Bed and breakfast Palazzo Malaspina is located in San Donnato in Poggio. The town, founded in Roman times, was the principal fortification of the area, serving to defend the Roman road that led from Florence to Siena.
The castrum (militaary fortress), which in the year 1033 belonged to the family of Count Guidi, became autonomous during the era of the communes.
Lying between the cities of Florence and Siena, who were eternally vying for supremacy over the territory, San Donato was frequently the scene of important events, such as the gathering of the Florentine army in 1260, prior to the Battle of Montaperti against the Republic of Siena.
The town was destroyed in 1289 by the Ghibellines of Arezzo and subsequently rebuilt with a typical protective wall encircling it.
The building, which dates back to the late Renaissance, offers visitors an elegant and relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the past when the Palazzo belonged to the local nobility, the Ticci and Malaspina families, and, as of the nineteenth century, to the Pellizzari family.
The palazzo has been tastefully restored by the Pellizzari family with great attention to detail in order to preserve the characteristic elegance of the establishment.
The five double guest rooms have been decorated with the family's antique furniture and with precious fabrics by Busatti of Anghiari, creating a sense of individuality and the warmth of a private home.
The color scheme of each room reflects a typical hue of the Tuscan landscape, from the yellow of broom bushes to the pale blue of lavender.
The rooms command a view of the glorious Tuscan hills or allow guests to admire the relaxed lifestyle of the medieval town.
All 5 double guest rooms of B&B Palazzo Malaspina are dotated of private bath with shower, air conditioning,satellite TV , telephone,wall safe,hair dryer.
A buffet breakfast is served in the original kitchen, where one can admire the 12th century fireplace with its original stone lintel.
Guests can also enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the garden, sipping a glass of Chianti while taking in the magnificent view of the Tuscan hills.
How to Arrive
From FLORENCE (downtown) 28 kilometers:
Follow signs for Siena. Go past the Firenze Certosa entrance to the A1 autostrada and immediately get on the Firenze-Siena superstrada (4 lanes) towards Siena. Follow for approximately 25-30 minutes, take the 4th exit (marked San Donato ). Now follow the indications for San Donato, which you will reach after approximately 2 kilometers.
From SIENA (35 kilometers):
Take the Siena-Firenze superstrada going towards Florence. Exit at San Donato and follow signs for the town, which you will reach after about 2 kilo
From ROME (290 kilometers):
Take the A1 autostrada towards Florence. At Firenze Nord, enter the A1 autostrada going towards Rome. Exit at Firenze-Certosa, turning right at the intersection, and get on the Firenze-Siena superstrada. (4 lanes) towards Siena. Follow for approximately 25-30 minutes, take the 4th exit (marked San Donato ). Now follow the indications for San Donato, which you will reach after approximately 2 kilometers.