What We Love
- Daily breakfast, a welcome glass of wine and unlimited coffee, water and soft drinks are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The infinity pool overlooking Val d’Orcia — here’s your photo op
- A few rooms have gargantuan free-standing tubs right next to the beds
- Italian chef Dario cooks on-site
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1.30 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The hotel is small and may be a little too intimate for some, but it’s perfect for a group of friends or family
- Dinner is served daily
- Don’t expect a big, elaborate breakfast, this is Italy: A coffee and a croissant is typical
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When former Sony music executive John Voigtmann bought the property that is now La Bandita in 2006, it was little more than a barn — albeit a barn with a stunning view. There were cows in what is now the reception area. The beauty of this boutique retreat is that it retains the rustic charm of the area, from its bumpy cypress-lined drive to its Tuscan farmhouse aesthetic. In many ways the hotel feels like a home, such is the intimacy of the open-plan living rooms and kitchens. And small details, such as vestiges of Voigtmann’s record label past (read: an impressive vinyl collection and the odd industry award), make it feel far more personal than a standard boutique hotel.
Bed and Bath
The eight sleek rooms showcase Voigtmann’s impeccable taste, from the breezy linen bed canopies to the waterfall showers and oversize bathtubs to the bright green accents throughout. And the rooms come with quite a view: The setting on a hill above Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO Heritage Site midway between Rome and Florence, means you’ll be looking out at rolling fields dotted with grazing sheep and hay bales.
There’s no official restaurant, but on-site chef Dario is terrific and can cook the hell out of a bowl of pasta in a way you have never tasted. He whips up nightly family-style dinners and can create private meals on request. There’s also a covered pergola for alfresco dining against an enchanting backdrop and you’re encouraged to help yourself to a bottle of finely aged Brunello whenever you want. Taking a dip in the on-site infinity pool or plunging into the hot tub, which overlooks Monte Amiata, feels like stepping into the most honey-colored Tuscan postcard ever made.
How to Get There
This remarkable country house was the setting for an incredible boys trip through Tuscany’s wineries and mid evil towns.
The house has very large comfortable rooms, staff is incredible (thank you Paola for all the great recommendations). The in house dining is delicious from the breakfast prepared by Morning staff to elaborate multi course dinners prepared by Dario. Make sure to try the restaurant at La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza.
After the seemingly never-ending bumpy dirt track approach, this beautiful spot provides a wonderfully relaxed break in a stunningly remote location. Comfortable, minimalist and well run, I can't think of a better place in Tuscany to just chill. As a beautiful wedding venue it almost achieved fairy-tale status. Fabulous.
We stayed at La Bandita for just two days, but would happily have stayed for longer. It’s a wonderful, small, pretty BnB, with clean, comfortable and airy rooms (ours was the smallest, and lovely), and a lovely, quiet pool area with scenic views of the countryside. The breakfasts are delicious, with a huge spread including delicious breads, fruit, pastries and cakes, and local produce including jams and honey. The coffees were great. The best thing about this BnB is the staff, who truly want you to treat the place like your home (cold drinks are free, which is a generous touch) and who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They were all very charming. La Bandita offers lunch and dinner for guests, which we didn’t join in on as it was our first visit to Tuscany and we wanted to explore, but we heard from other guests that they were delicious. The location of the country house is ideal - plenty of charming places to visit nearby. We will return!