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Tickets for Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza

Availability: Every day except Monday
Duration: 1 day
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese
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  • Explore Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza, the summer residence of Pope Pius II, one of the first examples of Renaissance architecture
  • Discover the first Renaissance hanging garden, enclosed by a wall covered in ivy
  • See an example of perfect harmony between art and nature
  • Enjoy the enchanting view of Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata
What to expect

The magnificent Piccolomini palace, also known as the Pontifical, was commissioned by Enea Silvio Piccolomini (who later became Pope Pius II) to Bernardo Rossellino, as part of a project to rebuild Pienza as an ideal city. The design of the Palace is inspired by the models of Florentine private architecture.

This palace is found in a lovely location, right in the center of Pienza near the Duomo. Built on a regular plan around a courtyard with a fountain in the center, it has as its true architectural theme as the relationship between nature and landscape: from the porch on the back side you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata. There is a perfect mixture of art and nature.

Built in 1459 as a summer residence, it is unanimously considered the first example of Renaissance architecture. The courtyard often hosts many events and concerts, especially during the summer.

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket to the Palace
  • Access to the garden
  • Access to temporary exhibitions
  • Audioguide
Reduced price
  • Free and reduced tickets can only be purchased at the ticket offices on site

Piazza Pio II, 2, 53026 Pienza SI

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Palazzo Piccolomini di Pienza

What to remember
  • The building is closed between 12.30pm and 2.00pm
  • The audioguide is available in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese
  • The ticket is non-refundable
  • Tickets are valid every day
  • Admission is free for children under 6 and disabled people with a caretaker. The price reductions are subject to presentation at the ticket offices of documents and / or attestations proving the right of the applicant to reduced price
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Opening hours from16 October to 14 March:

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm (last admission bookable at 3.30pm)

Opening hours from 15 March to 15 October:

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm (last admission bookable at 5.30pm)

Opening hours on 1 January:

  • 2.00pm to 6.00pm

Closing days: 25 December, from 7 January to 14 February, and from 16 November to 30 November

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