Villa Cetinale

Near Siena, Italy

Villa Cetinale is a grand, 17th-century villa built for Pope Alexander VII in the Roman Baroque style. Its gardens, part of the sprawling 165-acre estate, are reputed to be among the most beautiful in Italy. In addition to elegant gathering spaces both inside and out, Cetinale has 12 elegant ensuite bedrooms. Among other notables, Prince Charles and Tony Blair have been guests at this extraordinary home.


  • Grand 17th-century villa
  • Important formal gardens
  • Designed and built for Pope Alexander VII
  • Former guests include Prince Charles and Tony Blair
12 Grand Bedrooms, All with Private Bath
10 Miles from Siena
60 Minutes from Florence

Location and Surroundings:

Villa Cetinale is just ten miles from Siena, in the village of Sovicille. Its 165 acres include the Baroque-style grand villa, the estate’s chapel, its renowned gardens, miles of walking and hiking trails, and a hilltop monastery built for the nephew of Pope Alexander VII.


There are 12 grand bedrooms at Cetinale. Most have lavish four-poster beds with canopies, and all have their own marble bathrooms. The villa has an elegant dining room and large, eat-in kitchen, and the master “apartments” have their own living and dining quarters.

Experience and Activities:

Next to the villa and its gardens is a lovely swimming pool. In the Limonaia is a Games Room with ping pong and Fuzzball, as well as a wide selection of kids’ games. The tennis court is a five-minute walk from the villa. Cetinale is ideally situated for sightseeing, shopping and restaurants. Besides Siena, 15 minutes away, San Gimignano is within 45 minutes and Florence is just over an hour away.