Palazzo Massaini can be found just over 4 kilometres from Pienza, spreading over the rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004 – a prime location for its beauty, history and culture. It boasts an extraordinary view that seems frozen in time. Here the shapes and colours of nature change with the seasons, suggestive of the harmony shown in the Sienese School of painting.
In the 16th century, the building was converted into a “villa” and a wing was added, as well as an elegant little loggia in the courtyard and understated cornices to the gates.
Amongst the many owners it would have over time, we have one Pope – Enea Silvio Piccolomini (1405-1464), who became Pope Pius II in 1458. The coats of arms of the Piccolomini family are evident inside the Castle, especially the so-called “light blue cross with the moons of God”.
Today the architectural complex features an Italian garden which spreads to the east of the villa.