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Piazza Pio II, Pienza

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Explore the World Heritage-listed heart of a 15th-century Renaissance town at Piazza Pio II. The town square played a revolutionary role as the first application of the Renaissance Humanist concept of urban design. Pope Pius II's 1459 decision to rebuild Pienza included the addition of this central city square. The concept of the planned "ideal town" would go on to play a significant role in subsequent urban development. The square connects the three ruling powers of the historical city--civic, religious, and trading interests. Take in the architecture, and then stop by a local cafe. Plan to visit Piazza Pio II during your Pienza vacation using our convenient Pienza itinerary maker.
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  • Wherever you go, you will feel the smell of The Pecorino of Pienza is a tasty cheese made from sheep's milk, renowned worldwide and delicious. Breathtaking panoramas of the Val d'Orcia Valley. Piazza ...  more »
  • My wife and I spent a delightful afternoon in Pienza on a sunny warm Sunday surrounded by happy locals celebrating a cheese festival. It is a compact, relatively flat town with a great views of the su...  more »
  • One of our favorite mountain towns in Tuscany. Behind the piazza there is such a beautiful walk with wonderful views of the Tuscan of countryside- truly a beautiful place and so worth seeing, enjoy.  more »
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  • The town of Pienza is considered the embodiment of the Renaissance utopia of the ideal city. Get the recognition of UNESCO in 1996
  • Cute little town. Worth a stroll if you're in the area.
  • Pienza is magical. The square in question is only one element of this small favor box placed at the center of the Sienese hills, among the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Notably here even the facade of the Cathedral, Wells etc. comfortable seating to enjoy a break and refreshment especially on hot days
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  • Pienza is one of the most beautiful places of Tuscany. Pope Pio II was there short time living. The splendor can be seen in the Church. Pienza itself is worth a detour, but do it outside the tourist season.
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  • The Church also has the function to determine the date and time: on the summer solstice the shadow falls on one point of the square is identified with a circle. In the adjacent Town Hall there is a panel with the explanation.
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