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Grand Hotel Continental Siena

In its simplicity, Sienese food precisely captures the essential flavors and ingredients of Tuscany. Its style is entwined with the region’s history and geography owing much to the specialisms of local farming, typified by meats from native breeds and exceptional olive oil.

Grand Hotel Continental is a luxury 5-star romantic Siena hotel in Siena Historical Center, steps from Monte dei Paschi and within a short walk of Torre del Mangia. Staying here, you'll also be within a few minutes walk of Piazza del Campo and Civic Museum.

It is this rural character that defines the offering of the city’s myriad restaurants, none of which will ever stray far from a strict regionally inspired menu and traditional cooking methods. Consequently, diners are consistently rewarded with the pleasure of pure, bold flavours of recipes perfected over generations. And, of course, no Sienese dish would be complete without wine; the local wineries are some of the finest in Italy, and discovering their individual personality is a perpetual joy.

17th-century grandeur meets contemporary elegance at this five-star hotel in central Siena – the hotel of choice for visiting businessmen, politicians and celebrities, as well as upscale leisure guests. Piazza del Campo, the Duomo and the Piazza Gramsci bus and parking hub are all less than five minutes’ walk away.

The seventeenth-century splendor of the façade and frescoed, vaulted ceilings dominate at first. But common areas – particularly the SaporDivino wine bar and restaurant – are more contemporary, with boldly-hued furnishings and a striking glass, steel and weathered brick wine cellar.

The SaporDivino restaurant and wine bar serve delicious Tuscan cuisine, served in what was once the courtyard of this 17th-century palace. The wine bar, carved out of the tufa base of the Medieval tower at the heart of the building is enchanting.

Via Dei Banchi Di Sopra, 85, Siena, 53100, Tuscany, Italy.

00 39 0577 56 011

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