Podere Osteria,15 - località Bagno Vignoni 53023 Castiglione d`Orcia Siena − Italy
The Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia in Bagno Vignoni in Val D’Orcia, Unesco World Heritage Site, is an elegant and welcoming four star hotel with the warmth of a country house that welcomes it’s guests in just 16 unique rooms divided in four categories.
Born from the loving restoration of a Staging In built in the 1520 along the Via Francigena between Bagno Vignoni and Castiglione d’Orcia.
Pilgrims travelling from the north of Europe to Rome stopped to rest, have a meal and change horses at the Osteria dell’Orcia and today the centuries old tradition of hospitality is continued.
The foot bridge on the river Orcia connects the Osteria to Bagno Vignoni in five minutes of pleasant walk.
At guests disposal the restaurant with recipes inspired by the great Tuscan tradition, the bar and the cosy sitting room with tapestry and fireplace.
From the manicured gardens and the infinity pool guests can enjoy marvellous views of the Val d’Orcia. Within easy reach many beautiful towns rich in art and history: San Quirico, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monticchiello and Radicofani. Siena is just one hour away while Rome and Florence are two hours distance.
During spring, summer and early autumn in the gardens shaded by a gazebo and with the restful sound of the river Orcia guests can enjoy wellness treatments.
Guest of the Osteria dell’Orcia will rediscover the ancient rhythm of nature, of the passing seasons, of the ever changing light and skies that designs a landscape forged in centuries by the work of man in an enchanted valley blessed with historical and architectonical beauties.
Vacations in the luxury of tranquillity, relax in the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni, in the context, now lost of a slow and healthy life.
The philosophy of the Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia of Bagno Vignoni is that of the most classical Tuscany, it’s landscapes, it’s nature, it’s history and culture, the exalted art of hospitality and of gastronomy, the excellence of its products starting with its wines, the extra virgin olive oil, the meats from selected producers. Our ambitious aim is to leave our Clients with a memory of the tastes and relax of a informal and family atmosphere that is at the same time highly professional.
At Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia guest can enjoy the following services to ensure a pleasant and relaxing stay and discover the beautiful Val d’Orcia
Awaiting the opening of an intimate SPA in 2018, on offer wellness treatments, in the peace of the gardens, under a romantic gazebo, with the restful sound of the river Orcia flowing by. Guest can relax and regenerate enjoying enchanting views of Bagno Vignoni and the Tuscan country side. Treatments by highly trained professionals using the best organic locally sourced products ( some even from our gardens) with a choice of relaxing, beautifying, curative treatments inspired by oriental traditional medicine with its age old knowledge of the human body and the means to restore well being.
Mountain Bikes at guest disposal to explore the back roads of the Val d’Orcia and enjoy the pristine nature and picture perfect scenery. On request a local company provides rental of road bikes, electric bikes and mountain bikes with guide and assistance.
The staff at the Osteria dell’Orcia is happy to share with guest its knowledge of the local area, provide any assistance needed and help to organize any activity request. Just as example : wine tours and tastings in the many producers of great wine of the area. Cooking classes for fun days devoted to Tuscan gastronomic tradition. Visits and tastings of good local olive oil producers . Cultural guides to fully enjoy and explore the historical and architectonical beauties, nature guides for walks in the marvellous nature of the Val d’Orcia. Horse riding in the nearby riding schools or in the countryside. In season Truffle hunts with and expert “cavatore” and his adorable dogs. Scoter rentals (Vespa) for fun excursions on the beautiful windy roads of the province. Transfers with chauffeur driver car or van and guided tours with English speaking driver can be arranged. Full assistance for airplane and train ticket is provided as are bookings to museums and events. Guests of the Osteria dell’Orcia will feel , if assistance is requested, guided and supported to fully enjoy and experience the area.
Serene ambiance, space and views. The 16 rooms of the Relais Osteria dell’Orcia, each unique, afford beautiful views of the gardens, the pristine countryside or Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, or Ripa d’Orcia. The rooms are furnished in Tuscan style with attention for detail and comfort. All en suite, with flat screen TV, hairdryer, safe, minibar, free wi-fi. For guest comfort the courtesy set is of high quality organic products ( shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and moisturizer) from the Hur laboratory in Florence.
