We’ve mapped out this itinerary imagining you sleeping all three nights in Florence, but if you prefer to stay in the “Palio City” past your bedtime, perhaps even bleeding into Sunday, there are plenty of options. One top-tier choice for those who prize hospitality is La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Just slightly outside the historic center of Siena, it’s within reach of the main monuments, such as the breathtaking Cathedral (18 km away), but far enough from the crowds and confusion to feel like a real refuge. Here you’ll find it all: indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants serving delectable Tuscan specialties, an award-winning golf course, a spa and wellness center, all with the traditional Tuscan aesthetic and interiors to make your Frances Mayes-inspired design fantasies come true.
If you feel like venturing out (and you probably should at some point – it’s Siena, after all!), consider hiring an expert guide to walk you through some of the city’s most memorable spaces, including the Palazzo Pubblico in the iconic Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square, where the legendary “Palio” horse race among the city’s historic neighborhoods takes place. A highlight in the Palazzo Pubblico is Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government series, three fresco panels that date back to the 14th century.
When hunger strikes, the 30-minute ride to neighboring Colle Val d’Elsa is well worth it for the exquisite dishes on offer at Arnolfo, the area’s only two-star Michelin restaurant named for one of the stars of the Sienese art school, Arnolfo di Cambio. The seasonal tasting menus are superb, and if you overindulge (or just need an “overnight nap” post-meal), you can even spend the night in one of the restaurant’s guest rooms. Talk about luxury!