Pienza, città del Papa

Palazzo Piccolomini

From papal residence to museum


The palazzo was built in the middle of the 1400s by the Florentine architect Bernardo Rossellino as the residence of Pope Pius II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini. It remained in the Piccolomini family until the death of the last descendant of the family who left it to a charitable institution. The first floor is open to the public as a museum which traces the tight relationship of the history of Pienza and the Piccolomini family through period furnishings. The Sala degli Antenati includes, among other paintings, a portrait of Pius II by Ventura Salimbeni. The bedroom of Pius II, is richly decorated and includes a bed which dates to the end of the 16th century. The library conserves rare books and documents that relate to Pius the II and Pius III.

Contact (ITA): palazzopiccolominipienza.it

a superb example of Renaissance architecture, built upon request by Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pio II from 1458
The year following his papal nomination, he hired the architect Bernardo Rossellino to transform his obscure village into a city. Piazza Pio II opens up in the centre of the little town and is the hub of Pienza’s urban structure. The little Renaissance square was studied to welcome the urban constructions being built at the time, and in fact all of the main monuments of the town face onto it. ...