Tenuta Santo Pietro is a tranquil oasis located in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside.  The property is comprised of the Inn, a twelve bedroom house that dates back to the 13th century, and a 72 acre working farm.

Vineyards and olive trees spread through rolling hills rising to a small valley. At the property's high point, an ancient pear tree can be seen for miles. It has been a local landmark for generations. From its vantage, the ancient hilltop towns of Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Radicofani and Montefollonico beckon.

A stay at Santo Pietro is one of the best ways to enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer - from wine and cheese tastings to biking tours and antiquing.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  For those seeking a quiet country getaway, we encourage you to curl up with a good book on the hammock or by the pool to relax and experience the total peace and tranquility of the days here.  Whether you rent the entire property for a week or one room for a night, you will leave with a strong desire to return again and again.

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Whats New

2013 Olive Oil is in stock

The 2013 harvest yielded our most flavorful olive oil yet.  Its rich green color and distinctively peppery finish make it a perfect accompaniment to salads, meats or fish.  It is also delicious on its own with a nice piece of crusty bread.  Click here to purchase our olive oil online.

Two new TSP Wines and Free Worldwide Shipping

We are proud to announce that we have added two more lables to our portfolio of wines.  Imago Vermentino 2011 is a light and citrusy white that goes perfectly with fish and vegetables for a delicious accompnaiment to any summer lunch or dinner.  Perceptum IGT 2010 is a bordeaux style blend, made from international varietals grown in Tuscany: 50% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot.  It is a hearty age worthy wine ideal with meats, pates, gmes and aged cheeses.

We offer free worldwide shipping on all our wines direct from our winery in Pienza.  Please email orders or inquiries to us at info@tenutasantopietro.com

Wine Spectator ratings are in...

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Online

We are proud to announce that Wine Spectator has rated three of our TSP wines for the first time.  Perceptum earned an 89, Viper an 88 and Pio II an 87.  For the full ratings and descriptions, click here.  

All four TSP wines can be shipped worldwide for free from the winery in Pienza.  For more information, please contact us at info@tenutasantopietro.com

The owners of Tenuta Santo Pietro recently completed a substantial restoration of the property to maintain the integrity of its historic 13th-century structure. Its architecture is marked by graceful archways and enduring stone walls, while the mellowed terra cotta tiles and warm wood beams - even the fireplaces - all have been salvaged from the ruins of old properties. 

Amid the materials and craftsmanship of another era, all the modern comforts will make you feel at home.  The Inn offers free wifi in the public areas and throughout the gardens and pool area. The bedrooms are fully air-conditioned (windows are also screened so you have the option to enjoy fresh air) and have televisions with multi-lingual programming. Each of Santo Pietro's twelve bedrooms has its own marble bathroom, offers a welcoming bed with exquisite Italian-made linens, down pillows and comforters, and is uniquely furnished with carefully chosen antiques and artwork.

An expansive manicured lawn sits off the back of the house, along with several patio areas, comfortably furnished so you can sit and look out over the terraced lawn to the pool and to the town of Pienza beyond. The pool welcomes guests with lovely padded teak chaise lounges, tables and umbrellas. In the summer months, we offer a casual mixed grill dinner served poolside.  Our cook will prepare meals for you using fresh local ingredients, and our staff will assist you with any request you may have, from reservations to transportation and more. Daily breakfast is included in the price of your room and can be enjoyed in the dining room or on one of the many outdoor patios. 

Rates range from 145 to 245 euros per night; for details, click on reservations.

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Tenuta Santo Pietro's 72-acre estate was part of a larger farm system laid out by Pope Pius II in the mid-1400s. Today it is a self-sufficient gentleman's farm with twelve acres of vineyards and twelve of olive trees. You can wander amid the splendor of the land for hours. In autumn, join in an olive harvest or take part in a pressing. At any time of year, enjoy superior olive oil and wine produced from our land. Santo Pietro arranges wine and olive oil tastings for its guests and visitors.

Our property is home to over 1,100 olive trees of four indigenous varietals.  The trees range in age from 15 years to well over 100 years.  We pick all our olives by hand, using traditional methods which ensure that the fruit is at its best when we cold press it, the same day the olives are picked from the trees. 

Our vineyards include 12 acres of old and new growth vines of Sangiovese, Merlot and Vermentino grapes.  We produce approximately 1,300 cases of wine per year.  We pride ourselves on the small production of the highest quality wine we can make.

Our Products

Olive Oil

At Tenuta Santo Pietro we pride ourselves on the superior taste and quality of our cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.  We believe that what makes our oil so delicious is our commitment to traditional production.  Our ancient olive trees thrive in nutrient rich soil under the warm Tuscan sun.  Each fall we hand pick our olives and never add any chemicals, preservatives or anything that isn’t 100% natural.  The result is a rich, green oil that is smooth, slightly peppery and addictive. Click here to visit our online store.

