here are just 11.2 miles between you and Siena. You may be tempted to take a taxi ride. But then, once you've smothered yourself in 'Leonina's' weighty silence, you'll probably just want to absorb the view from the unusual swimming pool and watch the sun slip behind the Siena towers.
In the heart of the famous Crete Senesi, surrounded by the most evocative views of the Tuscan countryside, is Castello di Leonina.
Riding your e-Bike up the short cypress lined, white road to Castello di Leonina puts you just far enough away from everything else to make it feel isolated and high enough to gain commanding views of the amazing topography. Classic Tuscany.
Castello di Leonina is a thirteenth-century fortress that was formerly the residence of the Chigi family and the country residence of future Pope Alexander VII, is today an exclusive 4-star hotel.
There are just 20 bedrooms. In our honest opinion, the hotel is a little tired. Without any doubt, the staff, location and facilities make up for any short fall in this regard.
RESTAURANT & DINING
If you are as soft as I am, dinner on the outside terrace will have you holding back the tears. It is such a joy to sit and watch the sunset, with truly wonderful dishes and a glass of Chianti, or was it Brunello? I forget.
It was and is, every-time I visit, just spellbinding!