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Old Town of Pienza, Italy

From series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
The smallest town of Tuscany – Pienza – is one of the nicest in this area. Its population is not so bigб just 2 000 people. Today it is quite hard to imagine that earlier on this territory was placed a small village. At the beginning of the 15th century Pius PP. II has rebuilt this village in a large town in Renaissance style. In 1459 the town has drastically changed.

Old Town of Pienza, Italy Pius PP. II was born there and did his best for converting the village into a luxurious town. Pienza was the first European town which was built according to the accurate plan. Later all cities were built in such way. There were saved the Medieval buildings, today they are of a great value. In the centre of the historical area has placed a wonderful conciliar Church and several marvellous palaces.

The town isn’t only famous for the historical buildings but also there has placed a unique natural and cultural landscape Val d’Orcia. The main speciality of this area is the wonderful hills of right bell-mound. In summer they are covered with high green grass and wildflowers. Nice hills attract a lot of artists for hundreds of years. The best way to explore the city is on foot. Walking will open you a lot of secrets that are covered by the car travellers. During the walk around the square, you will see that the old buildings look different from various sides. Next - Royal Palace of Caserta


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Banca Cras - Credito Cooperativo Chianciano Terme - Sovicille' located in 0.15 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Autofficina Ora' is located in 6.21 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Eni' in 0.36 km
Supermarket: 'La Taverna del Pecorino - Pecorino,Formaggio,Cacio' in 0.04 km
Parking: 'parking place' in 0.15 km
Apotheek: 'Novelli Lucilla' in 0.04 km
Police station: 'Carabinieri Presidio Pienza' in 0.27 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Sperone Nudo' in 0.03 km
Railway station: 'Torrita Di Siena' in 13 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Siena Airport SAY - in 39 km
 »  Grosseto (Baccarini) Airport GRS - in 60 km
 »  Sant'Egidio Airport PEG - in 67 km
 »  Peretola Airport FLR - in 90 km
 »  Marina di Campo Airport EBA - in 122 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Old Town of Pienza

Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Located in 0 km from Old Town of Pienza
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Rooms: 19
The San Gregorio features a large private courtyard, where the hotel organises cultural, artistic and musical events.The garden is equipped with an … More: photo, rates and booking
Pietramonti Estate & Country House

Located in 1 km from Old Town of Pienza
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Rooms: 3
With direct access to the garden, the air-conditioned rooms boast wrought-iron beds, terracotta floors and oak beamed ceilings. Each has a private … More: photo, rates and booking
Agriturismo Podere Santa Maria

Located in 2 km from Old Town of Pienza
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Rooms: 4
The rooms are simple yet elegant with wood-beamed ceilings and country-style furnishings. They provide a garden view and include free Wi-Fi, a TV, … More: photo, rates and booking
Azienda Agricola Barbi

Located in 3 km from Old Town of Pienza
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Rooms: 2
The Barbi's traditional apartments have terracotta floors and whitewashed walls. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchenette with microwave and … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

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Pitigliano
49 km - Pitigliano
The ancient town of Pitigliano, situated in picturesque Tuscany, is probably the most impregnable settlement in the world. This ancient city was literally built on the rock. The stone buildings and the fortress walls form a whole with the rocks. According to the …
Underground Orvieto
53 km - Underground Orvieto
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Historical center of Siena
64 km - Historical center of Siena
The historical part of Siena is also a world heritage site. This area has saved its Medieval aura. Piazza del Campo is a place where most of the excursions begin because around the square you can find a lot of interesting architectural buildings. A wonderful Palazzo …
San Gimignano
67 km - San Gimignano
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Fortezza Medicea Restaurant
75 km - Fortezza Medicea Restaurant
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Top destination around Old Town of Pienza - Montepulciano

The excursion in the winery Fattoria della Talosa that is one of the oldest factories in the region promise to be interesting and exciting. Its wine cellar resembles a large cave where big wooden barrels of wine are stored. The winery Tenuta Valdipiatta that has been long run by one family is no less interesting. During the excursion, the guests will know main, but not all, secrets of the best wine production. The winery is combined with a large vineyard and an excellent national restaurant.
One of the main attractive peculiarities of Montepulciano is a wide variety of shops and market stalls. To buy memorable gifts, a lot of town guests visit a shop called Porta della Cavina . The visitors here are offered to purchase interesting souvenirs in contemporary style, hand-made articles and original handicrafts in style of the past centuries. The store and workshop Bottega del Rame is an incredibly interesting place. Here, very beautiful crockery and copper interior decorative elements are made. The range of goods in the shop is always huge. Everyone can ask a craftsman to make an individual gift.

The Biagianti dal 1913 shop specializing in splendid textile is very popular with representatives of the gentle sex. Fatamorgana focuses on women too. Here, you can buy unusual designer decorative elements, hand-made toys and a lot of interesting souvenirs in romantic style.
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