4.0
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What We Love

  • Some of the best views in Tuscany

  • Beautiful terraced gardens
  • Inventive on-site restaurant

  • Original details, like frescoes in the rooms

  • Inside one of the most beautiful towns in Italy
  • Free WiFi in the common areas only

What To Know

  • Certain amenities, like the bathrooms, are in need of a serious upgrade

  • No spa or gym on-site

  • Tends to attract families, particularly in the summer, so be prepared for kids

  • The outdoor pool is closed in the winter
  • Check-out is at 11 a.m.
  • Pets are permitted for no additional cost

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

There’s Tuscany, and then there’s iconic Tuscany. Rows of cypress trees and winding roads weaving their way up rolling green hillsides? You won’t find that in Chianti. Textbook Tuscany is the Val d’Orcia, a triangle southeast of Siena. Pienza is one of the Renaissance towns that dust the area’s hilltops (it’s not for nothing that both Pienza and the Val d’Orcia as a whole are UNESCO World Heritage Sites); and while it’s crawling with visitors in summer, right now, you’ll practically have it to yourself.

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But this is a place you visit for the location rather than the rooms. Outside is a series of terraced gardens, with views of the rolling Val d’Orcia hills and the dormant volcano Monte Amiata looming behind them. In summer, guests lounge by the swimming pool and meet for a pre-dinner aperitivo in the outdoor restaurant. In winter, pop on a coat and enjoy the spectacular view of hills unfolding below Pienza. Even breakfast — a spread of fresh eggs, cheese, jams, bread and pastries, in a bright room overlooking the gardens — is an unforgettable experience.

Away from the hotel, stop into the shops filled with pecorino cheese (a local speciality) or walk through Pienza’s main square, which was transformed into a model of Renaissance architecture by Pope Pius II in the 15th century — one of Renaissance Italy’s first examples of town planning. For a different view of Pienza’s rolling countryside, wander Via del Casello along the city walls and stop for a drink at a local cafe.

How to Get There

Hotel Relais II Chiostro di Pienza
Corso Rossellino 26
Pienza, 53026 Italy

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 660 Reviews
Pienza standout!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We began our cycling trip to Tuscany at Il Chiostro and couldn't have been more impressed with the hotel and staff. The view from the hotel's garden overlooking the Val d'Orcia is perhaps the most spectacular in all of Tuscany and worth every penny of the nightly fee. The staff was most helpful in arranging taxi's to pick us up at the train station and carry our bags to our next town. I would highly recommend this lovely hotel in beautiful Pienza!!

A hidden gem in Pienza with the best view in Tuscany
Reviewed 1 week ago

This honestly was the best place we stayed in the whole of Tuscany! So reasonably priced for what it is, it’s a little palace in the middle of the most stunning area of Tuscany, and quaint little village Pienza. We had an issue with our booking through Hotels.com but when we arrived they gave us a room for the same deal price anyway. The room is basic but so pretty, and the hotel makes up for it - friendliest staff, delicious breakfast, refreshing pool to use and the best part - the view!! Absolutely incredible views of the v’al D’Orcia, you can have breakfast overlooking this view or dine at night with the serenity. We felt like movie stars in this beautiful hotel which to us felt like we could have easily spent 3 times the price to stay in!
I cannot reccomend this place enough and I really hope to come back one day. Grazie millie x

beautifully located, nice hotel with the nicest breakfast view
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great location, friendly service, good breakfast, the rooms are a bit spartan and simple, but clean, quiet and quite large. we enjoyed 3 days in beautiful Pienza, the terrace has an extraordinary view, you can have breakfast forever watching Tuscany with a cappuccino in your hand, from the rooms there is no real view as the small windows face the center piazza, but didn't bother us at all.

Fabulous views; pricey food
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You're really paying for the views here, as Il Chiostro's restaurant (attached to but apparently separately managed from the hotel) has about 8 tables right on the external walls of Pienza looking across the Val d'Orcia towards Monte Amiata. At sunset it's probably one of the finest views for miles around. The food is quite good, though we were expecting better for the price. Emphasis is on stylish presentation rather than quantity. Waiting staff were friendly. Take warm layer if eating at dusk as it can get breezy.

Interesting hotel in a beautiful location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a night at this hotel. Our room was clean and spacious, with a large bathroom equipped with sufficient towels and toiletries. There were also tea and coffee making facilities in the room, not always found in hotels in rural Tuscany.

Breakfast included a selection of pastries, cereals, fruit, breads, sliced cheese and meats, juices and coffee, in other words, a good standard for an Italian breakfast.

The wifi worked well enough.

The only downside was a notice specifying that the hotel could only take cash payments because of a technical problem. As we had prepaid our accommodation and breakfast, we chose not to incur any further payments by not dining in house that evening.

The location is fabulous, with an exceptional view.