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PIENZA

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Pienza is probably the most renowned and the greater artistic town of the Val d'Orcia. Much of the relevant historical and artistic heritage of Pienza is concentrated in the picturesque square dedicated to Pope Pius II. Pienza is one of the most significant "rational" urban design of the Italian Renaissance.
It is remarkable the wonderful Cathedral, and also the Renaissance Palazzo Borgia and Palazzo Piccolomini. The Hermitage, located in the surroundings of Pienza, is an interesting complex of rooms carved in the sandstone by hermit monks.

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MONTEPULCIANO

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The town of Montepulciano is a medieval village of considerable size, surrounded by three rings of walls, all built in the fourteenth century. The beautiful old town is crowded with many gastronomic and craft stores, and is also full of shops that sell leather goods, ceramics, painting and sculptures; the visitors have the opportunity to purchase products and garments of great quality. Of Etruscan origin, Montepulciano is rich in churches and Renaissance palaces of extraordinary historical and artistic value. In the famous and beautiful Piazza Grande was filmed "New Moon", of the Twilight Saga.