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    by Kandise Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Duomo
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    1-Piazzo Pio II is a square dedicated to Pope Pio II, this also connects the two entrances into the city, "Porta al Ciglio" and "Porta al Murello".

    2-The Catherdral was designed by Rossellino. The Cathedral was dedicated to the Assumption and built between 1459 & 1462.

    3-The Borgia's Bishop Palace with Gothic arches and a small court.

    4-S. Francesco Church where you can visit many 14th century frescos.

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    Famous David By Michelangelo

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    MICHELANGELO Buonarroti (1475-1564)
    1504 - Marble, height 434 cm
    Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

    Perhaps the most famous statue of a male in the world today is the statue of David by Michelangelo. He didn't create a winner, but the representation of David portrays youth. Philosophic reports even want to convince us of erotic youth and female qualities of the statue ... a monument in these days and, a must to visit.

    Visiting Galleria dell'Accademia
    The museum is open from 8:15 am - 6:50 pm. Tuesday to Sunday.
    Closed on Mondays and on certain holidays.
    Tickets cost 6.50 Euro.

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    Palazzo Piccolomini

    by cjg1 Written Jun 12, 2009

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    The Palazzo Piccolomini is right next to the Duomo. The Palazzo was the home of Pope Pius II and his decendants (up till 1968). The palazzo was designed by Rossellino and modeled after the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence.

    The only part of the palazzo we were able to see were the bedroom of Pope Pius II and his library. The palazzo has big arched windows that bring tons of sun light streaming through the interior. Their is an interior courtyard as well as a small formal garden.

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    Duomo of Pienza

    by cjg1 Written Jun 12, 2009

    We visited the Duomo with Liz's Aunt and Uncle. Her Aunt is a fan of Rossellino who was the architect. The Duomo is is a bad state of decay with lots of cracks on the walls and floors but the artwork is still beautiful. The stained glass windows are very nice. The stained glass was commisioned by Pope Pius II, he wanted the stained glass to be large and emcompass a majority of the duomo. The Duomo is often refered to as the domus vitrea or house of glass.

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    Piazza Duomo At Pienza

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    See some phantastic monuments in Pienza town, with great success preserved from legendary medieval and renaissance past. One is the Pace Pie 2, part of the fabulous Piazza Duomo with the beautiful altar, special tributed to its architect and sculptor Rossellino, and watch the baptisimal front.

    The interior of the Duomo is a gorgeous decoration, simply but richly, with beautiful paintings from the Sienese school. Originated from 1459 and finished in a record 3 years' time, the facade is divided into three parts. Daily 8:30-1 and 2:30-7.

    See 5 paintings by the most famous Sienese painters:

    * Giovanni di Paolo: Madonna with child and Saints.
    * Matteo di Giovanni: Madonna on the throne with child and Saints.
    * Lorenzo di Pietro (called Vecchietta): Assumption.
    * Sano di Pietro: Madonna with child and Saints.
    * Matteo di Giovanni: Madonna on the throne with child and Saints.

    Take a little meditation inside the Piazza Duomo ... it is so peacefull

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    Val D'Orcia

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Coming by car to Pienza is a great experience. From Siena I can suggest to follow the SS2 (Cassia) untill San Quirico D'Orcia. Here you can find the sign Pienza and from there you drive along a scenic route. Enjoy this fantastic Tuscanian landscape!!!

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    Chiesa di San Francesco

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Chiesa di San Francesco
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    The church of St. Francis was built at the end of the twelfth century. The facade is very simple and it has got only a door with oculo. The inside preserve rests of frescos of the thirteenth century, while the decorations of the apse are attirbuited to Cristoforo di Bindaccio.

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    Corso Rossellino

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Corso Rossellino: Palazzo Ammannati
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    The Corso Rossellino is the thorn of the Medieval suburb that connect the two principal gateway of the town. Along its sides you can see the beautiful Palazzo Ammannati built in the fourteenth century for the cardinal Giacomo Ammannati. Another interesting building is the one belonged to Salomone Piccolomini with to the first floor has got gothic bifore and graffiti.

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    Palazzo Piccolomini: the loggia

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The visit of the palace is very interesting. During the visit you arrive to the gallery of the first floor. Here you can see a beautiful ceiling chests suffito and dorich columnes. From here you can see a beautiful panorama over the Val D'Orcia and, if the sky is clear, you can see the fortress of Radicofani, the monte Cetona and the Monte Amiata.

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    Palazzo Piccolomini: the hanging garden

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The hanging garden
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    The palace has got a beautiful hanging garden on which you can admire the beautiful panorama above the Val D'Orcia, the apse of the cathedral on the left and the loggia of the palace behind the garden.

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    Palazzo Piccolomini: the internal courtyard

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The internal courtyard
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    Inside the building there is a beautiful square courtyard encircled by arcades on columns with Corinthian capitals. On the walls there are nice decorations with the coat of arms of Pio II. Inside the building you can see many beautiful furniture and pictures and thanks the guided tour you can know more about the family Piccolomini.

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    Palazzo Piccolomini

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 9, 2007

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    To the right of square Pio II you can see the Piccolomini Palace, the papal residence planned by Rosellino among 1459 and 1462. The building was restored in 1905 and in 1933. The facade has cried square and it is all dressed with bugnato bricks and windows with bifore.

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    Palazzo Comunale

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Palazzo Comunale
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    The city hall is located in front of the cathedral. The palace is made with a portico with ionic columns of ionic realized by Rossellino. The facade is made in travertino and it is opened superiorly from four bifores with tower in cooked crowned with blackbirds. In the portico there are the commemorative plates of the Italian sovereigns.

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    Palazzo Vescovile

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The Episcopalian Palace is located on the left side of the square Pio II. The building is known as Palazzo Borgia since in the fourteenth century it was the residence of the cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (who become pope with the name of Alessandro IV) which Pio II had given the preexisting Gothic building. The facade has a beautiful portal, two orders of guelf cross windows and the coat of arms of the family. Today it is center of the Diocesan Museum.

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    The Cathedral: interior (1)

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The Lady with the Child and Saints
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    Inside the cathedral you can see the works ordered from Pio II to the greater of sieneses artists of the time and performed between 1461 and 1463. You can see The Lady with the Child and Saints made by Giovanni di Paolo; Lady with Child made by Matteo di Giovanni; Employment of the Virgin between the Saint Catherine made by Lorenzo Vecchietta; Lady in Throne made by Matteo of Giovanni. Very nice is also the wooden choir made by Rossellino in 1462.

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