Pienza Travel Guide

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Pienza Things to Do

  • Piazza Pio ll during the day

    It was crowded with tour groups, so we went to the south side of the wall to enjoy the view of Val d'Orcia.

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  • Val d'Orcia is not a place to be rushed...

    We enjoyed the views of cypress trees,farm houses,ravines and the rolling silhouette of the hills that seems to go on forever like postcards.

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  • A special look at sunset

    We enjoyed beautiful sunset's views of Val d'Orcia on the south side of the wall at Via del Casello.

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  • Places to See, Things to Do

    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...

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  • Famous David By Michelangelo

    DavidMICHELANGELO Buonarroti (1475-1564)1504 - Marble, height 434 cmGalleria dell'Accademia, FlorencePerhaps 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...

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  • Palazzo Piccolomini

    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...

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  • Duomo of Pienza

    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...

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  • Piazza Duomo At Pienza

    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,...

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  • Val D'Orcia

    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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Pienza Hotels

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  • San Gregorio (Pienza)

    Via della Madonnina 4, Pienza, 53026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Arca di Pienza

    Via San Gregorio 19 A/B/C, Pienza, Tuscany, 53026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Piccolo Hotel La Valle Pienza

    Via Circonvallazione, 7 - int. 3, Pienza, 53026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Pienza Restaurants

  • Excellent local cheese and salami

    This was a great find in Pienza. We went in march and we were lucky to catch some sunny days but it was still cool to sit outside and enjoy our meals. Walking around in Pienza we saw this tiny restaurant with some tables outdoor. It is in a small square, surrounded by tall buildings so the wind could not go through. We sat outdoor and loved the...

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  • Homemade food

    In Pienza, we stayed in this agriturismo for the night, and decided to take the half board, since we had heard so many wonderful things about tuscan food and we knew that the best places to eat are the agriturismi.They have a little restaurant in the main house, just for the people staying there. So, together with another italian couple, we were...

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  • Good place for a coffee and a snack

    When we arrived in Pienza we were in need of a coffee before exploring the town. Located on Piazza Dante Alighieri, just before you enter through the Porta a Prato is a Café/Bar called Il Caffe', and we figured it couldn't be too bad as it was filled with locals who were shopping at the adjacent market. As we just wanted a quick caffeine hit, we...

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  • Delicious Suckling Pig

    After plenty of research before our trip to Italy, I determined that the place to eat in Pienza was Trattoria Latte di Luna. It sounded fabulous, so when Alex suggested we could just buy something from the market for lunch I was worried that I wouldn't get to try it. Then I said the magic words to him - 'suckling pig' - and he was hot-stepping it...

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  • Fine Tuscan Dining

    We ate outside, essentially on the town wall. Everything was great. I had guinea hen with a berry sauce. Alice had sea bass, Eli had a steak (?) and I cant remember what Marisa had. I do remember having a gnocchi and sausage appetizer that was excellent. Also a smoked duck appetizer that was also very good.

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  • Osteria Sette di Vino

    Local winery / eatery with a lovely street terrace. Bruschetti, grilled pecorino with bacon.And a good bottle of Brunello di Montalcino ...(Price per person is rather high because of the wine!)

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Pienza Nightlife

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    by RoyJava Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    The lovely little town of Pienza, Tuscany, closes its doors when evening falls. Besides its festivals (May, July & September) nightlife is not like in the big cities ... maybe behind close doors something happen, where the beauty of Pienza got famous through ...

    Dress Code: Take a good glas of wine and have a walk just before sunset to its borders of Pienza. You'll be witness of breath-taking sunsets where the dress code is "golden beauty" ...

    Sunrise Pienza - Tuscany

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Pienza Transportation

  • Pienza was not built in a day!

    By car: Pienza can be reached from Northerly motorway *Autostrada del Sole* exit Valdichiana and from South via exit Chiusi Chianciano 30 Km.By plane: Pienza - about 250 km from Pisa Airport and 130 km from the Florence Airport.By train: Pienza - about 40 km from the Chiusi railway station. In Pienza are parking areas next to the town. Tourist Info

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  • Getting to Pienza and parking

    Italy has a reputation for crazy drivers, particularly in places like Rome and Naples. As we were not visiting any big cities we decided to brave driving in Italy, and I am pleased to say it all went without a hitch.I must admit that driving in the teaming rain on the truck-infested autostrada wasn't my idea of fun, however being able to really get...

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  • And after being fall in love...

    ...you can be transported here.in the Kiss street....and to kiss...and to kiss..and to kiss...

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Pienza Shopping

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  • Wine and cheese shop

    We knew that Pienza is very famous for its faboulous Pecorino so during our stroll we had our eyes opened to find the best place to buy some cheese. We saw this small shop around a corner and went in. Turned out to be great. All their wine, cheese and salami can be tasted to decide what you like best. We tried several and ended up buying the red...

