Palazzo Bandino

Authentic Italy - Slow Food Member - For Wine Lovers - Green Vacations - Family Lodgings - Romantic Lodgings
     

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SPA IS CLOSED JANUARY 8-31 AND JULY 1-31

Character: Very authentic, totally non-smoking family winery surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
Advantages: Unbeatable location for day trips in Tuscany and Umbria; very friendly English-speaking hosts; excellent on-site restaurant and pizzeria (April 1-October 31).
Location: Outside the spa town of Chianciano Terme. The property is in the country with beautiful views of the hills, but Chianciano is a modern town with lots going on in the evening, a rarity for Tuscany. The autostrada is five minutes away, and Siena, Assisi, Florence and Rome are all under an hour's drive. Montepulciano and Pienza are around the corner. Click here to see the map for Palazzo Bandino.
Size: Five apartments, three houses, four double rooms and one very romantic little house for two people. Apartments range from one-bedroom, one-bathroom to four-bedroom, three-bathroom.
Features: All non-smoking rooms, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV in the main sitting room, mini-bar, safe, US coffeemaker, private bathroom with hair dryer and shower. Shared washing machine, restaurant (April 1-October 31), swimming pool and state-of-the-art spa. Price includes winery visit and spa services. Cooking lessons and winetasting are available.
Minimum stay: Three nights.
Disadvantages: No elevator (some rooms are one or two flights up).
Car needed: Yes.

Just ten minutes from the autostrada and a mile from the spa town of Chianciano, this gracious 20-acre farm dates back to the 1600s and has been in the Valeriani family for generations. Guests are welcome to pick the seasonal vegetables growing in the garden, participate in the November olive harvest, and watch the grapes become wine in the cellars (September and October). On the ground floor of the main building, which once housed a convent, there is a classic Tuscan restaurant, and a TV room (with English language channels) warmed by ancient fireplaces. Behind the building is a panoramic swimming pool. Inaugurated in 2011, there is also a totally green, state-of-the-art spa.

Beautiful restorations have been made to the non-smoking farmhouses, where guests stay in individual air-conditioned apartments or rooms. Brand new stall showers were added in early 2008; the ones in Leccio, Colombaio and Caratello are king-sized and all the others are larger than average. Up one flight of stairs are Mandorlo (700 sq.ft.) and Leccio (440 sq.ft.), each featuring a living/dining room, separate eat-in kitchen, bedroom with two twin beds (or one double) and bathroom (the bathroom in Mandorlo has a whirlpool tub and shower); Girasole (485 sq.ft.), which has a living/dining room with kitchenette, two double bedrooms and bathroom; and Mimosa, Ginestra and Quercia, three double bedrooms each with its own private bathroom. Mandorlo and Mimosa are joined by a private foyer, which makes them convertible into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment ideal for two couples.

For large families, Ginestra and Quercia can be joined to Girasole for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms (one of these rooms is right across the hall but not actually encompassed in the resulting four-bedroom apartment). On the top floor, benefitting from wonderful views across the vineyards to old Chianciano, are Colombaio (570 sq.ft.; living/dining room, separate kitchen, triple bedroom and bath) and Caratello (440 sq.ft.; living/dining room, separate kitchen, double bedroom and large bathroom). If two couples or a family take these two rooms, they can also benefit from a third private bathroom and shower across the hall.

There are also five smaller houses, located just a few yards from the main house. Olivo (700 sq.ft.) has a living/dining room with fireplace and bachelor's kitchenette, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Glicine (540 sq.ft.) and Cipresso (645 sq.ft.) each have a living/dining room with kitchenette, double bedroom and bathroom. Vigneto (645 sq.ft.) has a living/dining room with kitchenette, double bedroom and two bathrooms. Noce is a very romantic little house that comprises a double bedroom under the eaves, and a bathroom with shower (no kitchen).

All rooms and apartments have independent air conditioning, central heating, very firm orthopedic mattresses, telephone, radio and color TV. Each apartment has a living room with sleep sofa for one adult or two children, plus a modern kitchenette with mini-fridge, aluminum sink, four-burner range and American coffee pot. The bathrooms (all with showers) have also been recently remodeled, and feature great lighting and hair dryers. Heavy wooden antiques, terracotta tiles, wood-beamed and arched ceilings create a warm, inviting atmosphere throughout.

Palazzo Bandino's location makes it a prime location for day trips in Tuscany and Umbria. Choose from Florence (one hour by autostrada), Montepulciano (10km), Pienza (22km), Siena (72km), Volterra (139km), Lake Trasimeno (26km), or Arezzo (70km). Perugia, Assisi and San Gimignano are just a little farther, and even Rome is only ninety minutes away. Travel by car or take the train: Chiusi-Chianciano is a main stop on the Rome-Florence line. No matter how you plan to spend your time at Palazzo Bandino, your life is bound to be a little bit enriched by a stay in this minuscule magical kingdom, whose residents want you to know that.

