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Il Battistero Siena
Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Tuscany, Italy
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Il Battistero Siena

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.

Your Hosts

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.

Address

Il Battistero Siena
Piazza San Giovanni, 13
53100 Siena

Il Battistero Siena is here: Tuscany , Italy

Francesco di Giorgio

Francesco di Giorgio s testimony to the great Siennese architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1502) who lived in the apartment as testified by the bust collocated in the façade of the building. The suite has two windows overlooking the stunning Piazza San Giovanni, with a view of the entire Cathedral (Cathedral staircase, Baptistery of Siena), the top of the Torre del Mangia and the streets of ancient Siena. The furnishing of this bedroom is modern and there are paintings of Italian artists on the wall. Generally, the suite can accommodate two people. Exceptionally – with prior request – a double sofa bed can be opened up in order to accomodate up to two more people. It’s a true gem, a stage facing the beauty of Siena. Between the two windows on the façade there is the bust of Francesco di Giorgio Martini. The furnishing of this bedroom is modern and there are modern paintings of Italian artists (for example of Francesco Musante) on the wall. The room comes complete with a private bathroom paved with ancient blue tiles, a basin, a bidet, a toilet and a shower. In this bathroom there is yet another small and picturesque window overlooking Piazza San Giovanni. The suite has two windows overlooking the stunning Piazza San Giovanni, with a view of the entire Cathedral (Cathedral staircase, Baptistery of Siena), the top of the Torre del Mangia and the streets of ancient Siena.

Accommodation Available

Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]

Rates

€190 for this 0 night stay.

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Papa Alessandra VII

Papa Alessandro VII as been named in memory of the Siennese Fabio Chigi (1599-1667), who lived here. He became the 237th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 1655 under the name of Alessandro VII. With two double bedrooms, the Pope Alessandro VII room is like a small apartment. Each bedroom has its own double bed. There is also a cozy room with a table and four chairs. With two double bedrooms, the Pope Alessandro VII room is like a small apartment. Each bedroom has its own double bed. Therefore the room normally accommodates 4 people. As well as the spaces designated for sleeping, there is also a cozy room with a table and four chairs. Should any of our guests need an extra-bed, this could be added in this space without any problems. The furnishing is in shabby chic style with old maps and prints at the walls (for example, a print of a medieval Siena with lot of high towers, an imperial ban of Pietro Leopoldo, ecc.). The room comes complete with a private bathroom paved with ancient green tiles, two basins, a bidet, a toilet and a shower.

Each bedroom has a window overlooking the stunning Piazza San Giovanni, with the Cathedral staircase, the Baptistery of Siena and the ancient streets of this medieval city. On the façade, under one of the windows there is still the papal coat of arms belonging to Pope Alessandro VII with the keys of St. Peter in Rome.

Accommodation Available

Up to 4 Guests can sleep here.

Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]
Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]

Rates

€250 for this 0 night stay.

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Cecco Angiolieri

Cecco Angiolieri is named in honour of the eclectic Siennese poet, Cecco Angiolieri (1260-1312), member of the notable family of the “Angiolieri”. The room is a double bedroom, perfect for couples. From the windows, you can admire the Basilica of San Domenico. In honour of the eclectic character of Cecco Angiolieri, the room has a quirky touch given by a very spacious and modern in-room shower facing the bed and from where you can admire the Basilica of San Domenico.

Accommodation Available

Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]

Rates

€150 for this 0 night stay.

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Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina is named in honour of Caterina Benincasa (1347-1380), known as Santa Caterina or Catherine of Siena. According to legend, she fell down the steps leading to the Cathedral whilst tempted by the devil. The suite has two big door-windows that open on to the terrace. From the terrace, where there is a table with two chairs for relaxing, wine tasting or making breakfast, the view to Siena's rooftops and the two churches (Santa Caterina and san Domenico) is lovely. The “suite with terrace” is a very big room and it is very appreciated by our guests. It has a king-size bed that accomodates two people. The furnishing is modern, except for a little corner in which there is a cast-iron bathtub mounted over old neapolitan tiles from the 17th Century and of the old prints on the wall (this room even has the original code of the Palio of Siena, that dates back to the 18th Ccentury). The headboard is from Ivano Redaelli, as well as the modern wardrobe. The room comes complete with a private bathroom paved with modern grey tiles of the well-know Italian brand  Mutina, a basin, a bidet, a toilet and a shower.

Accommodation Available

Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

King Size Bed [151 to 180 cm wide]

Rates

€220 for this 0 night stay.

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Jacopo della Quercia

Named to honour the Siennese sculptor Jacopo della Quercia (1374-1438), a sculptor during the Italian Renaissance, a contemporary of Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Donatello, Jacopo della Quercia is a double bedroom, perfect for couples. It is possible to have a different set up with two single beds. The room has particular details in iron from the Middle Ages above the bed,  a construction technique very common during Jacopo's time. You can glimpse the Basilica of San Domenico from your windows.

Accommodation Available

Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]

Rates

€150 for this 0 night stay.

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Il Battistero Siena: Gallery

Accommodation

Choose from one of the five fabulous bedrooms or two private apartments

  • Papa Alessandro VII as been named in memory of the Siennese Fabio Chigi (1599-1667), who lived here. He became the 237th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 1655 under the name of Alessandro VII. With two double bedrooms, the Pope Alessandro VII room is like a small apartment. Each bedroom has its own double bed. There is also a cozy room with a table and four chairs
  • Francesco di Giorgio s testimony to the great Siennese architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1502) who lived in the apartment as testified by the bust collocated in the façade of the building. The suite has two windows overlooking the stunning Piazza San Giovanni, with a view of the entire Cathedral (Cathedral staircase, Baptistery of Siena), the top of the Torre del Mangia and the streets of ancient Siena. The furnishing of this bedroom is modern and there are paintings of Italian artists on the wall
  • Cecco Angiolieri is named in honour of the eclectic Siennese poet, Cecco Angiolieri (1260-1312), member of the notable family of the “Angiolieri”. The room is a double bedroom, perfect for couples. From the windows, you can admire the Basilica of San Domenico. In honour of the eclectic character of Cecco Angiolieri, the room has a quirky touch given by a very spacious and modern in-room shower facing the bed and from where you can admire the Basilica of San Domenico
  • Santa Caterina is named in honour of Caterina Benincasa (1347-1380), known as Santa Caterina or Catherine of Siena. According to legend, she fell down the steps leading to the Cathedral whilst tempted by the devil. The suite has two big door-windows that open on to the terrace. From the terrace, where there is a table with two chairs for relaxing, wine tasting or making breakfast, the view to Siena's rooftops and the two churches (Santa Caterina and San Domenico) is lovely
  • Named to honour the Siennese Renaissance sculptor, Jacopo della Quercia (1374-1438), a contemporary of Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Donatello, Jacopo della Quercia is a double bedroom, perfect for couples. It is possible to have a different set up with two single beds. The room has particular details in iron from the Middle Ages above the bed,  a construction technique very common during Jacopo's time
  • For the more independently minded, Governo di Nove is a luxury apartment of 150 m2 in the world-renowned Piazza del Campo with five windows overlooking the square and the sweet countryside, that accommodates up to 4 people. It is ideal for couples, families or groups of friends for an unique experience. Guest can use all the services of Il Battistero Siena (like breakfast, parking, etc.)
  • Arco delle Travi is a little satellite of the Il Battistero Siena with three double bedrooms in Via dei Termini, a parallel of the main street of the medieval Siena, five minutes walk from Piazza del Campo

Food and Drink

Inhouse cuisine: Italian breakfast includes fresh fruits, pastries and a wide range of delicious Italian dishes.   

Eating out: With an abundance of restaurants in Siena and in the local area, you will be spoilt for choice for places to eat. There is something to suit most tastes and budgets. We will be happy to assist with making reservations on your behalf.

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Siena

Siena is truly Italy's loveliest medieval town, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Begin an exploration of its historic centre in Piazza del Campo and the surrounding maze of terracotta roofed medieval streets. 

Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena.

 

  • Visit Piazza del Campo, dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city's municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings.
  • Linger in The Museum, which offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi's best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena's medieval government. But it is the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sale della Pace that hold the palaces's highlights: Simone Martini's huge Maestà and Equestrian Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegories of Good and Bad Government, once considered the most important cycle of secular paintings of the Middle Ages
  • Explore the Duomo, one of Italy's greatest cathedrals, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Among the Duomo's treasures are sculptural masterpieces by Nicola Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo, a fine inlaid pavement and a magnificent fresco by Pinturicchio
  • Admire the Fortezza Medicea, a huge, red brick fortress built for Cosimo I by Baldassarre Lanci in 1560 and now housing the Enoteca Italia, offering visitors the chance to taste and to buy quality wines from all over Italy
  • Enjoy the Palazzo Piccolomini, Siena's most imposing private palazzo, built for the wealthy Piccolomini family in the 1460s by the Florentine architect and scuptor, Bernard Rossellino and now containing the Sienese state archives
  • If you are there at the right time of year, marvel at the Palio, Tuscany's most celebrated festival, held on the 2 July and 16 August each year 

 

Directions

On the map: In the historical centre of Siena on the Piazza San Giovanni 

By car:  Parking is provided by Il Battistero Siena since parking in the centre of Siena is difficult. From Pisa International Airport, a drive of 122km or just under 2 hours. 

By train: 2 hours 41 minutes from Pisa International Airport with trains running every 20 minutes to Florence and every 30 minutes from Florence to Siena

By air: To Pisa or Rome International Airports 

Address

Il Battistero Siena
Piazza San Giovanni, 13
53100 Siena

Il Battistero Siena: Around

  • Siena, a Tuscan gem
  • The Palio
  • Palazzo Publico
  • The Duomo at night
  • The hills of Tuscany
  • Siena
  • View to the surrounding hills
  • Palazzo Publico at night

Out and About near Il Battistero Siena

  • Abbey of San Galgano
  • Abbey of Sant'Antimo
  • Anghiari
  • Arezzo
  • Artimino
  • Bagni di Lucca
  • Barberino Val d'Elsa
  • Basilica di San Miniato al Monte
  • Carrara
  • Castellina in Chianti
  • Castello di Brolio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
  • Chiusi
  • Cortona
  • Crete Senesi
  • Duomo and Baptistry
  • Duomo di San Martino
  • Duomo di Siena
  • Elba
  • Fiesole
  • Florence
  • Gaiole
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Garfagnana
  • Greve in Chianti
  • Il Camposanto
  • La Rocca di Staggia
  • Lucca
  • Lucignano
  • Lunigiana
  • Massa Marittima
  • Montalcino
  • Monte Argentario
  • Montepulciano
  • Monteriggioni
  • Museum of San Marco
  • Palazzo Pfanner
  • Palazzo Piccolomini
  • Palazzo Piccolomini
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Palazzo Publico
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Panzano in Chianti
  • Parco Naturale della Maremma
  • Piazza del Campo
  • Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
  • Pienza
  • Pisa
  • Pistoia
  • Pitigliano
  • Prato
  • Radda
  • San Gimignano
  • San Lorenzo
  • San Miniato
  • Sansepulcro
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Sarteano
  • Siena
  • Sorano
  • Sovana
  • Torre del Lago Puccini
  • Uffizi
  • Versilia
  • Viareggio
  • Vinci
  • Volterra

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