This beautiful villa is located about a 20 minute bus ride from the walled city of Siena. We had a car for our time in Tuscany, but took the bus because it was cheaper than to pay parking outside Siena. The staff were very helpful providing information about the bus times and fares. The fare was 1.2 euro each one way.
Parking is behind the gates of the villa and is quite safe. We found a car invaluable. It enabled us to see the beautiful towns of Cortona, Perugia, Assisi, San Gimignano.
The rooms are lovely, clean and traditional. Absolutely spectacular gardens surround the villa.
I wouldn't say the staff are overly friendly (but coming from Hotel Davanzati in Florence is hard to beat!)
There are no restaurants close by, so eating at the villa restaurant can be quite expensive.
There is free bike hire,however I wouldn't ride outside of the gates as the roads are terribly narrow and treacherous in places. We were deterred from even walking into Siena by the staff because there are no footpaths.
The walls are very thin!! However, we slept in most mornings because it was so lovely and quiet with only the birds chirping to let us know it was morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four star hotel “Villa Scacciapensieri” is ideal for clients looking for a peaceful, warm and cordial atmosphere, an excellent kitchen and attentive service. Location : the hotel is set in its own large park and gardens on top of a little hill only 2.5 km north of the medieval city walls of Siena, 1,5 km from the train station, just on the border of the Chianti wine region ; all the main sights of Tuscany are easily reached. There is a very regular public bus service from the Villa to the historical centre every 15 minutes (on weekends twice an hour, after 8 p.m. once an hour). The main Villa, constructed in the late 1790’s – early 1800’s, has rooms on the two upper floors, while the reception desk (24 h.), the restaurant "Altri Tempi", the cosy bar-lounge with open fire place and library, the private little chapel and the media-room with Internet access are all located on the ground level. There are two annex buildings "Limonaia" and "Villino" both very close to the main Villa. All rooms are air-conditioned. The outdoor swimming pool (open from mid May to October) overlooks the Chianti hills. We also have a tennis court, bicycles and parking for the exclusive use of our guests, there is no charge for these facilities. Garages are available on request (Euro 20,-/night). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Scacciapensieri Hotel Siena