Siena
Pienza
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Pienza The Essential
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Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini was born in Pienza in 1405. At that time the town was known as Corsignano, but after Piccolomini, a humanist and art enthusiast, became Pope Pius II, he commissioned the Florentine Bernardo Rosselino, a pupil of Alberti, to transform his native town into an "ideal city" built according to Renaissance ideals. In recognition, the citizens of Corsignano changed the town's name to Pienza, a name inspired by that of the pope.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Pienza
Square of Pius II (Piazza Pio II)
Square of Pius II (Piazza Pio II)
This square was one of the first
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Diocesan Museum (Museo diocesano)
Diocesan Museum (Museo diocesano)
It contains paintings from the Siena
Cathedral (Duomo)
Cathedral (Duomo)
Finished in 1462, it has a Renaissance
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Piccolomini Palace
Piccolomini Palace
Much inspired by the Palazzo Rucellai in
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