How to reach Grand Hotel Continental, Siena
Nestled in the heart of the Chianti region, Siena is conveniently close to San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza and Florence, each a gem of unique beauty, famous throughout the world.
The Grand Hotel Continental enjoys a privileged location on the city’s main street, just a short walk from Piazza del Campo and the magnificent Duomo cathedral.
Grand Hotel Continental
Banchi di Sopra 85
How to reach us
The Grand Hotel Continental - Starhotels Collezione is located 70km (about 1 hour) from Florence Peretola Airport
The Grand Hotel Continental - Starhotels Collezione is a 15-minutes walk away from Siena Train Station.
By car, if you arrive from the North, reach Florence (take the A1 motorway, exit at Firenze Impruneta) and then follow the directions to Siena (start of the 4-lane highway, Florence-Siena near A1 Firenze Certosa exit). Take the freeway towards Siena and exit at Siena Ovest-Porta San Marco; At the stop turn right towards Siena, take the roundabout and follow the direction of the Center and the Stadium (Grand Hotel Continental is located in the historic center of the city).
If you come from the South, take the A1 motorway towards Firenze, exit at Valdichiana and at the stop turn right following the directions for Siena. Near the city, follow the signs for the ring road to Florence, drive along this road and exit at Siena Ovest-Porta San Marco; At the stop turn left towards Siena, take the roundabout and follow the direction of the Center and the Stadium (the Grand Hotel Continental is located in the historic center of the city).
With satellite navigator, enter Viale Curtatone 16 or Piazza Matteotti 1. From there, continue on to the main street (except for authorized buses, such as Hotel guests) leaving the newsstand to the right until reaching the small Piazza Salimbeni (with statue in the center) for limited parking for loading and unloading luggage. The Grand Hotel Continental is just a few meters from the square, on the right.
WARNING: ZTL with photocell - customers with reservation Grand Hotel Continental authorized only by Piazza Matteotti pass. Any other entry is subject to contravention. Detailed instructions are available by contacting the hotel directly.
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Within walking distance from Piazza del Campo in Siena, Grand Hotel Continental - Starhotels Collezione is the only 5-star luxury hotel in the city's historic center.
Forced by the intellectuals of the Grand Tour during the nineteenth century, the Hotel has over the time crossed the history of Siena and of Italy all the way to today where, after careful restorations, it was brought back to its ancient seventeenth-century splendor.
Over 5 centuries of history in an ancient noble palace
The Grand Hotel Continetal in Siena is located in Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built around 1501 on pre-existing buildings and presumably realized in the present form by Pope Alexander VII, a member of the powerful Chigi family, as a wedding gift for his niece Olimpia and noble Giulio de Gori in 1677.
Set in the historic center of Siena, this beautiful noble palace totally reflects Renaissance architecture and is embellished with magnificent frescoes and rich decorations brought to light with various restorations.
Siena's Residence of the Queen of Italy Margherita of Savoy and a favorite destination of the intellectuals involved in the Grand Tour during the nineteenth century, the Grand Hotel Continetal has always attracted the international elite for its glamor and its privileged location within walking distance from Piazza del Campo, becoming the first and only luxury 5 star hotel in the city of Siena in 2002.
Elegance A magnificent private residence in the center of Siena
The Grand Hotel Continental astonishes by its architectural magnificence, the numerous Renaissance art and the beautiful original frescoes.
The splendor of the interior spaces, embellished with invaluable antiques and terracotta floors, beautifully marked by 500 years of aristocratic footsteps, making it a refined and luxurious place to stay to discover the treasures of Siena.
Each of the 51 rooms and suites is a masterpiece inspired by the nobility of the sixteenth century, whose elegance is able to satisfy the expectations of the modern traveler by catapulting it into a sumptuous private residence with the services of a 5 star luxury hotel.
A Renaissance jewel embedded in the walls of Siena
Located in the heart of Siena's historic center, the Grand Hotel Continetal combines the services of a luxury hotel with the atmosphere of a historic home.
The view over the city and some of the most evocative monuments of Siena, such as the Duomo and the church of San Domenico, create a memorable setting. From the Hotel, Piazza del Campo can be reached in a few minutes, being one of the most suggestive places in Siena, home of the famous Palio. Walking along the serene stone medieval streets, you can quickly reach the main architectural, artistic and historical monuments as well as an unbelievable array of local specialty shops, restaurants and bars.
Siena, A Step back to Medieval Tuscany
Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena.
The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city's municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum, on the other hand, offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi's best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena's medieval government. But it is the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sale della Pace that hold the palaces's highlights: Simone Martini's huge Maestà and Equestrian Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegories of Good and Bad Government, once considered the most important cycle of secular paintings of the Middle Ages.