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Stay at this convent in one of the most charming hill top Tuscan towns with gorgeous lake and valley views for about $40/night

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Large comfortable guest rooms include private baths and breakfast for about $40 per night.

The convent is immersed in the restful green of the typical Tuscan hill, in the shadow of the majestic trees that clasp the entrance and hug the enormous garden behind the building. Built over 100 years ago by a man whose daughter wanted to join the order, the convent occupies an exceptional location on the slope of a steep hill in one of the oldest and most captivating towns of Tuscany. The locale in this charming hill town offers wonderful views of the valley and Lake Trasimeno. From the convent, it is an easy walk to the center of town and all that it has to offer.

Nearby Montepulciano is a well-preserved medieval town. It is enriched with Renaissance architecture that is splendidly woven into the urban fabric. Tufa and brick are typical building materials. The entire region is noted for the production of the “noble” Montepulciano wine. Piazza Grande is the heart of town and is faced by the cathedral as well as numerous grand palaces.

Just south of Montepulciano is lovely Pienza. The town’s Renaissance layout and buildings are attributed to its most illustrious son, Enea Silvio Piccolomini who became Pope under the name of Pius II. The beautiful central piazza, conceived and designed by Bernardo Rossellino contains the town’s principal monuments. The cathedral is a grand basilica with three Gothic naves and a complex Renaissance façade. The Palazzo Piccolomini is a fine example of Renaissance civic architecture with a severe facade, elegant courtyard and beautiful hanging garden.

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