Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Tuscany  /  Province of Siena  /  Pienza  /  Sightseeing  /  Piazza Pio II
Piazza Pio II, Pienza
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Pienza itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Pienza

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Pienza by other users

14 days in Tuscany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Tuscany BY A USER FROM ITALY January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Italy BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Pienza & Magliano in Toscana BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM GEORGIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM GEORGIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Perugia, Siena & Pienza BY A USER FROM ITALY September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Italy BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Province of Siena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Nice little square in the Centre of Pienza. Very well maintained, like the rest of the small village incidentally. It is accessed from the main road. And on the other side you come out on a pathway by which we can see the Valley.
    View original
  • Since a few years ago I visited Pienza can't forget this little Renaissance square that encloses the main monuments built by Bernardo Rossellino a small pit built in front of the beautiful palazzo Piccolomini brings precisely the family coat of arms. Next to the Cathedral in Renaissance style and that is where all visitors find themselves as a meeting point for the service nice bar right on the spot.
    View original
  • Apart from beautiful city centre, there are plenty of small shops where one can buy marvelous pecorino cheese (typical for this region), with so many different flavours. Also, don't miss a walk throug...  more »
Google
  • 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
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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.
    View original