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We will do our best to make your stay as pleasant as possible. In the following pages we have included some useful information and tips that will help you during your holiday.

Should you need any help or need assistance, we are always available at 0577.332539.

Thank you for choosing us, we wish you a pleasant stay..

Borgo Grondaie Staff





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We would like to reassure all clients about the healthcare systems adopted to limit and prevent COVID-19 contamination in our property;.

Borgo Grondaie has adopted all the health protocols required by the Italian Government Law of 26 April 2020. The cleaning procedures, the pride of our company, have been intensified with the use of ethanol-based products at concentrations of 70%, i.e. chlorine at concentrations of 0.1% and 0.5% active chlorine (bleach) or other disinfectant products..

Upon departure, the apartment or room is left with the windows open for 24 hours. After this time, cleaning and sanitization with certified products is carried out. Blankets, mattresses and pillows are washed at every departure..

The distance of 2 meters between people and the use of protective masks is required if it has not been possible to maintain the distances..

The buffet breakfast is not available at this stage so it has been replaced with breakfast in the room or table service outside or inside. We will provide you with an APP where you can order breakfast. The pool is open from 15/06 with a series of rules that will be provided to customers. The rules are very simple. If you are not part of the same family, you must respect the space of 7 square meters for each deckchair and the distance of 2 meters between people, both outside and inside the water. The bar is open for drinks served on the Terrace or take away with disposable glasses.


We remind you that our apartments have independent entrance and therefore you have no contact with other guests. OUR 4 HECTARES OF GARDENS ARE IDEAL TO ENJOY THE NATURE IN A SAFELY WAY

  The reception in phase 2 will only do office hours but we will always be reachable by phone 0039.0577.332539, on whattapp 00393770844808 and by mail info@hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com



Borgo Grondaie has always selected the best local products for its guests, giving priority to certified organic and biodynamic farms in the area that add quality and safety to our breakfast..

We pay the same attention to the choice of detergents for the cleaning of the rooms with a high hygienic power, but a low environmental impact..

If you have chosen Borgo Grondaie for its philosophy and for the beautiful nature that surrounds it, help us to protect it too..

- Before leaving the room, remember to turn off the lights and make sure that the water taps are turned off. < /p>

-. Towels are changed daily for guests staying at the hotel, but if you feel that you do not need them, please do not leave the towels on the floor so that they are not replaced.

- The laundry room is available to our guests with two washing machines and a dryer. On sunny days, take advantage of the terrace to dry your laundry. .

If you stay in the apartment, we thank you if you will make your contribution during your holiday by recycling paper, plastic and general waste. You will find coloured bags are available to facilitate differentiation. The rubbish bins for separate collection are located 200 meters in front of the COOP supermarket.

Your help is important. Thank you.


How does the Wifi work 

Borgo Grondaie has the coverage of the network NETWORK RETE IVO whichèis the same as the city of Siena. How does the WIFI work? You can get FREE WIFI connection WIFI GRATUITA  both in Siena and here in Borgo Grondaie using the same credentials. In this way you can surf safely and share your photos saving your Giga..

On your arrival you will receive the IVO WIFI CARD NETWORK with USERNAME AND PASSWORD to get the WIFI connection. You will need 1 card for each device (smartphone, tablet, computer, portable electronic games connected in WIFI). So if you are a family with children and you have 2 smartphones and 1 tablet you will need 3 WIFI cards.

Passwords are valid for 7 days. For longer stays do not hesitate to ask for more cards at the reception. Since Rete Ivo is a Secure Connection System, we recommend you to bring your password with you or, alternatively, if your device allows it, store it because every 15 minutes of inactivity the system disconnects for security reasons..

Here are the few steps how to activate the WIFI connection:

- Check that the device is not offline

- Turn the WIFI on

- Choose IVO Network from the available WIFI connections

- When you get this home page for Network IVO enter your username and password from your card to get the connection.

