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
Parking on site
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Rustic barn turned boutique pad in southern Tuscany with an infinity pool, jaw-dropping views and an on-site chef
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.
Podere La Bandita, Loc. Lucciolabella
How to Get There
Flights are available to Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) in Florence and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private transfers to/from Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR), about 93 miles away, are approximately $394, each way, in a six person van. Private transfers to/from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), about 124 miles away, are approximately $528, each way, in a six person van. Both can be arranged through the property.