Steeped in history and impossibly well located in the epicentre of the gemlike, medieval hill town of Siena, this narrow, elegant four-storey palazzo on Piazza San Giovanni sits right by the gothic Baptistery. Local owners, Giovanni and his mother, Cinzia, passionate and knowledgeable about all things Sienese, have restored this beautiful building to perfection with just enough hints of modernity contrasting with the extraordinary history of the building and its location. Among others, a famous Pope (Alessandro VII) and two world-known architects (Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Le Corbusier) have set foot in this marvellous building, notified by the Minister of Fine Arts and Unesco Heritage site. There is even an underground secret passageway which once led to the Cathedral - you can still visit today, a real window to medieval life.
Piazza San Giovanni is unanimously recognized as one of the most beautiful sites in Siena, the divinest of beauties. Critics say that this square is city's parlour.
With a wonderful team of staff, Il Battistero offers five bedrooms and two apartments, amazing Italian breakfasts. The staff will provide detailed restaurant suggestions and tailiored itineraries through the ancient city and the surrounding countryside.
Owned by Maddalena and run by a fabulous team, Maddalena's family settled here in the 14th Century when ancestors came here from Volterra. The family coat of arms is represented by two rampant lions (strength, courage and nobility) on a “capo d’Angiò” (a blue head with three gold lilies, ordered in band and alternate from the four teeth).
Maddalena's ancestors chose a beautiful location on top of a hill and built a wonderful complex over the centuries: Lucerena (“serene light”), from where you can see Siena, Larderello, Cecina, Volterra, San Gimignano and Florence: a watercolor of the Tuscan countryside. They started a big farm, producing olives, vineyards, wood, marble (the so-called "giallo della Montagnola", part of which was used for the construction of Siena’s Cathedral and its marble floors). The property has never changed ownership since the 14th Century.
Il Battistero Siena
Piazza San Giovanni, 13