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Piccolomini Palace, Siena

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Take a step back in time to Pienza (then called Corsignano) circa 1459 with a tour of Piccolomini Palace, the summer home conceived for Pope Pius II as part of his "ideal city." The palace has the distinction of being the first example of Renaissance architecture and boasts the first-known roof garden. The square, chiseled-stone construction features 23 equally spaced windows and an ornamental cornice, and an opulent courtyard and portico sit at its center. Used as a residence for the Piccolomini family until 1962, the site contains the original furnishings, which you can see as you walk through the dining room, music room, office, library, and bedroom. Bring your camera, as the back garden makes for a stunning setting against the pale pastel backdrop. To visit Piccolomini Palace on your holiday in Siena, and find out what else Siena has to offer, use our Siena vacation generator.
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  • It is located on the Banchi di Sotto street, corner with Via Rinaldini. Also known as the Palazzo Todeschini Piccolomini.  more »
  • The renissance architecture is amazing. The facade is beautiful. The craftsmanship of the stained glass is striking  more »
  • Palazzo Piccolomini is situated in Banchi di Sotto, corner via Rinaldini. It was built to a design by Bernardo Rossellino for powerful bankers Piccolomini and is now the seat of the State Archives and the Museum of the tablets of the Biccherna. Principal residence of the family, was erected in Florentine Renaissance style from 1469 under the direction of Pietro Paolo Porrina, who availed himself with good chance of designs by Bernardo Rossellino. Stylistically echoes both palazzo Rucellai in Florence, designed by Leon Battista Alberti's palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza, work of Rossellino. It has a very elegant stone facade punctuated by rows of Lancet Windows divided by string courses and crowned by a magnificent cornice. Are of a later period Windows knelt on the ground floor. Here and there you can see the growing alluding the coat of arms Piccolomini. Wrought iron armrests on the ground floor are still the original ones. The Interior has been renovated several times and has today the aspect related to work performed by Giuseppe Partini of 1887.
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