Unesco World Heritage Site

62km, 1hr 10 mins

Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1996, Pienza’s reconstruction in 1459-1462 was commissioned by Pope Pius II.  Known as the ‘Ideal City of the Renaissance,’ it remains virtually unchanged today.

There are fantastic views of the Val d’Orcia from the southern city walls.  Artisan shops along the Corso Rossellino sell local honey and Pecorino (much milder than Pecorino Romano) of various flavours and textures.

what to see

Piazza Pio II
Main Piazza
Corso Rossellino
Artisan cheese shops
Pieve di Corsignano
Romanesque Church
Cattedrale dell'Assunta
Pienza Cathedral
Chiesa di San Francesco
One of the oldest Franciscan buildings of Italy
Medieval village near Pienza
Ancient Hermitage beneath St. Caterina


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