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    So you're in Siena...you see amazing museums, delicious wine and food tastings, breathtaking views, fine art...but what about these big fluffy furry guys you're missing????! You may not know it but in Siena just a few miles from the historic center you will find Azienda Agricola Fattoria Pernici Di Pernici Virginia. This is the first educational farm to offer activities with Alpacas in a young, familiar and unique environment. In fact, among the hills of Siena with breathtaking views it will be possible to take long hikes with these cuties. At your side there will be Virginia, a very young girl who has created with her own hands a fun and magical space suitable for both young and old! The Alpaca trekking paths that the Farm offers are experiential workshops aimed at respecting natural ecosystems. Walking with alpacas will allow you to slow down your rhythm and enjoy the natural landscape in a different way, stopping often to get in sync with the animal and the surrounding landscape, generating a kind of itinerant therapy. Did we convinced you to try this unusual experience in Tuscany?   How to get to Fattoria Pernici: From Borgo Grondaie take the Florence-Siena Highway Raccordo Autostradale towards SS73 in Siena. Take exit Siena Ovest from SS674, Continue on SS73. Take Str. Grossetana in the direction of Str. di Fogliano in La Bicocca (Estimated time 20 min.) Reservation Required Contacts Address: Strada di Fogliano 34, Siena Tel: +39 3404053952 Email: FATTORIAPERNICI@GMAIL.COM   Web Page: HTTPS://FATTORIAPERNICI.IT/TREKKING-WITH-ALPACA-TOSCANA/     Borgo Grondaie is waiting for you. You can book your stay directly from our website to get the best price: WWW.HOTELSIENABORGOGRONDAIE.COM  

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    Biking Experience in Siena

    Why Siena so famous in the world of international cycling? So let's take a Biking Experience in Siena Maybe it's for the most compelling race that opens the season the first weekend of March: the stradebianche or for the famous Eroica, first weekend of October, a unique competition with vintage bikes and Nostalgic atmospheres of cycling's great champions. The fact remains that in recent years they have become unmissable events for all bike lovers who, unlike many other competitions, have the chance to cycle the same routes throughout the year in Siena and in its surroundings. So, come on, you just have to organise a weekend of biking experience in Siena. Spring is definitely the best time of year, when the longer days combined with a not-too-hot temperature make an easy game. If we then add the beauty of the Crete Senesi and the Val d'Orcia in this season, even your pics will be amazing! The Hotel is the most important choice in order to optimise time.Borgo Grondaie Siena is strategically located just a few kilometres from both Chianti and the Crete Senesi. So you will cycle in the very heart of Tuscany, making easier reaching the most beautiful roads. Moreover you might have the chance to do different itineraries in several days without changing hotel. In addition to this, you won't need your car to get to Siena, because you can reach the city centre  on foot in just 20 minutes walk. Not all hotels are Bike Hotels. So choose the right one if your want to enjoy a biking experience in Siena Borgo Grondaie can offer  several services to cyclists in order to make their stay more comfortable. You will enjoy a closed garage where you can store your bike, a full equipment for small repairs, a bike washing area, spacious parking within the property and a self-service laundromat with washing machines and dryer. For groups of friends or families, we can offer Apartments that also include breakfast. Our Apartments can accommodate up to 5 people and are equipped with kitchenettes and the nearest supermarket is only 200 metres away.  At Borgo Grondaie it is also possible to rent Bianchi E-BIKES available for our guests for a full or half day. Anima Toscana is an agency in Siena specialised in Slow Travel which has been operating for years in the rental service and organisation of bike tours in Tuscany. For those who want to have fun without having to think about the organisational part, relying on an expert bike guide could be the ideal solution. Anima Toscana offers bike tours as well as rental bikes and a specialised assistance. That's a great idea for a biking Weekend in Tuscanu with no worries, isn't it? For the most adventurous who want to explore the surrounding of Siena, beyond the famous Eroica and Strade Bianche routes, we recommend visiting the Stradedisiena website.https://stradedisiena.it/en/tuscany-bike-routes/ This is a great help to make the most of your biking experience in Siena Many routes to discover the beauties of our region, some easier just outside the walls of Siena, others more challenging reserved to more experts bikers. Each itinerary is described in detail, with information on length, height difference, gradient and type of bike (road, gravel, mountain bike or downhill). Yes, because the best side of cycling on the roads of Siena is that you can challenge yourself on roads that are always different but surrounded by amazing views. Certainly the basis of such a beautiful and healthy sport there is a great passion for cycling and the satisfaction of saying, "I was there on the #stradebianche or #eroica roads" is priceless! We look forward to seeing you ride on the world's most beautiful roads here in #Tuscany! Don't forget to take a look at our very best offer www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com Hotel Borgo GrondaieBike Hotel Siena  

