Piccolomini Palace Tickets

starting from 11.00 plus the service charge of € 0* Pienza Piccolomini
Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Pienza, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
     (based on 228 reviews)
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With a few clicks you can visit this beautiful Palace, an early example of Reinassance architecture, with his little garden that offers a stunning view over the Val d'Orcia.

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What makes this Tour Unique?

  • See one of the first exemple of Renaissance architecture
  • Admire the garden and its beautiful view over the Val d'Orcia and the Mount Amiata
  • Stay in the museum how long you want

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Groups (from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 25 people)
  • Italian students

Free Ticket:

  • Kids up to 5 years
  • Disabled persons

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.

Audioguides

Available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

Service included in the ticket.

Bookshop

There is a bookshop on the ground floor of the Palace, where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages, publications and merchandising, created especially around Enea Silvio Piccolomini, signs, symbols and shapes of the Palace, Pienza and its territory.

Wine shop

There is a wine shop on the ground floor of the Palace.

Disabled Visitors

The Palace is accessible for disabled visitors.

The Museum is located in Pio II Square n°2 - Pienza.

Palace

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

History

Built in 1459 by the famous architect Bernardo Rossellino, student of Leon Battista Alberti, has been recently restored, bringing back to light its former splendour, both internally and externally. The architectural complex is presented as the realisation of Pius II’s ambitious humanist project for the ideal city.

The Piccolomini family lived in the Palace until 1962 when, by testamentary dispositions, it was transferred to the Ente morale di Siena Società di Esecutori di Pie Disposizioni.

The Secret Rooms and the Garden

Inspired by the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence designed by Leon Battista Alberti, the building in ashlar has a square plan and develops in 3 floors, with two orders of windows modulated by pilaster strips. Inside there is a rectangular courtyard with a portico supported by stone columns.

The secret rooms on the first floor (dining room, library, bedrooms) show the papal apartments furnished with antique furnitures, paintings and precious art works. But the real peculiarity lies in the relationship between architecture and landscape, as set out by the small typical Renaissance garden, surrounded by walls with a central octagonal well bearing the family crest; from here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Val d'Orcia and the Mount Amiata.

"At dead of night, on August 8th 1462, he reached Pienza, following the narrow path that leads to the city square. The austere beauty and dignity of these constructions made him forget his thoughts and disturbance for the exorbitant costs. The palazzo is square, 90 feet high from top to bottom, faced in stone, and finely worked by the stonemason’s chisel. There are two rows of windows, remarkable for breadth and design, twenty-three in number for each of the two floors, and equidistant. Three men at the same time could look out from each window, divided into three parts by svelte columns. An ornamental strip called cornice runs beneath each row of windows and thus crowns the entire palace twice. At the corners of the building and between the windows hang stone shields containing the apostolic insignia of the Piccolomini family in gold, silver and other colours. In the middle of the north facade, we admire the splendid, extremely large portal of the main entrance. On the fourth side, which looks south and towards Mount Amiata, they have built three loggias on stone columns; the first portico, surmounted by a high and austere vault, offers a view of the pleasant landscape and adjoining garden; the second with its beamed ceilings, decorated with brightly coloured paintings, offers the most pleasant sojourn in winter. Entering the palazzo through the main portal, we find ourselves in a square court, supported by stone columns sixteen feet high, perfectly united to base and capital. Here are the dining rooms for winter, summer and the fair seasons, the royal bedrooms and storerooms. If you turn to the right from this portico or entrance hall, you find a staircase that leads to the second floor rooms.

The noble floor opens with a gallery with decorated, beamed ceilings, antechambers and halls. There is a white marble fireplace, artistically worked, and coffered ceilings. The building is exposed in such a way that it is suitable to every season, sheltered from the heat and excessive cold".

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10 May 2016
Great peaceful garden, with a wonderful view on the surrounding hills. The palazzo itself is full of history, but the guided tour is a bit of a hassle as you MUST take it and you MUST stay with the group (each room is opened and locked one at a time).
03 May 2016
The palace is an interesting lesson in history of Pienza. There are many artifacts, paintings and nice pieces of furniture.The Piccolomini family lived there until the 60s, so all the furniture is original. The architecture of the building (it was commissioned by Pope Pius II, who was originally from this town) is spectacular. The views from the back balcony are...
25 Apr 2016
At first we though about entering the Palazzo, but decided to walk around and realized the best part is not actually in the building, but at the back where you can see the incredible views of the Val D’Orcia My wife and I had a small picnic sitting near the back wall just soaking up the Tuscan sun.
25 Apr 2016
Every era and upscale society has its self righteous exploitative powerbrokers. Its glories are built on the backs of faceless hoardes, and those comfortably settled within its opulence surround themselves with a strange melange of grateful and resentful minions whose function in life is to most efficiently anticipate and realize the wishes of their superiors. Palazzo Piccolomini is a prime...
13 Apr 2016
A feast for the eyes. You can look in any direction and see the amazing Val de Orchia. It looks like a painting.
20 Dec 2015
Fantastic renaissance building which you can tour in very small groups - for me one of the very best historic houses anywhere in the world - seriously! I love Pienza, but this is the jewel of the crown in this beautiful place. So many tourists pass by without going entering this magnificent palace.
15 Dec 2015
This is a must see/do museum/palace in the "perfect" town of Pienza. WE have visited several times and will go several times more if we can. The palace has very beautifully appointed rooms, a memorable orange squeezer (that captivated our children years ago and still does), proportions that seem to "get inside" you they are so perfect, and views from...
28 Oct 2015
We have walked up to the palazzo twice before, and finally took the tour. With an audioguide, each room in the massive palace tells a story through its paintings, artifacts, and furniture. The garden out back is a good place to view the Val d'Orcia and the cathedral next door that is badly cracked.
23 Oct 2015
Conveniently located in central Pienza and easy toured in ½ hour (longer if you prefer), the palace of the family Piccolomini is a jewel of Pienza. The tour is with Audioguide so English is no problem, and it's informative. Some rooms w period decorating & furnishings, nice. Best of all is the rear gardens with spectacular views of Pienza and...
07 Sep 2015
If you are staying in Pienza, this is worth a visit. For the price of admission, you are given an audio tour, but must follow a guide from room to room who tells you which numbers to push. This seems excessive, but for some reason they also do not allow photos inside so the guide is also there to prevent...
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