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Flag-flyer in Pio II square, photografed during a excursion with my friend Nino (Ninello52).

On the background the communal palace, realized in travertino over a before existing rich porch of plates. In it knows it of the council is present a fine picture of the senese school of the ' 400 of unknown author.
The history of Pienza closely is tied to that of Enea Silvio Piccolomini been born to Pienza 18 October 1405 and become Papa in 1458 with the name of Pio II. Great umanista Pio II wanted to transform Pienza (Corsignano) from small medioevale village (lancient Castle of Corsignano is known since the 828) in a papal residence in rinascimentale style. Of the original plan of the year 1459 thought and designed from Bernardo Gambarelli said the Rossellino (student of Leon Alberti Batiste) today remain many quattrocenteschi palaces long species run Rossellino and public Pio II square (the heart of the country) on which the Cathedral and the main historical palaces of Pienza show oneself. The intense activities last little more than three 29 years and August 1462 for the festivity of Saint Giovanni Devout Batiste II consecrated the Cathedral and inaugurated the new city of Pienza. But Pio II and the Rossellino coluld not to enjoy over a long time span their creature. Legacies from a strange destiny died both to distant of two months the one from the other in 1464. The Papa in Ancona where was in order to embark itself for a crusade and the Rossellino while it was thinking to a new city

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