Hotel Osteria Dell Orcia

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Castiglione D'Orcia, Tuscany, 53023, Italy
Hotel Osteria Dell'Orcia
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Costs 51% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Forum Posts

Nice to Siena in September

by deekaybee

This is second post about how to get from Nice to Siena and thanks to alucas, venice13, swissfondue and leics for their help on train travel between Nice and Siena. It certainly takes a long time by train for what is not that far in Km. I think I read of a tourist train that started in France and ran round the French and Italian rivieras, but perhaps I dreamt it.

I am looking at alternatives. For instance, is it possible to hire a car at Ventimiglia station? I can then drive to Siena, where I was planning to hire a car anyway! Many thanks for any tips or other ideas.

Re: Nice to Siena in September

by alucas

I've had a look at one or two car-hire companies, and the nearest I can find to Ventimiglia are Herz and Europcar, both in San Remo - about 15km further along the coast, or Monte Carlo or Nice, back over the border. SO you might have to look around a bit further. Which country are you from ? Sometimes the specialist car-hire brokers like Holidayautos can do you a good deal and beat the major companies for price.

Travel Tips for Siena

Terzo di Citta

by croisbeauty

Terzo di Citta was the original residential nucleus of Siena that relied on the Castelvecchio for its defense. It is the oldest part of the town, concentrated around the Cathedral, and certainly one of the most beautiful and pitoresque in whole of Siena.

Landscape south of Siena

by Helga67

When you reach Siena from the south through Casia or Valdichiana you can admire this type of landscape: hills of clay with on top always one or more trees. Quite characteristic for this part of Tuscany.

Hello, Taxis, where are you???

by Trekki

Imagine, you arrive in a new town on a dark grey November evening and don’t know how to get to your destination. You want to take a taxi. You ask where the taxi stand is. People tell you. You go and try to find it and don’t find it. You have your luggage either rolling behind you or on your back. You get desperate...You don’t want anything else but a coffee and a bed. But there is the distance between you and the bed. That’s what happened to me because at all costs I could not find the taxi stand.... And then it almost bit me. The taxi sign I mean. When I finally saw it mounted at the wall I really started to laugh. But then I was at the taxi stand but there were no taxis... Saturday evening, approximately 8:30 p.m. The time when seemingly every Senese was out and about to a restaurant, by taxi. It took some time until eventually one arrived and brought me to my final destination. And it was dirty cheap, 6 Euro only for a distance between north of town to south of town. And I had a nice chat with the driver who was from Sicilia; we talked about... Commissario Montalbano (although this is irrelevant for a taxi tip, isn’t it?). Much later, when I passed the taxt stand again, this time during the day I almost collapsed again when I saw the huge amounts of taxis. It almost looked like a big car shop....

The taxi stand in Siena is at Piazza Matteotti, opposite of the post office. Directly opposite. The sign is not at the street but at the wall. No light in the evening to illuminate it. My photo is a bit misleading – the camera flash illuminated it. With the help of reflective pigments.

© Ingrid D., November 2010.


by WBrasil

The Duomo is the principal church in Siena and is fantastic !! The combination of the white and green marbles make an impressive view. But be sure to go inside also, because it is hard to decide what is most beautiful, the exterior or the interior.

Piazzo del Campo

by smschley

Piazza Del Campo is Siena’s main center with 11 streets fanning towards it. It is also the site for the famous Palio, a 90 second horse race that takes place twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. The brick surface is divided into 9 sections representing the council of the nine merchant who ruled medieval Siena.

The Campo is a great meeting place, and sitting at one of the cafes that line the circular piazza. is a great way to pass a few hours in this beautiful town, while doing some people watching. Around the edge is the piazza's Fonte Gaia fountain which is a replica of one that was built in the 15th century and destroyed in one of the battles.

Twice a year the Campo becomes an arena for a wild, bareback horse race called the Palio, with 30,000 screaming spectators crammed into the center and 20,000 more fans standing outside and looking down from the windows and balconies. These festivities every July 2 and Aug. 16 have been going on for the past 800 years but might have deeper roots in ancient Roman rituals. Days of festive celebrations lead up to the 90-second race, with music, ceremonies and parades of locals dressed in Renaissance costumes, carrying colorful banners representing Siena's 17 "contrade" or neighborhoods defined during the Middle Ages. Rivalries between dominant families still exist. If you marry into a different family, you would not be allowed to speak or be seen with your spouse on the day of the race.


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