This review comes nearly 8 months too late, but our experience at La Bandita Townhouse remains one of the standout highlights of an unforgettable trip to Italy. Book here if you care about an experience that's equal parts style and substance; a well-considered space to come back to in the evening after exploring the Italy you imagined. Don't fret about trying to 'do everything' while in Tuscany. Hole yourself up here at La Bandita Townhouse and get to know Pienza, a small yet perfectly formed medieval village for a few days and experience Italy at her finest in an intimate and authentic way - we truly felt this was the 'most 'Italian' experience we had during a 4 week vacation. The only regret is not staying longer, though we had 4 glorious nights. Our top tip would be to do everything John has suggested in his guidebook - all the hard work has been done for you! Definitely do the walk and stay until you can until you get a reservation at Il Rosselini. During our trip, we ate at 3 Michelin Stars in Modena, and this little neighbourhood gem was a close second to this - an unforgettable night if you're good with going with the flow and just pray they went foraging for porcini that morning. Not to be outdone, the in-house La Bandita restaurant turns out some beautifully refined food and classics - you can't go past the mozarella and proscuitto starter. Everything else: the toiletries, the sheets, the decor, the mini bar and the flawless service was all welcomed and in line with their positioning of understated luxury. The real hero here is the countryside, but a stay here makes a tough job of actually leaving your room. We'll be back.
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- A 12 room luxury boutique hotel inside the historic center of Pienza, a tiny UNESCO Heritage site village set in the rolling hills of southern Tuscany. ... more less
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