The ideal Renaissance city
Pienza, a traditional Renaissance town and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, is a perfect example of Humanist architecture, the original structure of which is still perfectly recognisable.
The town owes its charm to Pope Pius II, who, out of his great love for classical beauty, wanted to make Pienza his “ideal city”, making it one of the most significant urban projects of the Italian Renaissance. The stunning square is small in size but appears large and majestic thanks to a play on perspectives.
This architectural marvel was designed by Bernando Rosselino, known for creating stunning buildings. With the square, the cathedral and the elegant, impressive buildings, everything in Pienza contributes to making it a place of urban artistry, with beauty to behold around every corner, immersed in a magic that seems to make time stand still.