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  • Pienza village Pienza village of Corsignano Provincia di Siena Sienna Val d'Orcia
  • Centro storico Pienza village of Corsignano Provincia di Siena Sienna Val d'Orcia
  • Pienza Centro storico village of Corsignano Provincia di Siena Sienna Val d'Orcia


Pienza, formerly the village of Corsignano, was renamed and redesigned as a completely planned Gothic town, in honor of and at the command of the most famous of all its inhabitants in history, Pope Pius II (1405-1464; reigned as Pope starting in 1458).
Its Centro Storico is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tiny Pienza is such a perfect miniature of Renaissance architecture that its entire centre is recognized by UNESCO, for the “new vision of urban space” it represented in the mid-1400s.
Since prehistory, there had been settlements on this ridge overlooking the Val d’Orcia, 37 miles south-east of Siena. But it is Pope Pius II’s madcap (and unfinished) plan to build the Città Ideale (“Ideal City”) that puts Pienza on the tourist trail.
In the early 1300s, Boccaccio wrote of the “ladri” (thieves) of Corsignano.
By the 1460s, this same place had a new name, and was instead famous for architects and the elegant buildings they created here.
The focal point is Piazza Pio II, named after the pope who was born here and who later commissioned Florentine architect Bernardo Rossellino to convert Corsignano into his new model town.
The adjacent Palazzo Piccolomini is Rossellino’s masterpiece, a perfectly proportioned palace whose design is heavily influenced by Florence’s Palazzo Rucellai.
Its hanging gardens look down the length of the Val d’Orcia. You can see the interior and gardens on a guided tour.
Pienza has an artisan rep, mainly for its for cheese: pecorino di Pienza, a hard sheep’s milk cheese. Delis along Corso Rossellino sell it in various stages of maturity: fresco (fresh, young), semi-stagionato (partly aged), and stagionato (aged). It’s the perfect picnic cheese, and a wedge tastes divine in a roll with salami or with a sliced pear and/or a slather of local honey.

Once a sleepy hamlet, pretty Pienza was transformed when, in 1459, Pope Pius II began turning his home village into an ideal Renaissance town.
The result is magnificent – the church, papal palace, town hall and accompanying buildings in and around Piazza Pio II went up in just three years and haven’t been remodelled since.
In 1996 Unesco added the town's historic centre to its World Heritage list, citing the revolutionary vision of urban space.
On weekends, Pienza draws big crowds; come midweek if you possibly can.

Imagine you have all the money in the world.
Imagine you have all the space you want. Imagine you have the power to build anything you want, anywhere you want.

No expenses, no permits, no regulations, except for your own sense of beauty and harmony.
Well, this happened to a certain Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who lived in the 15th century and who is remembered in history as “Pius II, the humanist pope.”
Pope Pius II was born in 1405 of a noble but impoverished family in the tiny village of Corsignano, in the province of Siena, in Tuscany.
Many years later, after a scholarly, adventurous, amorous, diplomatic and most interesting life, replete with peregrinations spanning all over Europe, Enea Silvio became pope. Pope Pius II.
He then decided to reward his native village.
Humble Corsignano was razed to the ground, to make room for the ideal city that Pius II envisaged.
And he called it after himself, PIENZA: the city of Pius.
Pienza is recognized today as the perfect symbol of Renaissance urbanism, since its perfect harmony exemplifies the principles of classical times and of humanistic philosophy.
In 1996 UNESCO declared Pienza a World Heritage Site; later, the whole valley that contains it was also declared part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.
UNESCO’s recognition started a boom in tourism to the area.

Pienza è un comune italiano della provincia di Siena in Toscana.
Situato in Val d'Orcia, è non molto distante dalla strada statale Cassia e dagli altri due importanti centri della valle, San Quirico d'Orcia e Castiglione d'Orcia. Il centro storico è stato dichiarato dall'UNESCO patrimonio dell'umanità nel 1996.

Pienza è un piccolo borgo nel sud della Toscana, nella famosa Val d'Orcia, assolutamente da visitare.
Si trova a circa 20 km a est di Montalcino e qualche km ad ovest di Montepulciano nella bellissima regione della Val d'Orcia a sud di Siena, tra soffici e poetiche colline e favolosi panorami.
Pienza gode di una posizione davvero strategica arroccata sulla cima ad un colle, che domina tutta la valle dell'Orcia con una vista mozzafiato.
Questo incantevole borgo è ampiamente conosciuto come la città "ideale" del Rinascimento, creazione del grande umanista Enea Silvio Piccolomini, diventato poi Papa Pio II.
Piccolomini aveva le possibilità economiche e l'influenza per poter trasformare il suo umile villaggio natio, Corsignano, in quella che riteneva dovesse essere una città utopica, che avrebbe dovuto incarnare i principi e la filosofia dell'età classica e del grande Rinascimento italiano.

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