Pienza: all Renaissance towns should have a bird that talks like a refrigerator

Love this place…

Picnic at the Cathedral

During a fascinating period of the Italian Renaissance, humanist scholars and architects set out to create the ideal city.  Surprisingly, one of these urban planners was a pope–Pope Pious II.  Pius II (formerly known as Enea Silvio Piccolomini) transformed his home town, Cosignano, into a miniature urban Renaissance Utopia.  He hired the architect Rossellino to rip down the every-which-way jumble of medieval buildings, replacing them with an orderly town square.  Cosignano was renamed Pienza and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  No, wait, not only is Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the countryside surrounding it, the Val d’Orcia, is also a UNESCO site.  Seriously people: UNESCO squared.  Given my passion for UNESCO and that Renaissance humanism is my religion, Pienza was a place we needed to visit, stat.

Pienzafrom wikipedia

The plaza, Pio II square,  is a trapezoidal shape and is much smaller than it appears.  Did you notice how…

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About carolemccall

I am an Author,Life Coach,NLP Trainer and Pyschotherapist .My first book The Fourth Generation is about my family and goes back 100 years. My second book The Lotus Generation is an amusing account of my life when I lived in Spain next door to my sister.I also did a lot of travelling around the world.There are two more books in the series.The third book The Boomer generation is out in May 2015. I am a Granny to seven small people and live in Tunbridge Wells with my husband and small white dog called Stella.
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