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Tuscan Gold: Gardens for Gourmets in Southern Tuscany

3 October 2022

5 days from £4,250pp

We are privileged to have Charles Quest-Ritson and Kirsty Fergusson to host and lead this special tour, both contributors to COUNTRY LIFE
  • Visit Pinsent’s finest garden, La Foce, with owner, Benedetta Origo
  • Explore Siena’s hidden splendours
  • Enjoy a medieval walled garden with spectacular views of Chianti
  • Stay at the luxurious five-star Grand Hotel Continental in the historic heart of Siena
This golden late-summer tour has been carefully designed to include some of the most beautiful and exclusive gardens of Southern Tuscany. We visit some Renaissance gardens dating back to the in the 15th century as well as important gardens of the early 20th century including La Foce, designed by Cecil Pinsent for Iris Origo, arguably Pinsent’s best garden set in the dramatic landscape of the d’Orcia Valley.   This tour includes opportunities to taste local specialities and special invitations to dine in private villas with the owners. We are accommodated for four nights at the luxurious 5-star Grand Hotel Continental in the historic heart of Siena, just a short walk from Piazza del Campo and the magnificent Duomo cathedral with fine dining included in the hotel’s own gourmet Ristorante Sapordivino. 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Grand Continental

★★★★★
Overview
The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena is located in Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built around 1501 on pre-existing buildings and presumably realized in the present form by Pope Alexander VII, a member of the powerful Chigi family, as a wedding gift for his niece Olimpia and noble Giulio de Gori in 1677.
 
Set in the historic center of Siena, this beautiful noble palace totally reflects Renaissance architecture and is embellished with magnificent frescoes and rich decorations brought to light with various restorations.
 
Siena's Residence of the Queen of Italy Margherita of Savoy and a favorite destination of the intellectuals involved in the Grand Tour during the nineteenth century, the Grand Hotel Continental has always attracted the international elite for its glamor and its privileged location within walking distance from Piazza del Campo, becoming the first and only luxury 5 star hotel in the city of Siena in 2002.
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Starbed
  • Pillow menu
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • GHD hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Minibar
  • 24h room service
  • In-room safe
  • Shoe shine service (upon request)