Italy: Tuscany

Between San Gimignano and Siena

Chianti Classico, San Gimignano and some Super Tuscans
By Michèle Shah

This Guide was last updated on 30 March 2010
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La Collegiata

Address: Località Strada 27, 53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Tel: 0577 943201  Fax: 0577 940566
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:29:2N (43.48382)     Longitude: 11:1:52E (11.03111)  

This Relais et Châteaux hotel is an ex-Franciscan convent, originally commissioned in 1587 by San Gimignano's citizens. Tapestries and frescoes evocative of Siena’s Renaissance create the atmosphere. Its 20 rooms, many with their own small private garden, balcony or terrace, look over the surrounding valley and the towers of San Gimignano. All the rooms are furnished according to the sober style of the Tuscan countryside, are air conditioned with internet access and a wide-screen LCD TV with pay-per-view facility. The bathrooms are furnished with stone and travertine. There is a large outdoor swimming pool with bar, and a wellness centre, La Collegiata has a good restaurant serving eclectic food, with a patio for al fresco dining.

Useful information: Rooms: € 210-€345; breakfast: €20. Discounts and Specials available via the website. Closed from November to mid-March.

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