I own and run La Bandita, and here, every guest is treated like a visiting friend. We provide the type of service that big hotels and guidebooks cannot: booking a table at a little country restaurant, detailing directions to the ruined abbey at the end of an old footpath, and arranging lunch with the small winemaker who will personally walk you through his vineyard.

La Bandita offers the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Val d’Orciaand the hill towns of southern Tuscany and around Siena. The striking ancient clay hills of the crete senesi and perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance hills towns, abbeys and castles characterize this part of southern Tuscany where life continues much the same as it has for centuries.

Pienza The “ideal” Renaissance gem, another UNESCO Heritage site famous for its perfectly proportioned 15th Century central piazza, and of course, the delicious cheese Pecorino di Pienza. Just outside of town is the monastery of Sant’Anna Camprena, the location for The English Patient. Montepulcianoand Montalcino, the two wine capitals of Tuscany, surrounded by their prized vineyards of Brunello and Vino Nobile. You can still hear sung vespers at the 10th Century abbey of San Antimo, one of the real treasures of Tuscany, set in the countryside outside Montalcino.

Bagno Vignoni The tiny spa town where travelers have taken to their hot outdoor sulfur springs since Roman times. Siena, Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona as well as the outlets for Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci are all reachable in under an hour. The Hotel itself is easily reachable, a mere 20 minutes from the Chianciano Terme/Chiusi exit of the A1 Autostrada, and 2.5 hours from Rome and the Fiumicino Airport.