Grand Hotel Continental

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

As its name suggests, Grand Hotel Continental is an opulent affair. Right in the heart of Siena, this lavish palazzo was a wedding gift from Pope Alexander VII to his niece Olimpia and her fiancée Giulio de’Gori back in the 17th century. Displaying architecture and decor that echoes the splendour of the Renaissance, Grand Hotel Continental makes a holiday to Siena a regal retreat.
Perfect forFamilies and couples will love this historic hotel.
In the knowWhat’s a Tuscan holiday without a lesson in local wine? Opt for a wine tasting experience in central Siena, or tour the San Felice wine estate in Tuscany’s infamous wine region, Montalcino.

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  • Food & Wine
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview


A stone’s throw from the Piazza del Campo and Il Duomo, in the centre of Siena.

Rooms at Grand Hotel Continental

The 51 rooms and suites feature frescoed ceilings, and some have terraces; the Royal Suite is particularly dashing. The frescos adorning the Salone del Feste, the ceremonial hall, are astonishing, recalling the Sistine Chapel.

Food and facilities

Expect the finest Tuscan cuisine at SaporDivino Restaurant, led by distinguished chef Luca Ciaffarafa. Experimenting with traditional cooking, Luca’s creations are praised for being utterly unique yet loyal to his regional roots. The restaurant’s setting is rather special, too, with a pretty courtyard and glass cupola.

Activities at Grand Hotel Continental

Wind your way through Siena’s enchanting, gothic streets in the historic centre which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Duck into the town’s resplendent cathedral, the Duomo, with a stunning façade and exquisitely paved marble floor. The hotel organises fantastic gastronomic experiences, such as truffle-hunting in the Crete Senesi countryside. You’ll forage for these rare culinary treasures with the help of an expert guide, before settling down to devour a truffle-inspired lunch or dinner in a traditional farmhouse.

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