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Italy in Photos

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

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.

Piazza Dante Alighieri is a square in the historic centre of Pienza. The square is named after the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri, who wrote the Divine Comedy. The square is surrounded by some of the most important buildings of Pienza, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Palazzo Piccolomini. The square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the historic centre of Pienza, which was designed as an ideal Renaissance town by Pope Pius II in the 15th century. (Photos 1-2-3-6)- Via della Madonnina is a street in Pienza which runs from the outskirts of the town to Via Enzo Mangiavacchi. (Photos 4-5) – Via Gozzante is a street in Pienza which runs from Piazza Dante Alighieri to Via Dell’addobbo. (Photo 7) – Piazza Martiri della Libertà is a square in the historic centre of Pienza. The square is named after the martyrs of the Italian resistance movement, who fought against the Nazi-Fascist regime during World War II. The square also has some restaurants, cafes, and shops, where you can enjoy the local cuisine and products, such as the famous Pecorino cheese. (Photos 8-9) – Via del Giglio is a street dead end in Pienza which can be found along Corso il Rossellino. (Photo 10) – Corso il Rossellino is a street in Pienza which runs from Piazza Dante Alighieri to Viale di Circonvallazione. (Photos 11-12-17-18-20-21) – The Chiesa San Francesco is a Gothic-style church in the town of Pienza. It was founded in the 13th century by Franciscans from the nearby monastery of Corsignano. Some interesting details about the church are: – It has a simple and austere facade, with only a decorated portal as a sign of ornamentation. It contains valuable frescoes from the 14th century, depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis and other saints. The frescoes are attributed to two Sienese painters, Cristoforo di Bindoccio and Meo di Piero. It also houses some paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, such as a Madonna della Misericordia by the workshop of Luca Signorelli and works by Matteo Balducci and Ugolino Lorenzetti. (Photos 12-13) – Piazza Pio II is the main square of Pienza, a town in Tuscany that was redesigned in the Renaissance by Pope Pius II. It is considered one of the purest realisations of the urban ideal of the Renaissance, as it was the first application of the Renaissance Humanist concept of urban design. It has a trapezoidal shape, with angular brick paving, and is surrounded by four buildings of different styles and functions: the cathedral, the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace, and the town hall. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, along with the historic centre of Pienza, for its outstanding universal value as a testimony of the cultural and artistic development of the Renaissance. (Photo 14)

The Concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, also known as the Cathedral of Pienza, is a Renaissance church located in the town of Pienza. It was commissioned by Pope Pius II, who was born in Pienza and wanted to transform his birthplace into an “ideal city”. The church was designed by Bernardo Rossellino and consecrated in 1462. It has a simple and elegant facade in travertine, with a central rose window and the coat of arms of the pope. The interior is divided into three naves of equal height, with ribbed vaults and tracery windows. The church contains several artworks by Sienese painters of the 15th century, such as Giovanni di Paolo, Matteo di Giovanni, and Lorenzo di Pietro (also known as il Vecchietta). The cathedral is considered one of the most important monuments of the Italian Renaissance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo 15) – The Palazzo Piccolomini di Pienza is a Renaissance palace that was built by Pope Pius II, who was born in the town of Pienza and wanted to make it an “ideal city”. The palace was designed by Bernardo Rossellino, who was inspired by the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence. The palace has a square plan, a central courtyard, and a loggia that offers a stunning view of the Val d’Orcia. The palace was the summer residence of the pope and his family, and it contains many artworks and original furnishings from the 15th century. The palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a museum that you can visit. (Photo 16) – Via dell’Amore is a street in Pienza which runs from Corso il Rossellino to Via del Casello. (Photo 17) – Vicolo Cieco is a street in Pienza which runs from Via del Casello to Corso il Rossellino.(Photo 17) – Via del Casello is a street in Pienza which runs from Corso il Rossellino to Piazza Pio II. (Photo 23) – Via S. Carlo is a street in Pienza which runs from Corso il Rossellino to Piazza S. Carlo. (Photos 24-25) – Via Case Nuove is a street in Pienza which runs from Piazza S. Carlo to Via dell’Apparita. (Photos 26-27) – Via dell’Apparita is a street in Pienza which runs from Largo Roma to Via della Rosa. (Photo 28)

Pienza Cuisine: – Pienza offers delightful culinary experiences. Let’s explore some of its typical dishes: – Pici Cacio e Pepe: If you stop at any restaurant in Pienza, you’ll likely encounter this dishPici is a thick Tuscan pasta, like spaghetti, and it’s served with a flavourful sauce made from cacio (pecorino cheese) and pepe (black pepper). – Minestra di Pane (Bread Soup): This traditional Tuscan dish is crafted from day-old stale bread and a medley of fresh garden vegetables. It’s a comforting and hearty soup that warms the soul. – Pecorino Cheese: Pienza is renowned for its pecorino, a delicious sheep’s milk cheese. You’ll find various versions, including those seasoned with hay, honey, pignoli, basil, chili, or aged in ash. – Dried Pasta, Porcini, and Truffles: The region offers high-quality dried pasta, earthy porcini mushrooms, and aromatic truffles. These ingredients play a significant role in local cuisine.

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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