Located in the 12th Century town of Petroio, the Palazzo Brandano is far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and towns, such as nearby Siena and Florence. Petroio is a picturesque Italian medieval village located along a medieval road which meanders through the soft green rolling hills of southern Tuscany. The Palazzo Brandano itself also has an interesting history. The palazzo itself was designed and built by Bartolomeo Garosi, also known in town as “Il Brandano”. Bartolomeo was often known for his immorality and outlandish and crass behavior. He was known as a rambling, gambling man, frequenting the local prostitutes, and was often heard blaspheming and taking the Lord’s name in vein. What makes this so interesting? Well, the story of Il Brandano, as the name of the hotel ensues, this man came to a conversion and changed his ways after he was digging and was hit in the eye by a stone. He then repented for all his bad behavior and wore a sack cloth during Good Friday and the Great Lent. Set to this theme, your stay at the Palazzo Brandano will make your Tuscan vacation a memorable one. Fine dining is included with the Palazzo’s in house restaurant “Il Brandano.” Enjoy unique Tuscan recipes prepared personally by the restaurant’s chef, who includes wonderful salads with marinated artichokes and aged pecorino cheese. Other dishes are made from fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from the area.
There are no room classes in the Palazzo Brandano, as it is an old building dating back to the middle ages. Each room is decorated in the typical Tuscan charm and each room is different and named after some of the most famous Italian Renaissance artists. The rooms also have hand painted replicas of the frescos painted by those artists to fit with the theme. All the rooms come with a king size bed and are listed below:
- The Leonardo da Vinci room is designed to a theme of Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork. The room is equipped with a king size bed and has a private bath with a jacuzzi. It also has hand crafted frescos which are replicas of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest masterpieces and the windows open to the wonderful Tuscan countryside view;
- The Michelangelo room is a suite which has a separate room with a king size bed. The room also has a private bath with a jacuzzi and has hand crafted frescos which replicate some of Michelangelo’s finest masterpieces. In the living room, the Michelangelo room also has a small second bathroom;
- The Boticelli room is done in the traditional Tuscan style with beautiful timbered ceilings. The room also has some beautiful hand crafted frescos on the walls in a Boticelli motif. The room is also a suite with a living room with TV and has a magnificent balcony which opens to an access to a panoramic terrace;
- The Rafaello room is a smaller room with a king size bed and small sitting area in one room. The room has hand crafted frescos according to a theme of Rafaello’s masterpieces. The window to the Rafaello room opens to a view of Medieval Petroio;
- The Tiziano room is a real treat. Located on an upper level, it features timbered cathedral ceilings and skylights. The room has a small living room, a very nice bathroom with a jacuzzi and hot towel rack;
- The Filippo Lippi room is a nice upper level room which is not a suite. The room is equipped with a king size bed and a small sitting area. The Filippo Lippi room has a beautiful timbered ceiling with a skylight and a small bathroom with a massage shower. It also has hand crafted frescos on the walls commemorating the artist and have a view of the Tuscan countryside or Medieval Petroio;
- The Bellini room commemorates Italian composer, Belini and the room has a small bedroom with a king size bed with a portrait of Bellini and a small sitting area. The Bellini room is also on an upper level and has a skylight. The bathroom has a massage shower and windows open to a Tuscan countryside or Medieval Petroio view;
- The Piero della Francesca room is a nice corner room on an upper level and you can enjoy windows which open to the Tuscan countryside or Medieval Petroio. The room is rather large and airy with a timbered cathedral ceiling and skylight. The walls have hand crafted frescos with a theme of the artist’s masterpieces. The room also has a nice bathroom with a massage shower;
- The Mantegna room is a smaller corner room with a timbered cathedral ceiling and skylights. The room has two windows with views of Medieval Petroio. The room has hand crafted frescos with a king size bed and living area. The bathroom has a massage shower;
- The Giotto room is a marvelous suite with a living room and a bedroom with a king size bed and timbered ceiling.The living room is large with a table and chairs and the walls have hand crafted frescos with a Giotto theme.The bathroom has a jacuzzi;
- The Lorenzetti room is a spectacular suite with a large living area with a table and chairs. The room also has a king size bed and a bathroom with a bathtub and massage shower. The TV is situated in a small cave in the wall, exposing some of the ancient brick of the structure. The walls have hand crafted frescos with a theme of Lorenzetti’s masterpieces. The room also has a timbered ceiling and windows open to a views to either the Tuscan countryside or Medieval Petroio.
- Flat screen satellite TV sets;
- Free WiFi;
- Massaging shower and jacuzzi;
- In-house restaurant “Il Brandano”; here you can enjoy unique Tuscan recipes prepared personally by the restaurant’s chef;
- Special Diet Meals (upon request);
- Room service;
- Free public parking available at a location nearby (reservation not needed);
- Airport Shuttle (Surcharge);
- 24-Hour Front Desk;
- Laundry and Ironing Service;
- Business Center.