More than five centuries of history in an ancient noble palazzo
The Grand Hotel Continental in Siena is located within Palazzo Gori Pannilini, which was constructed around 1501 over pre-existing buildings. It was presumably endowed with its current form by Pope Alexander VII, a member of the powerful Chigi family, as a wedding gift for his niece Olimpia and the nobleman Giulio de’ Gori in 1677.
Set in the historic centre of Siena, this delightful aristocratic palace is the perfect embodiment of the finest Renaissance architecture and is rendered all the more stunning by the captivating frescoes and rich decorations that have been brought to light thanks to the various restoration projects carried out over the years.
The Sienese residence of the Queen Consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, and a favoured haunt of the intellectuals visiting Italy on the Grand Tour in the 19th century, the Grand Hotel Continental has always attracted the international élite thanks to its pomp and its exceptional location, just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo. In 2002, it became the first (and, to this day, only) luxury 5-star hotel in Siena.