PIENZA – 7 km away from Monticchiello
Pienza is a rare example of Renaissance town. Defined the ‘ideal city’, the ‘utopian city’, it is now certainly one of the ways through which during the Renaissance it was attempted to create a model of life and government ‘ideal’, making an idea of a city that was able to give concrete answers to the desire of civil society. It was “the utopia of civitas” vainly cherished by people.
The center of Pienza was completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in the Renaissance. He planned to transform his birthplace into an ideal city of the Renaissance. The architect Bernardo Rossellini had commissioned to build a Duomo, a papal palace and the town hall; the work was completed in three years (1459-1462).
Its location at the heart of the Val d’ Orcia, a valley with a beautiful and unspoilt landscape point of view, makes the town perfectly still able to document the basic interest which the humanistic architecture poses in the relationship between man and nature, even in reference to the importance that this relationship was during the classical age.
Today Pienza is part of a territorial system called Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of Val d’Orcia which aims to maintain the extraordinary artistic heritage of the five municipalities that are part of Castiglion d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia.