The Sistine Chapel is, of course, home to the world’s most famous ceiling.
But, because it’s part of the Vatican – which attracts millions of curious tourists each year – its beauty can never truly be appreciated in the quiet solitude it deserves.
And, because they appear in the privacy of suites, they can be admired in perfect peace. They’re so beautiful guests may not even feel the need to look out of the windows.
Complete luxury: One of the Junior Executive Suites at the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, which has stunning ceilings
Ornate: A stoic statue forms part of the intricate fresco (left), while a cherubic child perches on a ledge
Adorned with detail: The stunning tapestries are also populated with images of colourful peacocks, pheasants and parrots
Stunning: The hotel’s dazzling Great Hall is an opulent collection of colours, textures and precious dawings
Laden with cultural references to Siena’s historic past, the remarkable suites are the ideal choice for a Tuscan adventure that’s all about art, beauty and luxury.
Located on the building’s first floor, which is the same level the aristocratic family who owned it once lived on, they offer a sophisticated style thanks to the ‘trompe d’oeil’ effects that simulate ancient marble columns and arches on the walls.
On them, peacocks and parrots perch while adding flashes of bright colours alongside stoic, ornate statues.
As if that wasn’t enough, the sky is also depicted on the vaulted ceiling for guests to stare at as they wake from a deep, restful sleep.
Who needs windows? The ‘trompe d’oeil’ effect simulates ancient marble columns and arches on the walls
Cloud nine: The sky is also depicted on the vaulted ceiling for guests to stare at as they wake from a deep, restful sleep. Pictured right is incredible artwork in a duplex suite
Decorated with sumptuous furniture pieces, including damask tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers and terracotta floors marked by 400 years of foot traffic, they simply ooze class.
And, naturally, no two suites are the same.
In fact, each of the 51 rooms has its own recognisable and inimitable identity – whether through the period furnishings or paintings, which bring to mind the atmosphere of days long past.
Staying in style: The rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and materials
Rich: Laden with cultural references to Siena’s past, the suites are the ideal choice for a Tuscan adventure that’s all about art
Making an entrance: The dramatic doorway into the Grand Hotel Continental’s reception (left) and outdoor dining, where a candlelit table for two awaits romantic guests
History: Rooms are enriched by a painstakingly assembled collection of precious antiques and paintings
This stunning design commitment is a remarkable undertaking and helps explain why The Grand Hotel Continental is considered one of Europe’s classiest venues.
Just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo, it is the only luxury five-star boutique hotel in the breath-taking centre of Siena.
Situated in a magnificent 17th-century palazzo, the hotel encapsulates the most exquisite Renaissance architecture, with priceless works of art and precious antiques thrown in for good measure.
To stay at the Grand Hotel Continental is to be immersed in a world of classic glamour
Traditional, yet contemporary: Originally designed for the tastes of the 17th-century aristocracy, it has since been updated
Dedicated to style: The hotel’s stunning design commitment is a remarkable undertaking and helps explain why it’s considered one of Europe’s classiest venues
Epic: A stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo, it is the only luxury five-star boutique hotel in the breath-taking centre of Siena