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Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
World Heritage Site UNESCO


Pienza bears the name of the pope who entrusted its reconstruction to Rossellino: pope Pius II Piccolomini. Pienza stands on what was originally the site of Corsignano castle. In 1459 work began on the town square where the attempt was made to create the ideal town based on the utopian vision of humanistic-renaissance culture. Today, traces of Pienza past remain almost completely intact and Rossellino's creations still covey the idea of that perfection and exceptionality for which they were conceived.
The works of Rossellino include the 14th-century cathedral with carved wooden choir, paintings by Vecchietta, Matteo di Giovanni and Sano di Pietro, and Palazzo Piccolomini, inspired by the forms of Palazzo Rucellai in Florence with its ashlar fašades. On its three floors the mullioned windows are between pilaster strips, whereas the courtyard emphasizes the Florentine matrix with arched portico on Corinthian columns.
Other Palazzi can be seen on the square: the Casa dei Canonici (the vicarage), home of the cathedral museum which contains works from the school of Sodoma, Flemish tapestries of the 15th and16th centuries, 14th-century wooden sculptures and pope Pius II's cope. Then there are the episcopal residence and the town hall. The pensile garden at Palazzo Piccolomini is of interestand fromhere itis possible to view the Val d'Orcia.
An excellent example of romanesque art is Corsignano church, just outside the walls, and then within only a few kilometres of the town one can visit Spedaletto castle in the centre of the valley on the river Orcia and Sant'Anna in Camprena, an Olivetan monastery built on the site of a former Lombard fort.
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Camere Dal Falco
Il Giglio B&B Pienza
Affittacamere La Quiete
Agriturismo Palazzo Conti B
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Agriturismo Palazzo Conti B
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Il Giglio B&B Pienza
Agriturismo Palazzo Conti B
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Ristorante Dal Falco




  Camere Andrei
  La Bottega del Ghiottone
  Erboristeria Bottega Verde
  Ristorante Buca delle Fate
  Agriturismo Cacciamici
  Agriturismo Castello di Spedaletto
  Agriturismo Cretaiole
  Fonte Bertusi - Casa Vacanze in Campagna
  Agriturismo Fonte dell'Oppio
  Hotel Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza
  Ristorante Il Prato
  Ristorante Il Rossellino
  La Locanda del Cantoniere
  Bed & Breakfast La Saracina
  Piccolo Hotel La Valle
  Agriturismo Le Checche
  Agriturismo Le Sorbelle d┤Orcia
  Monticchiello
  Oliviera Camere
  Agriturismo Palazzi di Papa
  Agriturismo Podere San Gregorio
  Albergo Rutiliano
  Hotel Residence San Gregorio
  Agriturismo S. Anna in Camprena
  Agriturismo Santo Pietro
  Ristorante Taverna di Moranda
  Agriturismo Terrapille
  Terrecotte Artistiche Pientine
  Pizzeria Verde Mezzo