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Colle val d'Elsa
Pienza is a small town near Siena in a panoramic
position overlooking the Orcia river valley; it is a rare example of
Renaissance town building. It was built by the order of Pope Enea Silvio
Piccolomini in 1458. Thanks to its position, Pienza was of great
importance during the Middle Ages.
Around Pienza's central square
are the most important buildings: the Cathedral, "Palazzo
Piccolomini", "Palazzo Borgia" and "Palazzo dei Priori".
The Duomo of Pienza is a very nice building and
is embellished with five paintings by the most famous Sienese
Giovanni di Paolo: Madonna with child and Saints.
Matteo di Giovanni: Madonna on the throne with child and
Lorenzo di Pietro (called Vecchietta): Assumption.
Pietro: Madonna with child and Saints.
Matteo di Giovanni: Madonna on
the throne with child and Saints.
Worthy of note is the beautiful altar
attributed to the architect and sculptor "Rossellino", as well as, the
nice baptismal font.
Palazzo Piccolomini: Similar to Palazzo Rucellai
in Florence, it was once the Pope's residence. Nowadays, it hosts and
preserves many objects of the Piccolomini Family. The portico over the
hanging garden and the internal court with arches is very nice. Worthy of
note are the "Sala delle Armi" (Room of Arms), the library, the studio
and the bedroom of PIO II. In the piazza there is a 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.
In its eleven rooms, it preserves many works of the Sienese school of
painting by P.Lorenzetti, Bartolo di Fredi, Vecchietta and Luca Signorelli.
It also exhibits illuminated manuscripts by Sano di Pietro, Flemish
tapestries, silverware and finally the cape of PIO II, an extraordinary
example of quality and richness of particulars.
Palazzo Comunale: (Town Hall)
1462 and characterised by an ample portico with Ionic travertine columns,
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 13th
On the walls is the story of St. Francis of Assisi. Important
works of art by Luca Signorelli and other Sienese
In the surrounding area:
Outside of the historical center of Pienza is
the Romanesque parish church characterised by a cylindric tower and a
fortress decorated with mythological and fantastic themes.
Castle of Spedaletto:
Just 9 km. from Pienza, this medieval
fortress is an important example of a many towered and fortified castle.
Inside, there is a small church with a gothic portal and a nice rose window.
Pienza events and festivals:
May = Passing of "Mille Miglia" historical car
July = Teatro Povero di Monticchiello; theatre spectacle,
ideated, written and produced by the local people in the village of
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.
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