Palazzo Brandano is located in Petroio, Trequanda, between Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia. It is the perfect starting point for trips to the popular tourist destinations of the area.
One of the most popular towns - both with tourists and Italian locals – in Southern Tuscany is Pienza. It was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers. Pienza is today popular for its sights and the spectacular view over the Tuscan countryside. In the main street one finds beautiful shops where the typical souvenirs of the area are sold. Famous are the cheese vendors of Pienza who sell Pecorino with all sorts of flavors.
Montepulciano, sitting on a high limestone ridge with an elevation of 605 m, and Montalcino, where one of the most important Italian monasteries, the abbey Sant’Antimo is located, are the two major wine towns in Southern Tuscany. The world famous producers here make the Nobile di Montepulciano and the Brunello di Montalcino, which are the most famous wines of Tuscany alongside the Chianti from the North. In both cities numerous shops provide the possibility to taste and buy the wines. In the area vineyards and cellars can be visited.
Siena is the capital of the province of Siena. It has a central location in the heart of Tuscany. Siena has a good reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and the whole of Italy. Ever since it was founded Siena has had a rivalry with Florence in political, economic and artistic terms. Whereas Florence impresses as the perfect example of a Renaissance-City, especially with its many big buildings and pieces of art, Siena has maintained the medieval character of Italian Gothic. The historical center has been part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1995. The University of Siena, founded in 1240, is one of the oldest universities in Italy. Today it has around 20000 students. The city’s structure is based on three Terzi (thirds), which combine seventeen Contrade (districts). These are named after their emblems (mostly animals), they participate in the Palio, the traditional horse race, which until today attracts many visitors every year.
Florence, Rome, the Tuscan coast and the Maremma (natural park) are less than two hours away by car. We are happy to help you planning and organizing daytrips.
The Palazzo Brandano Team organizes a wide range of attractive activities in the area, which include sports and artistic activities, such as biking, hiking, tennis, golf, swimming, painting classes and pottery making in the Terracotta museum next door. Italian language courses can also be arranged.
Become an expert in Italian cuisine with the help of a cooking class with the Chef of Palazzo Brandano.
A memorable experience is horseback riding through the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia.
Give yourself a break and relax on a wellness day in one of Tuscany’s famous Terme.
Visits of vineyards and cellars with the possibility of a wine tasting on site can be arranged at the popular wineries of the area. The cheese makers of the area are also worth a visit. Another annual highlight is the “Degustazione” of the new olive oil in late fall.