Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini was an incredibly enriching stay. The most amazing thing we noticed across Italy was how seamlessly history was thriving across modern day life. From the sculptures in the piazzas to the palazzos around every corner. And this observation really shone through at our hotel in Siena – Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Yes, it is a historical mansion, but it didn’t leave us wanting for any modern conveniences. There’s an elegant bridge between the opulence of the past and the warmth of present.
It doesn’t get better than Piazza Gramsci for non-drivers getting into Siena. Siena is a no-car zone, and we were so lucky to have this amazing address just behind the main road where our taxi from the station dropped us off. I’m not sure we would have enjoyed lugging our bags on an uphill walk through town. It’s just made for elegantly graceful entrances. That, should have been our first sign of things to come.
The building of the Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini
To begin with, the building itself is a work of art. Commissioned to Baldassarre (that’s right, the very Baldassarre of Renaissance fame) We stepped in, with the knowledge that many noblemen, artists and more had once thrived within these walls, living in Siena’s most beautiful period. Being led to the elevator installed in the courtyard, we knew this was going to be unique. And it didn’t disappoint.
Our Suite at the Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini
We found our suite, at the end of a corridor, sumptuously decorated with what were suspiciously seeming like the original antiques. Beautifully maintained antiques, I might add. Named after various precious stones, the rooms were all stunning. Ours, called Ruby was done up in variations of red. Charles of course, was thrilled (if you don’t know by now, he’s completely obsessive about the colour red). Class and nobility oozed out of every element in the room. From the dark wardrobes, to the silken drapes across gigantic windows to the antique furniture that we almost felt bad about sitting on, it was all so elegant. Standing at the window, we could smell chocolate from the bakery across the street, and see people walking down the narrow but main road of town. The suite featured one bedroom, with chairs, wardrobes, television consoles and incredibly soft bedding. The living room was massive. Super high ceilings, another seating area and television console, dining table, corner cabinets and oh I could just go on and on about the sophistication of the wood all around. The suite even came with its own kitchen, one that we unfortunately didn’t have much time to use. The bathroom was large, and fitted with extremely quaint fittings.
While I had received extremely warm communication from Melissa Coli Bizzarrini, Charles had the esteemed privilege of meeting a real life Sienese aristocrat, her mother, Madame Coli Bizzarrini. And while he didn’t understand much Italian, and she didn’t understand much English, she was graceful enough to spend an afternoon with him, showing him around, and telling him all about the fascinating history that sat in stories tucked away in every little nook and cranny of this fabulous residence. From admiring frescoed ceilings, to roman artefacts, war medals and ancient deeds, Charles was thrilled to be reliving Sienese history.
We spent a beautiful night here, unfortunately we had to move on, out of Siena and into the Tuscan countryside, but walking around Siena really was wonderful, and we’re so glad we had the stunningly unique and enriching experience of staying at the Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Have you ever stayed in a heritage building on your travels? What do you think of this fabulous place, would you like to go? Tell us in the comments below!
Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini is definitely the perfect pick for your stay in the Tuscan town of Siena (close to Florence) and we’d recommend any of their beautiful suites!
This post was made possible by Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Opinions, as always are our own.