Tuscan postcards … 2. Pienza

Pienza is a UNESCO-listed town in the Val d’Orcia region of central Tuscany. It is known as the first ‘ideal Renaissance town’ and its development was the idea of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who would later become Pope Pius II. He hired the architect Bernardo Rossellino who used the principles of Renaissance town planning set out by his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti, in his treatise on architecture.

Pienza Cathedral

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