Unesco World Heritage Site

Pienza was created by Pope Pius II, who wished to restore the ancient native look, and tasked Bernardo di Matteo Gambardelli (known as Rossellino), with rebuilding the entire village.

The town of Pienza was recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996, and, to this day, it represents a model of an ideal Renaissance town, both in the way it demonstrates the application of humanist concepts of urban planning, as well as the manner in which perspective was used in squares, open spaces, and the various palazzi.

Among the various public works that one can admire, there is the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, known as the 'Duomo' of Pienza, in Italian; it represents a rare and delicate balance of gothic forms and Renaissance-period manners. Inside there are many works from the Sienese School of painting and a magnificent altar attributed to Rossellino.

Next, there is Palazzo Piccolomini – in the construction of which, Rossellino was inspired by Palazzo Rucellai in Florence – and which once served as a papal residence. Today it is a museum where many relics of the Piccolomini family have been preserved.
On the central square one encounters Palazzo Vescovile, whose construction was financed by Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI, and then established his residence there. Inside one encounters the rooms of the Diocesan Museum where there is a precious collection of medieval and modern works coming from the nearby Cathedral and the ancient territory of the Pienza Diocese.

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MONTICCHIELLO

Monticchiello is a small village within the municipality of Pienza. The village (with only 200 inhabitants) is of Roman origin and, if admired from the countryside, one notices the tower and city walls that, in the past, served to protect the village. Here one feels as though time has stopped, in a small architectural jewel that has astonished tourists from around the world.

In July and August there are productions staged by the Teatro Povero (2016 marked the 50th edition) in which all the residents of the town serve as both authors and actors. The scenes present short stories drawn from the typical life of a family on the farm, presented in a local Tuscan dialect to the applause of tourists from all over Italy and around the world.

MONTICCHIELLO

Monticchiello is a small village within the municipality of Pienza. The village (with only 200 inhabitants) is of Roman origin and, if admired from the countryside, one notices the tower and city walls that, in the past, served to protect the village. Here one feels as though time has stopped, in a small architectural jewel that has astonished tourists from around the world.

In July and August there are productions staged by the Teatro Povero (2016 marked the 50th edition) in which all the residents of the town serve as both authors and actors. The scenes present short stories drawn from the typical life of a family on the farm, presented in a local Tuscan dialect to the applause of tourists from all over Italy and around the world.