Pienza – Tuscany

We are in Val d’Orcia, in southern Tuscany, a few kilometers from both Montalcino and Montepulciano. Here is the village of Pienza, a postcard wonder that unfolds among breathtaking views and rolling hills.

Today known throughout the world for its beauty, Pienza has a fairly recent history. In fact, the town was nothing more than a small village called Corsignano until 1462 when Pope Pius II decided to rebuild the place where he was born. But let’s look at the story calmly.

Enea Silvio Piccolomini was born in Corsignano in 1405 and became pope at the age of 53 with the name of Pope Pius II. During a journey to Mantua the now pontiff found himself once again crossing the place where he was born and was greatly surprised by the degradation he found, so much so that he decided to have the village rebuilt or rather, he thought it best to have an ideal city built. The project was entrusted to the architect Bernardo Rossellino. The construction lasted about four years and gave life to a harmonious town, with typically fifteenth-century shapes.

From then to today the city has had very few changes and is almost the same as Rossellino designed it.
In 1996 Pienza became part of the UNESCO natural, artistic and cultural heritage, followed in 2004 by Val d’Orcia itself.
Here is the village of Pienza, a postcard wonder that unfolds among breathtaking views and rolling hills.

Considered the ideal city of the Renaissance, it was founded at the behest of Pope Pius II, who was born in this area to parents who were members of a noble Sienese family.
Recognized as a UNESCO site in 1996, it is a wonderful testimony to the urban planning canons of the Renaissance: the rational organization of its spaces and the incomparable perspectives of sixteenth-century squares and buildings capture the gaze of those who visit it.

Result of a dream of pure beauty, Pienza remains a little jewel to fall in love with at first sight.