The City of the Pecorino Cheese
Pienza is a lovely tiny village perched atop a hill with sunny rolling hills and scenic landscapes all around. The city is celebrated for its impressive square entitled to Pope Pio II. Enea Silvio Piccolomi, in fact, wanted to make Pienza the "ideal city" of Renaissance, an utopian town that would have exemplified all the classical principles of the Renaissance.
Thanks to the works of the architect Bernardo Rossellini, today we can admire the beautiful Renaissance Cathedral, the Palazzo Comunale (the city’s town council) and the amazing Palazzo Piccolomini, adorned with a wonderful Loggia, from which one enjoys a spectacular panorama over all the underlying valley.
Because of its peculiar city plan, Pienza has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Pienza is the city of cheese by excellence, its fantastic Pecorino, made from sheep’s milk, is renowned worldwide. Scholars says that the tradition of this pecorino cheese dates back to the Stone Age, as proved by some archaeological findings.
Already in the 15th century, Pope Pio II used to mark the cheese coming from the best farms in the area to recognize it from the others.