Welcoming and brimming with character,Hotel Osteria dell’Orcia’s classic rooms are tastefully decorated in typical Tuscan country style, with exposed wooden beams and traditional terracotta floors. From the windows, charming views of Bagno Vignoni and the surrounding hillside can be seen. Classic rooms all have bathrooms with shower and a natural source of light. Approx. room size 22/24 sqm.
Cosy and warm settings of quiet and pleasant relaxation, the Superior rooms are surrounded by a special charm that only uncontaminated nature can offer. All the spaces restored have kept intact the strong identity of Osteria dell’Orcia’s past. The Superior rooms, all approx. 26/28 m2, are equipped with bathroom with window, shower, terracotta floors and a window with a view.
Spacious and elegantly furnished, deluxe rooms Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia are decorated with the colors of the Val d’Orciacountryside, which is visible through each and every window. Exposed wooden beams, terracotta floor tiles and bathrooms with shower and natural source of light guarantee the perfect mix of old world charm and modern comfort. Approx. room size 30 sqm.
Romantic canopied beds, exposed wooden beams, traditional, Tuscan terracotta floor tiles and a delightful mixture of antique and classic furniture, together create the exclusive atmosphere in Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia’s Junior Suites. From each window, gorgeous views over the Tuscan countryside can be seen. Bathrooms all have natural sources of light and showers. Approx. room size: 39 sqm.
Bagno Vignoni and its thermal waters.
Bagno Vignoni, famous since the times of the Ancient Romans for the health-inducing properties of its thermal waters, reached its maximum splendor during the Medieval period, under the rule of the powerful Tentennano andSalimbeni families, and the protection of Siena.
Over the centuries, Bagno Vignoni has remained largely unaltered, and still conserves much of the magical atmosphere which once enchanted Santa Caterina of Siena, Lorenzo il Magnifico and Pope Pius II, alias Enea Silvio Piccolomini.
The large bath, situated in the center of the town, is continually replenished with the thermal water which surfaces at a temperature of 49°C.
Up until the late 15th century Pienza was known as Corsignano, a small and insignificant Tuscan hilltop town. It was only when Corsignano-born Enea Silvio Piccolomini became Pope Pius II in 1492, and set about transforming it into an ideal Renaissance city, that both the town’s name and fortunes changed.
In 1996, Pienza was granted UNESCO world heritage status.
To visit: Cathedral, Church of San Francesco, Palazzo Piccolmini, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo vescovile.
The town of San Quirico d’Orcia is of Etruscan origin, as testified by the cinerary urns and funereal objects, now conserved in Siena’s Archeological Museum.
First recorded mention of San Quirico dates back to 712, a year when a number of parishes were contested over by the diocese of Siena and Arezzo, including that of San Quirico di Osenna. The name Osenna, used right up until the 17th century, refers to the river, which once flowed in the immediate vicinity of the town.
From the 11th century onwards, San Quirico in Osenna was ever more frequently named in documents, testifying to the increasing importance of the town, situated on the Via Francigena: the famous pilgrim route.
The town’s main attractions include the “Horti Leonini”, the beautiful Italian gardens, created in 1581 by Diomede Leoni on land donated to the town by Francesco De Medici, and the splendid 17th century Palazzo Chigi.
Siena is, for many, Tuscany’s most fascinating art city. Within the walls of Siena’s, almost entirely traffic free historic center, the narrow, and often steep, streets are lined with a succession of remarkably well-conserved medieval palazzi and churches. Siena’s Cathedralis considered to be one of the finest examples of Italian Romanesque -Gothic Architecture
In the 14th century, the Sienese school of painting was responsible for producing a surprising number of gothic masterpieces and the city’s Pinacoteca, Palazzo Pubblico, and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo contain an impressive number of works by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, and Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Siena’s large, fan-shaped “Piazza del Campo” is one of the most stunning squares in the world. The seventeen districts into which the city is divided still form the focus of Sienese social life, which culminates in the famous Palio: a horse race contested in the Piazza del Campo each July 2nd and August 16th and which results in what is, arguably, the most spectacular festival in the whole of Italy.
Montalcino, which has become famous throughout the world for its Brunello wine, is located between Monte Amiata, Val d’Orcia and Maremma.
The hill of Montalcino has been inhabited since the Etruscan period and it is believed that the Ancient Romans built a settlement here.
