PIENZA


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Pienza is a unique example of Renaissance town planning: architects, goldsmiths, sculptors and painters here lavished the treasures of their genius and the result of their fruitful inspiration. This corner of Tuscany, immune from contamination and desecration, has been called the ideal city or “utopia city“, as it still represents the model of architecture that would accommodate, in the Renaissance, the ideal lifestyle and government. Here, on a hill between the valleys of Orcia and Asso, is where in the early fifteenth century Enea Silvio Piccolomini was born, writer, diplomat, humanist among the best of his time (he was elected Pope in 1458 under the name of Pius II). At the center of the city is where the most important monuments can be found, such as the square of the Renaissance, where you will find the Duomo, the Palazzo Vescovile and the priest, the location of the museum; the square is completed by the Palazzo Piccolomini. At the center of the Val d’Orcia, Pienza is now part of a territorial system called “Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d’Orcia”, along with other towns within easy reach, like Castiglione d ‘Orcia, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia and Radicofani. The inevitable visit to the small village of Bagno Vignoni, which offers an extraordinary spectacle of thermal waters. Pienza is also the city of cheese: the pecorino. Small and charming stores sell many varieties of sheep cheese, more or less mature, which can be sampled along with many other local products, such as spices, pici and honey.