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Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

near Montepulciano, Italy
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Ranked #38 of 1,369 attractions in Tuscany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Gdansk, Poland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you love Tuscany -- Siena, Montepulciano -- you need to visit Pienza for its compact size and concentration of Tuscan essence. It's a small, picturesque town in the heart of Val d'Orcia, a hilly part of Tuscany, definitely worth visiting. You can enjoy great vistas from town walls, a variety of goods in tiny shops, and medieval architecture. Compared... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Pienza is a perfect little town in so many ways. Tiny enough to spend a pleasant afternoon wondering around rather than rushing about to see everything. Lovely shops with very friendly attendants. A lot of artisan places here as well, where you can watch the artist make the scarf you buy (!) rather than just the usual stuff available in... More

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Lucca, Italy
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not too far from Montepulciano is a little hill-top town named Pienza. Pienza is a UNESCO world heritage town, and was so designated because of its concept of urban design and its role in urban development in Italy. It is truly a delightful place. The architecture in the city, (its buildings), the lovely flower plantings and the views from this... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Amazing little town with ceramics, artist shops, leather goods and beautiful churches. Great place to have lunch, do some light shopping and pick up a bottle of wine for the road.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Pienza was our favorite little village out of all of Tuscany! If you are looking for a place that still has the old charm you must definitely visit Pienza.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Visit Palazzo Piccolomini and buy some delicious Percorino cheese. Fabulous views of the Tuscan countryside.

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88 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Spend a delightful couple of hours in Pienza, a charming Tuscan town. There are lovely little shops, restaurants, churches, etc. Spend a few hours wandering, eating, drinking and enjoying this little gem. A relaxing and lovely way to spend the day.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Pienza was an early planned community by a Pope who renamed the city piety. The views are incredible and the hotels and restaurants and gelato shops are all an easy walk. Away from tourists, it is awesome. the main square is charming with musicians and strolling couples, a must see and respite from tourists all over Florence. Charm just isn't... More

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Rowlett, United States
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This small, wonderful hill town just gets passed through by most tourists. But it is a gem, with a beautiful small square, good shopping and restaurants and fantastic views from the old town walls

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Renovated under Pope Pius II and a single architect in the late 1500's , Pienza sits on a hill commanding sweeping views of the beautiful Val d'Orcia. The Piccolomini Palace next tot he Duomo is worth a visit, especially the hanging gardens that have one of the most beautiful and harmonious views of the valley framed by stone arches backed... More

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