We stay at
the 4 star Garden Hotel Siena. The hotel is in a quiet location a kilometre outside the fabled town of
Siena (with a frequent bus service into the town centre).
Set amid extensive gardens, the hotel is an original 17th century
villa that was once home to a noble family. Three modern additions
have been added and the rooms are modern and comfortable. The original villa
retains its original elegance with frescoed walls
in the salon and reception area. The vine-clad terrace is a lovely
spot for breakfast or for a quiet drink.
There is a large outdoor swimming pool.
Air conditioned rooms are
modern and comfortable with twin or queen beds, TV with satellite
channels, minibar, safe, free Wifi, private bathroom with hairdryer.
Eating and Drinking:
Food is important in Italy. Breakfast is a substantial hot and cold
buffet featuring a variety of the pastry chef's special
home-made cakes and pastries.
Lunches are either picnics or
sometimes we are in a village where it is possible to sample local
food at a cafe or pizzeria. (lunches not included)
Some nights we dine in the hotel's Limonaia Restaurant or on the
terrace (weather permitting) where the menus include traditional
Tuscan specialties. For variety, some nights we have dinner in
nearby restaurants. Table wine is included.
One can eat, drink and enjoy... after walking you deserve
it and in Italy it is expected.
Vegetarian options are available.
During our walks there are opportunities to stop for a
gelato ice-cream. Be sure to try blood orange or lemon-basil
Most Tuscan towns have opportunities for
wine-tasting. Many of the local vine-yards have their products displayed in
the shops and in the Medici fortress in Siena you will find the
Enoteca where the famous wines of all Italy are on display.