Palazzo Brandano (PB) and the incredible staff created a very memorable stay for my new husband and me during the Tuscan portion of our honeymoon in Italy. We wanted to have a 'home base' for part of our trip which was bookended by Rome and Venice, and we booked 5 nights at PB after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. We were more than satisfied with our experience and once again, found great consistency with what we had read and what was actual.
The staff was incredibly professional, hospitable and sincerely intertested in creating a cozy atmosphere for you. They were there when you needed something, be it a glass of prosecco or directions to a nearby town, but not overbearing...just appropriate and helpful.
We had rented a car and I highly recommend doing this as it gives you most flexibility if you want to drive the countryside and explore
the quaint towns. Don't rent a large car though! With the ability to go anywhere we chose, we did that during most days. Montepulciano was our favorite little town. Back to the reasoning behind the rental
car comments...we could have dined anywhere, and we did for a few lunches during a few of the days while we were out exploring and one night, but overall, including the meals we had in Rome, Florence and Venice, the meals created by Chef at PB and his assistant, Aurelia, were the best. It is truly an opportunity to dine at PB and we took advantage of the opportunity on several occasions. We also took the cooking class and it was definitely one of our honeymoon highlights.
Not only do you enjoy the multiple-course meal after you have prepared part of it (Chef & Aurelia plate it and take care of the final preparations), but you are able to learn from someone who is passionate and gifted at his profession. We have such an appreciation
for homeade pasta now after rolling noodles. What else would I have liked to know...hmmm...
-Petroio is beautiful, quaint & quiet so I was very happy that it was close to many other cities, and that we had the rental car, or it might have been too quiet for us.
-Breakfast is included in your rate (we booked our stay by emailing PB)
As they say, the cream rises to the top, and this cream will surface in your conversations about Italy after you've experienced Palazzo Brandano.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Brandano Petroio, Italy - Tuscany
- Palazzo Brandano Hotel Petroio