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Palazzo Ravizza is enclosed by the city walls of Siena and preserved its original style dating back to XIX century, when it was restored to become a dwelling and, at a later time, a boarding house.
The refined design of the rooms and the period furniture wonderfully match with the mood of a private home.
We like to think to our hotel as a “shelter” from the outside world; the sitting rooms, the reading room, the bar, the lemon-house and a unique garden inside the city walls, all offer private spots where guests may spend time reading, chatting or relax while sipping an aperitif and looking at the sunset over the hills surrounding Siena.
Everything began with the Great War, when Elena and Giuditta Grottanelli de Santi inherited the Palazzo from their cousins Ravizza. After moving at the Palazzo, these Sienese aristocratic ladies realized they couldn’t afford their usual lifestyle, so they decided to open their home to travelers, turning it in a boarding house.
By virtue of the refined style of the dwelling and the great care for hospitality, Palazzo Ravizza became a landmark in Siena, especially for foreign travelers.
Among the welcome guests of Palazzo Ravizza there are musicians, writers, historians, and art collectors such as Mrs. Helen Clay Frick (founder of Frick Art Reference Library in New York), who became a friend of Grottanelli family, helping and encouraging the conversion of the Palazzo into an hotel, donating the Steinway grand piano, now housed in the salon at first floor.
Today, Palazzo Ravizza is run by the same family that has kept the design of the interiors intact as well as the meticulous attention to the guest’s demands.