From the verdant Chianti region to arid ravines, the famed countryside of Siena stands out for the diversity of its landscapes – with farm stays among the best way to experience the local life at your own pace.
Siena is one of the gems of Tuscany, known for its glorious duomo, Medieval wonders and the iconic Palio event held twice a year in Piazza del Campo. Equally celebrated, the area’s lush countryside stretching all around the city is home to a plethora of traditional farmhouses, through which visitors can discover the local lifestyle, cuisine, cultural attractions and natural treasures. Here are five of the best agriturismos scattered across the Sienese hills.
Agriturismo il Poggiarello
This ancient farmstead has been in the hands of the same family for over 2oo years. It includes four rooms and four apartments, where the style and materials nod directly at the building’s past and surroundings. Holm oaks, bamboo, olive trees, sage and rosemary serve as a backdrop to the building, while the amenities include a seasonal swimming pool. Freshly-made pies, local cheese and cold cuts, biscuits, artisanal jam and eggs are served at breakfast (€10 per person, to be requested in advance). From €128 per night.
Situated just south of Siena, Il Lavandeto is a recently-renovated agriturismo taking its name from the lavender fields it is home to. Olive trees and barnyard animals also form part of the farm, as well as a verdant garden complete with barbecue and gazebo. All of the guest rooms boast modern furnishing and design features, adding comfort to the rustic pleasures of the countryside. Two kilometres north is the historic centre of Siena, and a bus stop is conveniently located near the agriturismo. From €101 per night.
Villa il Castagno Wine & Resort
Tuscan wines take centre stage at this ancient farmstead neighbouring the Chianti hills. Each suite celebrates Italian master painters such as Giotto and Raffaello, boasting prestigious artworks together with high-end furnishings. The options for food lovers include cooking classes and a restaurant serving elegant dishes made with locally-sourced products. Wine and cheese tastings are must-do experiences, while afternoon drinks are served at the poolside. Daily buffet breakfasts are included. From €183 per night.
Agriturismo la Selva
Agriturismo La Selva boasts nearly 100 acres of land set against a backdrop of the wonderful scenery of the Pian del Lago region. On-site amenities include a large, circular swimming pool, a two-level garden, a panoramic terrace, ping pong, and table football, and there are also numerous trekking routes leading out from the farm. The apartments can accommodate two to four people, while double and triple rooms are also available. From €83 per night.
La Torre di Monsidoli
An intimate, family-run farmhouse immersed in the Tuscan countryside, La Torre di Monsindoli offers a triple room and an apartment overlooking the garden. Both the interior and exterior convey an authentic rustic feeling by mixing modern and traditional features. Barbecue and swimming pool are available at the farm, while the attractions of Siena are just 10km away. Pets are welcome and a daily continental breakfast is included. From €92 per night.