Need to know
Twelve, including four suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $256.22 (€228), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.70 per person per night on check-out.
Breakfast is included.
Be sure to take a stroll around the hotel's walled mediaeval garden, if you're not used to Pienza's siesta-style pace of life, plonk yourself down in a canvas chair with a good book and you'll adjust in no time. Stay more than three nights and dinner is free for under-5s.
7 January to 1 April.
At the hotel
Mini spa (with steam bath and hot tub), library, DVD/CD selection, vast vinyl collection and concierge service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free WiFi, Ortigia toiletries, free bottled water in the minibar. The suites have a flatscreen TV and coffee machine.
Our favourite rooms
The Junior Suite offers you the best of both worlds: slick modern design on the inside; and outside your window the multi-coloured trees and fields of Unesco World Heritage site Val D'Orcia spreading out to the horizon. Request a suite on the upper floors – your eyes will thank you.
Book of Renaissance history and an appetite for pecorino cheese.
English-speaking concierge. On stays of three or more days, laundry is free.
Small pets allowed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.
Cribs or folding beds can be added to any room free of charge. Suites and superior rooms have extra beds and toys are available. Under-5s eat for free in the restaurant when parents are dining there, and off-menu dishes no problem.