Top ChoiceCathedral 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pienza

Museo Diocesano

Set in the Palazzo Borgia, this museum displays an intriguing miscellany of artworks, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries and miniatures. Highlights include Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna col Bambino (1310–20),...

Top ChoiceBar in Pienza

Idyllium

Located underneath Palazzo Piccolomini and accessed via the staircase between the palace and the duomo, this hybrid cafe and cocktail bar in the former palace stables has a terrace with wonderful views over the...

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...

Italian in Pienza

La Terrazza del Chiostro

Dining on this gorgeous terrace with its panoramic view is the stuff of which lasting travel memories are made, and the food also has plenty of pizzazz – to fully appreciate it, opt for a set menu (from €45) and...

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...

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....

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...

Tuscan in Pienza

Osteria Sette di Vino

Known for its zuppa di pane e fagioli (bread and white-bean soup), bruschette, crostini and range of local pecorino (sheep's-milk cheese), this simple place has a clutch of tables inside and a scattering outside...

Tuscan in Pienza

Trattoria Latte di Luna

Famed for its succulent maialino da latte arrosto (roasted suckling pig), this much-loved trattoria is an excellent dining option, especially if you are lucky enough to score a table on its streetside terrace.

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, a handsome staircase...

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...