If your phone is Android, the system normally allows you to store the password. Otherwise if it is Apple the phone system will not allow you to save the password for security reasons (to protect your private data such as credit card, email etc.) and so you will have to enter the password every time you need to log in.

WIFI RETE IVO NETWORK is free and also available in SIENA..

Every time you find Rete IVO you can connect with the same credentials. Sometimes, due to network problems, the main router may get blocked and the wifi connection may be a bit weak. For any problem please contact the Reception desk. Usually with a simple system reset Wifi works immediately well! p>

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Borgo Grondaie is the ideal place to relax while walking in our gardens, 4 hectares of lawns and an olive grove of 100 olive trees where you can also meet the typical wild animals of the Tuscan countryside such as roe deer, hares, squirrels and badgers as well as enjoy nature with the ancient trees and their organic fruits.

BAR – open only for drinks with table service outside the terrace or takeaway service.

RECEPTION – open at reduced hours, but always available by calling 0577.332539. A member of staff lives in the structure. Emergency numbers are written on the reception door

BREAKFAST –. at the moment it is not possible to offer buffet breakfast, therefore breakfast is served on the terrace or in the room. Please let us know your preferences by filling in the form that is sent at check-in.

POOL - open from June 15th to the end of October from 8am to 8pm. The Anti Covid Regulations are displayed at the entrance to the pool area. Free pool towels available.

BARBECUE –. available free of charge for the guests of the apartments. Information at the reception. Reservation required.


And for the more sporty….….

MTB BIKES –. Free and available to guests 5 MTB cut man and 2 for children

E-BIKE FOR RENT   in cooperation with Tourissimo, cost Euro 25 ½ day and Euro 40 full day. Reservation required. Possibility of guided tours with expert guides and picnic lunch included.


TAXI 0577.49222

TRAINS  (www.trenitalia.com)   892021

TOURIST OFFICE  (Piazza del Duomo, 2)    0577.280551


- HERTZ – Viale Sardegna, 14   (www.hertz.it)   0577.45085

- AVIS – Via Simone Martini, 36   (www.avisautonoleggio.it)    0577.270305

 - EUROPCAR – Viale Europa, 23/25   (www.europcar.it)   0577.288938

NATIONAL AND INTERNATION MAILING SERVICE strong>    (www.ups.com)   02.30303039

PIZZA DELIVERY LA PIZZERIA DI SAN MINIATO   (www.pizzeriadisanminiato.it)  0577.331050


Civic Museum inside the Townhall, Mangia Tower:  www.comune.siena.it/La-Citta/Cultura/Strutture-Museali

Cathedral, Piccolomini librery, Opera Museum, Amazing view from il Facciatone, Cripta, Baptistery: https://operaduomo.siena.it/it/

Santa Maria della Scala Museum: www.santamariadellascala.com

Botanical Garden: www.simus.unisi.it/it/musei/mb

 Biccherna Mueseum inside the State Archive: www.archiviodistato.siena.it

Free entrance from Monday to Saturday, only at these times 9,30am - 10,30am and 11,30am

Sanctuary of Santa Caterina da Siena: Tutto l’anno: 09,00 - 13,00 / 15,00 - 19,30 – Free entrance.

As far as the Contrada Museums are concerned, the advice is to check their websites for any extraordinary openings, for example on the occasion of the Festa Titolare. Just search on the internet 'MUSEO' + the name of the contrada:



Originally built in the 13C on the site of the old market place/field, the shell shape of Piazza del Campo follows the natural lie of the land . The 9 brick divisions of the square represent the 9 heads of Government of that time – the famous ‘Good Government’. The famous Palio bareback horse race is run clockwise round the outer rim of the piazza on 2 July and 16 Aug annually, compacted earth being laid over the surface of the piazza to form a track.

The fountain – Fonte Gaia is a 19C replica of the original by Jacopo della Quercia (the original built in 1409 is in pieces in the Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala).

