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Valentine’s Luxury in Apartment La Duchessa, Siena

by Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

You can’t fail to notice the scent of roses and the heart-shaped chocolate boxes and keepsakes everywhere that you go right now. The most romantic time of the year is approaching as swiftly as Cupid’s arrow strikes.

It’s never easy to plan the perfect adult Valentine’s break, but lovely Apartment La Duchessa in Siena, Tuscany,  settles the debate conclusively, as it offers intimate, luxurious perfection for loving couples.

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Siena needs little introduction to anyone already fortunate enough to know it is person, The apartment couldn’t be better situated to enjoy Siena’s delights, because it’s next to Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city.
The open plan kitchen in the apartment offers stunning views across the Piazza as well as the Torre del Mangia. Usefully, the kitchen has both a Nespresso and an American coffee machine, ideal for a restorative hot drink after an evening out on the town.

Apartment La Duchessa living room

Apartment La Duchessa living room

The rest of the lovely second floor residence wears its rich history on its sleeve. The ceilings have original frescoes, and artwork through the apartment has been through a loving recent restoration to its former glories. Treasures of antique furniture, tapestries, paintings and brass adorn every corner. The bedrooms, with silken sheets and ergonomic mattresses, offer both blissful comfort and another peerless, panoramic perspective of the city.

One of many useful services on offer if pre-booked is a fridge-stocking, so you can arrange a commission for your loved one to be surprised with chilled prosecco and fresh fruit on arrival. There is also the reassurance of maid service included 6 days a week as well as a cook and private transfer upon request.

Room with a view: your VIP seat during the Palio

Room with a view: your VIP seat during the Palio

The Piazza del Campo is, of course, the site of the world famous Palio, but has much to recommend it the rest of the year too. Any Siena resident will tell you that the greatest attraction of Siena is the city itself – there can be nothing more evocative than getting lost in its winding medieval warren of streets, stopping now and then for at a café or vinoteca. For a more formal approach and as a warm-up before the Valentine’s evening meal, Siena offers a multitude of wine tastings and tours.


Opera is perhaps the art form most traditionally associated with romance and Siena has the wonderful Museo dell’Opera Metropolitane, which is both a great place to spend a couple of hours and a fascinating introduction to the medium. If the February climate is kind, one of Siena’s most idyllic yet overlooked spots is All’Orto de’ Pecci park, a peaceful and surprisingly rural spot with an appealing restaurant of the same name to relax in after a stroll.

For dinner dining, Siena has a dazzling array of authentic Italian options. Some of the very best, particularly for a special couple’s night, include Antica Osteria da Divo, La Taverna di San Giuseppe and Osteria le Sorelline. After the pleasure of an evening spent enjoying such a gourmet delights, Apartment la Duchess lies in tranquil wait, the perfect lovers’ hideaway.

Siena Piazza del Campo

Siena Piazza del Campo


How to book La Duchessa:

Online: https://www.passepartout-homes.com/holiday/italy/apartment-la-duchessa/219

By Email: [email protected]

By Phone: +32 50 699910

Rates start from €250/night


By Phileas French, Travel Writer