A Secluded Tuscan Escape at Hotel Le Fontanelle

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If you have ever dreamed of visiting the Chianti region of Tuscany, this is where the doors open up. Hotel Le Fontanelle, perched on the picturesque hilltop in Castelnuovo Berardenga, may very well be one of the most beautiful hotel destinations in Italy.

As if plucked from a storybook, this charming Tuscan hotel was reborn after a meticulous renovation project of this once abandoned farmhouse filled with rich history, not-to-be-forgotten. In fact, the hotel lobby has a photo album that details the before and after photos of the full renovation process.

Jump to present day and Hotel Le Fontanelle overlooks a lush stretch of vibrantly hued vineyards. The hotel itself is graced with romantic terra-cotta patios, olive groves, pomegranate trees, and of course the ornamental bougainvillea cascading across the stone walls. As if the property could not get any more beautiful, the outdoor pool surrounding by a stretch of green lawn, the neighboring villa, and kilometers of walking/jogging trails seal this generous parcel of paradise.

hotel le fontanelle outdoor pool with open umbrellas



Rooms & Suites

Hotel Le Fontanelle welcomes both couples and families of all ages, and is open seasonally from April-October. Accommodations include a selection of Florentine Classic Rooms, Prestige Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Suites. Adjoining rooms are available as well. Each room is reminiscent of a luxurious yet rustic Italian farmhouse filled with refined comforts.

Room amenities include a Bottle of Vallepicciola Chianti, complimentary Wi-Fi, robes and slippers, minibar, safe, Bvlgari vanity sets, and LCD TV. Suite amenities include a private terrace with views over Chianti, lounge area with sofa and armchair, and all amenities noted for guest rooms (above).

Click here to view their full room directory.

Hotel le fontanelle classic room
Classic Room

Guests will feel right at home with their intimate bar and game room, library, and reading lounge. Spend the afternoons relaxing with a cocktail while playing a game of chess, practicing your favorite piece on the grand piano, or admiring the seemingly infinite sunset views.

For couples traveling with children looking for a couples-only excursion, note that babysitting is available upon request and with advanced notification.

Dining

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Lounge Bar

The intimate Lounge Bar is open for guests all day. In addition to wide variety of menu cocktails and expertly crafted bespoke cocktails, Afternoon Tea is also served in the lounge. It includes a selection of aromatic teas and butter cookies.

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La Colonna Restaurant

La Colonna Restaurant

Discover creative Tuscan cuisine at La Colonna Restaurant at Hotel Le Fontanelle. La Colonna Restaurant’s namesake is inspired by the ancient stone column that stands in the middle of the restaurant, a nod to the original structure.

The restaurant offers a quiet, romantic atmosphere with wood beam ceilings and large windows that frame the magnificent landscape. Both indoor and outdoor patio dining options are available.

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At the helm is Chef Daniele Canella who has curated a creative, traditional Tuscan menu. The elegant presentation includes an a la carte and tasting menu for dinner, as well as a sweet and savory-focused dishes for breakfast.

Breakfast begins with a Pastry Chef’s Basket with apricot jam, honey, and fresh butter. This may be paired with a selection of coffee, fresh juice, and or tea. A sweet breakfast may include crepes with a chocolate hazelnut spread, and yogurt with fresh fruit. A savory breakfast may include a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and a freshly prepared omelet. Click here to read their full breakfast menu.

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Breakfast at Hotel Le Fontanelle

Notable dinner dishes currently on their menu include:

  • Risotto with Maledetto Toscano cheese and aromatic herbs (a staff favorite)
  • Short macaroni, oysters, foam of porcini mushrooms and lampredotto
  • Pigeon, almonds, plums and roses
  • Turbot, “Viareggio” broth and Swiss chard

Select desserts include Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream, Tiramisu, and Zabaione. View their full dinner menu here.

The Pool & Spa

This Tuscan hotel is home to two pools: a heated indoor and outdoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and spa room for individualized treatments. Both the indoor and outdoor pool are perfect for leisurely swims or swimming laps. They also offer a 24-hour boutique gym.

Belvedere Garden green lawn
Belvedere Garden

Nearby Points of Interest

on the way to Villa Il Mandorlo

Those traveling to Hotel Le Fontanelle in Tuscany may wish to either rent a car or hire a car service. Yet what makes Hotel Le Fontanelle so convenient for guests is the complimentary transportation into the city center of Siena. This creates a perfect balance of a Tuscan hideaway in the hills to discovering the history and culture of one of Tuscany’s most beautiful towns.

In addition, tailored day trips and excursions are available for couples and families. These may include horseback riding, cycling, vineyard tours and wine tastings, cooking classes, and so much more.

Hotel Le Fontanelle is approximately 25 minutes away by car from Siena’s train station. If traveling from Florence, a regional bus to Siena is also available. Florence Airport is about one hour and twenty minutes by car.

Hotel Le Fontanelle Booking Information

Click here to book your reservation and to learn more about Hotel Le Fontanelle in Tuscany. Bookings may be made year round.

al fresco pool bar
Al Fresco Pool Bar. Images courtesy of Hotel Le Fontanelle.

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