Our Wines

We currently produce four wines from our vineyards: Pio II- a lively, classic Chianti, Viper - a richly blended Super Tuscan. Perceptum ICG - an international blend and Imago - a 100% Vermentino refreshing white.  All our wines go well with just about everything there is to eat in this area - cheeses, meats, pastas and vegetables.  Our wines are available for purchase on site in the Bar Wine Room, at local restaurants and shops, as well as in select locations in the US.

Tuscany is home to some of the world's most delicious food. The cuisine is drawn from the best this rich land produces, from porcini mushrooms and artichokes, to wild boar and truffles. Much of what you see growing around you - grapes and olives, figs, almonds, and apricots - makes its way to your table, often the day it is picked. One local favorite is Pici, a thick, long pasta often served with ragu. Other specialties are succulent locally-raised lamb, pork and beef, especially the tender Chianina steaks, and Pienza's habit-forming pecorino cheese. The local olive oil is some of the best in the world.

Wine has been part of Tuscan civilization for over 3,000 years; the Etruscans considered grape trees to be sacred, with special healing properties. And they may well have been right: a visit to today's Tuscan vineyards certainly provides a delicious sense of well-being. Enjoy strolling through Santo Pietro's vineyards, which include the local Sangiovese and Vermentino grapes, as well as Merlot. Santo Pietro can arrange for a tasting of our wines on site, and can also arrange tours of other local wineries.

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Available Activities

Cooking classes

Learn to cook from fresh local ingredients in Santo Pietro's beautifully renovated kitchen. Lessons, taught in English or Italian, are informal and can be tailored to cooking experience levels. Email us at info@tenutasantopietro.com to find out about upcoming classes.

Wine and olive oil tastings
Tours of local vineyards, wineries and olive oil presses.

Eating and Drinking

Dining at Santo Pietro

We serve lunch and dinner daily in our dining room or on the outdoor terraces.  Our chef specializes in creating simple but remarkable Tuscan meals.  We use only the freshest and highest quality local ingredients, often from our own vegetable garden and orchard.  Whether you are in the mood for a traditional homemade pasta dish or a simple grilled steak, you can always find something delicious from our daily selections.  Of course, we will also help you choose the perfect wine to accompany your meal.  Click here to see our menus. Click here to see our wine list

Wine

Viper
Super Tuscan from Pienza, Italy. Intense ruby red color, combined with a complex bouquet of violet and rose, augmented by hints of ripened fruits. Soft yet noticeable tannins round out this hearty, age-worthy wine. Ideal accompaniment to any meat dish, particularly duck, rabbit, quail, venison and other game; also excellent with cheeses, cured meats and pates.

This wine should be decanted at a temperature of 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and is at its best 2013 through 2018.  The varietals are 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah.  The average age of our vines is 5 years and the alcohol content is 14%.  This wine is aged 2 years in French oak barriques.  We produce 500 cases annually.

 

Pio II
Chianti from Pienza, Italy. Lively red color, akin to pomegranate. Harmonious on the palate, with rich scents of fruits and spices, and soft, mellow tannins. Goes quite well with most fare – or on its own – and is particularly suited to meat dishes of any kind, as well as hearty soups, like bean, lentil or barley; also excellent with cheeses, cured meats and pates.

This wine should be decanted at a temperature of 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and is at its best now through 2015.  The varietals are 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.  The average age of our vines is 7 years and the alcohol content is 13.5%.  The wine is aged 1 year in large Slavonian oak and 6 months in the bottle.  We produce 750 cases annually.

Perceptum

Perceptum IGT 2010 is a bordeaux style blend, made from international varietals grown in Tuscany: 50% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot.  It is a hearty age worthy wine ideal with meats, pates, gmes and aged cheeses.

Imago

100% Vermentino from Pienza, Italy.  Light and crisp, with hints of pear and citrus.  Goes well with fish, poultry, vegetables and light pastas.  Imago is the perfect match for a light summer meal.

Tenuta Santo Pietro is an unforgettable setting for your private event or wedding. Whether you want to have a small, intimate affair for 30 or a huge blockbuster event for 250, we will help you make it happen.  We know that planning a wedding can be stressful.  Planning a destination wedding adds a whole new element of stress.  We will take care of all the details so that when you and your guests arrive, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the experience without worry. We can assist you in finding a church or town hall and officiant for the ceremony or we can arrange to have the ceremony and reception on site.  Tenuta Santo Pietro provides a pastoral, almost timeless atmosphere that will create lifelong memories - and your photographs will be incredible!  

For truly one of a kind events, our staff works in partnership with renowned Roman caterer and wedding planner, Michela Capasso, to ensure that your wedding or special event is as perfect as you imagined it would be. Click to see more wedding photos on the Michela Capasso website.

 

A stay at Tenuta Santo Pietro is also a very special way to reward or honor superior employee performance. Call to discuss.

