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“Beautiful beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
near Montepulciano, Italy
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Ranked #35 of 1,432 Attractions in Tuscany
Type: Historic Sites
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London, UK
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“Beautiful beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

A must-visit for anyone visiting Tuscany. The little town oozes character and charm. We decided to return to Pienza for dinner after having stopped there briefly earlier in the day. No one should miss this - especially as it's so close to Montepulciano and Montalcino

Visited May 2012
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“TRAVELING AROUND TUSCANY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

After much research, i decided to stay in pienza, which ended up being a perfect location to explore central tuscany region..i rented a car in chiusi,after taking a train from florence. From our location in pienza ,which was about 45 minutes from chiusi, we took day trips to siena , volterra, monticiello, montopulciano. moltacino,and visited wineries and cheese farms in the pienza area..could have stayed more than 5 days..do yorself a favor , be in shape and wear good shoes!!!!! lots of steps and hills....

Visited May 2012
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“Small Tuscan Town Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

Great stop on any Tuscany tour. Small, historic town has a compact and interesting main street with many good sites and shops sampling and selling excellent wines and cheeses. Great views of the surrounding countryside.

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Piegaro, Italy
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“My favorite hilltop town in Tuscany!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

This is my absolute favorite of hilltowns in Tuscany! I prefer this over Montepulciano, for ease of parking, ease of seeing all there is to see of this perfectly preserved Renaissance town. The perfect perservation is due to it being the birthplace of Pope Pius, originally of the renowned Piccolomini family. He directed a lot of Vatican money to perserve it and centuries later visitors can walk among the sheer beauty of the place. Wonderful central piazza, great restaurants, places to get a gelato and just rest tranquillo people watching. You can purchase great wines in the shops and gourmet products typical of this area such as truffles, pecorino cheeses and great wild boar salamis. If you want to visit a beautiful Renaissance town with children in two, this is the place to come! Can be combined with a beautiful drive through the iconic Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO Heritage Site with the rolling hilltops with cypress paths leading to farmhouses. Yes, this is where all the calendar art comes from! Enjoy. I visit Pienza often and never tire of the panoramic views.

Visited June 2011
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“Small town charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

This tiny town with a reported population of < 3000, is easy to reach by car. It is along the route from Siena to Montepulciano. I think most of the other visitors had driven there. Several others took a bus from Siena, along with me. The frequency of bus service during the off-season is limited. The route is also scheduled to serve commuters going from Montepulciano to Siena in the morning and returning home in the afternoon. This would be limit your choices if you originate from Siena. Check the schedule carefully.

The town is tiny, with historic building dating back to the middle ages. The historic center can be traversed in approximately 5 minutes, but the edges of town overlooks a beautiful valley. During the afternoon that I visited, many of the other tourists had congregated at this sunny, wind shielded, overlook. The "sites" to visit are few but included a church dedicated to Pope Pius II (Piccholomini). Inside the church the floor is sloping away and the cracking walls have not been repairable.

Visited October 2011
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