We stayed here in late June-early July this year, our third time at this beautiful hotel. The owners, Alessandra Wimpole and her parents, are gracious and engaging hosts. They are bilingual, which is not surprising since Mr. Wimpole is Australian
The manicured grounds, shady terrace, and beautiful swimming pool, conspire to invite you to while away the hours, what the Italians call "il dolce di far niente." Our stay here this time was timed to see the Palio horse race in Siena, an unforgettable experience that is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Italian history.
We stayed in a our favorite room, Studio Passarini, which is a junior suite, the former study of the Medici Cardinal Passarini, who built this structure as his hunting lodge in the 15th century. It has a spectacular view of the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside (actually, the hotel is just over the border in Umbria, about 10 minutes from the charming ancient Etruscan town of Cortona, not to be missed.
Their restaurant is excellent, and there are a number of other excellent restaurants nearby, including La Buccacia, Locanda del Molino, and Corte dei Papi. Their breakfast buffet is excellent and plentiful.
We wish we lived closer to Tuscany so we could stay at Villa di Piazzano on a regular basis.
San Jose, California
- Also Known As:
- Villa Di Piazzano Hotel
- Villa Di Piazzano Hotel Cortona
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historical manor house offering old wold charm and modern world comforts including: a fine restaurant, bar, pool, gift shop, private parking, beautiful gardens, great walking and biking trails and a cooking school with its own monastic vegetable garden. ... more less
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