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Our Services

We can assist you with document preparation (marriage license etc.), flowers, tent, lighting, music, transportation, photographer, cake, dress and anything else you can think of.  Please contact us to discuss your event.

Situated along a renowned wine road, Tenuta Santo Pietro is ideally located for exploring the historic peaks and swells of the Val d'Orcia. Among the many pathways to explore, the lovely Tuscan towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Montefollonico, San Quirico d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni and Radicofani which are close by and steeped in history.

Let us know the dates of your trip, and what sorts of experiences your group prefers, and we'll happily help shape a trip filled with the things you love to see and do. A stay at Santo Pietro is an idyllic personal experience designed to meet your wishes, and to create very special memories.

In addition to the specific activites listed to the right, among the many things you can do and see while you're here:

  • Go antiquing at the Arrezzo Antiquarian Fair held the first weekend of every month
  • Explore Etruscan tombs in nearby Cortona
  • Watch local artisans create one-of-a-kind gifts from wrought iron and pottery
  • See the world famous Palio horse races in Siena
  • Shop at nearby Italian designer luxury outlets

 

Santo Pietro can arrange private and group transportation throughout the Val d'Orcia, as well as to and from various airports.

Locations of Interest

The Val D'Orcia

Things To Do

Art classes
Throughout history, Tuscany has inspired artists with its beauty. If you are interested in channeling your own artistic energies, painting, drawing and sculpting classes can all be arranged locally.
Biking and Hiking
What better way to enjoy the amazingly beautiful Tuscan countryside than by biking or hiking through it. Whether you want to enjoy an easy ride or walk to one of the area hill towns for lunch, or want to take on some of the region's punishing terrain, we can make it happen. We can arrange to have mountain or road bikes brought to the Inn for use during your stay and we'll happily help you plan day tours of the area.
Hot Air Ballooning
See the landscape from a bird's eye view in a traditional hot air balloon. We can arrange excursions for early morning or sunset rides over the picture-book setting of the Val D'Orcia and the countryside around Siena.
Thermal Baths

After all that sightseeing and eating you'll do while you're here, you may want to book a restful day at one of the many area spas and thermal baths. This valley is world renowned for its natural hot thermal springs and their curative properties. Let us arrange a day of pampering for you.

Tenuta Santo Pietro is located in Pienza, Italy. We are approximately:

220 kilometers from Rome (2 hour drive)

115 kilometers from Florence (1.5 hour drive)

56 kilometers from Siena (45 minute drive)

80 kilometers from Perugia (1 hour 15 minute drive)

220 kilometers from Pisa (2 hours 20 minutes drive)

 

Tenuta Santo Pietro is a family owned and run business.  For information, email us at info@tenutasantopietro.com or call us at +1 617 240 0887 (in the US) or +39 333 992 9601 (in the EU).



Driving Directions

From the North (Florence)

The easiest way to get here from Florence is to take the A1 highway (the one that goes from Florence to Rome) until Bettolle - Val di Chiana.

Take the Bettole exit and then follow the signs for Torrita di Siena - you will be on the SP15. After Torrita di Siena follow the signs for Pienza. When the SP15 finishes it meets with the SS146. Take a right on the SS146 in the direction of Pienza (not Montepulciano) and we are located on the left hand side just over 1/2 mile from this intersection. You will see our sign with the "key" logo. We are located about 5Km before Pienza.

From the South (Rome)

Take the A1 North in the direction of Firenze, and proceed approximately 120 km from Rome.

Take the exit for Chuisi/Chianciano T. --- come off the ramp, pay your ticket (approx. 9 euros) and proceed straight to stop sign.

Go straight across the street then merge LEFT onto SS 146 in the direction of Chianciano, Montepulciano. 

Pass through the town of Chianciano.  When the stores end on your left and the road starts to climb, you heave to bear LEFT towards Montepulciano.  **** The blue sign here is a bit confusing – it has an arrow pointing straight up for Montepulciano and Pienza but you really need to bear LEFT here and you’ll see a marble dealer on your left as you start to climb the hill.

Follow the road toward Montepulciano.  Keep going straight and come to an intersection where you will see a blue sign pointing left to Pienza.  Follow the road LEFT (you don’t have to stop here as you have the right of way)

Follow the road (still SS146) for approximately 5 km.  Approximately 1/2 mile after a turnoff for Sinalunga and Torita di Siena you will see a white and black sign on your right for Agriturismo Santo Pietro and you’ll see our property and sign with the "key" logo immediately on the left.  It should take you about 35 minutes to get from the highway exit to our property.

 

Contact Info

Localita' Santo Pietro, 29
53026 Pienza, Siena, Italia

Tel/Fax: +39 (0578) 754151

Mobile: +39 333 992 9601 (EU)
Mobile: +1 (617) 240 0887 (US)
Email: info@tenutasantopietro.com

GPS Coordinates:
+43° 6' 19.31", +11° 42' 49.44"
Latitude N 43.105365 Longitude E 11.713734

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