Stay: La Bandita, Pienza

A long gravel road leads all the way up to this hip little villa set in the middle of a nature reserve overlooking the stunning Val D’Orcia. With just six “farmhouse chic” rooms and one stand-alone suite, the atmosphere is intimate — and stylish communal living spaces encourage you to socialize with other guests. An infinity pool and adjacent hot tub with dreamy views of the Tuscan surroundings sit next to a Peroni-stocked fridge and orange sunbeds to lounge on.

Our room had a four poster canopy bed with airy white muslin draped from its beams, high ceilings and wooden shutters that when opened, let in lots of natural light. On arrival, we were treated to a nice honeymoon surprise — a complimentary bottle of prosecco left on our nightstand. Bathrooms are over-sized and stocked with little luxuries including bath salts, fluffy robes, and all-natural soaps. The one suite (named the “Pig Sty”) comes equipped with its own kitchen, and has a sliding door that separates the space into a two bedroom — perfect for families.

Breakfast arrives outside your door every morning on cheerful colored trays –- usually a simple selection of fresh squeezed juice, granola and mixed berries — and a few nights a week, the hotel hosts communal dinners, inviting their well-traveled guests to share stories and tips over fresh pasta and fine local wines. After the staff turns in for the night, you’re welcome to pour yourself a drink from the honesty bar and flip through the hotel’s record collection which includes everything from Edith Piaf to the Rolling Stones. All part of the make-yourself-at-home experience.

 Stay: La Bandita, Pienza

Val d’Orcia

 Stay: La Bandita, Pienza

lounging by the infinity pool

 Stay: La Bandita, Pienza

La Bandita

 Stay: La Bandita, Pienza

Tuscan sunset

You Should Know: You’ll need a car since you’re out in the country and the nearest town (Pienza) is about 3 miles away. The long gravel road leading in and out loses its charm after a few trips in and out of the hotel. One night, we had trouble finding the entrance (shame on us for not renting GPS.) Google maps is not too sure where La Bandita is.

Family Friendly Rating: 8/10
Cribs and highchairs available to borrow; babysitting can be arranged. Children are warmly welcomed though you might be the only family there, since many of the social happenings (sophisticated candlelit suppers and Brunello-heavy wine tastings) are more suited for grown ups.

Getting there:
Closest airports are Florence Peretola (60 miles), Rome FCO (125 miles) or Pisa Galileo (125 miles)

La Bandita
Loc. Lucciolabella, 53026 Pienza, Italy
Phone: +39 333 404 6704

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