Villasanpaolo Wellness Hotel ****
Villasanpaolo stands at the top of a hill that dominates the surrounding valleys and offers spectacular views over the town of San Gimignano, just 5km away across the valley. The villa rises from the foundations of a 14th-century cloistered convent, which in the late 19th century became the country residence of an aristocratic family. The old olive oil cellar too dates back to the 19th century, once used to store the large pots of oil produced by the farm, while the central building is a more modern construction that blends perfectly with the environment: this building contains the reception, several rooms (with others located in the historic villa), the restaurant, the relaxation rooms, the function rooms, and the Spa. Outside, the resort has a swimming pool with a large garden and bar area, which offers splendid views of the towers of San Gimignano. Villasanpaolo is also the most important congress centre in the area, with 5 conference rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 180 delegates, and is well equipped for all kinds of events, including weddings and celebrations. Sculptures and ceramic artwork produced by local artists is exhibited in the grounds of Villasanpaolo.
The IRISPA Wellness Centre at Villasanpaolo covers 1000 square meters and contains a large indoor hydrotherapy pool, hammam, a Tuscan aromarium, a sauna, Turkish bath, Kneipp pools, an ice fountain, hot and cold waterfalls, a sunbed, a relaxation area with a herbal tea and snack bar, and a fitness suite. At the wellness centre, guests can choose from a range of massages and beauty treatments based on natural extracts and ingredients. The wellness programmes include toning relax, detoxifying relax, anti-aging relax, and remise en forme, of varying durations. Welcome Kids: children under 12y.o. are admitted into Irispa, from 10am to 2pm (unless otherwise specified).
Located in the historic villa and the new complex, the 72 rooms of Villasanpaolo area available in “Class” and “Prestige” room types, both equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, fridge-bar, electronic safe deposit box, 2 telephones, and free Wi-Fi internet access. The resort also has 6 suites, which have a living area separate from the bedroom, a balcony or patio, and a hydro-massage bath.
Lampolla: A stylish and smart venue, wide and panoramic glass walls framing unique outlooks on San Gimignano’s territory, perfect location for a romantic dinner facing Tuscan hills. Here we also serve Breakfast with a traditional section, “La Mattina Toscana”, dedicated to the Tuscan way to start a beautiful day. Losteria: A cosy and welcoming location offering a varied, genuine and traditional dining experience. Ideal for light lunches, casual dinners, quick and tasty snacks or just a refreshing aperitif, a coffee or a ice cream.
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One of the architectural and artistic jewels of Tuscany, well known also for its cuisine, the 15 medieval towers of San Gimignano are a spectacular sight for visitors. As you pass through one of the gates in the fortified city walls, you can take a walk through the enchanting historic centre, among the medieval buildings, tiny workshops, and typical restaurants. Near the city, it’s certainly worth a visit to the sanctuary of Pancole, the old part of Certaldo where Giovanni Boccaccio lived and died, Monteriggioni in the Elsa Valley, with its large fortified walls, and Volterra, with its part medieval and part Etruscan walls, and charming historic centre.
Less than an hour’s drive from the resort is Florence, where you can explore the centre on foot and see the cathedral, the church of Santa Maria Novella, the Uffizi museum, the Medici Chapels, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the Gardens of Boboli. Nearer still, is Siena, with its historic “contrade” quarters, Piazza del Campo, the cathedral, and the Medici fortress.
Also, don’t miss the chance to visit some of the many wine producers in the area, most of which are open to wine tasting and tours of the vineyard.
Children can access the indoor pool every day from 10am to midday. Children under 3 years old must wear a swim diaper.
Adult pay Eur 2,50 per day, children up to 12 years do not pay.