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Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

Address: near Montepulciano, Italy
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Ranked #40 of 1,406 Attractions in Tuscany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
50 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

First day out in Tuscany brought us to this charming little hill town. As we look back, it certainly was one of our honeymoon favorites. Plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, shops, restaurants, piazza, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Easy walking, friendly residents, beautiful memories. If you are touring Val d' Orca, this must be a stop.

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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Pienza is a lovely little picturesque town to spend a morning or afternoon. I enjoyed wandering along the narrow little lanes, browsing interesting shops, listening to talented buskers at the squares, the Ristoranti and Caffes and the gorgeous view over the Val d' Orca for taking photos. It is well worth a visit. The weather was beautiful in October but... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Delightful little town with outstanding architecture and nice shops. The pecorino cheese is not to be missed. Try some of the really old aged varieties.

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Gothenburgh
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Pienza is a special town, constructed by the pope Pius II, who wanted to create an ideal renaissance town of his home village. Unfortunately he only managed to accomplish the buildings around the piazza.But this i interesting and has a grand historic and architectonic value, even if Pienza can't be compared with Sabbioneta, where the whole town is built from... More 

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Phildadelphia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I loved every moment of this ideal place. People were kind and the surrounding areas were lovely. We stayed for two nights and used the town as a base. It was a good idea, as we were able to see more of the Val d'Orcia and then come back to Pienza at night. There was a walking trail that went... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We liked the Great views, restaurants, history and ambiance. It was so easy to get to and filled with all that we loved

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New Brunswick
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We took the Tuscany “ in-one-day tour” from Rome. In our visit to Pienza, the panoramic view from the wall’s walkway was the highlight for me. The local market stalls were on display. We had less than half an hour to explore this compact hamlet.

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Centreville, Virginia
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

In 1458 Pope Pius II, the diplomat, humanist poet and Renaissance pope commissioned the famous architect Bernardo Rossellini to design the ideal town as a papal retreat. Pius' hometown of Corsignano was razed and recreated as Pienza the town that has survived the centuries almost untouched. This Tuscan hill town sited on a high bluff overlooking the Orcia Valley lacks... More 

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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We arrived in Pienza (park outside the town and walk in) early in the morning as it was waking up. There were few people on the streets, the shops were just opening and the morning light made the views from the town even more special. For those that want to leave cities and bustle behind, this is a great small... More 

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Gdansk, Poland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 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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