Palazzo del Capitano Wellness & Relais ****
Relais Palazzo del Capitano is located in the centre of the Medieval village of San Quirico d'Orcia, in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park, which is recognised as an UNESCO world heritage site. Housed in a beautiful XV Century building and immersed in a garden with allotments, olive trees and fountains, this hotel has 22 rooms decorated in characteristic Tuscan style, an elegant restaurant with its own garden, a characterful wine cellar stocked with the best Tuscan wines and a luxurious Wellness Centre & Spa built into the stone building. A short distance from the Palazzo del Capitano is the Villa del Capitano Art & Relais, a renaissance villa close to the medieval city walls with 14 bedrooms and suites. With all the services and comforts you need for a stay dedicated to relaxation and well-being, Palazzo del Capitano is also an excellent base from which to explore the natural and artistic treasures of Val d'Orcia, the Chianti valleys and famous, artistic Tuscan cities, such as Siena.
The Wellness Centre & Spa at the Palazzo del Capitano, the Cave of Venus, has been built into the stone of the ancient building and can be reserved for private use for the duration of the session or treatment chosen. The Spa is centred around the Bath of Aphrodite, with its hydro-massage jets, chromotherapy and aromatherapy by a cosy fire. Next up is the steamy Bath of Zeus and a wide range of massages and treatments for the face and body in the Zodiac Room, then a herbal tea in the relaxation area. The wellness continues outdoors in the Garden of Eden, where there's a heated Jacuzzi with chromotherapy and a further area for massages and beauty treatments.
The 22 rooms at Palazzo del Capitano include Classic Rooms, Basic Suites, Superior Suites, and the Romantic Wellness Suite with large, hydromassage baths for two with chrome therapy. Suites have four-poster beds; some have fireplaces and are furnished with original 15th century paintings. Villa del Capitano stands beside the Palazzo, with its 14 bedrooms set in a Renaissance villa close to the medieval walls of the city, room types include: Classic, Deluxe and Prestige Suites (with private terrace or garden) while the Roof Wellness Suite has a panoramic terrace and a private, mini-pool. Furnished in typical, Tuscan style, comunal amenities include: AC, telephone, Satellite TV, minibar, safe and a Wi-Fi connection which is present in the entire structure. Suites count four-poster beds and some have fireplaces and original, 15th century paintings.
The Restaurant-Trattoria "Al Vecchio Forno", located only 50 metres away from Palazzo del Capitano is recommended for its culinary offering and its renowned cuisine, highlighting the best of traditional Tuscan gastronomy. Food which can also be tasted at the Enoteca Ristorante Petessi, built into the old stables of the Palazzo, conserving the old mangers and exposed beams; also available for private events. Both offer wine-tasting sessions with the best of local wines, stored in the wine cellar, visible through porthole windows in the hall.
Guests staying at Palazzo del Capitano have so much to choose from and see in the surrounding area, from Chianti and Val d'Orcia to the cities of art like Siena, which is just 35km away and which boasts antique roads, neighbourhoods and, of course, Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square where the traditional Palio takes place every year in July and August. A tour of Val d'Orcia includes: a visit to the Montalcino fort, in the famous wine area of Brunello; the beautiful town of Pienza, wanted by Pope Pius II; the Sant'Antimo abbey; the abbey of Monte Uliveto Maggiore, that boasts a series of St Benedict frescos; and Bagno Vignoni and its square that is dominated by an ancient tub filled with thermal water and surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance buildings. The area of Chianti itself is also worth visiting thanks to the numerous castles and the view of the Sienese hills, which offer plenty to do including food and wine tours to some of the most famous wine houses where you can try products of the highest quality.