La Bandita Est. 2006

La Bandita Townhouse and Townhouse Caffe, Corso il Rossellino, Pienza, Province of Siena, Italy

La Bandita has la captiva-d our celebratory corazons!
This masked marauder has piqued our party planning propensities, gorgeous and glam for a get together or terrifically Tuscan to tie the knot!
The Lowdown
Type
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Other
Views
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Water Feature
Style
Italian
Modern
Romantic
Tuscan
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Midway between Florence and Rome and just south of Siena is the Val d’Orcia, near the renaissance gem of Pienza, the medieval hot springs of Bagno Vignoni, and the wine capitals of Montalcino and Montepulciano. Named a UNESCO Heritage site in 2004, the Val d’Orcia is the quintessential, unspoiled Tuscany of golden pastures, cypress trees and walled hill towns where “The English Patient”, parts of “Gladiator” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” were filmed.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

This is the basic rental cost for a 3 or 7 night complete takeover. Other charges will apply based on event needs. Please contact directly for more information.

A minimum of 2 people is required for a complete buyout of La Bandita however the entire venue can hold up to 100 people.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
100
Buffet
N/A
Standing
100
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2006
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors Only
The Venue is Closed During
The hotel is closed Mid November to just before Easter each year (because I need a rest!). But it is available as an exclusive rental at any point during the year including the Christmas/New Year period, at discounted rates. Just drop me a line for more information.
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
yes
Inside Scoop

We have a full time gourmet chef and we offer all meals on request.

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
Venue Features
The Scene:
As a luxury villa, La Bandita really works best as a place where friends and family come to relax, share meals, explore the countryside and drink wine late into the night. Message me if you’re looking for the perfect location for a group to get together and chill… but also for your wedding, birthday celebration or special event. And most importantly, we have no noise restrictions or curfew!
Design:
We designed LA BANDITA to function as both as a laidback B&B and as a villa rental. Renting the full property is really best for a group of friends of families traveling together.
Standout Venue Features:
Unlike most villa rentals in Tuscany, La Bandita comes with a full range of services: -Total exclusive use of the full property and pool -Daily maid service -Daily breakfast -Access to a gourmet private chef -Access to my personal wine cellar -High speed wireless internet and Satellite TV -Handheld GPS devices -Mountain bikes -Personal laundry -And daily access to English speaking concierges to help arrange any and all activities and meals.
Awards & Notables Where stylish moms meet: "If you're looking to escape with a group, you could do worse than renting out this insanely chic country house in Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany." Lonny Magazine: For a high-flying New York City couple, two design-minded hotels in Tuscany represent the ultimate career change-and an impressive leap of faith. Conde Naste Traveller Edition - The Hot list 2014
VENDOR VERIFIED TIPS

Our verified and highly qualified Vendors that have hosted, designed, photographed, coordinated an event here would love to give you a few tips for your event here. We allow for Vendors reviews and tips, but do not allow any negative comments. If we receive 3 verified negative reviews the venue will be removed.


We planned a lovely wedding at La Bandita in June 2015. John and his team are excellent and really help navigate all of the ins and outs of the venue. Make sure you have proper rentals lined up (we needed a clear tent because of rain) and enjoy all of the exquisite food and beverage! Biggest tip: Provide transportation for guests to / from Pienza so they don't need to drive this "rustic" country road. It takes about 30 minutes from town to the Countryhouse. Gorgeous, gorgeous property!

Feb 2nd, 2016
venuetest
WEDDING & EVENT PLANNER

If you’re staying at La Bandita Countryhouse, a visit to their sister boutique hotel La Bandita Townhouse is a must. Located in the heart of the medieval gem of Pienza, we love it as much for the incredible food and wine as for the cool vibe and attentive service. As a destination wedding planner, I highly recommend wedding groups to stay at both properties or to have some of their guests layover in town. Bandita’s Caffé is also a great option for cocktail hour. The hotel is the perfect base to explore nearby towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena or the countryside of Val d’Orcia and its staff has such a sense of place that you can make sure your guests will get a once in a lifetime experience. With its little Peccorino shops, leather manufacturers and cute bars, Pienza itself is worth a visit! Don’t miss its main square (Piazza Pio II) and via Casello for the breathtaking vistas over the valley!

Sep 30th, 2015
venuetest
Owner & Destination Wedding Specialist
French Riviera, France

Stephanie is a French native, founder and co-owner of Nomad Republic, a collective of well-connected and highly committed wedding planning specialists who help couples dream up their perfect day at a gorgeous location in their favorite European region. Addicted to travel, she is constantly looking for extraordinary and exclusive venue spaces full of character and charm. During her spare time, she loves nothing more than exploring underwater treasures.

