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“Beautiful stay in rural Tuscany!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Palazzo Brandano

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Palazzo Brandano
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Petroio
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san francisco, ca
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“Beautiful stay in rural Tuscany!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband, 11-month old daughter and I stayed here April 11-13, 2014. We reserved a Junior Suite, and were upgraded to the lovely superior suite called the Leonardo Da Vinci room. The place was like out of a history book - lovely, charming, very comfortable.... it was great! Ousmane and Linda do everything they can and go above and beyond to make your stay the most perfect possible. When our little girl was feeling ill during dinner, they happily brought us dessert to our room. The bed was so comfy and the views are amazing. The food in the restaurant is great, too, so plan on having dinner there at least once.

If you are traveling with a baby (like we were), you should note that their baby crib is more for babies that can't pull up. (IE - our baby could easily have fallen out since she's almost walking). no worries though because the comfy bed was HUGE enough to accomodate all three of us soundly :)

i highly recommend this place and meeting Ousmane, Linda and the town of Petroio. it's magical!

Room Tip: The superior suite has two rooms, 1.5 bathrooms. It was huge and nice to have a living room to sett...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Not really much more to add than has already been said by other guests. My partner booked this as a surprise and attained masses of brownie points for it.
I found our stay completely perfect, Ousman cannot be more of an accomplished host. He organised a trip to a local vineyard, suggested local sites and generally was there if you needed him but melted away when you just wanted to relax or do your own thing. We had a cooking lesson in the kitchen which was fun.
The village is amazing and we wandered there on two evenings to the small but beautiful square. I sat with the local ladies who were very welcoming and friendly, they even invited me to play cards with them.

This is not what I would call a hotel in the sense of the word, it's difficult to explain but it is quite beautiful, rural, rustic and a peaceful place with amazing views and fabulous authentic and locally sourced food.
Expensive but worth it. This epitomises the saying "you get what you pay for"
If you want to push the boat out and experience a real Tuscan village stay in a decedent place, this is for you. I Completely recommend and endorse.

Stayed August 2013
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Newbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

My wife and I visited Palazzo Brandano during our honeymoon. As many other reviewers have stated everything about this place is amazing however it is Ousmane and is team that truly elevate this place to the next level.

It is because of this we will plan to return and experience the Tuscany region, Ousmane's great hospitality, wine pairings and food.

If you do go make a point of having dinner onsite at least one night. Ousmane is an amazing host and goes out of his way to make the dinner experience very personal.

Thanks to the Trip Advisor community for allowing us the opportunity to find out about this place. We feel fortunate to have experienced Ousmane's generous hospitality firsthand.

If you are headed to Italy and plan to travel in and around Tuscany don't think twice about staying somewhere else. This is not only a place to stay this is an experience you cannot miss.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

We can't say enough about how fantastic our stay at Palazzo Brandano was.

Ousmane was a fantastic host: from upgrading our rooms (at no charge) when he found out it was our honeymoon, to arranging tastings of olive oil, wine, cheese, pork, to serving as our sommelier at dinner, to finding great restaurants. He made everything so easy - it's no wonder the place gets awesome reviews.

Set in the tiny hill town of Petroio, Palazzo Brandano is a respite from the larger cities of Italy. It is quiet, quaint, and charming. It is an easy drive to the "major" hill towns: Pienza, Montepulciano, and Montalicino, and not far from Sienna and other Tuscany sites.

The rooms are large and spacious, clean, comfortable and relaxing. The restaurant is wonderful, and the wine great, and the after dinner drinks superb.

But what really distinguishes this place from the others is the service. Anything we needed, it was arranged - and each time, the experience was more than we expected.

And for the price? An absolute steal. I hesitate to write such a glowing review, as I'd hate to see the perfect vacation spot spoiled, but frankly, it is too good of a place not to share with everyone else.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

We just returned from a week long trip to Tuscany, and we spent three nights at Palazzo Brandano. Everything we read on Trip Advisor was true about the rooms, the food, and most importantly, the service. In fact, we've never experienced anything like the personal attention Ousmane provided. He arranged tasting and restaurant reservations for us, drove us all over Tuscany one day, and introduced us to farmers/winemakers we never would have met on our own.

Petroio is definitely off the beaten path, but if you are looking for ultra-personal service and an authentic Tuscan experience, then Palazzo Brandano is your place. We can't wait to go back!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

You would do well to mark this spot on your map for your next stay in the south of Tuscany, and then expect nothing but the best from Ousmane and his staff. The location is central for visits to Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Montalcino and Siena, reached by lovely drives through this exquisite countryside. From LInda's helpful greeting in a pouring rain and the welcome glass of wine to Ousmane's unrequested upgrade to a finer suite, simply because he didn't consider our choice as fitting for our stay, all went as we would hope from a hotel which earns such rave reviews. Lovely views and a charming tiny medieval town were anticipated. The warmth of Ousmane's welcome and his wry sense-of-humor left us constantly smiling and laughing. As vegetarians we often don't know what to expect in smaller restaurants. What we received was delicious food, impeccable and gracious service, and a little surprise here and there that made our all-too-short stay a delight. We will be back. We were truly treated like a Hollywood star!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Potchefstroom, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

After a stay in chaotic,smelly but amazing Venice we went to Brandano for 4 days in paradise.From the moment we met Ousmane at the station until we left he couldnt do enough for us.The hotel is absolutely beautiful with views over the stunning Tuscan countryside,the rooms were spacious and spotless,the dinners absolutely incredible with local truffels and olive oil from the farmer down the road enhancing the local dishes.Wine,cheese and olive oil tastings were organised by Ousmane and were excepional.We cant wait to retrurn!!!Thank you Ousmane and Linda for a wonderfull time!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Palazzo Brandano
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Petroio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo Brandano 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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Palazzo Brandano Petroio, Italy - Tuscany
Palazzo Brandano Hotel Petroio

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