Piccolomini Palace in Pienza

Piccolomini Palace in Pienza

Your ticket to the stunning summer residence of the Pope who created the first ideal Renaissance city.

Time seems to stand still here among all this beauty.

Visit the stunning summer residence of Pope Pius II in the splendid town of Pienza, nestled in the hills of Tuscany in the heart of the Val d’Orcia.

Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, the town of Pienza is the first example of the ideal Renaissance city. Discover the Piccolomini Palace with a guided tour: the inner courtyard, the hanging garden, the fascinating rooms with their period furniture. And from the portico, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Val d’Orcia.


Opening Hours:

October 16 to March 14:

  • Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
  • Last admission at 4:00 pm
  • Open on Mondays only when they fall on a holiday or on a day before a holiday
  • Closed on all other Mondays

March 15 to October 15:

  • Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:30pm
  • Open on Mondays when they fall on a holiday
  • Closed on all other Mondays

December 25 and January 1:

  • 2:00 pm – 6:00pm
  • Last admission at 5:00 pm.

The Piccolomini Palace is closed:

  • January 7 to February 14
  • November 16 to November 30

The entrance fee includes the guided tour with audio guide to the Piccolomini Palace and the Renaissance Garden. Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian

Accessibility: accessibility also for persons with physical handicap.

Reservations must be made with a minimum of 2 days notice.


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The Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza, summer residence of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, is one of the first examples of Renaissance architecture.

The Palazzo Piccolomini was built in 1459 by famed architect Bernardo Rossellino, student of Leon Battista Alberti. Recent major restorations have brought the Palazzo Piccolomini back to its original splendor, both inside and out.

The Piccolomini family lived in the palace until 1962 when it was transferred to the Ente morale di Siena Società di Esecutori di Pie Disposizioni.

Today, the Palazzo Piccolomini forms an integral part of the historical center of Pienza, one of the best preserved in Tuscany. The architectural complex represents the realization of Pius II’s ambitious humanist project for Pius II’s “ideal city” of Pienza.

The true architectural theme of the Palazzo Piccolomini is its relationship with nature and the landscape: enjoy the extraordinary view of the Val d'Orcia and the Monte Amiata from the rear portico. The first hanging garden of the Renaissance, enclosed by walls and with a well in the center, is central to this breathtaking panorama.

The location lends this place “a symbolic, architectural, and blissful value, one of harmonious life amidst nature” (from “Pienza, City of Pius” by Jan Pieper).

The architectural structure of the ground floor is characterized by rooms arranged around the inner courtyard. Several exhibition stations illustrate Pius II’s ambitious humanist project for the ideal city he sought to create.

The first floor is the “noble floor”, where the hallways open onto the dining room, the music room, the study, the weapons room, the library, and several bedrooms, including one used by Enea himself. Time seems to stand still here among antiques of the period, paintings, and objets d'art.

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Reduced Price: groups (minimum 15 visitors)

Free Admission: children under age 5, visitors with disabilities

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