knitting Retreat. I'll be taking a brief blogging break. See you Thursday!