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

An ideal city, founded on a uniform idea of beauty
Pienza is the most well-known center of the Val d’Orcia and is famous as being the home town of Pope Pius II, born Enea Silvio Piccolomini in 1405. Pius II, once elected Pope, transformed his home town, Corsignano, into an urban-architectural jewel, in this way contrasting it with the city that had marginalized his family: Siena. ...