5 January 2015
It is not strange to find places in Italy that appear to have been frozen in time. There are entire towns that evoke another era, and corners of certain cities that make us forget that we are in the age of smartphones and rapid communication. Siena’s Pienza, located in the heart of the Val D’Orcia, is a perfect example of this. The city center is a Medieval treasure, certainly worthy of an over-night visit. Bandita Townhouse is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to hear voices drifting from the marketplace at sunrise, and then watch as it comes to life, hour by hour, teaming with shoppers. The reserved boutique hotel is located in an ex-convent dating back to 15th century, and features 12 rooms, a restaurant, and an honesty bar open 24/7. Owner John Voigtmann, hailing from New York City, chose to leave the Big Apple in favour of Tuscany’s rolling vineyards and towering cypress trees. The interior design was curated by Ab Rogers (son of Richard Rogers), along with Florence’s DA Studio. Traditional, structural elements, including stone walls and wooden beams, are paired with minimal, functional furnishings.