The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is located in Pienza, a town nestled in the green and in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. It was designed and built between 1459 and 1462 by one of the most famous Florentine architects of the time, Bernardo Gambarelli called Rossellino, by the will of a great humanist Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini), who wanted to transform his birthplace Corsignano in a beautiful Renaissance town.
The town of Pienza, a rare example of Renaissance town, a UNESCO world heritage site because of the importance of its monuments and its urban, is able to give concrete answers to the desire of civil society peaceful and industrious men . Located at the center of the Val d’Orcia, a valley beautiful and intact from the point of view of landscape, Pienza has always been considered the “ideal city” or the “utopian city”.
Along the streets of the town you can discover corners and buildings of various interests: the “new homes” of Pius II, district designed to give homes to the relocated families to realize the papal palaces, the “Conservatory” S. Carlo, an ancient fortress transformed in religious institute Gozzante the district, the oldest part of the town with small houses built on sandstone cliff overlooking nellaVal d’Orcia.
To visit the magnificent Cathedral, located on the city’s central square, the Palazzo Piccolomini (the summer residence of Pope Pius II, Pienza was the principal and agent) Rossellino’s masterpiece, the Diocesan Museum, housed in the premises of Palazzo Borgia (now bishop), which houses one of the most prestigious collections of painted boards of the province of Siena (P. Lorenzetti, Vecchietta, L. Signorelli, Fra ‘Bartolomeo etc.), the Palazzo Comunale.
In the immediate vicinity of Pienza is located Corsignano church, an outstanding example of Romanesque art, one of the most important temples of the early medieval Siena, monument essential to understand the history and origin of Pienza that stands out in a natural environment and landscape of great charm.