"Sweeping vistas, great food in a tastefully decorated 18th century locanda: Tuscany at its best!"

Need to know

    • One suite and six rooms
    • Check-out time: 11 am
    • Hotel closed dates: from November to Easter
    • Minimum of two nights stay

We love

  • Dinner is a real treat
  • The to-die for yogurts in the morning made by local producers
  • How it felt more like your very own country retreat than a hotel

Top Secret

Try the home-made Giuggiole jam which is made from a rare fruit that grows in the courtyard behind the property.

Origins

The Locanda dell’ Artista is aptly named not just for the modern art scattered around the property, but also because it’s chosen by a real creator, from the land of dreams no less! Baker made a career of making movies in Hollywood and was even nominated for an Oscar before he set his sights on creating something truly unique in Italy. Baker and his Italian partner Cristian scowered the countryside looked for a place to call home, finally landing on the 18th century Locanda in 2009. After two years of loving restoration the doors were opened in 2011.

The Review

Our Globe-Trotter is carried over the white gravel to our room by a helpful woman as we take in the stunning view. The first thing that you notice upon crossing the house’s threshold is that it doesn’t feel like a hotel at all, it’s far too relaxed and intimate than that. This is your rich uncles Tuscan country house, a place to feel at home but in a lush setting. We’ve checked into the ‘Cipressi’ room which looks over the Cyprus trees of the same name that the region is famous for. As you might expect with such a small property, each of the rooms is different and has its own feel. The smattering of art chosen by the owner Baker gives a modern twist to the otherwise classic design and antique furniture that you’ll find around the house. Chivalrous folk can head to the ‘honour’ bar at any time for a tipple by the piano or more likely by the pool where we spent lots of our days. Room service finishes at around 7 pm but this tends to work out just fine as dinner at the Locanda takes you through to bedtime very nicely indeed. The quality of the food and the delicacy of its preparation is top notch, the perfect way to enjoy a romantic relaxing evening together in a chorus of summer crickets with a glass of prosecco in hand.

Location

Locanda Dell' Artista

  • Address: Loc. Canonica – Lucignano 43, San Gimignano (SI) 53037 Italy
  • Travel info: Fly into Pisa airport and hire a car. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from there. Florence airport is a tad longer.

Key Features

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Car Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • No Children

  • Stunning Views

  • Pool