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Siena: Palazzo Bruchi B&B

Via Pantaneto, 105, Phone: /FAX: 39.0577.287342

Reviewed by: Karen P from CA, review #541

When: April 2004

We just returned from our first trip to Italy and stayed at Palazzo Bruchi for 3 nights while in Siena. It is within the old city walls.

What a beautiful place! Our view of the old city walls and the countryside was just breath taking. Several good places to eat close by and just a few blocks walk to the Campo. My husband and I had the Blue Room and our girls had the Fresco Room. Both were very large, with large bathrooms and beautifully furnished. We paid 130 euros for each room but they also had other rooms that were less expensive (under 100 euros). Cost of the room depends on the size, if private bath and the view. You can see pictures on their web site.

It wasn't your traditional B&B where you were served breakfast in the morning. But our rooms had a small fridge, and other applicances to make coffee or tea. The rooms were also stocked with cookies, juice and rolls for breakfast. I think the less expensive room have access to a kitchen area instead of doing breakfast in the room.

The owners were also helpful in making some dinner reservations (at Osteria la Sosta di Violante and Osteria Castelvecchio) for us before we left on our trip. Web site below has some good pictures of the B&B, but contact the owners directly for the best rates on your room. Bruchi

The only disadvantage of staying there is if you want a rental car you will need to find parking outside the City walls. The Porta Romana was about 400 meters from the B&B and we were able to find parking at the lot there.

Reviewed by: professore from USA, review #398

When: September 2003

Hidden gem in the middle of things. Quiet surroundings amidst the bustle of Siena.

I stayed in the main villa with a shared bath. Quiet and serene. Neat little rooms, with desks (I write when I travel), clean baths, basic breakfast in room. Extra blankets in the chest allowed me to sleep with the windows open at night. And, totally inexpensive. 50 for a single, with shared bath. 90 for double w/private bath. Many rooms with expansive views of the Tuscan countryside over Siena's city walls. Highly recommend.

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