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“Highlight of our trip to Italy” 5 of 5 stars
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Palazzo Brandano
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Val Gelata, 18, 53020 Petroio, Italy   |  
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San diego
1 review
“Highlight of our trip to Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

In May 2013, my husband and I took a cooking class at Palazzo Brandano that, along with recommendations from Ousmane, was the highlight of our Italian vacation. We are avid cooks (and diners) and plan our vacation around gastronomic experiences :-) After much research I decided to take the class at Palazzo Brandano. I opted for this, instead of other more popular classes, because of Palazzo Brandano's (relatively) remote location - I reasoned that we should get more 'authentic' Italian cuisine and not the Americanized menus I read about for other cooking schools. Boy, am I happy we chose this place!

Ousmane was the epitome of service and attentiveness, starting from our email interactions all the way up to our class. We arrived early and were given a glass of Prosecco (score!) before been taken on a tour of a nearby olive oil farm. Upon our return to the hotel, we had a chance to sit on the patio and just soak in the view of the most quintessential Tuscan countryside. After that it was down into the kitchen for a hands on cooking class. This was the most fantastic cooking class we've ever had - and this from a couple who've taken classes at Sur La Table and other highly touted places in California. The ladies talked us through making fennel flan, gnocchi, pici, stuffed rabbit and panna cotta. It was a flurry of activities for which we were quite happy.

We took the class on our fourth day in Italy and had had some rather underwhelming meals before going to Palazzo Brandano. Because of this, we had resigned ourselves to the possibility of having a rather lackluster experience. I am thrilled to say we were soooo wrong. It was just everything I had hoped - learning to cook authentic Italian, from rolling of the pici to learning the secret to making gnocchi as light as air. All this, while being entertained by Ousmane's interaction with the cooks and drinking a even more wine generously provided by Ousmane.

Everything tasted sublime. Of course our enjoyment was heightened even more by the excellent wine served with dinner! We just loved our time at Palazzo Brandano and the attention we got from Ousmane and the staff. We didn't stay at the hotel, but look forward to doing just that on our next trip to Italy. Ousmane gave us a tour after dinner, and it was understated elegance at it's best.

If you ever make it there make sure you ask Ousmane for recommendations of restaurants off the beaten path. Thanks to him, our other meals in Tuscany were awesome!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Thanks to the recommendation from my brother-in-law and sister and family who stayed prior to our stay---Ousmane provided the absolute best customer service at Palazzo Brandano. When he said "feel at home"----he meant it. His assistant Linda, was also just as accommodating. Palazzo Brandano is something like out of a Tuscan fairy tale, but it is all REAL, and really wonderful. We were greeted by Ousmane, who immediately swept us off of our feet with a glass of Prosecco and a tour of the Palazzo Brandano. My partner and I were so happy to arrive and while our bags were taken in, Ousmane's outstanding customer service and hospitality began and did not end until we had left for Rome. This amazing Tuscan retreat not only has great customer service, the restaurant in the Palazzo Brandano is fantastic! We had dinner 3 times during our stay and each time was a delightful experience. Ousmane, the hotel manager and more---provided us and our relatives from Rome (who also stayed for two nights) with an incredible experience in Tuscany---tours of an olive oil farm, local cheese tasting, restaurant recommendations, day trip guides, etc... if you are looking for a beautiful location, excellent customer service and tranquility, follow your bliss to Palazzo Brandano.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you want the true experience of the Tuscan countryside, stay at Palazzo Brandano. It is like staying in a private villa, but with all the services you could want. The rooms are not typical hotel rooms, but rather like a fine old, but updated, home. That alone is a unique experience. The concierge, Ousmane, is an intelligent gentleman in every sense of the word. My son, daughter in law, 14 year old granddaughter and I visited in March, 2013, From this location, we toured all the major sights of Tuscany. It was magical. And Palazzo Brandano was the heart of the ;magic--the food, beauty, and service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at this amazing hotel 2 nights in May. The hotel is located in a charming little hill town. The hotel manager Ousmane just gave us the best service I ever have encountered in a hotel. Arranging personal genuine tours in the area, and even driving us around personally to show us the most beautiful parts of Tuscany. The only thing we regretted was that we didn't stay some more nights. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stuck in Florence after opting out of a hotel that wound up being dirty and freaky, we spent half the day searching for a place to stay outside of Florence...all of the hotels with good trip advisor reviews were all booked. We finally came upon Palazzo Brandano. Linda hooked us up with a room and off we were. We were greeted by Ousmane, though it was considerably past everyone's bedtime, he was there to greet us with a warm smile and a glass of wine. He showed us to our room and it was pure perfection from there on. I can NOT say enough about Ousmane...he was right there all the time, for whatever we needed. The accommodations were quaint, clean and exactly what I would have imagined a bed and breakfast in Tuscany to look like. On our last day, I felt bad that we didn't get to see an olive grove so he personally took us to his friend's olive grove where we had a private tour and viewing of how they press the olives. We tasted the most delicious olive oil and it will always remain a very special visit to Petroio. Oh and Ousmane gave us his phone # in senegal and urged us to contact him when we are fortunate enough to take our trip to Africa. STAY AT PALAZZO BRANDANO, you will not be sorry !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We arrived early April along a very narrow alley to find Palazzo Brandano.
What a find!! The hotel manager Mr Ousmane Fofana is the type of perfect concierge you would find in any 5 - 6 star hotel.
This is a small but intimate inn set in a quaint Tuscan village.
Cuisine is comparable to anything we have enjoyed in the best restaurants in Paris, Milan and Rome. Quite amazing!!
We hope you enjoy this jewel.
Alan and Pam.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Me and my wife had been to Tuscany in April '13. We decided to move around several places in Tuscany. Based on the reviews on Tripadvisor, we selected Palazzo Brandano as one of our bases. We spent 2 nights at this lovely place. On the first day as we drove into the tiny town of Petroio, we were intimidated by the extremely narrow streets and as the lady in the GPS went on telling that our destination was just ahead, we were worried about squeezing through the narrow lanes of the village. As we pulled up in front of the hotel, the door opened and we were assisted with getting our luggage out of the car and were escorted to a parking space near the hotel. The hotel has direct access to a parking lot which is a few steps below and quite easy to access whenever we took out the car on several trips across the region. We were shown around the hotel and the rooms with a nice chilled glass of Prosecco in our hands. We had been upgraded to the Botticelli room, which I must say must be one of the best rooms in the hotel. Ousmane was our gracious host during our stay. We had a wonderful dinner with some wonderful wine and a nice rabbit dish. Ousmane also made a plan for us to visit the nearby villages of Pienza and Montepulciano with excellent recommendations for La Chiusa restaurant and 2 wineries.
Overall, we enjoyed the wonderful personalized service and wont hesitate at all in recommending others to stay at this place while vacationing in Tuscany.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Palazzo Brandano Hotel
Palazzo Brandano Petroio
Palazzo Brandano Hotel Petroio
Palazzo Brandano Petroio, Italy - Tuscany
Address: Via Val Gelata, 18, 53020 Petroio, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Petroio
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Petroio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palazzo Brandano 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzo Brandano's beautiful suites, spacious rooms and charming apartments are all luxuriously and comfortably furnished with handcrafted frescos by famous Italian Renaissance artists. Each air-conditioned accommodation boasts a flat screen satellite television, DVD player, HIFI stereo equipment, mini bar, safety deposit box and internet access. Bathrooms are equipped with either luxury massage showers or Jacuzzi bath tubs. Il Brandano restaurant with its stunning terrace serves modern Tuscan cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. ... more   less 

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