The main building – the Palazzo Pubblico was completed in 1310 as the seat of government for the city-state. It is still used as the Town Hall but also houses an important collection of frescoes on the first floor, including the allegories of Good and Bad Government by the Lorenzetti.

Next to it is the Torre del Mangia, completed in 1341. Views from the top are worth the climb.

Exit the Piazza by the Costarella dei Barberi where the Palio horse race starts and finishes. Turn left and immediately right into Via dei Pellegrini. In Piazza S. Giovanni is the Baptistery of the Cathedral. In the 14C the Cathedral was extended to the Baptistery built under the new high altar. It is frescoed within and contains the 15C baptismal font sculpted by Nicola Pisano in bronze with panels done by Jacopo della Quercia, Ghiberti and Donatello.

From the Baptistery, take the stairs on the left. At the top of the stairs, on the right, there is the Crypt, an environment discovered in the 90s of last century, during renovations of some adjacent rooms, which has frescoes of the '1200 admirably preserved as were covered for centuries by debris. Leaving the Crypt and passed the arch that sits on top of the hill you arrive in what would have been the new nave of the Cathedral. This project was started in 1339, but never completed due to the Plague/Black Death (notably the epidemic of 1348 when Siena lost one third of its population) and subsequent lack of money. Immediately on the left side is the entrance to the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana. This houses valuable works of art from the Cathedral, the most outstanding being Duccio’s  Maestà. Commissioned to be put over the high altar, it was completed in 1311. The originals of the statues on the outside of the Cathedral and the Donatello tondo over the South door are also here. An eroded flight of stairs leading up to the parapet of the uncompleted nave offers an excellent alternative vantage point over the city.

Walk around the Cathedral to the front, started in 1196 but completed in 1265 in Gothic style. Inside is a treasure trove, the most spectacular element being the inlaid marble floor of various scenes, worked on by a variety of artists from 1369 to the 1600s.

Also: Pulpit by Nicola Pisano elaborately sculpted in the 1280s.

Piccolomini Library

Cappella del Voto by Bernini.

Standing with your back to the ornate front of the Cathedral, facing you across the square is the recently opened Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala.

Founded in the 9C, it was used as a hospital until 1991. The Pilgrims’ ward is frescoed by various artists including Domenico di Bartolo and Vecchietta. The scenes depict a variety of nursing themes from nursing the sick to caring for foundling babies.

Turn left  from the Piazza del Duomo down Via del Capitano and at Piazza di Postierla turn right into Via di Stalloreggi.

Continuing along Via di Stalloreggi, after 50m on the left is the fountain of the Pantera (Panther) Contrada. As you walk around the city you will notice the different symbols of the Contrade and the fountain of each is at the main entrance, they each have their own chapel and museum and a social centre. Each Contrada holds a dinner the night before the Palio and visitors are welcome – though you need to book in advance.

On the next corner is a Pietà  by Sodoma, known as the Madonna del Corvo (Lady of the Crow), as it is said a raven dropped dead of the plague here in 1348. Further down the street, just before the arch on the left, is the house where Duccio painted the Maestà. There is a plaque on the wall to commemorate it. Go through the arch to turn left into Pian dei Mantellini. At the end go right – Via della Diana. On the next left corner you will see a deconsecrated chapel that has become a stable! The sign above the door says ‘Casa del Cavallo’ (the horse’s house). You are now in the Chiocciola (Snail) Contrada and this is where their horse is kept before the Palio. The groom never leaves it and while it sleeps the adjacent streets are shut so no noise will disturb it.

Turn left up Via San Marco passing the contrada church and social centre on right and turn right at top down Via delle Cerchia and continue straight to Prato S. Agostino. Keeping church on left continue into Via Pier Andrea Mattioli and 50m down on the right is the entrance to the Botanical Garden – Orto Botanico.

This lovely garden has a delightful view and contains a fine selection of rare plants and scrubs. Well worth a visit.

