A feast for the eyes and the soul. A lovely town within the beautiful Val d'Orcia landscape, well worth a visit. For Pecarino lovers, just follow your nose through the gates to find your favourite cheeses :-)
Only able to be visited on a guided tour, this is a wonderful chance to see inside a palace that was still a home until relatively recently. Everyone on a tour is given a handset in their native language and the guide merely opens and closes doors to rooms and keeps people moving [at a gentle but not too slow... 更多
The palazzo provides an insight into the lifestyle of the wealthy Italians. I would recommend the guided audio tour - without which one would miss out on much of the important information. The structure, commisioned by Pope Pius II, is truly spectacular with many paintings and furnishings providing an insight into the lives led by the Piccolomini family from the... 更多
We encountered the Palazzo as we strolled through Pienza. We knew nothing about it, but it looked interesting and there was a tour offered using an audio guide. It was a wonderful history lesson (the summer home of Pope Pius II) with amazing artifacts and furnishings. The view from the garden is spectacular with a panoramic vista of Val D'Orcia.
We paid the small entry fee and took the tour. That is how you get inside the Palace which is furnished with original Piccolomini furnishings and belongings. We were led by a guide, but you listen through an audiophile. You are given plenty of time to listen and look, but no photographs inside. There are gorgeous views from the balcony... 更多
Great peaceful garden, with a wonderful view on the surrounding hills. The palazzo itself is full of history, but the guided tour is a bit of a hassle as you MUST take it and you MUST stay with the group (each room is opened and locked one at a time).
The palace is an interesting lesson in history of Pienza. There are many artifacts, paintings and nice pieces of furniture.The Piccolomini family lived there until the 60s, so all the furniture is original. The architecture of the building (it was commissioned by Pope Pius II, who was originally from this town) is spectacular. The views from the back balcony are... 更多
Every era and upscale society has its self righteous exploitative powerbrokers. Its glories are built on the backs of faceless hoardes, and those comfortably settled within its opulence surround themselves with a strange melange of grateful and resentful minions whose function in life is to most efficiently anticipate and realize the wishes of their superiors. Palazzo Piccolomini is a prime... 更多
At first we though about entering the Palazzo, but decided to walk around and realized the best part is not actually in the building, but at the back where you can see the incredible views of the Val D’Orcia My wife and I had a small picnic sitting near the back wall just soaking up the Tuscan sun.