La Bandita Townhouse

Pienza, Italy

At a Glance

  • La Bandita’s medieval exterior reveals a hip, contemporary interior with the feel of a Manhattan loft apartment

  • Staying here is much like staying in a friend’s home; a vinyl collection and record player join a small library of books in the lounge, along with an honesty bar and sociable atmosphere

  • Pienza is tiny and stepping out of the hotel you’re surrounded by the medieval architecture, palaces, churches and piazzas of this postcard-perfect Renaissance city

  • Beyond the ancient city walls lies the UNESCO World Heritage listed Val d’Orcia with its vineyards, olive groves and cypress-tree lined hills

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The Mediterranean climate makes Tuscany a year round destination. It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (late autumn and early spring) as the reduced number of tourists is visible.

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Description

Escape to Pienza, an idyllic medieval city that is small in size but grand in character. Tucked away amongst its golden-stoned buildings, La Bandita Townhouse is a hip oasis of modern design with exceptional cuisine and a laid back vibe.

Owned and run by a former New York music executive, La Bandita is achingly cool, a trendy enclave at the heart of one of Tuscany’s most picturesque spots, Pienza. Perched on a hilltop, Pienza’s ancient streets gaze out over sun-dappled hillsides lined with poker-straight cypress trees and rambling vineyards, a spectacular landscape that encompasses renowned wine-growing regions such as Montepulciano, Montalcino and Brunello as well as the heritage wonder of Siena.

Though housed in a 15th century former convent, La Bandita brings more than a dash of New York style, with dazzling white walls, exposed brickwork, sleek lines and modern furniture. The twelve rooms are minimalist, combining original features such as wooden beams with contemporary design and bright pops of color. Air-conditioning, Ortigia bathroom amenities and cloud-like bedding create a dreamy escape, while views from the window remind you of the ancient splendour that lies just outside the door.

Whilst small, the hotel contains a pretty impressive range of facilities, including one of the city’s most popular restaurants, a private garden, library and a small spa with jacuzzi (payable locally). With a Scottish chef, David Mangan, at the helm, The Townhouse Caffe brings a contemporary twist to Tuscan cuisine, making the most of the seasonal, fresh produce provided by the fertile fields, orchards, vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany.

Step outside the front door of La Bandita and you’re immediately at the heart of Pienza. Originally conceived as a model Renaissance city in the 15th century, this tiny jumble of honeyed stone and cobbled streets is as picture-perfect as they come. Ancient walls are festooned with flowers, old Italian women chatter across narrow alleys and people spill out of cafes onto sun-drenched piazzas. Further afield, the wine estates of Montalcino and Montepulciano offer wine tastings, while San Gimignano and Siena are steeped in medieval history.

Offering a laidback, relaxed break within reach of some of the most beautiful spots of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Val d’Orcia, La Bandita is a superb option for couples looking to unwind without straying too far from the food, wine and cultural delights of Tuscany.

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Accommodation

While all the rooms offer a comfortable bolthole, the views from the top floor Suites over the scenically splendid Val d’Orcia are captivating. The modern decor contrasts with original features, with some rooms boasting parquet flooring, stone walls or beamed ceilings, while stark, modern furniture sits side-by-side with antiques. Add in air-conditioning, coffee machines, televisions and minibars with complimentary soft drinks and the rooms and suites create a welcoming escape after a day of sightseeing.

Childcare

Children under 5 can eat for free in the restaurant when their parent’s dine and extra beds can be added to most rooms.

Facilities

A stay at La Bandita is akin to staying in the home of a super-cool friend. An extensive vinyl collection and record player await, while an eclectic collection of books and an honesty bar make this a chilled-out, easy-going spot to unwind. The Townhouse Caffe is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are required, while breakfast is a plentiful spread of pastries, granola, eggs and bacon. After a morning spent strolling the quaint streets of Pienza, there can be few better ways to pass an hour or two than soaking in the Tuscan sun in the small private garden with a glass of chilled Prosecco.

Activities

While the sensational views and medieval treasures of Pienza are enough to delight, the city is also renowned for its production of Pecorino cheese so plan to spend some time enjoying cheese and wine in one of the city’s many cafes. After a long lazy lunch, a stroll around the city’s cobbled streets and narrow lanes offers a wealth of Renaissance gems, from the Palazzo Piccolomini to ornate churches. Outside the ancient walls lie the wine estates of Val d’Orcia and La Bandita can arrange tours to Montalcino, San Gimignano, Vagno Vignoni and more.

Location & directions

Pienza, Italy

La Bandita Townhouse is situated in Pienza in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. It is around a 2-hour drive from Florence, or 2.5-3 hours from Pisa.

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