A ravishing encounter between an artist and an abandoned 1300 village. That of Residenza D’Arte is the story of a love that begins in 1999, when Anna Izzo – sculptor, painter and interior designer – is seduced by the unusual and moving beauty of this former monastery and decides to restore it to its former glory, transforming it into a exclusive Gallery Art Hotel.
Today, hundreds of works of art and installations populate every space inside and outside this historic centennial house. The artist’s hand is intertwined with the hand of nature and with the hand of History in a multiform mix of materials and colors, a unique combination in which contemporary design and Tuscan tradition blend perfectly.
Residenza d’Arte is an hotel like no other else. Here, every stay is extraordinary. A love escape, a special occasion, a journey to discover Tuscany: everything acquires a new and different charm.
Its exceptional style and its unique atmosphere make it the ideal destination for those who are not satisfied with conventional hospitality and are looking for an extraordinary holiday, for those who want to amaze – and be amazed – thanks to an unforgettable experience.
The hamlet – an historical dwelling safeguarded by the Superintendency for Cultural Heritage – was completely renovated with original materials from the 1300s to preserve its identity and authenticity.
The artist’s works are integrated into the original structure, and the magic of these spaces born in the encounter between the veracity of stone and wood and the contemporary audacity of paintings, sculptures and design objects. An innovative sensory journey in which the guest himself is art.
A stone’s throw from the charming medieval town of Torrita di Siena, between the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia, Residenza d’Arte is a strategic starting point for exploring the heart of Tuscany.
Cortona, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino can be reached so easily that, on the terrace overlooking the surrounding olive groves, it will almost seem like you can touch them with your fingertips.
If Residenza D’Arte is an ideal starting point for the explores, for all others it is the perfect arrive.
Forget about the car and enjoy all that this charming village has to offer: you will be surprised to discover that it is much more than you could have ever imagined.
Visit the Church of Madonna of the Olive – which since the 1300s is home of a picture of Giotto’s school – or remain open-mouthed in front of the sinuousness of the bronze sculptures and the three-dimensionality of the pittosculptures and the square-boxes on the walls.
Let yourself be amazed from early morning by our delicious breakfast served in the big living room, the beating heart of the structure where iron tables with alluring shapes like eyes and mouths decorate a stone room and original beams of the fourteenth century.
With the sun, breakfast is served under a wrought-iron gazebo in the garden, a unique project made by artisan on a project by the artist Anna Izzo.
Don’t think, however, that this is just a place where to savor your morning coffee and let yourself be enchanted by the extraordinary view of the Torrita di Siena hill. It is a living space, designed to relax with a book or a glass of local wine, accompanied only by the unmistakable sounds of Tuscan nature and by the tapered line of cypresses on the horizon.
The Hamlet hides a secret.
The gazebo is only one of the extraordinary corners of the garden on multiple levels that embraces the structure. Thera are different viewpoints hidden to offer you a unique view of the magical landscape that surrounds Residenza D’Arte.
Are you ready to discover them all?