Terrapille has much to recommend it: lovely views, a friendly hostess, and a comfortable room which was good-sized by European standards. The room included a shared living and dining area which has attractive wood furniture and a stunning view up into Pienza. Since it's shared, you may have to put up with over-exuberant youngsters as we did, but no big deal.
The proprietress obviously has pride of ownership and shared the background details of the agriturismo, which they opened in 1997 after 3 years of restoration work to the buildings. They and the farm are really lovely, and served as the setting for a scene in The Gladiator movie.
The breakfast was fine, not as varied as we'd been served elsewhere, but fresh. No cappuccino (regular coffee only), though you'll receive a voucher for a coffee bar in Pienza if you want. There are a couple outdoor seating areas and the pool looked fine though we didn't use it.
The downside, and we considered it a serious one, was the 1.5k dirt road leading to the farmhouse. The first section of this road is deeply rutted and very steep. My heart dropped at the thought of negotiating that road for the 3 nights we'd booked, in our little rental car. Luckily there's a second dirt road, which is 2.5k to a paved road but is in better shape and less steep. We, and the other guests I observed, all chose to use this road. The directions on their website are for the poor road so we recommend you ask for the alternate when booking.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Terrapille Hotel Pienza