Palazzo Pio III

Sarteano, Siena
Bed & Breakfast
+39 0578 778 845
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€170 - €300
per night

An immaculately restored 1500s palazzo, filled with history, art, antiques and books in the buzzing heart of a charming town


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

€170 - €300 per night

The Experience

Once the home of Cardinal Pio III (Pope for only 26 days), this beautiful building has been restored with care and you’ll find something nourishing to look at in every room. You enter through Chiara’s new kitchen where she gives private cookery lessons and prepares delicious breakfasts of home-baked tarts and breads, homemade jam, local pecorino cheeses and cured hams. You’ll also find an honesty bar, a fridge for your own bits and bobs and a comfortable seating area with books on art, philosophy and history in several languages.

Three bedrooms (one suite at the very top) are light and large with smooth linens, deep mattresses and travertine marble floors; bathrooms are spa-like with jacuzzi tubs and roomy, walk-in showers. You’ll feel pampered and Chiara can organise tours of hidden small towns, wine and olive oil tasting, sacred art – just ask. She’ll cook dinner for you too with a bit of notice.

Step out to explore the town.

Palazzo Pio III - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Chiara's warmth and welcome, tasty home-baked tarts and breads. Dinner too if you don't want to go out
  • Wandering out to discover medieval winding streets, having a glass of wine or cup of coffee in the central square, feeling very Italian
  • Coming back to such attractive and elegant bedrooms and bathrooms
Palazzo Pio III - Gallery

You should know

  • No parking, you're in a pedestrianised area, but there's a car park a five-minute walk away
  • There are quite a few stairs as the house is on four levels
  • It's not ideal for small children, more of a grown-up sort of place


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €170
3 Suites for 2
From €170


Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Chiara and Guido have proudly opened their restored historic palazzo to a limited number of fortunate guests who will appreciate the comfort level of the generously-sized rooms with their spa-like bathrooms. Guests have the run of the place while enjoying Chiara's innate hostess qualities and her superbly fixed breakfast. Wander out to the many ancient hilltowns, wineries, thermal baths and more.

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The neighbourhood

Around the corner you'll find Chiostro Cennini, an atmospheric little restaurant with an outdoor courtyard where Chiara's brother Guido sometimes plays music with his group. Hire e-bikes and cycle through Val di Chiana and some of the most lovely scenery in the region, learn about pecorino cheese production, visit some superb wineries, take the train to Rome or Florence in one hour.

Local points of interest from Guido & Chiara Pietrella

  • You are in the center of an ancient and enchanting village that is still "real", where you find many tourists, but also young and elderly inhabitants who maintain their lives and habits. Discover the real life of Tuscany!
  • Medieval games, concerts and musical events, parties and shows are organised especially in summer. Throughout the year you can visit the Castle, the ancient theatre, the museum and one of the best preserved Etruscan tombs in the world.
  • You are in a strategic point! From Sarteano you can go to stunning Valdorcia, with Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Radicofani or San Casciano, or visit Umbria starting from Trasimeno Lake and Cortona up to Perugia, Assisi and Gubbio.
  • You are also in full thermal land. A few steps from here you can enjoy Terme of Chianciano, Montepulciano, San Casciano Bagni, Bagni San Filippo and Bagno Vignoni. What are you waiting for to dive into relaxation?
  • And if you are interested in cities, Siena, Florence and Rome are about an hour away. In Siena’s Cathedral you will find more information about the Pope who was born in this house, including the first forms of printed books commissioned by himself.
  • And if you are a lover of sport and nature you are still in the right place! You can delve into the surrounding hills, up to the lakes of Valdichiana or the enchanting expanses of Valdorcia through numerous trekking, horseback or cycle touring routes.


Guido & Chiara Pietrella

Delightful Chiara is a journalist with a passion for cooking. She is the author of a series of cookery books with special recipes for those with food intolerances. She and her brother Guido (a musician) have returned to their native Sarteano and have poured love into restoring the palazzo. They both live a short distance away so you will have the house to yourselves in the evenings.