Christmas and New Year’s at a New Tuscany Hideaway

I was at the post office today (yes, my local branch is open on Sunday!) mailing a bunch of our gift subscriptions and had a chance during the long wait, to receive some of the things that were in Dream of Italy’s P.O. Box. A new property in Tuscany caught my eye, especially since it is open for Christmas and New Year’s and I know our readers always like to know about special holiday happenings.

Palazzo Brandano opened in the sleepy town of Petroio (population: 400) about a year-and-a-half ago. Though not far from Pienza and Montalcino, Petroio isn’t popular on the Tuscan tourism circuit (we love finding places like this) though there’s much to enjoy in the town, including a Terracotta Museum, next door to this 12-room property. Nightly rates start at 275 euros.


Palazzo Brandano is offering a special Christmas menu in its restaurant. The 4-course dinner is priced at 90 euros per person. For New Year’s the Brandano is offering another lavish 4-course dinner (this one is 140 euros) and I’m half-tempted to fly over there just for one of the antipasti – “pumpkin tart with parmesan cheese sorbet and balsamic vinegar”! If you can steal away for a last-minute holiday celebration in Tuscany, this might be a fine destination!