Retrace steps to S. Agostino, built 1258 with modifications in the 14C. See Cappella Piccolomini with its fine Madonna and Child by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Epifania by Sodoma. Turn right down Via S. Agata, then left through arch into Via Giovanni Duprè. Go down hill and first right down into Piazza del Mercato. Originally a cattle market it is now a general food market. Behind it is the back of the Palazzo Pubblico.

Continue straight across the bottom of the piazza into Via Salicotto and turn left.

Just pass the steps on right turn right up through arch (Vicolo della Manna) and up steps. You are now in the Ghetto area and the Synagogue is on the left.

Turn right into Via degli Archi and keep straight on (it becomes Vicolo della Fortuna then Contradino). Turn left up Via di Salicotto and right into Via S. Girolamo, passing the Church and Convent of S. Girolamo on right. Continue into Via dei Servi and turn immediately right up to S. Maria dei Servi. Its 13C brick facade conceals a harmonious Renaissance interior with fine paintings.

Retrace your steps to Via S. Girolamo and continue straight past a forno (baker ) on right. Turn left into Via di Salicotto and then immediately right into Vicolo dell’Oro. Notice the overhanging medieval houses, as seen on many of the frescoes. Just before it becomes Via del Rialto turn right up and over more major road (Via S. Martino) and straight on (Vicolo Magalotti). Turn left into Via di Pantaneto and past the Logge del Papa. This was built in 1462 by  Pius  II Piccolomini in honour of this family.

Next on the left side is the Piccolomini Palace built in the 15C by Rossellino (the architect of Pienza). It houses the Museo delle Biccherne and shows one of the finest collection of archives including the Tavolette di Biccherna, painted covers of the municipal account books by some of the most famous artists.

Turn right up Via S. Vigilio. Continue straight/right  past church on right side and turn left at Via S. Bandini. Turn right down Via Luccherini to S. Maria in Provenzano.

Continue down steps to right of church and left after Piazzetta della Giraffa. Turn right and left, then right though arch – facing you is the church of S. Francesco.

This huge barn of a church was originally built in 1228 and rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1655, but used for centuries as warehouses and barracks! The ‘medieval’ facade was put on in 1913. In the first chapel on the left is a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti and in the third chapel in the transept to the left of the altar are fine frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

Next to it is the Oratorio di San Bernardino.

Siena’s most famous preacher (1380-1444) is honoured here. Don’t miss a perfect example of high Renaissance in the upper room over the chapel with superb frescoes by Sodoma, Girolamo del Pacchia and Beccafumi.

Retrace steps through arch and up Via dei Rossi. Continue under the ‘bridge’ of houses and turn right into Via Banchi di Sopra. You pass Piazza Salimbeni with statue of Sallustio Bandini. The square is surrounded by fine palaces, which are now the head offices of Monte dei Paschi – the first bank in the world, founded in 1472, allegedly with the savings of the shepherds.

Continue straight on into Via dei Montanini and turn left at Via del Sasso di S. Bernardino. Across main road  and straight into Viale Cesare Maccari passing the patk of La Lizza on right side. (The market is held here on Wednesday).

If you continue on here you come the entrance of the Fortezza.

Built by Cosimo de’Medici after the Florence conquest of Siena in 1555 it houses the Enoteca Italiana – an exhibition of wines from all over Italy.

Turn left at Viale xxv Aprile, passing font on right side and football stadium on left. Turn left down Viale dei Mille to San Domenico at end on right.

This huge church founded in 1226 was central to the life of S. Catherine of Siena. Of particular interest is the chapel of S. Caterina decorated with frescoes by Sodoma and pictures by Matteo di Giovanni and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Turn right down Via Camporegio. Follow yellow sign ‘ SANTUARIO DI S. CATERINA’ through tunnel and right down steps. At the bottom on the right is the Santuario di S. Caterina.

Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was the 24th child of a wool dyer. Although illiterate she persuaded the popes to return to Rome, ending the Great Schism. She received the Stigmata and with St. Francis is Patron Saint of Italy and a Doctor of the Church. This is the house where she was born and lived – now turned into a series of chapels.