If you’re staying at La Bandita Countryhouse, a visit to their sister boutique hotel La Bandita Townhouse is a must. Located in the heart of the medieval gem of Pienza, we love it as much for the incredible food and wine as for the cool vibe and attentive service. As a destination wedding planner, I highly recommend wedding groups to stay at both properties or to have some of their guests layover in town. Bandita’s Caffé is also a great option for cocktail hour. The hotel is the perfect base to explore nearby towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena or the countryside of Val d’Orcia and its staff has such a sense of place that you can make sure your guests will get a once in a lifetime experience. With its little Peccorino shops, leather manufacturers and cute bars, Pienza itself is worth a visit! Don’t miss its main square (Piazza Pio II) and via Casello for the breathtaking vistas over the valley!

Sep 30th, 2015
venuetest
Owner & Destination Wedding Specialist
French Riviera, France

Stephanie is a French native, founder and co-owner of Nomad Republic, a collective of well-connected and highly committed wedding planning specialists who help couples dream up their perfect day at a gorgeous location in their favorite European region. Addicted to travel, she is constantly looking for extraordinary and exclusive venue spaces full of character and charm. During her spare time, she loves nothing more than exploring underwater treasures.

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La Bandita

La Bandita Townhouse and Townhouse Caffe, Corso il Rossellino, Pienza, Province of Siena, Italy

The beauty of Tuscany is almost jarring. It’s at once expected –  it’s sweeping valleys of olive groves, cypress trees, vineyards and perfectly undone architectural & historical marvels have been depicted in such epic cinematic classics as “The English Patient,” “Gladiator” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” - while also being the birthplace of both the Italian Renaissance and one of the most superb wine regions in the world.

We’re used to seeing this type of beauty on the big screen. Yet, everything we think we know falls away amid a Tuscan olive grove, sipping, slowly savoring wine your palette has only dreamed exists. The unexpected is found in the deep-rooted connection you'll feel in your bones as your well-heeled boots hit the hallowed, historical ground in a place you’ve never been… that feels like home. Could anything feel more romantic and dreamy for destination I-do’s we ask you?

 

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La Bandita

La Bandita Townhouse and Townhouse Caffe, Corso il Rossellino, Pienza, Province of Siena, Italy

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Italy, oh Italy. You scream romance, rolling vineyards, beauty, and delicious food all in one. Have you ever heard of someone who doesn't love Italy? Take it a step further with Tuscany, Italy. Most of us girls will immediately think Diane Lane in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Ahhhh, transport us there NOW please! We don't think a wedding, elopement, getaway or soiree in Tuscany could go wrong. It's a fail–safe destination for a beautiful event.

One particular venue/villa that caught our eyes, is La Bandita, an old farmhouse that has been renovated with a modern twist on the inside while preserving it's old stone exterior. It sits upon a 1000 acre nature reserve in the rolling hills of southern Tuscany. It opened as a small villa style hotel in 2007 and they have been hosting parties and weddings in the summer months ever since.

As former event planners, we are extremely wary of the venues we select for destination events. Selecting the right venue in a far away setting is like dating, we need to have good relationship with the venue before we can commit. We typically analyze the 'about us' section on the website along with our e-mail correspondence. When we read the blurb from the owner on the website of La Bandita we instantly fell in love and wanted to commit. "If I ran for office in Italy, my campaign slogan would be “FREE CAPPUCCINO! FREE INTERNET! FREE WATER! You see, I like taking care of people, but I don’t like charging for every little thing…As a result, our rates include: Free Wi-Fi internet access, breakfast, as much cappuccino as you can drink, welcome glass of wine, unlimited free bottled water and soft drinks, and the wine I usually forget to charge people for"  Those three sentences make up the stuff event planning dreams are made of. With an attitude and disclaimer like that on a website, we cannot imagine how working with this venue would be anything but an enjoyable experience.

HISTORY LESSON: What does an international music executive do when he’s sick of his big time New York job? He quits his job and moves to Tuscany to open a small hotel!  After ten years of chasing rock stars around the world, John Voigtmann picked up and moved to Italy with his wife, who is a travel writer. After four years of searching, researching and renovating...  La Banditawas born.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: 2 hours from Rome airport and 1.5 hours from Florence, it's best to rent a car to get around the area.

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