"The perfect city......." Pienza by piccolina

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La piazza del Duomo

Pienza is a Renaissance city planned by Rossellino – following the will of Pope Pio II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini.The works of Rossellino include the 14th-century cathedral with carved wooden choir, paintings by Vecchietta, Matteo di Giovanni and Sano di Pietro, and Palazzo Piccolomini, inspired by the forms of Palazzo Rucellai in Florence with its ashlar façades. On its three floors the mullioned windows are between pilaster strips, whereas the courtyard emphasizes the Florentine matrix with arched portico on Corinthian columns. Other Palazzi can be seen on the square: the Casa dei Canonici (the vicarage), home of the cathedral museum which contains works from the school of Sodoma, Flemish tapestries of the 15th and16th centuries, 14th-century wooden sculptures and pope Pius II's cope. Then there are the episcopal residence and the town hall. The pensile garden at Palazzo Piccolomini is of interestand fromhere itis possible to view the Val d'Orcia.
An excellent example of romanesque art is Corsignano church, just outside the walls, and then within only a few kilometres of the town one can visit Spedaletto castle in the centre of the valley on the river Orcia and S. Anna in Camprena, an Olivetan monastery built on the site of a former Lombard fort.

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  • Last visit to Pienza: Aug 1997
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2003
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  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2005 at 5:25 AM

    MMMMMMMMMMMM perfect city indeed, wanna go there with some one who likes to be carried and cuddled :-)))))

  • Sarita76's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2005 at 4:56 AM

    Cittadina molto bella, vero... e pure il pecorino è piuttosto buono :)

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2004 at 11:35 AM

    Yes,... to fall in love is indeed Pienza and Toscana in one, so great experiences, thanks for yours greetzzz RoyJava

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2004 at 3:07 PM

    I heard so much about Pienza - and I'm sure , I will fall in love with Pienza

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2004 at 12:52 PM

    I don't mind falling in love with this place, it looks lovely.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2003 at 7:17 AM

    Stayed two days in Pienza and loved it. It's one of my hotel selections in my pages. You are so funny in your tips. I enjoy your work.

  • prleprle's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2003 at 12:16 PM

    Great place... small and romantic! Shall have to go there next time!

  • utttz's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2003 at 7:23 AM

    devi venire a vedere vico dell'amor perfetto

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2003 at 2:18 PM

    Very sweet warning, you're right,Piccolina! Amazing places!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2002 at 4:05 AM

    Piccolina, I DID fall in love with Pienza!!! It's a gorgeous place!!!

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