Amenities

With us you can …

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Enjoying a glass of wine

Two wooden terraces look out over the fields. There’s almost always a cooling breeze to be found here, and the view never fails to amaze. These terraces offer two private nooks for being alone under the stars. The gazebos as well, though they might almost be called huts, offer the same view from the north side—perfect places for panoramic picnic dinners at sunset.

 

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Reading in a peaceful set

A cosy indoor living room, at our guests’ total disposition, offers an Internet connection, a little library where you may swap a book you’ve read for one that you haven’t, two comfortable sofas with well-positioned reading lights, a table for playing chess, and magazines, guidebooks…

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Enjoying the stunning view

There are a few “ secluded places” just for relaxing in intimacy:  in the evening, after a day spent exploring this wonderful part of the world, this is the best place for relaxing, lying out on a chaise longue, sipping a glass of wine, watching the flight of the swallows that swoop and listening the chirping birds at sunset. In front of you… the skyline of Siena that will become “ burned” at sunset, perfect spot for wonderful pictures!

 Photo by Kristina Miller

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Doing Nothing …

……just enjoy each other’s company, feeling the taste of simply sit together in a romantic garden.

Parking without problem

There are 6 parking spaces in the parking area—one for each room—and a few mountain bikes for the use of guests. If you come without a car and would like to go to Siena’s city center, the bus stop is about 800 meters away (approx. ½ mile) and may be reached by an easy, pleasant walk. It’s on the B-line and passes every 15 minutes. There’s also an “on demand” service (to be booked the evening before) which stops right outside our gate.

And naturally there are taxis to take you wherever you want.

And you can also take advantage of our services for:

Laundry and ironing

We would be happy to provide laundry service (machine wash and then… drying thanks to the Tuscan sun!).

Elena on our staff takes care of laundry upon request. She can also iron or “refresh” your clothes.

Car or Vespa rental

If you plan to use Siena as your starting point for day trips to explore the region, we can help you find or book a rental car or scooters, Frances’ passion!!. She has loved Vespa since the early Fifthies

Guided walking in Tuscany

If you’d like, we’d be glad to put you in touch with a nature guide for walks or hiking:walkabouttuscany.

Winetours

If you have a car, we will provide you with maps and directions;

Since we’re right in the center here of the “magic triangle” of winegrowing (Brunello di Montalcino and the Nobile di Montepulciano to the south, Chianti to the north), we could help you set up winetastings wherever you’d like. If won’t have a car, we will put you in touch with the best Tour Guide of the area, Roberto ( qui mettere il link che è a pagina Amenities nella versione attuale).

Cooking Classes

A brief course in Italian cooking (at  very famous Cooking Schools), if you choose, and so much more.

2-hour Walking Tour of the City

A two-hour professionally guided tour of Siena will give you a good overview of the city, its history, its rich artistic tradition, and its Palio horse race—a vital part in the life of Siena.

You’ll be led through the narrow medieval streets across several of the city’s famous Contradas (wards), and shown inside the magnificent Duomo—cathedral—without having to wait in ticket-office lines, for your tickets are included in the price of the tour.

Golf

Upon request, we can arrange a tee time at one of Tuscany’s most famous golf clubs (a newest 18-hole course about  20 min away)

Horseback riding

We can arrange  horseback rides through the woods not far from the city ( pick up here)

Tennis

We can arrange bookings for tennis courts (six min driving from here)

Truffles

Would you like to try the experience of ” digging ” a truffle out of the soil for the first time under the guidance of an expert truffle hunter and his dogs ?

Let us know and we will try to arrange it for you

Reservations

During your stay with us, if you want to run up to Florence and visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia (where the original of Michelangelo’s “David” is housed), we’d be glad to suggest the best time of day for the booking (keeping in mind that, leaving from here, it will take you about two hours to reach the entrance to the Uffizi museum). We can take care of the booking for you, if you’d like, as long as you tell us at least four weeks in advance. Advance booking is essential for this famous museum, as it is for the Vatican Museums or for Leonardo’s “Last Supper,” if you wish to avoid dishearteningly long lines.

Balloning

For adventurous spirits, we can book a ride in a hot-air balloon—a one-of-a-kind experience, flying like a swallow over the Crete hills or above the alleyways of Siena—weather, wind, and pilot permitting (300 Euros per person).

Train or Bus?

If questions come to mind while planning your trip (“Better to take the train, the bus, or a rental car?”), don’t hesitate to ask us for a hand. Remember that no one knows the public transport system around here better than we locals. For example, it might surprise people to discover that, when traveling from Siena to Rome, it’s generally easier to take the bus rather than the train. It’s quicker, you don’t have to change anywhere, and the ticket costs less.

Palio

We can reserve seats at the  GeneralTestRace dinner Tickets: you could take part in the traditional dinner held in the open air by each Contrada (district), along the streets or in their gardens, on the evening before the race, when traditional songs are sung to bring good luck and victory, together with thousand of people.

Or we can provide you with the numbered Tickets on the grandstands around the Square or even at a window overlooking the Start, the same window where Rick Steves was with Franco in his video about the Palio.

Private driver

To make your trip even more relaxed and “unplugged,” we can arrange for a private driver to pick you up from the airport upon your arrival or take you to the airport for your departure. Naturally this option costs more than public transport, but sometimes it’s good to forget about taxis, stations, train connections, and bags to carry.

If there are three or four of you traveling together, the price, when shared, becomes quite reasonable. To book this service, please let us know about two weeks in advance.

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How the views from our garden inspired a visiting artist, mrs Katherine Firth.

For people looking for a little exercise, beautiful scenic walks lie in both directions outside our gate.

Ten to twenty minutes away on foot, there’s a the Santa Regina church from the year 1200 which gives its name to this part of the countryside, there’s a lovely aristocratic villa with a cypress-lined avenue and a winery within walking distance, and there’s even a medieval castle, plus many characteristically Tuscan villas.

A little further down the road, the area of countryside known as the Crete Senesi begins, the famous “bald” hills made of clay, dotted with farmhouses, farms, churches, and small ancient abbeys—internationally renowned, postcard-perfect views of the gorgeous land surrounding Siena.

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