We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Nice room, very poor road”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Pienza
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Agriturismo Terrapille
Ranked #30 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Pienza
Reviewed May 25, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank PNW
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (62)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

20 - 26 of 62 reviews

Reviewed October 27, 2008

We did a one-month driving tour of Italy from Rome to the Swiss border and back again, and arrived at Terrapile at the end of two and a half weeks of full days. As we drove from Pienza to the farmhouse, we couldn't quiet belive what we were seeing - the agricultrual landscape is the loveliest we had seen all trip, and the house is well placed on a gentle hill, with 360 degree views of fields, mostly used for cropping or for grazing a few sheep for milking.

We had intended touring the countryside during our two days there, but on the first day decided to stay put and sit about looking at the view and recouperating. It was hard, I tell you - should we sit at the table and chairs on the patio? Move the table and chairs progressively around the house as the day wore on? Blob by the pool? Lie under the olive trees and look at the sky? Drive into Pienza for more food and wine? Our judgement that we couldn't do better for tourist pleasure than staying put was confirmed on the second day, when we toured more of the local countryside. Terrapile really was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip.

Details: accommodation very clean, rooms big, walls thick (about 3 feet), but some noise transmitted between rooms, though not enough to concern us. Plumbing good. Self catering facilities adequate, but who self-caters cooked meals in Italy? To minimise cost, we made our own breakfasts and ate in most nights during our trip, using assembled meals based around bread, cheese, salami, proscuitto, olives, oilve oil, fruit and vegetables, so didn't need huge bench space or a dishwasher anyway. Beds comfortable and very clean. No mosquitoes. No cockroaches or other pests. The Pienzans drink a good deal of bottled water - the water is safe to drink, but doesn't taste all that good. Supermarket in town opposite the Agip petrol station - Co-op - is adequate. There is a good alimentari at the Terrapile end of town, though the range of cheese is limited - many varieties of Pecorino though. This shop has bread that is as good as Tuscan bread gets (I prefer the Roman stuff).

Lucia, who runs the enterprise, is extremely helpful and practical.

I highly recommend this agriturismo.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
3  Thank anniewellington
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 10, 2008

I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewers. INcredible vistas, nice breakfast spread, and very welcoming host. Lucia went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. We actually stayed in the annex, where there are often fewer people so it's more quiet. While 10 to 15 min walk from the main place (and the pool and breakfast), it's just a couple of minutes to drive.

The rooms there are new (only 1.5 years old). A bit dark and lacking much thought in decoration, but still very comfortable.

Also a good location to explore other nearby towns and Siena.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Simonva
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 22, 2008

We had prebooked all our hotels except two for our trip to Italy. We just weren't sure how far we'd be driving this day, so this one was left open, but I had this place in mind if we did get close enough. We're so glad we did! When I called the day before, Lucia, the friendly owner welcomed us, saying that although the Terrapille mainhouse was full, they had just opened a brand new annex that faced the main house and we could stay there. When we arrived, we were surprised to see how far the annex was from the mainhouse, up a long, hilly driveway, but worth the trip! Both buildings are out in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, and sit just below the quaint hilltown of Pienza. The annex was beautiful, with heavy, rustic doors and hardware, and even though it was new, it maintained the authentic look of an old Tuscan villa. Breakfast at the mainhouse was plentiful, and Lucia couldn't have been a more kind and friendly hostess. She set us up for a personal wine tasting in Montalcino later that day. This was the first of three agriturismos we stayed at in Italy and loved them all! Great to get away from the crowds!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank alongtheroad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 30, 2006

We were looking for a central location in southern Tuscany so we could make day trips around the lovely countryside and Terrapille was the perfect solution. Situated on a high hillside just outside of Pienza, the view from the pool across the expanse of Val D'Orca was so amazing that we were tempted never to leave our place. Lucia our host was very friendly and helpful, offering true Italian hospitality and suggestions for sites and services in the area. For those history buffs, this house was built in 1000 AD and it was featured in the closing scene of the movie "The Gladiator". We had a choice of room or apartment, with or without breakfast. This wonderful spot was definitely the highlight of our visit to Italy.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
8  Thank Calgaryconnoisseurs
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile
Google Translation

Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
Thank Eric K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 10, 2017
Google Translation

  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Christophe51
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Pienza hotels
0.3 mi away
Arca di Pienza
Arca di Pienza
#4 of 7 in Pienza
208 reviews
0.2 mi away
Hotel Corsignano - Pienza
2.8 mi away
La casa di Adelina Charming House
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Agriturismo Le Macchie
Agriturismo Le Macchie
#7 of 11 in Monticchiello
29 reviews
3.0 mi away
Agriturismo Casa Picchiata
2.3 mi away
Agriturismo Palazzo Massaini
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Agriturismo Terrapille? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Agriturismo Terrapille

Address: Localita Podere Terrapille 80, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Pienza
Price Range: $90 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing