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“a piece of history not to be missed”

Palazzo Piccolomini
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US$116.58*
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Wine Tasting and Dinner at a Private Tuscan Villa from Florence
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Pienza
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Kitchener
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“a piece of history not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This museum is an outstanding example of Italian history from the Renaissance onward. The exhibits are beautifully presented and curated and the accompanying audio guide is informative and well-done. This was truly one of the highlights of our trip and gave us a real understanding of the importance of Pope Pius II and the humanist movement of the Renaissance.

Visited May 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Beautiful Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

If you are in Pienza this is a nice palace to visit. It was Pope Pius II's summer palace. The view is beautiful overlooking the Tuscan valley. We were escorted by an English guide who told us which audio number to select for each room. It was a good audio tour.

Visited May 2014
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Zurich
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“Splendid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This palace is the outstanding building in the Piazza Pio II. The visit to the first floor is fascinating with a variety of rooms and corridors giving a good impression of what aristocratic living was like in the 15th century. However, the main glory of the palazzo is the ground floor, with its inner courtyard and loggia leading out to a "hanging" garden overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Wonderfully satisfying.

Visited April 2014
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Laguna Niguel, California
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“Fantastic palace tour in Pienza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

I was first introduced to the Piccolomini legacy at the Siena Cathedral and the outrageously beautiful library there. So when I found myself in Pienza, I had to check out this palace. The most famous Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) was born in Pienza and this became his palace. I took the guided tour -- escorted by a guide but relying on an audiotour in English. I had the place all to myself. While the audio was a bit dour and the guide worthless, I didn't care because it was all about seeing the private quarters of this popular Pope. For a small town, this is an amazing place and the highlight of Pienza (along with the local Pecorino cheese, Nobile wines and spectacular views of the Val D'Orcia). Pienza is a quaint little town, easy to walk, and not to be missed when visiting nearby Montepulciano or Montalcino. This is one of the very best wine regions in all of Italy.

Visited July 2013
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Ireland
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“Elegant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

The entry fee is worth it alone for the fabulous views from the terrace. Our guide spoke English and was very informed about the Pope who was from this family and the history of the palace. What I loved most, however, was the glorious blues in the library; can't duplicate it in paintings or quilts I create, no matter how hard I try. And, of course, it is noteworthy that the courtyard in front of the palace was the site for the film, "Romeo and Juliet." Pienza is my favorite hill town.

Visited April 2013
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