Take Via dei Pittori, opposite the entrance of the Sanctuary, then turn right on Via delle Terme and left – sign ‘PIAZZA TOLOMEI’. At Via dei Termini turn right and immediately left. Turn right down Via Banchi di Sopra. On the junction ahead is Logge della Mercanzia, built, according to local legend, on the meeting-point of the 3 hills of Siena. Turn down the steps on the left side to find yourselves once again in the Piazza del Campo



La Compagnia dei Vinattieri: Tel. 0577 236568 – Via delle Terme

Enzo: Tel. 0577 281277 Via Camollia, 49
Sale Fino: Tel. 0577 287224 Via degli Umiliati, 1
L’Osteria di Castelvecchio: Tel. 057747093 Via di Castelvecchio, 65
La Taverna di San Giuseppe: Tel. 0577 42286 – Via Dupré 132
SUSHI BAR: Tel. 0577 41128 – Via Domenico Beccafumi, 10
Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti: Tel. 0577 226446 – Via Esterna di Fontebranda, 118
Osteria Nonna Gina: Tel. 0577 287247 – Pian dei Mantellini, 2
Antica Trattoria Papei: Tel. 0577280894 – Piazza del Mercato, 6
Ristorante Gallo Nero: Tel. 0577284356 – Via del Porrione, 65/67

Hostaria Rialto: Tel. 0577236580 – Via del Rialto, 4
Osteria Babazuf: Tel. 0577222482 – Via Pantaneto, 85



La Taverna di Vagliagli: Tel. 0577 321842 – Vagliagli (SI)
Osteria di Fonterutoli: Tel. 0577741125 – Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Osteria del Castello di Brolio: Tel. 0577730290 – Gaiole in Chianti (SI)



ANCAIANO – Cetinale – Romitorio – Pernina – ANCAIANO Km 9,5 – 3 h 

From Ancaiano take the junction on the right to Cetinale (dirt road). We start in front of the entrance of Villa Cetinale crossing the village in the direction of Celsa and after having skirted the boundary wall of the villa that remains on our left, leaving on the right the arch of the entrance to the Thebaid (gate) we turn left (CAI 110) and in 300m we arrive in front of a house.

From there begins a path of closed woodland with a chain that goes up for 900m to the Romitorio, from where we can admire a splendid panorama. Skirt the building and continue for 150m on the cart road, then the path turns right onto the path to reach the Pieve di Pernina. Behind the bell tower of the parish church, turn left and follow path no. 110 again, skirt a small field and then enter the woods. The cart road goes uphill and after 300m you will find the abandoned farm of Gabreta, we cross it and on a flat cart road we arrive at the Chiostro farm.We turn left on a carriage road following the path n° 111 and after 1600m we arrive at the Podere Incrociati, where we find the asphalted road that goes to Ancaiano.

Cetinale: the etymology is neolatino and means deforested place. In the immediate vicinity were found Etruscan finds from the IX-VIII century BC. The villa was built around 1680 at the behest of Cardinal Flavio Chigi, Romitorio: this suggestive building is located in an elevated position with respect to the Villa di Cetinale, and can be reached through a sacred path, called Scala Santa, about 500 metres long. The building was erected in 1716 at the behest of Blessed Chigi to house the Cenobite monks, who were mainly dedicated to the care and assistance of the sick.

The building is on four floors with the main facade facing the Villa, characterized by a central body on which there are two loggias on top of each other. Above the loggias stands a large Egyptian cross with two opposing arms in stone crosses, where some heads of saints remain visible. You can also admire the beautiful hermitage well.

