The history of Pienza is linked to its founder: Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini)
born here in 1405.
Previously called Corsignano, Pienza was a fortified village and Pius II
wanted a city whose name was reminiscent of his papacy.
He claims that famous architects and artists worked on a project linked to the age full of promises
that was opening up: the Renaissance.
In three years Pienza arose, the "City of Author", the "Ideal City", the "City Utopia", the city "born by a dream of beauty" as Giovanni Pascoli wrote.
Pienza is a small village in southern Tuscany, in the famous Val d'Orcia, absolutely worth visiting among soft and poetic hills and fabulous views.
Behind the Cathedral, you can enjoy an overall view of the valley
which from here is embraced with a single glance.
The soft lines of the hills blend together among the mother-of-pearl gray of the gullies.
The color of the earth and the herbs of the hills takes on tones now opposing, now shaded,
depending on the season.
Black cypresses and large solitary oaks, neat lines of vineyards and silvery spikes of olive
groves coexist in harmony.
Looking down at the horizon, on the top of the hills, the outline of the fortresses and castles suddenly appears. The agglomerates of Monticchiello, Castiglioncello del Trinoro , Contignano, Radicofani, Campiglia, Castiglione and Rocca d'orcia, Vignoni, S. Quirico, Montalcino, and still farms, vineyards, olive trees, fruit trees, farmhouses, wooded areas, gullies, hedges and paths ...