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Come and stay at Villa Cetinale, near Siena, with Oldie editor, Harry Mount, 15th-20th October, 2022

Blog | Dec 16, 2021

Villa Cetinale is one of the most famous villas in Italy - a dreamy 17th century palazzo in a fold of hills just south of Siena. Designed by the late Baroque Roman architect Carlo Fontana in 1680, it was built as a hunting lodge for Cardinal Flavio Chigi, a nephew of Pope Alexander VII – his nipote, from which the word ‘nepotism’ is said to derive.

Lord Lambton purchased the villa in 1977 and it is now owned and run by his son and daughter-in-law who refreshed the decor and now let the entire villa, complete with thirteen bedrooms, pool and its world-famous garden.

This is an unmissable opportunity to stay at this breathtakingly beautiful villa. Do check it out at https://www.villacetinale.com/privaterental

We will try to spend as much time at the villa as we can while also visiting Tuscany’s greatest cities. Limited to 21 guests.


Saturday, October 15th - arrival

Depart London Heathrow at 2.10pm; arrive at Pisa airport at 5.25pm. Transfer to Villa Cetinale in time for dinner.

Sunday, October 16th - Panzano and free afternoon

Morning tour of the villa and garden, followed by lunch in the hilltop village of Panzano for the menu della intera vacca at Dario Cecchini’s famous butcher restaurant. Afternoon and dinner at the villa.

Monday, October 17th - Florence

A gentle day in Florence with a resident English guide. Dinner at the villa.

Tuesday, October 18th - Pienza and La Foce

Morning tour of lesser-renowned Pienza, followed by tour of the beautiful La Foce (www.lafoce.com), home of the late Iris Origo of War in the Val d’Orcia fame. Lunch at Dopolavoro, at La Foce, and dinner at the villa.

Wednesday, October 19th - Siena and free afternoon

Morning tour of Siena followed by lunch and dinner at the villa

Thursday, October 20th - Pisa and home

Depart for Pisa after breakfast; lunch en route at Quattro Gigli in Montopoli in Val D’Arno; afternoon tour of Pisa. Depart Pisa airport with BA at 7.55pm; arrive at London Heathrow at 9.10pm.


All prices include full board and wine with meals, transport, entry to sites and museums but not the flights.

There are two different types of bedroom:

  • Eight double/twin rooms en suite for £2,975 per person (category ‘A’);
  • one double bedroom (‘Gold') and one double bedroom (‘Silver') which are not adjoining and have their own bathrooms (stand-alone shower and bathtub) but the people in Gold must knock on the door of Silver to exit into the main villa. Ideal for two couples who know each other. Price: £2,275 per person (category ‘B’). Please see floor plan below.

We will require a deposit of £750 per person. And the balance by July 15th, 2022. If travel to Italy is banned or Italy is made a red zone during those dates, we will refund your money in full.

For all enquires, please contact Katherine at reservations@theoldie.co.uk