Palazzo Piccolomini

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Palazzo Piccolomini
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,647 contributions
only by guided tour
Jun 2021
unfortunately the Palazzo Piccolomini can be visited only as part of a guided tour, running several times per day, but not during lunch time. individual visits are not possible.
Written June 25, 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,350 contributions
Nice guided visit inside the palace and gardens
Aug 2019 • Family
Palazzo Piccolomini is a Renaissance palace located in Piazza Pio II (the main square) in Pienza, in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It has a nice garden, from where you can see very beautiful views of surroundings of the town. Also, it is possible visit the inner part with a guided visit, which is interesting. Good for history-lovers.
(See also Piazza Pio II and Il Duomo di Pienza)
Written May 20, 2020
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Alistair450
Auckland Central, New Zealand135 contributions
An Interesting Tour
Oct 2019
Palazzo Piccolomini, built in 1459, was the summer palace of Pope Pius 2. Pienza was his home town. The tour is definitely worthwhile as you will see many original furnishings, weapons, paintings, furniture etc.as well as having a great view over the countryside. The tour ends in the garden. Tours begin at 10.00am and run every 30 minutes. You are provided with an audio guide and the tour costs 7 Euros
Written November 19, 2019
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Brian C
Oakland, CA192 contributions
Good audio tour of Pope Pius II's house
Oct 2019
I had no idea why Pienza was so famous until I took this tour. I did not know that Pope Pius II had a house here and inspired many wealthy people to also move to Pienza. Thanks, audio tour!

Although you might think "Yet another house/palace/museum?" this was a particularly well done audio tour. For 10 euro or less (I can't recall), we got a well documented tour that explains the importance of the rooms, the historical context for them, some of the pope's preferences, and an explanation of the furnishings.

Well worth the money and the hour spent.
Written November 3, 2019
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada554 contributions
Papal Palace built in 15Century
Oct 2019 • Friends
This palace was lived in until the 1960’s! Seems hard to get my head round that! Now it is a really great museum and definitely worth listening to the radio tape information. The guide led you through and you listened in your own language. It might be difficult to ask questions and get answers, unless you have a knowledgeable person in our group! Really worth the visit though.
Written October 17, 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
Summer residence of Pope Pius II and the Piccolomini family until the 1960's. One of several Renaissance buildings.
Jun 2019
This Palazzo, along with the Duomo, the Palazzo Vescovile, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and several other buildings in the small Piazza Pio II were commissioned by Pope Pius II and designed and built by Bernardo Rossellino in the second half of the 15th century. This three storey Renaissance Palazzo, which is constructed of carved sandstone with travertine and marble trimmings, was the summer residence for Pope Pius II, who was a native of Pienza, and also a member of the Piccolomini family. The Piccolomini family resided in the Palazzo for just over 500 years, vacating it in 1962.

The Palazzo is built in a square around an open courtyard that has a portico. The Palazzo faces the streets on three sides and the magnificent Val d'Orcia at the rear.

Guided tours are held at regular intervals during the day with tickets obtained in the shop on the ground floor. Cost of the ticket was EUR 7-00 which included an audio guide. By guided tours I mean that a lady showed us around to the various rooms and told us which number to put into our audio guide and watched to make sure that people didn't take photos. We went into several rooms on the first floor of the Palazzo including the dining room, the music room, the Pope's old bedroom, the library and a room decorated with weapons. The tour also takes you out onto a balcony at the back of the Palazzo where you can look down onto the beautiful hanging gardens built at the rear of the Palazzo and over the top of these out to the magnificent rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia.

The tour finishes with a visit to the beautiful hanging gardens on the ground floor at the rear of the building with more stunning views over the Val d'Orcia.

Well worth a visit.
Written October 14, 2019
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rid8012
New York City, NY230 contributions
This is a must
Oct 2019
Mmmm disagree with some of the reviews! This palace is amazing if you can appreciate the history and the purpose behind the whole village of Pienza! Pienza was then set to be built to become the example of the ideal city of the modern world!(at the time of course) Everything inside is almost intact as it was then, cannot go to Pienza and miss this one , you must take the audio tour and see how the Pope lived ! It’s like be thrown in the 1500
They do not allow pics to be taken so it is a real PLEASANT experience. The garden terrace is also very nice and magnificent view but it is the history behind which is worth the visit! Naturally knowing a bit of history of those areas and the artistic importance and what they did leave to the modern world would help appreciate a place like that. So then yes go if you are interested in the arts and history of a civility that taught the world ‘aesthetics’ or don’t go if you just want to eat gelato and take selfies.
Written October 10, 2019
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,572 contributions
Beautiful old palace
Aug 2019
We took an audio guided tour around the palace. Dour commentary but amazing building and contents. The artefacts and furniture and the fabric of the building are stunning. In England the 15th century tapestry would be in a temperature controlled room - i was amazed to see an open shutter and window with sun partially shining onto the piece. How has this piece survived so long in such adverse conditions? Incredible!
The courtyard is interesting, as is the hanging gardens at the back with stunning views over the Tuscan countryside.
Well worth a visit. The 10 Euro entry also entitles you to go into 5 sites.
Written August 14, 2019
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tclaudio2017
New York City, NY35 contributions
Gorgeous views of the hills of Val d’Orcia
Jun 2019 • Family
A beautiful palazzo, summer residence of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, built by Bernardo Rossellino in 1459. This is the site where the original Romeo and Juliet film was made. It has a nice indoor courtyard, and outdoor garden with spectacular views of the hills of Tuscany, in the heart of Val d’Orcia. An audio guide is all you get with the price of admission. I got a kick out of the Pope’s comfort seat which we would call a toilet nowadays but it looked like a throne to me!!!
Written July 7, 2019
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,759 contributions
Just Another Palace
May 2019 • Couples
Beautiful palace built as a second residence for Pope Pius II, it is also somewhat famous for being a key location in the filming of Romeo and Juliet (or so the story goes!). Great views of the Val d'Orca from the rear of this structure.
Written June 17, 2019
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