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“Incredible insiders tour.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palazzo Brandano
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Petroio
Certificate of Excellence
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15 reviews
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“Incredible insiders tour.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

We had an absolutely wonderful time. The Hotelier, Ousmanne, had all sorts of wonderful plans for us; made special arrangements and introduced us to parts of the country that we never would have been able to find. He was made special dishes for us. Called ahead and had people open up their gardens so that we could photograph the sites. We simply could not have asked for a better guide through a very beautiful and special part of the world. We ate what was fresh and wonderful. The view off the back deck looks out over the valley and onto a hill side that catches the sunset . . . F&%$#@G fantastic.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

We spent six nights at Palazzo Brandano, and it couldn't have been better. Ousmane was the perfect host and went beyond the call of duty to make sure that our stay was impeccable. The food was a real treat--the complimentary breakfast included fresh-baked goods including the best croissants outside Paris, yogurt with beautiful fruit compote, cured meats, eggs, cheese, and more. We also ate there for dinner a couple of nights, and the dinners and wine pairings were also superb. The location was perfect--in a quiet, picturesque town that was centrally located to all the best that Tuscany had to offer--Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Siena, Arezzo, etc. The atmosphere and rooms at the Palazzo were serene and luxurious at the same time. Between the locale and Ousmane's assistance in helping to plan our stay, it may have been the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

We have just returned from our honeymoon and as part of our trip we spent 5 nights at palazzo brandano. It completely lived up to its reviews. The rooms are perfect, the views stunning and food amazing! All topped off by extremely helpful staff and the manager ousmane who will go out of his way to make your stay a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Wonderful location - we visited a couple of places in Tuscany before reaching Petroio - Greve-in-Chianti, Siena, Montepulciano. Petroio seemed wonderfully small and rustic - perfect countryside setting. The room was terrific as well - the decor made you feel like you were Tuscan royalty. At the same time, all modern amenities were readily available. The attention to detail is great - everything from stationery to lighting to even something as mundane as bath tissue were perfectly chosen.

Ousmane was a wonderful host and manager - from managing our check-in and creating a great 4-course dinner (even though we ordered just 1 or 2 of the courses) to providing us complimentary glasses of wine and creating a personal connection with us, he handled everything with aplomb. This was the most "un-hotely" experience we have ever had.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

As part of the Italian leg on our honeymoon, my wife and I were looking for a quiet and romantic spot in Tuscany to spend a couple of nights. Ultimately, we chose to stay at Palazzo Brandano purely on the strength of the Trip Advisor reviews. And, as usual, the Internet got it right. This place is just spell-binding, leaving me somewhat at a loss for words. Here is a recap of our all-too-brief stay.
Much like all the other reviews, we were greeted with smiling faces and two glasses of unbearably delicious prosecco upon our arrival. We arrived mid-afternoon and, having opted to skip lunch, were starving. Unfortunately, however, I learned that the kitchen was closed at that time. Disappointed, I retreated to the room to inform the wife that I had failed to procure food. However, within a few minutes, there was a light knock on our door. Laura and Linda (two members of staff) were patiently waiting with several platters of cheese, salami, prosciutto and freshly baked bread (still piping hot). Words simply couldn’t have described our gratitude (not to mention the rustic deliciousness of the food).
We spent our first evening watching the sun set over the distant hills amid the tranquility and serenity of the breathtaking palazzo garden, the only audible sound being the quiet crunch of gravel under the feet of the guests and staff. We were treated to lots of superb local wines before dinner and then to a world class meal, replete with fresh truffles that Ousmane had graciously gone to purchase specifically for us. My wife and I had ordered mismatching courses so, as to balance out the servings, Ousmane gave us each a complementary course so we wouldn't have to watch the other eat. This was rounded off with lots of delicious wines and a round or two of complementary grappa.
When asked what we wanted to do the following day, we mentioned that we wanted to visit a vineyard and eat somewhere local. Ousmane nodded and said he would take care of it. By the time morning arrived, he had drawn up a full itinerary for us. He drove us to nearby Pienza for some light tourist activities and returned a few hours later to pick us up and take us to a small vineyard nearby. After sampling lots of wonderful local wine with a winemaker, Sergio, and his apprentice, Frederico, we were driven to a charming restaurant where we had yet another incredible meal. As soon as we were finished, Ousmane magically appeared to bring us back to the hotel where he treated us to some rich Spanish wine. As we were draining our final sips, he invited us to retreat to our room where he had left a small surprise for us. As a final treat, he had gone to a local bakery and bought us a celebratory honeymoon cake (complete with a personalised message written in blue icing!) and had Linda spark up a few candles while we were drinking downstairs. Glowing from our perfect day, we each ate a slice of cake in the candlelit room and just shook our heads in amazement.
Truth be told, I have never received service like this. I am an experienced traveler and have the means to travel well. But I can safely say that Ousmane and his staff provided us with unmatchable service and friendliness that helped create some impossibly perfect memories of our honeymoon. I can safely say that, prior to our visit to Tuscany, my wife had never hugged a hotel staff member before.
If you are looking to visit Tuscany, don’t even bother looking to stay anywhere else. Stay here. It will be amazing. You will be sad to leave. And you will immediately start planning your next visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Palazzo Brandano
Address: Via Val Gelata 18, 53020 Petroio, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Petroio
Amenities:
Business Centre 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 (per night): $183 - $280
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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