Tuscany’s best shopping streets: Corso Il Rosselino, Pienza
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early September, I headed out to Pienza – to check out the shopping. Not really a shopper in the standard mold (I actually liked best of all Pienza’s wonderful hardware store) I was principally there to scout out some locations for filming – in a village with a good selection of picturesque, truly Tuscan, shops.
In food terms, Pienza is most famous for it’s sheeps’ cheese, the ‘Pecorino di Pienza’. Naturally there are many shops where you can try and buy and it is served in the restaurants (all over Tuscany, not only in Pienza) it’s absolutely one of the stars of the Tuscan Menu. It’s a pretty strong smell when you’re in the main street…and I heard a few comments about the smell… however don’t be put off, you get used to it quickly !
There are many ‘cheese shops’ selling a wide range of Tuscan food along side their Pecorino selection. Following a couple of tips up and down the streets I settled on F.lli Dezi. (Below) as my personal favourite in visual terms: a really lovely interior with a non touristy look. The owner was charming and approachable. Corso Rossellino 6, Pienza Fratellidezi@outlook.it
La Vecchia Bottega (below) lavecchiabottega.it 0578 749519 was also a pretty and friendly store – this time also with some cafe tables inside.
There’s only one independent fruit and vegetable store that I could find: L’Orto di Silvia (Below) 05787 48579 Via Del Leone, 6 Pienza. I walked in and asked for ‘Silva’ – but the sign is original; Silvia is actually the grandmother of Manuela who currently runs the store.
There’s also a fantastic Wine store at Pienza, the Enoteca di Ghino really beautiful & atmospheric – all hand written labels and gorgeous inside…no better place to buy wine for expertise, atmosphere & service. Now this is a special place !
Owner Ghino is a real personality as are his two sons (who also work there) the enoteca offers tastings and stocks the top Tuscan wines plus Champagne and some special spirits. Enoteca di Ghino Via del Leone, 16, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy +39 0578 748057
Other interesting/stylish stores with selling their own/unique/artisan products :
Ferro Battuto Biagiotti (below) Corso il Rossellino, 67, 0578 748478 not easy to bring an iron chandelier in your suitcase for sure … but well worth a look and maybe you can find something smaller and equally evocative !
Profumeria Bolgherello, (below) Via Rossellino, 93, authors of the ‘Aqua di Bagno Vignone’ fragrance (and many more) all their own production scents and very difficult to choose. I picked out a room scent for the house and a hemp and pink peppercorn perfume for Scarlet, favourite of the owner… scents are wonderful for reminding us of special moments and places, she commented.
Baba Cippa (below) is a very unusual ‘shop’ in truth more of a studio or gallery, the owner / maker quietly works in the shop all day… beautiful lampshades and other hand made items for ladies… Via del Giglio 4 (just off the main street by 10 metres) 0039 3474189837
Baba Cippa is on a little side street metres from the Corso Rossellino
Also… Torrita di Siena’s traditional ceramics are on sale in Pienza on the main street..
I did not get the number of this place but the actual production is only a few minutes from the house, which can also be visited and needs a trip of it’s own to check it out!
Finally, no trip to Pienza is complete without a glass of something on the view at Paolo’s bar ‘Il Casello’ (below)
Il Casello is right on the view…unmissable!
Bar Il Casello, Via del Casello, 3, Pienza +39 0578 749105