Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Pienza is an Italian town of 2,190 inhabitants of the province of Siena in Tuscany . It is probably the most renowned and artistically important town of the Val d'Orcia . It is not far from the Via Cassia and the two other major towns of the valley, San Quirico d'Orcia and Castiglione d'Orcia . The historic center has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 .
Pienza Duomo
Much of the relevant historical and artistic heritage of Pienza is concentrated in the picturesque square dedicated to Pope Pius II personality that has given so much to the town, trying to make his " ideal city "of the Renaissance.
Il Palazzo Comunale
Palazzo Borgia
Palazzo Piccolomini

1 comment:

Peter Sheppard said...

Greetings Christopher,
Just came across your Architectural Pilgrimage blog again. Excellent!
* Pienza: There's a good book by Charles Mack on the Early-Renaissance planning of Pienza.

* Incidentally, if you're back in southern Tuscany again sometime, you might consider visiting Sant'Antimo, down below Montalcino, near Castelnuovo d A. It's a monastic church which attracted pilgrims on the Francigena. But it's architecturally special -- it was abandoned for about 500 years, only recently restored. As a result it's pure Romanesque architectural space, light, and local stone, without fripperies of the Middle ages. Open daily now. Hope to re-visit September.
Peter Shep