Villa Il Patriarca started its life as an 1800 prestigious patrician house. It is now a wonderful example of a sensitive restoration into a first class small hotel. Situated on a hill and surrounded by pine and cypresses, with view on Tuscan hills, the Villa Il Patriarca Hotel Chiusi offers its guests the opportunity of a relaxed holiday with all modern comforts.
The Villa Il Patriarca Hotel is located 4 kilometres from Chiusi, a wonderful Tuscan town with a relevant Etruscan heritage. The hotel's unique location gives the opportunity of visiting many historical and artistic towns situated in the centre of Italy.
The hotel has 23 comfortable rooms and suites, all of which are pleasantly decorated and equipped with numerous in-room amenities.
On your day of arrival be prepared to enjoy a Tuscan Tasting Menu in the hotel tavern. The proper wines of the region will be selected to enhance the culinary experience The onsite restaurant, La Taverna del Patriarca, typical Tuscan Osteria located in the old wine cellars of the villa offers a very creative cuisine in which traditional dishes are reinterpreted in original style and matched with a very wide selection of wines.
Choose another day of your 5 day tour to enjoy a visit to Montepulciano and delight in a regional wine tasting.
Montepulciano is famous for not just one but two excellent wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. However, it is often underestimated in terms of the interest of its art and architecture, perhaps because of its small size. In fact, in former times its citizens held their city to be on a par with Sienna, and indeed Montepulciano is packed with interest and charm.
Montepulciano is one of the most attractive hills tows in Tuscany. It is built on a ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Sienna in Tuscany. It is the ancient Etruscan city of Nocera Alfaterna, which in 308 B.C. made an alliance with Rome against the Samnites. In the Middle Ages it was under the control of Florence, but was conquered by Sienna in 1260. The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 11.5 kilometers from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill. The cathedral was built in 1619, from plans by Scalzo and until the 18 C it held the tomb of Bartolomeo Arragazzi, secretary of Pope Martin V, a work of Michelozzo. The church of the Madonna di San Biagio was planned by Antonio da Sangallo (1518-37).
After your visit to Montepulciano continue to the Historic Centre of the City of Pienza for your Pecorino cheese tasting.
It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied the principles of his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti. This new vision of urban space was realized in the superb square known as Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it: the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its pure Renaissance exterior and an interior in the late Gothic style of south German churches.
While you are so close, you must see the lovely town of Chiusi with its stunning landscape once celebrated by Renaissance painters from nearby Siena. The Val D’Orcia was, and still is, seen as an ideal representation of man coexisting in harmony with nature. Images of the Val D’Orcia and its inhabitants have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape art, engineering and philosophy in modern Tuscany.
The Val D’Orcia flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries when it was colonized by the city-state of Siena. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers a planned colonized agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land management systems; several towns and villages, each unique; farmhouses; and the original Roman road the Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines and bridges.
Choose another day to visit the Etruscan Museum in Chianciano Terme a mere 8 km away. Etruscan Civilization, culture created and developed on the Italian Peninsula by the ancient people of Etruria beginning as early as the 2nd millennium BC.
At the time of its greatest power, between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, Etruria probably embraced all Italy from the Alps to the Tiber River. The name Etruria is the Latin version of the Greek Tyrrhenia or Tyrsenia; the ancient Romans called the people of the country Etrusci or Tusci, from which is derived the name of the modern Italian region of Tuscany (Toscana).
Debate has surrounded the subject of Etruscan origins for at least 2,500 years. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus maintained that the Etruscans came from Lydia, in what is now western Turkey. The Roman historian Livy and the Greek historian Polybius agreed with Herodotus, as did the Roman poets Publius Papinius Statius and Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus. The ancient Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus held a dissenting view: He believed that the Etruscan people originated in Italy. The majority of modern archaeologists have supported his view. However, recent studies of the DNA of individuals buried in Etruscan sites in Italy give evidence that the Etruscans did in fact migrate to Italy.
Archaeological discoveries have shed much light on early Etruscan history. Authorities are now generally agreed that the earliest settlements of Etruria were along the low, marshy coastal land of Tuscany. The first permanent settlements, Vetulonia and Tarquinii (now Tarquinia), probably date to about the end of the 9th century bc. There archaeologists found types of sepulchres that differed greatly from earlier burial structures of the region and that contained quantities of articles from other regions (amber, silver, gold, and Egyptian gemwork) not found in any of the older tombs. The character of Etruscan art and many distinctive features of their religion show the influence of the Near East and East Asia.