Updated on November 26th 2020
Pienza owes its beauty and fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini born in Corsignano on 18 October 1405 and elevated to Pope in 1458 taking the name Pius II. His family lived here, where they had some properties, after being exiled from Siena in 1385, for political reasons. During the course of his Papacy, he changed the ancient Castello di Corsignano (first mentioned in 828) into a Papal residence in the Renaissance style, planned and constructed under the supervision Rossellino, a student of Leon Battista Alberti, the village being renamed Pienza ("Pius") to praise honour upon the well liked “humanist” Pope.
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