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  • Pienza Cheese and Tuscan traditions

    Pienza is famous for its delicious pecorino of Pienza. Along the street Rossellino you can meet many shops that sell it, the Tuscan specialties, good wine (Montepulciano and Montalcino) and good gastronomic specialties!!!Impossible to withstand!!!

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  • Food, pets, cacti, handbags

    We visited Pienza on a Thursday and there was an interesting market in full swing. The market commenced just outside Porta a Prato and continued along Corso Il Rossellino, and there was a good variety of goods on offer. There was some fresh food stalls - one selling tasty looking suckling pig rolls, along with a large range of dried meats and...

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Pienza Local Customs

  • Pecorino Cheese

    Pienza is famous for producing Pecorino Cheese. For those not aware, Pecorino Cheese is a sheep's milk cheese with a tangy taste. There are many shops in Pienza proudly displaying and selling this cheese. As soon as you enter the town you smell the cheese in the air. Liz's Aunt Bought a large wheel of Pecorino and I ot the pleasure of carrying the...

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  • Gourmet Pienza & Pecorino

    Pienza is a mecca for the gourmet tourist. It has lots of shops stuffed full of delicious offerings, but one thing that you will come across a lot of is pecorino cheese.Pecorino originates from this part of Italy, and you will see it for sale all over Pienza. It can be eaten fresh, when it is white and soft, or aged when it is hard and goes a...

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  • EVERYDAY SHOP SIGNS

    Special cultural note: downtown Pienza in Tuscany. The merchants of Pienza seem to be in constant competition for creating and presenting the upmost attractive storefront. That always shows some great and original designs downtown, unique to its character and ...... great for modelling, for the owners loved the models moving in front of their...

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Pienza What to Pack

  • by Kandise Written Sep 23, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light, bring things you can mix and match.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a light jacket with you. The evenings and mornings tend to be a bit chilly, but the afternoons heat up quickly. Shorts and short sleeve shirts are exceptable.

    Chicken Dance with Local Children Shorts, t's, and a light jacket

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Pienza Off The Beaten Path

  • Conservatorio di San Carlo

    Next to thePorta al Ciglio, in the street St. Charles, there is the ex Conservatory of St. Charles that has been built in the fourteenth century exploiting the walls of the town. Today it is the home of the archaeological museum.

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  • Porta Al Ciglio

    The Porta al Ciglio (Ciglio Gateway)is made with a round arc in bricks. It is located at the end of Corso Rosellino.

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  • Montalcino

    Montalcino is a beautiful Tuscan hill town, which sits looking over the Orcia valley, 23km west of Pienza. It is famous for its wine - Brunello di Montalcino, which is one of the best (and most expensive) wines produced in Italy.We stayed in Montalcino for two nights, tasted our fair share of the local drop and explored the surrounding area. Our...

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Pienza Favorites

  • Tuscan landscape & Cypress trees

    Tuscany is famous for its stunning scenery, and the area surrounding Pienza certainly lives up to the hype.It looks like a patchwork quilt, made up of vineyards (ripe with fruit when we were there), olive groves, brown fields ready for planting, and those dark green cypress trees. The trees are particularly impressive, and more often than not seem...

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  • Love is all around you in Pienza

    Pienza is a romantic place to visit. Not only is it a pretty little town to explore, but the lovely views from the town walls are the perfect place for a smooch. And to find your way to the walls, why not walk along Via dell'Amore or Via del Bacio, which both run off Corso Il Rossellino - these street names roughly translate as Street of Love and...

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  • Morning Beauty

    Make-up artists do have a run of "bad luck" to get up the earliest ones ... we have to wake up the models for make-up time's starting.Though you could enjoy the spirits with a good cup of coffee, a biscuit and ... a beautiful and breath-taking sunrise. That will do so good to start your day, feelings and emotions ... would it? Caste a glance at...

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Chiesa di San Francesco
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Corso Rossellino
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Palazzo Piccolomini: the loggia
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Palazzo Piccolomini: the hanging garden
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Palazzo Piccolomini: the internal courtyard
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Palazzo Piccolomini
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Palazzo Comunale
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Palazzo Vescovile
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The Cathedral: interior (1)
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The Cathedral: interior
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The Cathedral (1)
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The Cathedral
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Piazza Pio II: the well
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Piazza Pio II
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Porta al Prato
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Chiesa di San Francesco
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Montepulciano
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Duomo (Cathedral)
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Piazza Pio II
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Porta a Prato & City Walls
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Blessed are the cheesemakers
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Wonderful Abbey Nearby.
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Italian products sold in this town
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Blessing of the Animals
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The view - classic Tuscany
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Duomo Santa Maria Assunta
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Conifers Spot
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The Val d'Orcia
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Etruscan Tarot
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Palazzo Piccolomini
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Pienza - Top Of The Bill
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PIAZZA PIO II
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Lean Against The Pisa Tower
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Monticchiello
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Pienza Centro
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A cute corner
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Palazzo Picolomini
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Duomo Santa Maria Assunta
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