Pienza, rising on top of a hill amidst the scenic and suggestive landscapes of the Val d’Orcia Natural and Cultural Park, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular villages of all Tuscany.
Pienza, one hour’s drive from Siena, is magically set amidst scenic rolling hills and a evocative natural scenery: vast breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, narrow winding country roads, medieval towers and castles, mystic abbeys and monasteries, fabulous thermal springs, suggestive avenues lined by cypress trees, endless green fields running one after the other, adorned by yellow and red flowers……
That’s the great charm of the beautiful province of Siena, and particularly of all the area surrounding the Renaissance city of Pienza!
No need to say that, thanks to its history and beauty, Pienza and the surrounding area are amongst the main holiday destinations in Tuscany.
That’s the ideal location to pass a vacation of total relax, amidst nature, art and culture!
All the times I can, I run for a short break in this wonderful region of Tuscany 🙂
Where to stay in Pienza
Here I highly recommend some chic, charming, and very special hotels, farmhouses, and accommodations in or near Pienza 🙂
1. Relais il Chiostro di Pienza
For an unforgettable stay in the very heart of Pienza’s historical center, just 2 steps away from the wonderful Piazza Pio II, the Duomo, and the elegant Palazzo Piccolomi, I suggest Relais il Chiostro di Pienza, fascinating ancient convent of the 15th century!
This relais in Pienza is a hotel of great charme, and is characterized by a special atmosphere, that you can soon feel entering the beautiful ancient cloister.
The rooms are very comfortable and elegantly furnished, while offering all modern facilities, they face the narrow charming streets of the historical center, or offer a wonderful panorama over the Val d’Orcia. The suites are very large, elegant and adorned by frescoes.
Relais il Chiostro di Pienza also has a restaurant of great quality, where you can taste many delicious local dishes.
The lovely hanging garden of the convent is a fantastic open terrace with a stunning view over the Val d’Orcia. In spring and summer time, you can enjoy your meals, sitting comfortably before a unique and unforgettable panorama.
2. Relais la Saracina
Immersed in the magic Tuscan countryside, only 4 km from Pienza’s center, lies a very chic and exclusive accommodation, La Saracina Relais.
La Saracina is a refined country chic hotel, lying on top of a hill, right at the end of spectacular avenue of cypresses, and surrounded by a splendid natural scenery of vineyards and olive groves.
The rooms are beautiful, elegantly furnished with the greatest attention to details, with precious textiles and local antique furnishings. Terracotta floors and beamed ceilings create a pleasant contrast with the soft and light colours of the rooms. The suites are fantastic, with fireplace and luxurious large bathrooms with jacuzzi.
The swimming pool is wonderful, and the relais’s location is perfect to make fantastic walks along the many paths departing from the wood, property of the hotel. That’s a super chic accommodation!
3. Podere Spedalone
If you are then looking for a typical and beautiful farmhouse near Pienza, I recommend the chic country house Podere Spedalone, located just 10 minutes north of Pienza, on the border between the Val d’Orcia and the wonderful Crete Senesi region.
Silence is absolute protagonist of this enchanting place, immersed in the deep Sienese countryside, and near the beautiful Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, where you can admire the beautiful frescoes fo the 16th century painter Sodoma. Sant’Anna in Camprena was also chosen by the great film director Anthony Minghella to shot many scenes of its masterpiece The English Patient.
Podere Spedalone is characterized by charmig and elegant rooms and suites, and fully equipped apartments in typical Tuscan style. This enchanting farmhouse also offers a number of facilities and services, like the swimming pool, a fitness area with Turkish bath and Jacuzzi, a library; you can also participate in cooking classes, and taste the delicious organic products produced by the farm.
Pienza is a great destination to have a truly memorable vacation in Tuscany!