There are few places that have such a stunning backdrop, from the rolling golden hills to the picturesque village of pienza on the hilltop. It's just utterly breathtaking. However points of interest to be considered:
Rooms are large and homely, although with no air conditioning, the nights can be very long!! (there is a fan in the room but it was still 30 degrees at midnight). Bedrooms and bathroom are clean and the common room has the most beautiful view of Pienza on the hill with a half-moon window to emphasis the fairytale setting.
Breakfast is not particularly good, and at €10 per person, it's not cheap. I would skip this option and go to the village.
Dinner is only if there are a large number of guests requesting dinner so unless you are with a large group it's better to plan to eat out.
The road to get there is a dirt track but it adds to the character and allows more time to take in the view.
The swimming pool is clean and fresh which is a real benefit on those hot summer days.
In summary, the building and amenities are all average however the view makes everything worthwhile. Its my first visit to Tuscany and I didn't know what to expect. But the views from this location are very hard to beat. On our last of two nights here, we had a little picnic with paninis and some wine while we watched the sun set over the stunning Tuscan landscape.
I would recommend the location strongly but suggest eating outside and try to avoid the warmest months.
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Terrapille Hotel
- Agriturismo Terrapille Hotel Pienza
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mangiavacchi family is glad to invite you to Pienza at Agriturismo Terrapille The ancient farm house is situated on a hill facing Pienza and enjoys one of the most panoramic positions in the Orcia Valley. The view from Terrapille dominates the whole valley from Mount Cetona to Montalcino and from Pienza to Radicofani and to Mount Amiata. The harmonious undulations of the hills and crests of the Sienese countryside is the ideal backdrop for this magical and beautiful view of Pienza. The road from Terrapille to Pieve di Corsignano and Pienza, was the theater of some of the most wonderful scenes of the film "The Gladiator" by Ridley Scott. The house, built in local tufa stone, has been completely renovated maintaining the original style and structure and adding a the panoramic swimming pool in front of the whole Orcia Valley The whole farm is part of the "Natural setting of the historical settlements of Pienza." Both the town of Pienza and the Orcia Valley are parts of the UNESCO worldwide Heritage The style and the environment, the wonderful views and the services and the facilities offered by the farmhouse allowed Terrapille to gain the top quality level assigned by Regione Toscana to each Agriturismo and also the "Agroqualita" quality certification. ... more less