Pienza sits between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, and it’s the birthplace of Pope Pius II. This factoid is important because upon his ascension to the papacy in 1458, Pius ordered that his home village be rebuilt according to the Renaissance ideals of the time. The architect got as far as constructing a gorgeous piazza and the buildings around it – including the beautiful Duomo consecreated in 1462 – but no further. Consequently, Pienza remained a village rather than expanding into a larger city, albeit one with a perfect Italian piazza at its heart.
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