The little jewel of Unesco heritage
The small village of Pienza is located in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, which since 1996 has been listed as a UNESCO site. This small town was built and designed to be the “ideal city” of the Renaissance. In fact, it is the birthplace of Pope Pius II who from 1459 to 1468 commissioned to the architect Bernardo Rossellino and Leon Battista Alberti to completely renovate the town, transforming it into the fifteenth-century Pienza that we still know today.
Considering the small size, the quantity and volume of the architecture is truly impressive, creating a perfect combination of Renaissance and Gothic style. Among all the palaces the co-cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cathedral of Pienza) reigns, which contains a real treasure of frescoes by famous artists.
During the Christmas period the alleys are filled with lights and the doors of the artisan shops open to immerse visitors in ancient crafts full of charm. Among the most famous local products we find saffron, Cinta Senese cured meats and the famous pecorino di Pienza. The Cacio Fair is dedicated to the latter in mid-September. During the event, the various districts compete in the main square by pushing cheeses.
The enchanting Tuscan countryside extends around the beautiful village, hiding little secrets to discover inside. It is worth visiting the Hermitage, a place of prayer and hermitage frequented until the mid-1300s and which contains historic bas-reliefs. Not far away is the town of Montichiello, the only hamlet in the municipality of Pienza, which boasts an ancient tradition of poor theater which is famous nationally.
Once again the heart of Tuscany has been able to fascinate us with its wonders.