First recorded mention of Montalcino dates back to 814. The town’s population increased greatly in the 10th century, when inhabitants from the nearby town of Roselle sought refuge here. Montalcino’s medieval perimeter walls were built in the 13thcentury, a time when the town became involved in the battles between the cities of Siena and Florence.
Places to visit: Montalcino cathedral, Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Badia Ardenga, Convento dell’Osservanza.
Important events held in the town include the traditional “Sagra del Tordo” festival.
Via Francigena is a historical route, leading from Canterbury to Rome. Dating back to the 11th century, throughout the middle ages and beyond, the route was used by pilgrims on their way to the site of the martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul, but also by merchants and even armies, traveling to and from the Italian Capital.
The second highest volcano in Italy, Monte Amiata dominates much of Southern Tuscany, and effectively divides Val d’Orcia from Maremma.
Although 180,000 years have passed since the last eruption, Monte Amiata continues to fuel a number of thermal springslocated at its base, including those of Bagno Vignoni , San Casciano dei Bagni and Bagno S. Filippo.
One of Tuscany’s most beautiful valleys, your dream come true.
Traversed by the river from which it takes its name, Val d’Orcia is a large valley in the province of Siena, to the north-east of Monte Amiata and close to the Tuscan border with Lazio. Famous for its gently undulating landscapes, dotted with medieval hill towns, such as Pienza, Montalcino, Montichiello, San Quirico d’Orcia, Castiglione d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni and Radicofani, the Orcia Valley is one of Tuscany’s most loved tourist destinations.
The valley prospered as a consequence of its being traversed by the Via Francigena, the thoroughfare which linked Rome with Northern Europe and which served as pilgrim route between Canterbury and the capital of the Christian faith.
An UNESCO world heritage site since July 2nd 2004, the entire valley is now a park, protected so as to conserve landscapes immortalized by many a Renaissance artist.
Providing the perfect introduction to the flavors and aromas of Tuscany, Hotel Relais Osteria dell’Orcia’s “La Vecchia Posta”restaurant serves the finest local cuisine, lovingly prepared using the very freshest of locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by an excellent selection of the region’s wines.
In warm weather, the patio provides a wonderfully panoramic outdoor breakfast room, where guests are treated to a generous Tuscan breakfast, with an enchanting view of Bagno Vignoni. During the day the patio transforms into a scenic sun deck where, on request, tasty snacks and light meals are served.
Hotel RelaisOsteria dell’Orcia’scellar houses an excellent selection of the wines produced in the area, including all the most highly prized vintages of Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Montecucco . In addition to the wines, the cellar stocks bottles of the superb, extra virgin olive oil made in this part of Tuscany.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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If you’re traveling from the North, take the A1 motorway (southbound) and exit at “FIRENZE IMPRUNETA ”. Immediately after the toll booths, take the Superstrada “FIRENZE-SIENA”. Exit at “SIENA SUD” and from here follow the signs for the “CASSIA SR2/SS2” road towards -BUONCONVENTO-MONTALCINO-ROMA”. Drive for approx 55 km and shortly after San Quirico, you’ll come across the bridge crossing the river Orcia and, after 300 meters, signs to “CASTIGLIONED’ORCIA” & L’OSTERIA”. After 200 meters, on the left bend, you’ll see a track and a brown sign indicating
” L’Osteria 0,2 ” . After about 200 meters you’ll reach to the hotel.
N.43° 01 337
E 11° 37′ 266
If you’re traveling from the South, take the A1 motorway (northbound) and exit at “CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME “. Immediately after the toll booths, take the SP146 road towards Chianciano Terme. After circa 9kms, you’ll find indications for the “CASSIA SS2- SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA-BAGNO VIGNONI ” road. Once past the small village of “GALLINA”, follow signs for ” CASTIGLIONE D’ORCIA-MONTE AMIATA”. After circa 300 meters, on a bend, you’ll see a track and a brown sign indicating ” L’Osteria 0,2 ” . You’ll reach the hotel after about 200 meters.
The nearest airports are:
ROME FIUMICINO 220 km
PISA SAN GIUSTO 200 KM
National and European:
FLORENCE PERETOLA 130 KM
PERUGIA SANT’EGIDIO 105 KM
SIENA AMPUGNANO 55 KM
CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME railway station
Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, the nearest train station, is located on the Rome – Milan railway line. A number of fast “Freccia Rossa” trains stop at the station.