"While the rest of the world experiments with genetically modified organisms,
We still grow farro, a grain beloved several millennia ago by the Etruscans and used today as the base of a delicious, nourishing vegetarian soup you will taste with us
We still spend long hours pruning the sangiovese vines, imitated around the world but first created here on our hillsides, where they still produce wine that we age in small oak barrels
We still wait until November to handpick our olives only when they are ripe on the tree, before they fall to the ground, to make the very best extra-virgin olive oil for your bruschetta
We still raise the exceedingly rare Chianina cattle which spend their lives happily grazing on our own organically-grown pastures and whose meat is used for the famous bistecca alla fiorentina
While science dreams of creating a bionic man, we concentrate on you, who come from a faraway city and dream of tasting our homegrown produce, breathing our fresh air, and living in a house that was built before cement had been invented
We look forward to sharing our world with you"

Also available: One-week cooking & excursion program at Palazzo Bandino
One-week Food & Wine Lover's Southern Tuscany

     

Weekly Rates for 2016 (per apartment)
Saturday-to-Saturday ONLY between June 25 and August 27
  One-Bedroom
Apartment or House
(1-4 people)
Two-Bedroom
Apartment or House
(4-6 people)
Jan. 2-April 30
Nov. 2-Dec. 22
569.00 EURO 739.50 EURO
May 1-June 30
Sept. 1-Nov. 1
739.50 EURO 910.00 EURO
July 1-Aug. 31
Dec. 23-Jan. 1
899.00 EURO 1081.00 EURO


Nightly Rates for 2016 (per apartment)
Three-Night Minimum Stay
Breakfast is NOT included
  One-Bedroom
Apartment or House
(1-4 people)
Two-Bedroom
Apartment or House
(4-6 people)
Jan. 2-April 30
Nov. 2-Dec. 22
91.00 EURO 125.00 EURO
May 1-June 30
Sept. 1-Nov. 1
125.00 EURO 142.00 EURO
July 1-Aug. 31
Dec. 23-Jan. 1
140.00 EURO 164.50 EURO


Nightly B&B Rates for 2016 (per room)
Three-Night Minimum Stay
Breakfast IS included April 1-October 31
Includes taxes, services & breakfast
  Low Season
Jan. 2-April 30
Nov. 2-Dec. 22
Mid Season
May 1-June 30
Sept. 1-Nov. 1
High Season
July 1-Aug. 31
Dec. 23-Jan. 1, 2017
Double Room 91.00 EURO 102.50 EURO 112.00 EURO


For this property:
Prices include: taxes, services, one set of linens, heating, weekly cleaning and all utilities except telephone
Breakfast is available April 1-October 31. It is included for the B&B rates. Otherwise it is available for 8 Euro/person

Your friendly hosts speak English, French, German and Italian
April 1-October 30, a very hearty three-course meal is available for 25 Euro/person including beverages. You must reserve dinner in advance. Click here for a sample menu from the restaurant.

Palazzo Bandino's spa, Sensi Divini, offers an inside hot tub with lumbar and spine massage as well as waterfall massage, outside hot tub, Kneipp therapy (alternating hot and cold water jets massage your feet as you walk on a bed of smooth river stones), combined musical therapy and chromotherapy shower (realigns all seven chakra points), Finnish sauna, Turkish hammam, Raxul (private hammam with personalized settings), and private massage. Your hosts are very proud that their spa is the first in Tuscany to operate completely off the grid. One 90-minute session including use of the hot tubs, Kneipp therapy, showers, sauna and hammam is complimentary for all guests staying at Palazzo Bandino (you must be over the age of 16 to use the spa). The Raxul, massages, and private rooms cost extra. All services (complimentary and paid) must be reserved in advance, and you must bring your own bathing suit. Slippers and a spa towel are also required but if you don't have them, you can rent them on the spot. The spa is open Wednesday 3-7pm, Thursday 3-7pm; Friday 10-12am and 3-7pm; Saturday 10-12am and 3-7pm; Sunday 10-12am. It is closed January 8-31 and July 1-31.

All guests are encouraged to visit Palazzo Bandino's winery and see how wine is made and bottled. You can also have fun at a cooking or gelato lesson. Click here for information about half-day cooking lessons, pizza lessons or wine lessons at the property.

Check-in: 2-8pm
Check-out: by 10am
Refundable security deposit: 100 Euro for apartments

Please note that you need a car to stay here.

There is wireless access in the public rooms. However, please bear in mind that it is not possible to guarantee Internet access at any property, because the property does not generate the service, it merely provides access from a server. If the server experiences any kind of problem at all, the property regrets it cannot be responsible for any inconvenience caused by subsequent lack of service.