A Former Summer Getaway for the Bishops of Sienna Gets a New Lease on Life

From Pierattelli Architetture's restoration of a 12th-century complex comes Pieve Aldina, a Tuscan getaway boasting olive groves, farmhouse aesthetics, and an ancient Romanesque chapel.


Designer: Pierattelli Architetture

Location: Chianti, Italy

On offer: In Tuscany’s medieval village of Radda, on a sinewy wine-country road known as Chiantigiana connecting Florence and Siena, a 12th-century complex that once welcomed the Bishops of Siena during Italian summers has been lovingly restored into the 22-key Pieve Aldina. French-owned hotel group Domaine de Fontenille turned to Florence-based Pierattelli Architetture to breathe new life into the property, including the on-premise church Pieve di Santa Maria Novella, known to be one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. The guest rooms reflect traditional Tuscan architecture with terracotta floors, wooden fixtures, a color palette of sage green, beige, and brown—though contemporary furnishings and spa-quality showers add a contemporary edge. 

Standout features: Part of the Relais & Châteaux collection, the pace of life slows down at Pieve Aldina, from leisurely lunches on the outdoor lawn spent sipping on Vermentino to the pool ensconced in olive groves and cypress-lined paths to candle-lit farmhouse dinners at Le Rondini, where Italian chef Flavio Faed turns out authentic preparations of hand-rolled gnocchi and Florentine beef.   

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