Luxury hotel holiday Relais La Suvera Tuscany

The five-star deluxe Relais la Suvera stands on a hillside overlooking the Tuscan countryside not far from Siena. It was once a mediaeval fortress and then a Renaissance villa, becoming a papal residence. There are 36 rooms and suites in the papal villa and the former farmhouse and stables. The suites in the papal villa are unique: designed by the Marquis owner, each one is dedicated to a character connected with the owners' family. Inside what was the olive press, is the restaurant called Oliviera, where the grand buffet breakfast is served and where you can enjoy haute cuisine in the evenings.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais la Suvera, near Siena

Relais la Suvera is an exclusive 5-star deluxe hotel in a former aristocratic home in a beautiful rural location. Opulent accommodation, pristine grounds and excellent facilities, including a sumptuous spa, afford guests a truly relaxing and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5 deluxe

Location The hotel is 10-minutes' walk to the centre of Pievescola

Annual opening 20 April to 1 November

Closest airport Pisa, Bologna or Florence

Distance from airport The hotel is 1-hour and 40-minutes' drive from Pisa Airport

Hotel facilities and services

2 Restaurants, Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Spa, Fitness Area, Renaissance Gardens, Tennis Court, Museum, Lift to some floors, Walks. Weddings and other events can be arranged.

Complimentary

Complimentary WiFi, Tennis Court, Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre. Spa facilities are complimentary but treatments and massages are charge. Parking is complimentary.

Out and about nearby

Siena and Florence, Chianti vineyards, the Sienese countryside, the walled town of San Gimignano, Volterra. 

Sports nearby

Walking, Guided Bike Tours, Trekking and Hiking, Horseback Tiding, 18-hole Golf (30 minutes away).

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,370

Holiday Code IE186

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais la Suvera, near Siena

The Relais la Suvera stands on a hillside commanding beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside just above the hamlet of Pievescola. There was a castle here in the Middle Ages which was then transformed into a Renaissance villa in the 16th Century. Nowadays the Relais la Suvera is the country residence of its owner the Marchese Ricci Paracciani Bergamini and his wife, Principessa Eleonora Massimo. They opened its doors to guests only in 1989 and today Relais la Suvera is an exceptional place to stay, furnished with antiques throughout and hung with original works of art. The aura of a stately but private home greets you as you arrive, and la Suvera is probably the most exquisitely and individually furnished hotel we feature. Candlesticks, vases, ceramics, ornaments, paintings complement the style of each room, some of which are furnished in quite exact period style, for example, there is a Napoleon room and a Neo-Gothic suite. The Relais la Suvera hotel consists of 36 rooms and suites situated in four main buildings, the Papal Villa, the Stables, the Oliviera and the Farm. The style of the rooms does vary from building to building, with those in the Papal Villa, especially the suites, being the most historic and individual whilst those in the Stables are slightly more rustic and less ornate. A unique feature of Relais la Suvera are the superb public rooms, that attract national museum-status classification, such as the Library, the Pope Giulio II Hall and the Marquise Campana Hall, all furnished with precious antiques but still radiating a genuine lived-in feel. A delightfully atmospheric restaurant sits just opposite the main gates to La Suvera, where local Tuscan specialities are served together with wines from their own estate. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a tennis court and shady gardens with cypress and chestnut trees.

Room descriptions

Relais La Suvera has 36 rooms, including 12 suites, all equipped with bath or shower and wc, air-conditioning, television, telephone and minibar.

Classic Double or Twin Room
Superior Double or Twin Room
Deluxe Double or Twin Room
Junior Suite
Suite located in the Scuderia and Fattoria
Suite located in the Papal Villa
Penthouse Suite "Maria Gabriella di Savoia" ideal for honeymoons

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,370

Holiday Code IE186

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais la Suvera, near Siena

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Relais la Suvera in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Children: Children up to four years of age stay for free in their parents' room. Cots are available free of charge on request. Older children are at a supplement in their parents' room.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,370

Holiday Code IE186

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais la Suvera, near Siena

About Tuscany

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Tuscany allows you to appreciate its classical landscape of rolling hills and vineyards dotted with olive and cypress trees, its misty green-grey mountains that are never too far distant, and hill-top towns of rich brown and gold stone houses. This combines with the beauty of the works of art contained in the towns and villages throughout Tuscany to create an inspirational union of the spirit and the senses. There is an intrinsic comfort in the supposed contrast between the delicacy of a Botticelli and the heartiness of Ribollita soup, yet both are typical of this fascinating region. As birthplace of the Renaissance, the impact of Tuscan and particularly Florentine traditions and culture on European heritage is fundamental to our way of life. In addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, there are the less well-known regions south of Siena with its moon-like landscape of hills, the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino, the coastal marshlands of the Maremma, the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia, the islands of Elba and Giglio, and the Casentino with the source of the Arno and abundant mushroom crops. Wherever you travel on holiday in Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life, which is quintessentially that of Italy too.

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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