Top Choice Abbey in Montalcino

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

The serenely beautiful Romanesque Abbazia di Sant’Antimo lies in an isolated valley just below the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, 11km from Montalcino. Its Romanesque exterior features stone carvings of various …
Top Choice Cathedral in Pienza


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 Gardens in Val d'Orcia

La Foce

Built in four stages between 1924 and 1939, these formal gardens were commissioned by Anglo-American expat Iris Origo and her Italian husband Antonio. Designed by English architect Cecil Pinsent (1884–1963), who cre…
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…
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…
Museum in Montalcino

Museo Civico e Diocesano d'Arte Sacra

Occupying the former convent of the neighbouring Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, this collection of religious art from the town and surrounding region includes a triptych by Duccio and a Madonna and Child by Simone Martini…
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…
Historic Building in Montalcino


This imposing 14th-century structure was expanded under the Medici dukes and now dominates Montalcino's skyline. You can sample and purchase local wines in its enoteca and also climb up to the fort's ramparts. Buy a…
Museum in Pienza

Museo Diocesano

Set in the Palazzo Borgia, this museum displays an intriguing miscellany of artworks, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries and miniatures. Enter via Corso il Rossellino.