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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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  • Everything very clean too bad it was all closed given the hour of our arrival. Too bad but definitely.
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  • Just perfect! Like the rest of the city that in this square is reflected. Small, clean, well maintained, so leaves you open-mouthed for its simple beauty!
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  • The piazza Pio II takes its name from that Member of the noble family small mini who became Pope. These did enlarge the then village of Corsignano, with the building of the palazzo Pio II and other buildings that adorn the square. Beautiful Cathedral and pozzo, works of ancient art. Represents the heart of Pienza, lovely to visit.
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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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