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The medieval city of Siena, surrounded by the rolling hills and lush greenery of the Tuscan countryside, has some excellent accommodation options as former castles and villas now open their doors to guests. From palazzos to pensiones, check out our pick of the top hotels in this beautiful area in Italy.
Just 3km (2mi) from Siena station, the hotel Villa Scacciapensieri is a renovated 19th-century villa with much original elegance. The rooms combine antique furniture and old-world aesthetics with modern hotel amenities. The grounds include a restaurant, a tennis court and a view of the Chianti hillside, making this ideal for both rest and recreation.
It’s worth the 10-minute trip out of the town centre to stay at this lovely farmhouse. There are magnificent views of the city skyline, friendly hosts, rooms packed with character and country walks nearby. Run by husband-and-wife team Franco and Frances, it has a relaxed atmosphere, and Frances makes a killer breakfast of homemade pastries, eggs and bacon, which can be served in the walled garden.
Ellie Ross contributed additional reporting to this article.