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Pienza

Pienza is a town of 2231 inhabitants in the province of Siena, probably the most renowned and of greater artistic significance center of the whole Val d’Orcia to which it belongs. It is not far from the highway Cassia and from the other two major towns of the valley, San Quirico d’Orcia and Castiglione d’Orcia.

It is a magnificent medieval village, placed on top of a hill, overlooking the Crete Senesi to the north and Mount Amiata to the south.

In 1996 Pienza became part of the heritage of UNESCO, followed in 2004 by the whole Val d’Orcia.

In 1405 Enea Silvio Piccolomini was born in Pienza. He was known by the name of Pius II (1459) and he entrusted the redistribution of the urban structure of the town to Bernardo Rossellino. Today the town of Pienza is one of the best examples of architecture and spatial planning.Occupied by Cesare Borgia and Charles V, the town passed under the Medici in 1559.

Today the city still retains the look of a medieval and renaissance time. The historical centre of Pienza is a unique gem in the international architectural pnorama.

The focus of this “ideal city” is the Pius II square, on which the main buildings of Pienza face.

Worthy of note is the Romanesque church of Corsignano dating to the XI-XII century, the Church of San Francesco dating back to the XII century, the Diocesan Museum, the Museum of Palazzo Piccolomini and the convent of S. Anna in Camprena.

One of the best way to discover the small town is the walk between its walls. The urban structure itself is an attraction not to be missed.

Enchanting is the path that lies behind the cathedral: it offers a view of great beauty on the Val d’Orcia, Radicofani, and the mountains of Cetona and Amiata.

Other attractions are the magnificent hills and the small medieval village of Montichiello.

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