The Historical Inn
A medieval hamlet in Tuscany...
The beauty of this Inn is like an exquisite detail in the masterpiece which is the landscape of Siena's Val di Chiana. It has the graceful beauty of someone who does not flaunt their good looks, who is perfectly aware of their loveliness, but does not need to be admired, comfortable as they are in their own being. This is a beauty which is always capable of surprising you, a magical place that we do highly recommend for very intimate weddings with max 12-15 guests.
Mention of the existence of this venue can be found throughout history. Although we don't have information on when building began, it is certain that the hills of the Inn were inhabited since the time of the Etruscans.
The first iconographical mention of the location?dates back to the year 1363.
Nobody staying at the Inn will remain indifferent to its charm and the pervading atmosphere of serenity. Perhaps it is the aura of the accumulated happiness of all those generations who, with their labour and their love, have cared for this corner of Tuscany, that has made this place so unique.
The bedrooms and suites are all individually appointed, featuring an attractive combination of traditional country furnishings, antiques, and period paintings. A number of rooms, where welcoming open fireplaces are lit in the winter months, have a ?home from home? feel. Some boast marvellous views of the grounds of the hotel and the surrounding countryside, or look on to the internal courtyard, whilst others, created in the rooms where the farm workers once lived, open directly on to the colonnaded portico.
In addition to the large spaces of the courtyard and the gardens, it has an extensive agricultural estate, with vineyards, olive groves, woods and fields, where guests can take walks through the countryside.
An ample private car park is available for guests' use.
It is a charming, country style eatery created in what were once the Inn?s medieval stables, the careful conversion of which has both preserved and enhanced the centuries-old features of the original building.
Its delicious Italian cuisine is inspired by both Tuscan and Mediterranean culinary traditions. Chef Francesco Sabbadini employs the products of the land with dexterity and passion, creating delicious seasonal dishes with Tuscany?s world famous cured meats, Chianina beef, Cinta Senese pork, Grigio del Casentino breads, free range poultry, the cheeses of Pienza, and the vegetables and aromatic herbs grown in the Inn?s kitchen garden.
The highly prized white truffles of the Crete Senesi of San Giovanni d'Asso, the saffron of the Val d'Orcia, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the lands of Siena, these are just some of the precious ingredients used to create the wonderfully light and fragrant cuisine of this relais restaurant.
Here you can also find a very well-researched wine list , compiled by sommelier and dining service coordinator, Aziza Zraik, features labels from the best Italian wine producing regions.
A glass of wine, a bite of ?Pecorino?, a slice of ?salame?, the smiles of those eager to introduce you to the simple and genuine character of the people and the food for which Tuscany is known and loved: this is the Osteria.
?Osteria? boasts a superb range of high quality products made in the area, to be savoured directly in the wine bar or purchased as gifts, thus allowing you to take back home with you not only the memories, but also the flavours, of Tuscany. Wines originating from some of Italy's most important wine areas: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and, of course, the ?Super Tuscans?, are all well represented in the ?Osteria?, a taste of which might easily spur you to visit the wineries where they were produced.
The wines, but also the many varieties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced in Tuscany, even those made at a short distance from each another, can be surprisingly different in taste and aroma. Fresh Ricotta fresca, Pecorino cheeses, cured meats, honey and jams: a tiny ?Osteria? brimming with products of international renown, a taste of what you can expect to find whilst exploring the hillside and valleys of Siena and Arezzo: the Val di Chiana, the Val d'Orcia, the Val d'Asso, the Val d'Arbia, to name but the most famous.
The ancient cellars where the farmers used to bring in the grapes from the vineyards, have come back to life again. The walls may well hear the sounds of unfamiliar voices, new inflections and different languages, but, just like in the old days, they once again witness the opening of important bottles of wine and listen to the resounding praise of Tuscan ?buon vivere?.
A landscape of vineyards, olive groves, fields, hills and woodland, forms the beautiful natural frame around this, one of the most romantic corners of the Inn.
Here, guests can be found lazing in the glorious Tuscan sun or taking a refreshing dip in the pool. During the hottest hours of the day a pergola, covered with antique roses in delicate shades of peach and apricot, provides an exquisitely-scented source of shade.