Pienza, Italy

Pienza is unique for the exceptional nature of its architecture and for its landscape, the Val d’Orcia, which hosts it (World Heritage since 1996 the first, and since 2004 the second). Before Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini, elected to the papal throne in 1458 as Pius II, decided to transform Corsignano, his hometown, into the summer residence of his court, the town was one of the many early medieval settlements in central Tuscany.

The Pope's ambitious project was carried out very quickly between 1459 and 1464 under the guidance of the Florentine sculptor and architect Bernardo Gambarelli (called Rossellino), who applied the Renaissance town-planning concepts learnt by his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti, a humanist thinker and architect. During the 3D Past Project, two survey campaigns were addressed to document the traditional architecture of Pienza. To describe the evolution of urban morphology, types and construction techniques, a serious game aimed at younger people was designed.

Pienza 3D Model


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Historical Evolution

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Pienza: 3D Axonometric Cross Section

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Historical Evolution
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