Top things to do in Pienza

Top Choice Cathedral in Pienza

Duomo

Pienza's duomo was built on the site of the Romanesque Chiesa di Santa Maria, of which little remains. The Renaissance church with its handsome travertine facade was commissioned by Pius II, who was so proud of the …
Top Choice Modern Italian in Pienza

La Terrazza del Chiostro

Chef Alessandro Rossi was one of the youngest-ever recipients of an Italian Michelin star and clearly has ambitions to reprise his success here. Dining on the gorgeous terrace with its panoramic view is the stuff of…
Top Choice Palace in Pienza

Palazzo Piccolomini

This magnificent palace was the residence of Pope Pius II, and is considered Bernardo Rossellino's masterpiece. Built on the site of the pope's family houses, it features a fine courtyard, handsome staircase and the…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Pienza

Townhouse Caffè

The menu at this chic eatery is pared back in more ways than one: there are around four choices per course, presentation is minimalist and the emphasis is on the quality of the produce rather than clever culinary tr…
Piazza in Pienza

Piazza Pio II

Stand in this magnificent square and spin 360 degrees. You've just taken in an overview of Pienza's major monuments. Gems of the Renaissance constructed in a mere three years between 1459 and 1462, they're arranged …
Church in Pienza

Pieve di Corsignano

Look out for this Romanesque church at the western edge of Pienza. It dates from the 10th century, when Pienza was called Corsignano, and boasts a strange circular bell tower with eight arched windows. Close inspect…
Tuscan in Pienza

Osteria Sette di Vino

Known for its zuppa di pane e fagioli (bread and white-bean soup), bruschette and range of local pecorino (sheep's-milk cheese), this simple place is run by the exuberant Luciano, who is immortalised as Bacchus in a…
Pizza in Pienza

Pummarò

Located next to the city walls on bustling Piazza Martiri della LIbertà, this pizzeria has a streetside terrace that is inevitably packed – you may have to wait for a table. There's an innovative range of pizzas and…
Palace in Pienza

Palazzo Borgia

The future Pope Alexander VI, then just Cardinal Roderigo Borgia, was gifted this palace by Pius II and subsequently modified and enlarged it in 1492. It's home to the Museo Diocesano and the tourist office. Enter v…
Bar in Pienza

Bar Il Casello

A local secret that we hereby expose, this bar next to the belvedere (scenic viewpoint) behind Piazza Pio II is a perfect place to enjoy an aperitivo – the sunset vistas are simply stupendous. It's also a popular sp…