Between the Valdorcia and the Valdichiana there is a place of great rank and yet collected and precious where to feel at home, in that Tuscany that has always been the center of the universe. At Palazzo Pio III history, art and culture meet relaxation and luxury for an unforgettable stay, and the splendid travertine portal invites you to leave stress and tiredness behind and enter a new dimension, in the splendor and magnificence of Palazzo Todeschini-Piccolomini, known for being the house where Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini was born, the future Pope Pius III, nephew of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pius II, to whom we owe the name of the enchanting Pienza.
A permanent exhibition of the splendid works of art by the sculptor Mauro Fastelli welcomes visitors and guests, as well as magnificent books available in every language and of all kinds, collected in the Palazzo to honor Pope Pius III, patron and a man of boundless culture. The residence, born with the intention of creating beauty for Sarteano, the place where the owners were born and raised, can be visited on request, in the areas not used by guests, as a permanent museum center: such is the prestige of the residence that today it offers the public three splendid suites, all different from each other and furnished with charming design elements.
Piccolomini is the name of the magnificent suite, large, elegant and with warm tones, with exposed wooden beams and a splendid bathroom, able to give moments of pure pleasure. Laudomia, feminine and dreamy, with a bathtub in the center of the room and a crackling fireplace for unforgettable days and nights and finally, to complete the offer, the Junior Suite Todeschini, to be experienced in the sparkle of its turquoise tones and with a mini SPA for maximum comfort.
The experiences to be enjoyed in the surroundings, all strictly tailor-made, are the most varied: in Val d'Orcia, with splendid boundless panoramas different in every season, and in the livelier Val di Chiana, where the lakes of Montepulciano, Chiusi and Trasimeno stand out, and in which the village of Sarteano is set in a strategic position, rich in magnificent views and enchanting landscapes.
From mountain and e-bike excursions to horseback riding trips, from invigorating dives in the splendid flowing water swimming pool a few steps from the historic center in summer, to the pampering of the hot thermal waters in the colder season, from guided tours to discover the Etruscan history and tastings of the most typical local products, everything contributes to making the stay at Palazzo Pio III a feast for all the senses.
The celebration begins with taste: the owner, an expert chef and author of several publications on the subject, personally takes care of the culinary experiences at the Palazzo, where everything starts with a splendid breakfast prepared at the moment, up to appetizers, dinners and cooking classes, both traditional and specialized, dedicated to small groups of no more than four people, because each participant has the attention and space necessary for an extraordinary adventure, to be remembered in its entirety forever.