Villa Armena

5 nights

Self Drive Holidays




Food and Wine, Luxury

£ 780 pp


Experience the romance of Tuscany by staying at Villa Armena, a red-bricked, 16th Century palazzo situated in the heart of the idyllic Crete Senesi area, boasting opulent design and revitalising spa treatments.

Enjoy this oasis of tranquillity, and make the most of the opportunities the villa gives you to relax, from its extensive wellness treatments to its cosy living room complete with “vini da meditazione” – wines to be enjoyed unaccompanied by food.

Indulge on the typically Tuscan cuisine in the villa’s gourmet restaurant, accompanied by exquisite wines by boutique producers from the hotel’s very own wine cellar.


3 Classic rooms, 1 Junior Suite, 5 Suites; 1 Superior Suite


from £ 780 per person


5 nights sharing a Junior Suite

Daily breakfast

Fully comprehensive car hire arranged at the airport

Travel planning

We can help you with

International flights

Wine tasting and Golf

Bike and walking tours of the Tuscan towns


Only 20 minutes from Siena, Villa Armena truly is the perfect fairy-tale setting for you and your loved one to base yourself in romantic Tuscany.


Situated in the heart of the Crete Senesi (an astounding area of Tuscany renowned for the endless rows of rolling vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees, villas, monasteries and abbeys that dapple the landscape) the red-brick Renaissance structure of Villa Armena dates back to the 16th Century and was originally the country residence of the noble Sienese Malavolti family.


This property will transport you back in time with its terracotta floors, original oak beams and idyllic Italianate garden, but also give you the chance to relax and regenerate with its range of onsite wellness treatments and other activities. Pamper yourself with an organic essential oil massage, facial, or even a romantic couple’s massage (perfect for a honeymoon treat) to really get you into the holiday frame of mind.


Villa Armena boasts 10 rooms in total, which each possess their own individual character, as well as picturesque views of the luscious villa grounds and gardens, or of the rolling hills and boutique villages of the Crete Senesi.


Retaining period features including tiled/marble floors and rustic wooden beams, the rooms are each furnished opulently with luscious, patterned fabrics, and warm golden, red and ochre hues. Take your pick between the intimate classic rooms and the spacious suites, which can have beds added to them if you’ve brought your kids with you to enjoy your indulgent holiday.


The best rooms in the house are the Superior Suites where you will feel like royalty as you envelop yourself in the luxurious sheets of your king-sized bed, and relax in a spacious bubble bath in an opulently decorated bathroom.


Named after a 100-year old tree situated in the Villa garden, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Sorbo Allegro (or The Merry Rowan), serves up traditional, authentic Tuscan cuisine in an elegant environment, using local “slow food” produce as much as possible.


All dishes in the restaurant can be complimented with exquisite wines from the hotel’s wine cellar, which boasts a refined collection of unique bottles obtained from small, artisanal producers from Valle d’Aosta to Calabria, giving you the chance to explore the contrasting flavours of the country.


Villa Armena is a 5-km ride to the hamlet of Buoncovento and it's halfway between Siena and Montepulciano, about 50 minutes drive to both.
The name Buonconvento comes from the latin ''bonus conventus'' meaning happy place, lucky community. 
In addition to the verdant and idyllic landscape embracing the towns, there are numerous sights of great historical, architectural and artistic value, starting from the massive fourteenth-century city walls that once contained inside all the houses of the village. 
The village has maintained its original appearance for many centuries, but in the course of the 19th century it experienced a marked evolution thanks to the construction of new buildings close to the walls, including the beautiful Teatro dei Risorti. Inside the walls the heart of Buonconvento is cut in two parts by Via Soncini, the main street named after an ancient family of the place, overlooked by the buildings of power.

Like the Palazzo Podestarile, with the fourteenth-century tower with a rectangular plan and the Gothic arches that adorn the façade, enriched by 25 stone coats of arms corresponding to as many podesta '.

Like the Palazzo Podestarile, with the fourteenth-century tower with a rectangular plan and the Gothic arches that adorn the façade, enriched by 25 stone coats of arms corresponding to as many mayors . Not far away is the Palazzo Comunale, with its elegant brick façade, and the Palazzo Taja, built in brick in the second half of the 18th century at the behest of a local aristocratic family. The tour is completed by Palazzo Borghesi, of the 14th century, all decked out with coats of arms, and the Palazzo del Glorione, which in the past belonged to the Spedale of Santa Maria della Scala, now home to the Museum of the Confraternity of Mercy.

Buonconvento is an ideal medieval village, immersed in the tradition and animated by exciting legends, and as such it offers visitors numerous opportunities for fun where the most representative traditions of the town are renacted. 

In every period of the year, festivals and events of all kinds are held in the town: starting with the carnival celebrations, with colorful allegorical floats, and Easter with the antiquarian exhibition. In July you can watch the traditional threshing under the walls, while in September there is the famous Sagra della Val d'Arbia and the setting up, in the hamlet of Bibbiano, of the Beer Village.

Buoncovento is also served by the rail line Orbetello-Grosseto-Buonvonvento-Siena and it's included in the list of Italy's most beautiful hamlets.







Restaurant and fully stocked wine cellar

Room service




Air Conditioning

Bath or Shower


Extra Long Beds (> 2 metres)

Flat-screen TV

Free toiletries


Safe Box


julie frenchman
julie frenchman
09:16 09 Jul 19
This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with more
Kay James
Kay James
12:08 03 May 19
We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
Grant Stupart
Grant Stupart
18:31 16 Aug 18
Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
Jonathan May
Jonathan May
18:06 01 Aug 18
July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
Amanda Chapman
Amanda Chapman
22:28 25 Aug 17
Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to more
Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson
09:04 19 Jun 17
This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
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