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Historical estate/residence in the heart of the city of Siena

Il Refugio is a historical estate/residence in the heart of the city of Siena. Today, Il Refugio welcomes its guests inside the old boarding school that has been converted into a cosy historical home that has definitely maintained the charm and splendour of its past. All 42 rooms are furnished with care and great attention to detail. The typical antique furniture and majestic wall paintings strongly recall the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century life in Siena. Our Refugio Estate provides a comfortable, homely setting, ideal for scholars, researchers, students, teachers of all levels, art and culture experts with particular interest in the history of our city. In the spacious lounges the guests are free to enjoy the extraordinary historical and artistic luxuriance of the surrounding structure and treat themselves to a moment of absolute relaxation. There is a museum on the ground floor, a gallery on the first floor and finally a library on the third floor, where you can take a deep historical dive in the original volumes upon a simple request at the reception desk..

If you are looking for a location full of style and you want to add a personal touch to your events, the splendid gardens and library room at the Refugio are the right choice for you!
On the third floor of the former boarding school, a large meeting room houses the ancient collection of books which amounts to about 5000 volumes each of which, inventoried according to the bibliographic standards. A real treasure is certainly the horseshoe-shaped table that until the middle of the last century has occupied the central position of the old boarding school refectory, accompanied by a collection of historical clocks with a classic and elegant design and a shaped shelf with a spool underneath. Refugio represents perfect setting for your business events, offering the possibility of organizing coffee breaks, brunches, aperitifs in the terraced gardens of the former boarding school, with a breath-taking view of the medieval city walls and Porta Pispini.

 

We are fully at your disposal to plan your wedding whether you want to celebrate it inside our private church or whether you want to rent the outdoor area in our terraced gardens.
Our team of experts will be a precious guide to help you discover a magical, exclusive space, full of surprises that will make your event special and unique.
The Church of San Raimondo al Refugio , a baroque jewel located in the heart of Siena, was founded in the early 1600s by the will of Aurelio Chigi who sponsored the artistic works of the entire iconographic cycle. The whole set of the pictorial decoration consists of three large altarpieces, accompanied by a series of smaller canvases. The iconographic sequence develops around the stories of San Galgano, Santa Caterina and San Raimondo di Pennafort. The true testimony of the Roman Baroque and of the counter-reformed iconographic tradition, the Church proudly preserves masterpieces by artists such as Rutilio Manetti, Francesco Vanni, Ventura Salimbeni and Sebastiano Folli.
All the figurative cycles are rearranged in an elegant array of frames, columns and pediments of polychrome marble with a very refined taste. The old rooms of the sacristy have also been renovated, where the precious sacred objects in silver have been placed, a table by Sano di Pietro, Domenico di Bartolo and a Santa Caterina by Iacopo della Quercia.
Our beautiful terraced gardens, one-of-a-kind within the entire city landscape, are also fully available to our guests who can enjoy the breath-taking far-reaching view of the ancient fourteenth-century walls and one of the crucial medieval city gates – Porta Pispini – at any time of the day. We will always guarantee privacy, elegance and uniqueness to any of your experience.

We are fully at your disposal to plan your wedding whether you want to celebrate it inside our private church or whether you want to rent the outdoor area in our terraced gardens.
Our team of experts will be a precious guide to help you discover a magical, exclusive space, full of surprises that will make your event special and unique.
The Church of San Raimondo al Refugio , a baroque jewel located in the heart of Siena, was founded in the early 1600s by the will of Aurelio Chigi who sponsored the artistic works of the entire iconographic cycle. The whole set of the pictorial decoration consists of three large altarpieces, accompanied by a series of smaller canvases. The iconographic sequence develops around the stories of San Galgano, Santa Caterina and San Raimondo di Pennafort. The true testimony of the Roman Baroque and of the counter-reformed iconographic tradition, the Church proudly preserves masterpieces by artists such as Rutilio Manetti, Francesco Vanni, Ventura Salimbeni and Sebastiano Folli.
All the figurative cycles are rearranged in an elegant array of frames, columns and pediments of polychrome marble with a very refined taste. The old rooms of the sacristy have also been renovated, where the precious sacred objects in silver have been placed, a table by Sano di Pietro, Domenico di Bartolo and a Santa Caterina by Iacopo della Quercia.
Our beautiful terraced gardens, one-of-a-kind within the entire city landscape, are also fully available to our guests who can enjoy the breath-taking far-reaching view of the ancient fourteenth-century walls and one of the crucial medieval city gates – Porta Pispini – at any time of the day. We will always guarantee privacy, elegance and uniqueness to any of your experience.

The premises of the refectory of the old boarding school have now been converted into a rich and heterogeneous museum that makes out of Refugio Estate an extraordinary historical residence.
Inside, you will find a picture gallery that houses a selection of seventeenth-century paintings owned by the Refugio Foundation. One section is dedicated entirely to the female history of the Conservatories and the remaining space is reserved for temporary exhibitions and the creations of the artists, residents at our estate.

Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, missals and extremely refined sacred vestments are just some of the art objects that our guests can admire in the halls of the museum.

Via del Refugio, 4 53100 Siena (IT)
+39 0577 236363
info@ilrefugio.com