History

i casaliThe name Podere Osteria comes most probably from one of the many ancient refreshment stations which could be found alongside the Via Francigena-Romea, an ancient road built a few kilometres away from the Orcia river [1].
The road, built during the Longobard domination, was located halfway between the other two famous ancient Roman roads, the Aurelia and the Cassia. Until the 16th Century, the Via Francigena-Romea was the main connection between Rome and the countries beyond the Alps. On this very road, many fortified towns and havens for pilgrims and wanderers were built [2].

For centuries, the Castello (italian for castle) di Spedaletto played a pivotal role in the area where Podere Osteria was built because it was one of the most important monastic granges belonging to the Santa Maria della Scala hospital, a powerful religious and political institution of the Republic of Siena.
Since the 13th Century, the Institution tended to the needs of pilgrims and merchants in the area.
The symbol identifying the Hospital, a cross on top of a ladder, can still be seen today on the walls of numerous estates in the Siena countryside.

In 1289, on his way back from Naples, Charles II of Naples spent the night in the monastic grange while his knights slept in the nearby farms.
The monastic granges were fortified farms, windmills and warehouses that were built between the 13th and the 14th century to rationalize the agricultural production. Built around a series of courtyards, they were made up of accommodations, cellars, barns and chapels.

The Spedaletto grange is very well preserved and it encloses the San Niccolò church, where once the famous Pala (altarpiece) by Lorenzo di Pietro was.
In 1460, Pope Pius II visited the location.

In 1472, the castle of Spedaletto was fortified, enlarged and enriched with three new small circular towers under the request of Maestro Guidoccio. This is testified by the inscription on top of the “Rettore Urbano di Pietro” entrance to the castle. [3]

The monastic grange of Spedaletto also took care of the farm animals, monitoring the cattle movements to and from Maremma, therefore becoming the most important sheep breeding farm in the area [4].

According to other historical sources, during the 17th Century, the Spedaletto grange had become so important that it even managed the trade of other four farms in the surroundings: Capanne, Osteria, Montertini and Sorbelle.

At the end of the 19th Century, the Podere Osteria was still under the administration of the Spedale and was part of Castuglione d’Orcia.The four farms which made up the grange produced a total income of 229 scudi and had a value of 10 lire [5].
Today, Podere Osteria is under the administration of the town of Pienza and belongs to the Dezi family.

Since the 1960s, the Dezi family has been looking after Casali dell’Osteria.
The current custodians are Massimo Dezi, representing the third generation, and his two children, representing the fourth. The rural house was built from the love felt for their region and their family.
Casali dell’Osteria wants to be a place where it is possible to enjoy all the perks of a modern life without having to deal with stress and other drawbacks.

At Casali dell’Osteria, the rooster is still the alarm clock and the food is prepared following traditional, healthy and genuine recipes.
The tap water is fresh and clean while the vegetable garden and the henhouse give all that is needed for groceries.
Parking is not a problem as all the space in the world is available.
Children are free from any harm as they frolic around the countryside.

What else? Casali dell’Osteria is a throwback to the past, without forgetting comfort and technology, achieving the right balance between the two which makes life easy and delightfully rural.