Siena is one of the gems of Tuscany, known for its glorious duomo, Medieval wonders and the iconic Palio held twice a year in Piazza del Campo. Equally celebrated, the lush countryside stretching all around the city is home to a plethora of traditional farmhouses, through which visitors can discover the local products, lifestyle and natural treasures. Here are five of the best agriturismos scattered across the Sienese hills.
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 rooms boast modern furnishing and design, adding more comfort to the pleasures of the countryside. Two kilometres north is the historic centre of Siena, and a bus stop is conveniently located near the agriturismo.
Villa Il Castagno Wine Resort
Needless to say, Tuscan wines take centre stage at this ancient farmstead leaning on the Chianti hills. Each suite celebrates Italian master painters such as Giotto and Raffaello, boasting high-end furnishing and valuable artworks. 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.
The Malafrasca farm sits along the Chianti route, 1.5km away from the historic centre of Siena. Vineyards and olive trees are the main crops, from which the farm produces extra virgin olive oil, ruby-coloured Chianti wine and vin santo (typical dessert wine). The agriturismo offers both rooms and apartments for up to six people, as well as a communal living room and a large terrace with views over the surrounding slopes.
Tenuta La Selva
Agriturismo La Selva boasts nearly 100 acres of land backdropped by the wonderful scenery of the Pian del Lago region. Its large round swimming pool is only one of the attractions and services provided, which also include a two-level garden, a panoramic terrace, ping pong, table football and trekking routes within the property. The apartments can accommodate two to four people, while double and triple rooms are also available.
La Torre di Monsindoli
A 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.