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    TUSCANY IS FULL OF PLACES WORTH VISITING. ONCE YOU’VE GONE TO FLORENCE AND PISA, YOU MAY AS WELL VISIT SIENA AND DO A TOUR OF THE CHIANTI CASTELS, SYMBOLS OF THE RIVALRY BETWEEN SIENA AND FLORENCE. Siena is located in a strategic position to visit the castles, whichever route you want to choose (SP408 or SP222). We have created two possible Chianti Castles Tour itineraries, inspired by a collection made by the town of Gaiole in Chianti. ROUTE 1: STRADA CHIANTIGIANA SP408, admiring vineyards and castles. Leaving Siena towards Gaiole in Chianti, there are so many castles you can’t miss visiting. First and foremost, the fascinating Castello di Brolio, built by Langobardic people, then bought by the Ricasoli family in 1141. It is situated halfway between Siena and Florence, and it was one of the main places where their battles took place. Brolio can be visited through one of the many tours provided. Visiting the gardens does not require a reservation, but the other tours do. We suggest you do the “Sunset tour” which includes a guided tour of the gardens and the castle and a dinner at the local Osteria. Castello di Meleto : founded in 1200, it played a great role within the battles between Guelfs and Ghibellines. It is possible to visit the rooms decorated with wall paintings and an ancient “Teatrino” which dates back to 1700. Underneath the castle there’s the wine cellar, where you can do a wine tasting featuring a mix of local cold-cuts and cheese. Castello di Spoltenna: Nowadays this castle houses a five-star hotel and three restaurants. Il Pievano, Stella Michelin 2017, it is very elegant, where the visitors can do a proper wine and food tour. La Terrazza, on the other hand, it offers a breathtaking view on the gardens and the vineyards of the castle. L’Osteria, open at dinner only, it is a place where the elegance of the Pievano meets the traditional Tuscan cuisine. Badia a Coltibuono: You can spend a night in this charming castle and then try the menu of the famous  Ristorante di Badia a Coltibuono. Its menu being very influenced by the traditional Tuscan cuisine but with a creative spin. ROUTE 2: STRADA CHIANTIGIANA SP222, a taste of Chianti Classico. First stop: Castello di Fonterutoli, very close to Castellina in Chianti. Between 1202 and 1208 it was the place where many treaties were signed by the two rival towns. It is known for its historical importance, but also for its wine, the worldwide famous “Chianti Classico”. Moreover, Fonterutoli  is the place of birth of the DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chianti Classico. Castello di Ama: this castle is located in one of the most charming zones of Chianti. It offers guided tours (booking compulsory) but wine tasting tours as well. Everyday but Tuesday you can enjoy your meal at “Ristoro di Ama”, wine bar which offers Tuscan dishes and Chianti Classico.   Castello di Vertine: This castles is mentioned for the first time in an historical document in 1013. In 1202 it was bought by the Ricasoli family. Inside the walls you can visit the Torre di Vertine and the San Bartolomeo Church. Siena is in a perfect position for everyone who wants to visit the Chianti Castles, whether taking the SP222 or SP408. Hotel Borgo Grondaie , located at just 1,5 km from the city center, is the best choice for visitors who travel by car, since they can use our parking lot for free. Check out our offers, we hope to see you soon!