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.
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.
The Villa Il Patriarca Hotel also offers a spacious and elegant banqueting hall, which can host up to 350 people for ceremonies, wedding parties or meetings. During leisure, guests can take a refreshing plunge in the swimming pool, laze around the beautiful garden or explore the city and its surrounding attractions. Located in the heart of Italy, midway between Rome and Florence in the part of Tuscany well known for its wonderful wines, Etruscan artifacts, excellent cuisine, olive oil and its history of exceptional art. Set in a park of large cypresses, the hotel has just 23 rooms, each uniquely and comfortably decorated. Eight of the rooms are in the Villa and others are in a recently restored wing with elegant and romantic furniture, bright colours and interesting themes.
Zaire is a lovely traditional Etruscan Restaurant in the old city of Chiusi. Ristorante Zaira - is a fine meeting place for Italian and foreign visitors to Chiusi. Serving foods of the Tuscan region, and Local and nationals wines. Chiusi is built along southern mid-evil Etruscan town and villages, on Roman roads in the south east of Tuscany. Wines are stored in the vast and distinctive wine-cellar situated in the passages and niches which wind under the restaurant, caved out of "tufa" (the volcanic plateau of the Roman-Etruscan age). Please do ask to visit the rambling wine cellars, which house more than 20,000 bottles. It is certainly worth the visit!
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 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).
The façades of the church of Saint Agostino and of the Oratorio della Misericordia are worth seeing. Notable among the civic buildings are the Tarugi palace, like the Mercato, a work of Pignola, the Contucci palace designed by Sangallo and the fourteenth-century Palazzo Municipale, which contains a small gallery of Sienese and of Umbrian art. The most famous men of Montepulciano are Cardinal Bellarmine, Pope Marcellus II, Cervini, Angelo Ambrogini, better known as Poliziano (1454-1494), and the humanist Bartolomeo of Montepulciano. St. Agnes of Montepulciano died in 1137.
Fattoria Le Capezzine (altitude 300 m) Only a few kilometres from Montepulciano, close to the village of Valiano, stands the old farm estate Le Capezzine. It is the heart of the company and it has been impeccably restored. It contains spacious cellars for vinification, cellars for ageing and storing, the vinsantaia, the frantoio (the olive oil mill), warehouses and offices. The estate comprises 19 hectares, of which 8 hectares of vineyards divided as follows: 6 of albarello vines in the "settonce" pattern; 1 dedicated to density experimentation ranging from 2,000 to 8,500 vines per hectare with six different rootstocks; and finally 1 dedicated to growing 127 ancient varieties indigenous to Montepulciano and the surrounding area, once highly esteemed, but today in danger of extinction.
Chiusi This stunning landscape was 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.