Pernina: immersed in the thick forest of Montagnola, at an altitude of 499m, there is the ancient Pieve di S. Maria in Perlina, today dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista. The etymus probably derives from the Etruscan Perna, in Latin Pernia - Per naia = Little Noble. It is attested since 1078 in a confirmation document at the bishop's table of Volterra by Countess Matilde di Canossa. The church, built in a beautiful stone row, is referable to the XII century. It has a basilica plan with three naves, divided by four passages that are joined to a single apse. Some capitals have geometrically designed decorations, while the bases of the semi-columns are reminiscent of those of various Sienese parish churches. The soaring bell tower, about 22 metres high, with a square base and terminal battlements, is situated in front of the façade of the parish church


Chianti: Siena – San Giovanni a Cerreto – Pievasciata – Pontignano – Siena 

Total height difference: 429 mt. - Max. slope: 6% (0,5 km) Asphalt 16 km - Earth 15 km

A few hundred meters from Porta Ovile there is, in a place called "Madonnina Rossa", the entrance of the S.S. 408 for Montevarchi, which we will travel for about 8 km through the village of Ponte a Bozzone (restaurant and bar) to reach S. Giovanni a Cerreto (bar). Here we turn left towards Pievasciata on a dirt road and start climbing. Near a row of cypresses you will find on the left the junction to Geggiano, where stands the villa used for some shots of Bernardo Bertolucci's film "Io ballo da sola" (for those who have seen the film, the scenes of the party). The villa is a private residence, but the garden can be visited since spring 2000. You then reach Catignano (farm and farm) and, always uphill but gentle, Pievasciata (restaurant). Here you turn left onto the municipal dirt road that goes up from Pianella towards Vagliagli; go straight on at the junction of Ponte a Bozzone, and once you reach the asphalt turn left downhill. Past the houses of Corsignano, turn left for the Certosa di Pontignano, again on the dirt road. Here stop to admire the ancient monastery, now the congress centre and guest quarters of the University of Siena, and its cloister. Go down again until you get back to Ponte a Bozzone, from where you return to Siena on the same route you took on the way.




18.00 S. Domenico, S. Francesco


08.00 Duomo       09.00 S. Domenico        10.00 S. Francesco        10.30 S. Domenico

11.00 Duomo – Osservanza                      11.15 S. Francesco        12.00 S. Domenico

12.15 Duomo                                          18.00 S. Francesco, S. Domenico    18.00 Osservanza



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  • Antica Farmacia Centrale Dr. Pizzinga Via Banchi di Sotto 2 Siena (SI) 0577280109
  • Antica Farmacia Giovanni Parenti Via Banchi di sopra 43 Siena (SI) 0577282233
  • Farmacia Comunale Via XXIV Maggio 40 Siena (SI) 057744339
  • Farmacia Comunale N. 1 Viale Vittorio Veneto 21 Siena (SI) 057745060
  • Farmacia Comunale N. 2 Strada Santa Eugenia 31 Siena (SI) 057740712
  • Farmacia del Campo Dr. Ceccherini Piazza Il Campo 26 Siena (SI) 0577280234
  • Farmacia Dr G. Marotta Via Pantaneto 75 Siena (SI) 0577280834
  • Farmacia Dr. Vigni Via Quinto Settano 1 Siena (SI) 057750552
  • Farmacia Gori Banchi di Sopra 18 Siena (SI) 0577280233
  • Farmacia Lucherini Viale Camillo Benso Cavour 268 Siena (SI) 057744606
  • Farmacia Fiore Via Camollia 13 Siena (SI) 057728011
  • Farmacia Minucci Viale Vittorio Emanuele II 43 Siena (SI) 057745324
  • Farmacia Quattro Cantoni Via San Pietro 4 Siena (SI) 0577280046
  • Farmacia San Giorgio Via Pantaneto 75 Siena (SI) 0577 280834
  • Farmacia Sapori Banchi di Sotto 77 Siena (SI) 0577280102
  • Farmacia di Ravacciano Località Ravacciano Viale Lippo Memmi 24 Siena (SI) 0577280515
  • Farmacia Laguardia Località San Miniato Via Achille Grandi 2 Siena (SI) - 0577333161


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Hotel Borgo Grondaie

strada delle Grondaie 15 – 53100 Siena

Telefono: 0039.0577.332539

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