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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 stone walls and wooden beams have been left untouched, conserving the ancient structure that today, houses Townhouse Bandita. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The restaurant has a general industrial theme, from the fixtures to the furnishings. Photo: Nathalie Krag.

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.

Townhouse Bandita’s courtyard has a swimming pool fit for relaxation. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The minimal furnishing in the rooms, interrupted now and then with a splash of colour, do not interfere with the building’s traditional architectural details. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
Ab Rogeres and DA Studio collaborated on the interior design. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The reserved boutique hotel has 12 rooms. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The outside rooms faces out towards the garden. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The restaurant’s menu changes from month to month in order to use seasonal ingredients. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
Townhouse Bandita is in the center of Pienza, inside of a 15th century ex-convent. Photo: Nathalie Krag.
The panorama looks out to Val d’Orcia and Pienza. Photo: Nathalie Krag.

WHERE: Corso il Rossellino, 111, 53026 Pienza SI

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.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.