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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to delve into the wonderful treasures of Pienza: – Pienza Italy is a charming town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, that boasts a rich historical and artistic heritage. It is in the scenic Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, and surrounded by rolling hills, cypress trees and medieval villages. Pienza is considered the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism”, as it was the first town to be planned according to humanist principles by Pope Pius II in the 15th century. He was born here in 1405 as Enea Silvio Piccolomini, a renowned scholar and diplomat, and later transformed his humble birthplace into a model of Renaissance architecture and culture. Pienza’s main attraction is the beautiful Piazza Pio II, the central square that showcases the harmonious and elegant buildings designed by the architect Bernardo Rossellino under the supervision of the Pope himself. Here you can admire the Cathedral of Pienza, a masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance styles, the Palazzo Piccolomini, the Pope’s residence with a lovely garden and a panoramic view of the valley, the Pienza Town Hall, a typical example of Tuscan public architecture, and the Palazzo Borgia, which houses the Diocesan Museum of Pienza. Pienza is also famous for its delicious pecorino cheese, made from sheep’s milk and aged in various ways. You can find many cheese shops and farms in and around the town, where you can taste and buy this local specialty. Pienza is also a great base to explore the Val d’Orcia, a stunning landscape of hills, vineyards, olive groves and cypresses, dotted with castles, abbeys and thermal springs. You can visit nearby towns such as Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia and Bagno Vignoni, or enjoy hiking, biking, horse riding and photography in this natural paradise. Pienza Italy is a town that offers a unique combination of history, art, nature and gastronomy, and a perfect destination for a memorable Tuscan experience.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk – Piazza Dante Alighieri to  Via dell’Apparita
Approximately 0.71 km – 0.44 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Dante Alighieri – Porta al Murello chiamata anche Porta al Prato – Piazza Martiri della Liberta – Corso il Rossellino – Piazza Pio II – Vicolo Fortuna – Via del Casello – Walk back along Vicolo Fortuna to Corso il Rossellino – Vic. Cieco – Via del Casello – Walk back to Corso il Rossellino – Via San Carlo – Via delle Case Nuove – Via dell’Apparita

Please note, some of the street names were taken from the Michelin Street map for Pienza