Daily breakfast and soft drinks from the minibar are included in the Jetsetter rate
The center-of-it-all setting in a charming Tuscan town where parts of The English Patient were filmed
Traditional yet up-to-date Tuscan cuisine using seasonal local ingredients
Private courtyard garden with patio seating
What To Know
Free parking (subject to availability) and WiFi
There’s an appointment-only spa
The closest train station is in Chiusi, about a 45-minute drive away. The hotel can arrange transfers or rental cars
A city tax of $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
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Converted 15th-century convent turned sleek boutique in the picturesque Tuscan hilltop town of Pienza
Urban loft meets rustic Tuscan retreat. Working with a top designer, who happens to be a cousin and frequent collaborator of starchitect Richard Rogers, La Bandita’s owners have stayed true to the light-filled 500-year-old building’s beautiful bones. There are rough-hewn stone walls, beam ceilings and grand archways everywhere you look. Into this structure they’ve inserted their own industrial-chic downtown aesthetic, employing vintage mirrors, maps, leather club chairs and metal stools and seats from a famed antiques warehouse in Florence, custom-designing mod bookshelves and cabinetry, and staining wood floors and ceilings in light shades of gray to pull it all together.
Bed and Bath
In keeping with the rest of the hotel’s modern-meets-ancient aesthetic, the dozen guestrooms are spread across three floors and all differ in size and shape. The furnishings are largely consistent, however: Large custom-made platform beds covered with crisp white linens, convertible sofabeds and mod orange-and-gray cabinetry stand out against the neutral palette of exposed stone, white walls and gray-washed wooden floors and ceilings. About half of the ample bathrooms, all done in crisply contemporary white and gray and outfitted with subtly fragranced products from Ortiga Sicilia Home, have both a tub and a shower; in some rooms, in fact, the soaking tub is, rather decadently, right in the bedroom.
On the ground floor, down a barrel-vaulted, stone-walled hallway, the Townhouse Café serves breakfast, dinner and drinks daily, and lunch every day except Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant’s maroon subway-tiled kitchen, vintage furnishings and large arched French doors create a convivial atmosphere that nicely matches the seasonal, local, casual food it serves. Beyond the restaurant there’s a patio with table seating and, a few steps up from that, a grassy little walled garden bordered by herbs, shrubs, flowers and small trees. Back inside and on the second floor, a guests-only library and bar stocks a collection of books both academic and amusing, and serves small snacks at cocktail hour. A turntable with vintage vinyl provides the tunes (the American owner was once a record company exec who accompanied the likes of the Strokes on tour).
In the Area
The hotel has a prime location in Pienza. You’re a few short blocks from the piazza, with its grand church and tiny coffee bar, and artisanal and specialty food shops line the streets in every direction. The best store for the region’s pecorino cheese and fennel sausage is Marusco e Maria, while a great wine selection can be found just around the corner at Enoteca di Ghino. Top restaurants include Sette Divino and Latte di Luna. Beyond Pienza, the rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns and exquisite wineries of southern Tuscany’s UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia await. And it’s not far from Tuscany's northern reaches, either: Sienna and Cortona are all less than an hour away. San Gimignano and Florence are about 90 minutes.
La Bandita Townhouse
Corso Rossellino 111
How to Get There
Flights are available to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome and Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) in Florence from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, about 124 miles away, are approximately $439 for six people in a van or sedan, each way. Transfers to/from Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) in Florence, about 93 miles away, are approximately $328 for a six-person van or sedan, each way.