Our journey begins in the historical center of Pienza. Designed by Rossellino, Piazza Pio II is the heart of the village and a marvelous example of Renaissance architecture. Pienza has many notable monuments, including the Cathedral of Santa Assunta, where works by the most famous Sienese artists are kept, the Town Hall and the Palazzo Piccolomini and its Museum, which was the papal summer residence. Visitors can only enter the museum every 30 minutes on a guided visit, which can be conducted in English, French or Spanish. It is certainly worth going in to see the original furniture, to learn about Pienza’s history and to see the “secret rooms”. Guests can also catch a glimpse of Monte Amiata from the terrace, one of the most beautiful views of the Val d’Orcia.
Walking along Pienza’s narrow streets, tourists will find unusual names, such as Love Street, Kiss Street and Fortune Street. But don’t worry, it’s normal: in fact, this is one of Pienza’s most unique features, and the city has even been dubbed as the city of the “streets of love.” Take a walk hand-in-hand with your partner, enjoying the romantic atmosphere while you look for the silliest street name.
Along the main street, it’s easy to see what traditional products Pienza is known for: “cheese houses,” where the famous Pienza pecorino is made, spots to stop and taste the “Val d’Orcia honey,” and artisan workshops for vase decorations and ceramics line the street. There are also many great restaurants where visitors can enjoy a cold-cuts appetizer and a delicious entrée of truffle pici pasta.