Pienza panorama

Pienza

Presentation

"Pienza born from a thought of love and a dream of beauty"
Giovanni Pascoli

"Pius II aimed to realize his dream of human to erect a new city instead of calling Corsignano the Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli called Rossellino, even if the designer of the project seems to have been generally the same Pontiff, inspired by the theories of Renaissance Leon Battista Alberti. Thus arose one of the most important buildings of the Renaissance, especially in the central square that houses the Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Borgia and Palazzo Comunale "
Laura Martini

Events

Fair cacio
Various locations, first Sunday in September
A feast for the palate! Pienza pays tribute to its famous pecorino renowned for its excellent quality, on a pristine environment and wise activity.

Getting there

  • By car
  • By train
    The nearest station is Chiusi-Chianciano Spas
  • By plane
    The nearest airport is Florence Peretola which is about 80 km from Siena

Useful Numbers

Tourist Information Office
Piazza Pio II
Phone 0578 749905 - Fax 0578 749905
E-mail: pienza@sistemamuseo.it

History

The area surrounding the strip of land along which runs the village appears to have been inhabited since time immemorial, as evidenced by the discovery of artefacts dating back to the Stone Age and the Bronze Age and many necropolis.

For the Romans, even to a legionnaire, attributed the birth of the first inhabited sommmit? on the hill. From the name of this soldier, Corsini, would lead to the ancient name of Corsignano.

The urban and architectural fabric of the small medieval village underwent radical transformations in the fifteenth century, at the hands of Bernardo Rossellino that gave life to one of the most extraordinary dreams of Humanism: the ideal city. The idea of a project as it is refined to more illustrious fellow citizen of Corsignano, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, from which originated the name of Pienza.