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Historic Centre of the City of Pienza is a World Heritage Site in Tuscany, Italy. Pienza was the birthplace of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II (1405-1464). Upon becoming pope, Piccolomini had his birthplace rebuilt according to humanist urban planning concepts. With the help of architect Bernardo Rossellino, he made Pienza the town where Renaissance town-planning was put into practice.


Palazzo Piccolomini, Pienza
Palazzo Piccolomini, Pienza
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The success of town planning in Pienza provided the impetus for other towns in Italy and eventually the rest of Europe to follow suit. Today the historic sights in Pienza are tourist attractions. Among them includes the Palazzo Piccolomini - the Pope Pius's residence, the Duomo or Cathedral of Pienza, Palazzo Vascovile, Palazzo Comunale and other buildings.

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee that took place in Mérida, Mexico, on 2 - 7 December, 1996.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 4 37 E 11 40 43 in the province of Siena, Tuscany
Inscription Year: 1996
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV


Street in Pienza, Italy
Street in Pienza, Italy
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