Originally “Castle Corsignano, Pienza took its present name in honor of Pope Pius II Piccolomini, who started the second half of the ‘400 restructuring that was meant to be the utopian ideal city. The village itself is an absolute gem, but in particular is the cathedral, which housed works by Giovanni di Paolo, Matteo di Giovanni Vecchietta, Sano di Pietro, there is also a marble altar attributed to Rossellino, architect whom Pope Pius II commissioned to redesign the city. Adjacent to the cathedral is the Diocesan Museum, where works from the school of Sodom and Sano di Pietro, Flemish tapestries of the ‘400 and ‘500. A short distance away is the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini, built and designed by Bronzino Beccafumi. Downstream of the country develops the charming landscape of the “Artistic Natural and Cultural Park of Val d’Orcia, with ravines, rolling fields and the famous chalk cliffs.