Palazzetto Rosso is in Siena, one of the loveliest cities of Tuscany, and it enjoys a very central position, situated as it is less than 500 m from Piazza del Campo. This square was created in the 14th century and is the most popular attraction of the city: the famous Palio of Siena unfolds in this shell-shaped expanse, tiled with red bricks, every year. Torre del Mangia, annexed to the Palazzo Pubblico, is one of the tallest in Italy and literally towers over the square, and the views from its top are wonderful. A myriad of narrow streets branch off the square and flank 14th-century buildings, splendidly maintained and crenellated with bifore and trifore, the characteristic mullonied windows of the Sienese architecture.
Hotel Palazzetto Rosso is as old as the buildings that surround the square; it is believed that in its medieval beginnings it was already an inn where merchants en route to other busy towns of Tuscany would stop and rest. Made of bricks laid in a fishbone pattern, the façade is decorated with arched openings, a standard-bearer and iron wrought torches; on crossing the threshold one steps into a marvellous hall, punctuated with columns and ogives. Exposed brickwork dominates indoors too; the walls are covered with antiques of different periods, the collection of an antiquarian who previously owned Palazzetto Rosso, and blend perfectly with the interior; on the ceiling are frescoes of the coats of arms of ancient Etruscan towns, and Siena’s origins are also traced back to the Etruscans. Palazzetto Rosso is a unique building, where ancient history and modernity are powerfully mixed: renowned interior designers have chosen the whole array of furniture, the sofas and armchairs, the stools and tables, the bookshelves and the corner bar cabinet, all masterly lit by light fixtures. The effect is elegant and refined, but also welcoming; guests feel immediately welcome, as they gather around the bar for a drink to celebrate their arrival. The communal areas include a cellar where wine tasting sessions are organised on request, and for those who cannot ignore their work commitments for too long, a business corner has been equipped with modern office equipment. Breakfast is a buffet with the best local produce on offer, and in the afternoon no one will be able to resist the delicious cakes that are served with traditional and herb teas. The comfort is absolute, thanks to a state-of-the-art climatization system that controls the temperature and humidity in the house.
Guests will access their rooms by climbing a beautiful old brick staircase. There are nine rooms at Palazzetto Rosso, four of which are suites. They are different in size and décor, and their views are distinctive too; but some of their features, such as the characteristic terracotta ceilings and wood beams, are common to all of them. The floors are covered with cotto or ceramic tiles, the latest in Italian home design; their white walls, interrupted here and there by stone features, are like canvases and seem to emphasize the originality of the designer objects and of the contemporary artwork that can be spotted in every room.