About

The name of the  Podere Osteria  is in all likelihood related to a refreshment station built along one of the many variants of Via Francigena – Romea, an ancient road that was only a few kilometers away, beyond the Orcia River [1].

The road, which developed in the Longobard era, was an intermediate route between the Roman consular streets Aurelia and Cassia and, until the modern era, turned out to be the main link connecting Rome to the countries of the Oltremes. It is along this route that many fortified villages arose, as well as hospice care foundations [2].

The entire area surrounding the  Podere Osteria  has been in the centuries of the presence of the Castello di Spedaletto, one of the most important “bushes” of the Spedale Santa Maria della Scala, a powerful religious and political institution of the Republic of Siena dedicated to the assistance and care of pilgrims And traders since 1200.

The symbol that identified the Spedale was a ladder surmounted by a cross, still found today on the walls of many possessions scattered throughout the Sienese.

In 1289 he spent the night in Charlemagne II of Anjou returning from Naples while his knights were accommodated in the surrounding farms.

The shells or farms, mills and fortified warehouses rose between the XIII and the XIV century to rationalize agricultural production; Articulated around one or more courtyards, consisted of houses, cellars, stables and chapels.

Spedaletto is particularly impressive and today still stands as a medieval medieval castle whose interior is enclosed by the church of San Niccolò, formerly embellished by the Renaissance palace of Lorenzo di Pietro known as Vecchietta.

The castle was also visited by Pope Pius II in 1460, which promulgated a bubble in his favor.

Around 1472, “the administration of the Spedale sent a commission to the Maestro Guidoccio for some work of expansion in the  Spedaletto of Val d’Orcia,  where he had to make three round towers, that is, on every song one in the expectation that the walls had been restored for some time , As is the inscription, which is still on the front door of that beautiful castle, under the name of the Rector, Urban of Peter “[3]

Among the other documented functions, it is apparent that the Spedaletto sparrow was responsible for organizing the breeding by controlling the movement of livestock to and from Maremma, thus becoming the most important sheep breeding center in the Sienese Hospital. [4]

The visit made in 1676 to Val d’Orcia by the Auditorium Granducale Gherardini, author of the famous agricultural inquiry known just like “Relazione Gherardini”, attests, about San Quirico, that “there is in the Land a Grancia del Spedale Grande di Santa Maria della Scala, in which she is a Grancer, who takes account of her Entrances consisting of more farms “; These are the four farms belonging to the Spedaletto Comune, Capanne, Osteria, Montertini, Sorbelle.

At the end of the 19th century  Podere Osteria  still belonged to Spedale di Siena and was part of the Podesteria of Castiglion d’Orcia – Municipality of Spedaletto. A curiosity: the four farms that made up the Grancia provided an annuity of 229 shields and were taxed for 10 lire. [5] Today the Osteria farmhouse is located in the municipality of Pienza and belongs to the Dezi family.

The Osteria company is owned by  the Dezi  dagl’anni family 60, and Massimo Dezi is the third generation that with the two children arrive at the fourth generation. The agritourism is born thanks to the love for the earth and the family. If you still manage to keep a certain distance from modern and chaotic life while enjoying all the progress it offers.

Here, you still awake with the song of the rooster you can eat healthy and genuine as in the days of our grandparents. We still drink the tap water fresh and clean, the expense of egg and white meat is enough to go to the garden and the henhouse, without making long files at the supermarket. We do not talk about parking, here the problem does not arise There is all the space you want. There are no dangers for children and there is all the open air space for them to be ridiculed.

What’s more, a dive in the past, keeping in mind comfort and technology, the right balance that makes life comfortable and pleasantly rural.