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Boutique hotels in Siena (13)

Often overlooked in favour of bigger ‘older sister’, Florence, Siena is a gorgeous jewel and must-see destination in itself. Brimming with the passion of the Renaissance, the city has much to offer those of you with a romantic streak. From the frenzy of the Palio di Siena to the peace and serenity of the city’s ‘duomo’, visitors can either enjoy a bit of the action or some of the peace.

Where to go
Head to Il Campo, the public square that has held markets, festivals and most importantly, the horse race that stops the city, the ‘Pal;o’, every year for centuries. Try to spot all the signs indicating the Contrada, or city’s wards, that compete in the Pallo. The rivalries are furious! Experience the Duomo, one of the glories of the Renaissance. Siena has long been a centre of leathercraft excellence, so visit the Via Banchi di Sopra for handmade bags and jackets. See glorious wall-paintings in the Palazzo Pubblico and learn about the life of St Catherine, the city’s most most famous inhabitant at her basilica. Walk the city’s winding streets and watch life continue as it has for over a millennium.

Food & Drink
Pork and beef are specialities of the region, raised in the excellent pastures and woods nearby. Some of the purest, finest olive oil in the country is made in the area, and features in most dishes. Siena is also known for its sweets, such as the panforte (thick, dense fruit cake) and ricciarelli (fresh almond cookies). For the best local cuisine, go to Antica Osteria da Divo (Via Franciosa, 25) by the Duomo for authentic Sienese cooking and what is claimed to be Etruscan ruins downstairs! Otherwise, go to Osterio di Castelvecchio (Via Castelvecchio 65) for creative spins on local favourites, served in a friendly, warm atmosphere.

Siena has a culture that lends itself to long evenings spent over a bottle of wine at a street cafe. The Bar Il Palio (Piazza del Campo 46-9) may be very popular, but it is the place to experience the city as the sun sets. For something more intimate and quiet, try the Tea Room (Via Porta Giustizia), a local favourite and the local spot for cocktails.

Where to stay
Campo Regio Relais is perfectly placed in the centre of town for explorations of this medieval wonder. A small hotel with spacious suites and fantastic views, the knowledgeable staff can also arrange wine tours and access to the some of the city’s hottest spots. Castello Banfi Il Borgo, outside of town, is a destination all of itself. Wonderfully-appointed suites and two fantastic restaurants complement the soaring medieval castle at the heart of the state. While you’re there, make sure you go on a wine tour of the vineyards! Finally, the ancient fortress of Castello di Velona is now a celebrated luxury hotel with gorgeous suites, fine dining and a spa fed by a volcanic spring - just the place to unwind!

How to get there
Vueling, Cityjet, British Airways and Iberia fly from London to the nearest airport, Florence, daily.


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siena, italy

Castello Banfi il Borgo is a luxury boutique hotel on an award-winning winery & vineyard in Brunello, Tuscany. At stay here is all about fine wine and great food in a stunning castle setting where you can relax by the pool or enjoy some pampering in the spa.


siena, italy

At Follonico the owners are keen to share the four unique seasons that Tuscany has to offer through different tastes, smells and colours Above all, Follonico allows guests to experience them in the luxury of plenty of space.


siena, italy

Campo Regio Relais is a boutique hotel in Siena with just six rooms, and stunning views across the medieval city.


pienza (si), italy

Brand new for 2013 boutique hotel La Bandita Townhouse has 12 light and airy rooms in the centre of Pienza, a charming Tuscan village in the Province of Siena.  Sister hotel to La Bandita, La Bandita Townhouse promises to be just as gorgeous and has a cafe and wine bar.


tuscany, italy

At Podere Finerri (known as The Lazy Olive) guests can experience and enjoy the real Tuscany with a choice of 5 apartments. Surrounded by breathtaking beauty and scenery the 17th-century stone farmhouse, along with the apartments has beautifully restored and furnished with antiques and country-chic interiors.  



Poggio Piglia is Tuscany's newest arrival on the boutique hotel scene.  Seven years in the making, the result is an exquisite blend of design, comfort and authentic hospitality. The location is second to none and was specifically chosen to have Tuscan, Umbrian and Lazio areas within easy reach. 



torrita di siena, italy

Relais San Sanino is a beautiful Tuscan stone villa that has been lovingly restored into a romantic boutique hotel with just 4 suites, hidden amidst the hills and valleys near Montefollonico and Siena, Tuscany



montepulciano, italy

Boutique hotel Villa Cicolina, was, until the end of the 19th-century the country residence of a noble family of Montepuciano.  Andrea and Angela, two doctors passionate about travel, bought the villa in 2000 and transformed it into a delightful 11 room Chic Retreat.


radda in chianti, italy

La Locanda is a 16th-century farm which has been converted into a country house hotel and estate 600 mts above sea level in the most beautiful part of Chianti, just an hour from Florence.



Elegance is the watchword at this beautiful boutique hotel in Tuscany. Siena House is small and intimate, with just four guestrooms, yet still manages to create a real stir.



Borgo Santo Pietro is a 13th-century luxury boutique hotel in the Tuscan countryside, just 1 hour from Florence. One of the best hotels in the world, this chic retreat has a stunning infinity pool, spa and great restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine.


tuscany, italy

Just South of Siena and midway between Florence and Rome lies La Bandita - a cool and chic retreat that doubles as a luxury b & b and a private villa.



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