Pienza is a town located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. It is known as the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism” and has been a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site since 1996.
Due to its location deep in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, the surrounding landscape is untouched, and houses some of the region’s most beautiful landscape. Pienza is slightly off the usual tourist route, so allows visitors to get off the beaten track and experience a model of real Tuscan life.
Popular accommodations include renovated farm houses and other rental accommodations. Why not enjoy a holiday rental in Pienza, Tuscany for your next vacation?
The town’s central piazza is defined by four buildings. One the west side is the Palazzo Piccolomini, known for its beautiful gardens, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding Val d’Orcia countryside. The piazza is dominated by the Duomo, one of the first cathedrals to be designed during the Renaissance. The Piccolomini and Borgia Palaces and also are a testimony to architect Bernardo Rosselino. His extraordinary vision has made the town’s historic centre one of the finest in the world. Many other 14th and 15th Century buildings are dotted around the town, making it an enjoyable sightseeing opportunity.
A popular method of enjoying the surrounding countryside is to hire a bike, allowing you to cover more distance than on foot (though trekking in the hills is also popular). By hiring a bike you will be able to visit several of the regions farms and wineries for tasting sessions, though don’t overdo it if you have to cycle back! Some of these also offer food, making a winery tour a day-long excursion. What could be better than soaking up the Tuscan sun with a glass of locally-made wine?
Whilst holidaying in Pienza you may wish to get out of the countryside and into the bigger cities. Indeed, as you will likely be flying into either Rome or Pisa, you are presented with a great opportunity to explore one of these historic cities and world-famous monuments.
If you hired a car to get to Pienza, you could also use this to see more of the Val d’Orcia region, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Recommended destinations include Radicofani and Montalcino
The climate of Tuscany has different characteristics depending on the area, and Pienza is no different. The summer months reach an average of 28C, making it more bearable than some other Tuscan regions. Autumn and Spring are also pleasant times to visit, and the winters are mild, so in short, any time of year is great for a holiday rental in Pienza.
There are two choices of Airport in order to reach Pienza, - Rome (FCO) and Pisa (PSA). Several UK airlines run regular flights to these destinations. You can then take public transport from there to Pienza, though car hire is a lot easier as buses do not run that frequently.