Pienza is a city in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany, Italy.

View of Pienza


Pienza, formerly the village of Corsignano, was renamed and redesigned as a completely planned Gothic town, in honor of and at the command of the most famous of all its inhabitants in history, Pope Pius II (1405-1464; reigned as Pope starting in 1458). Its Centro Storico is a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO's listing for Pienza can be seen at this link.

Get in

Buses run from Montepulciano (8/day 30 minutes), Montalcino (10/day change to line #114 in Torrenieri, lengthy changing time) and Siena (SITA runs several, though the exact number varies by season, 1 hour 15 minutes travel time; however, the latest bus returning from Pienza always leaves at 14:44).

Get around

Walk. There's no need for public transit in this compact town.


Piazza Pio II


Doors in the Centro Storico



The Romanesque Pieve di Corsignano

Go next

Buses leave for Siena (6/day 90 minutes) & Montepulciano (8/day 30 miuntes). Buy bus tickets from bar right buy town gate.

Aside from these towns, the cities of Florence, Pisa, & San Gimignano are great to go to

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