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Pienza

By car, Pienza is 43 kilometres far from our Fonteverde Spa, and is reachable within an hour. Previously named Corsignano, this town has been rebuilt under Pope Pius II. The reconstruction and ampliation of the village followed the Rinascimental aestethic ideals, and was led by Bernardo Gambarelli.

The architectural centre of Pienza is Piazza Pio XI, which contains the main buildings of the town. Thanks to the use of perspective, the streets seem longer than they actually are. The three naves Cathedral was mainly built under Pope Pius' II precise specifications: the windows are facing south, making the whole ambient as luminous as possible; the naves were built in the “Hallenkirchen” style, following examples of German Cathedrals seen during the Pope's travels. Other important edifices are Palazzo Borgia, Palazzo Ammannati and Palazzo Piccolomini. If you walk through the great gate on the left, you'll have an astonishing view over the Val d'Orcia.