The history of the city of Pienza, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the taste of fairy tales. It owes its name and its humanist beauty to Silvio Piccolomini who was born there and who with the election to the papal throne of 1458, becoming Pope Pius II from that moment, wanted to return to his native village. Here he decided to rebuild much of the city by transforming the small medieval village into a papal residence in the Renaissance style. The works lasted about three years, designed and built by Rossellino and inspired by Leon Battista Alberti and in 1462 Pius II consecrated the Cathedral and inaugurated the new city, a real urban pearl. A visit, even a few hours, will seduce you and make you fall in love with it; Giovanni Pascoli described it as born from a thought of love and a dream of beauty.