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PIENZA:  Country : Italy |  Region: Tuscany |  Province: Siena
Population: 1763 | Altitude 500 mt a.s.l  | Zip code 53016 | Area code 0577
Distance from Siena 25 km, Pienza 40, Firenze 80, Rome 250 km 

 
     
 

 Town information

 
 

Pienza, is a lovely town near Siena in a panoramic position overlooking the Orcia Valley, It is a jewel of art originated from the transformation of the old castle of Corsignano for the pleasure of Pope Enea Silvio Piccolomini in 1558, who was born there. It was built by Rossellino (1459 - 62 ). It is a rare example of Renaissance town building. Thanks to its position, Pienza was of great importance during the Middle Ages. Distance

 
     
 

 Sights to see and things to do

 
  The Duomo of Pienza stands in the central Piazza. It contains several masterpieces by the most famous Sienese painters:

Palazzo Piccolomini: rensembles somewhat Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, it once was the Pope's residence. Nowadays, it hosts and preserves many objects of the Piccolomini Family. In the piazza there is the beautiful travertine well by the Florentine school.

Palazzo Borgia: The Palace is the seat of the "Museo Diocesano", one of the most important museums in the province of Siena for the artistic treasures and numerous pieces on display. Works by P.Lorenzetti, Bartolo di Fredi, Vecchietta and Luca Signorelli.

Palazzo Comunale: (Town Hall)
Built in 1462, characterised by an ample portico with travertine Ionic colums, today it is the seat of the local government.

The Church of San Francesco:
It is one of the most ancient Franciscan buildings in Italy, dating back to the XIII century.On the walls is the story of St. Francis of Assisi. Notable works of art by Luca Signorelli and of other Sienese painters.

In the surrounding area:
Pieve di Corsignano:
Outside of the historical center of Pienza, is the Romanesque parish church, characterised by a cylindric tower and a decorated fortress with mythological and fantastic themes.

The Castle of Spedaletto:
Just 9 km. from Pienza. Towered and fortified castle.
 
Nearby localities Cosona, Monticchiello, Corsignano
 

 Events and festivals in PIENZA

 
  May = Passing of "Mille Miglia" historical car race.
July = Teatro Povero di Monticchiello; theater spectacle, ideated, written and produced by the people of the village of Monticchiello.
September = Festa del Cacio (Pecorin sheep-cheese feast); Gastronomic festival. It is possible to taste the famous "Pecorino" cheese of Pienza and other local products.
Weekly market : Friday morning
 
 

 Getting there

 
 
By Train
:  The closest railway station is CHIUSI train station Train schedules

By Air: International flights to Rome, Pisa, Florence o Milan

 

 

 

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