Borgo Santo Pietro
Babies and children of all ages are given a warm Italian welcome.
The Garden Suites are popular with families – each sleeps a family of four, has private gardens and two can be interconnected. Extra beds (€90) and cots (free) can also be added to suites.
There's a playground tucked away in the grounds, and a trampoline; and you can all hop on Borgo's mountain bikes to explore the river and forested land surrounding the hotel.
The free-form freshwater infinity pool is better for tranquil floating than dive-bombing, but you little ones are welcome to paddle, dip and swim under your supervision.
Children are welcome in the restaurant, and families with small children are thoughtfully placed where they won't feel uncomfortable about messy table manners – high chairs are provided. There's a kids menu, and chefs are happy to whip up your tiny gastronomers' favourites (providing they have the ingredients), including baby food made with fresh vegetables and fruit from Borgo's gardens. Fresh organic cow's milk is provided for baby's bottles, too.
Babysitters or nannies can be provided for €15 an hour (€18 in the evening).
No need to pack
Baby baths, changing mats and toys can be provided, and there's a steriliser you can use.
The cultural delights of Siena are a short drive away: besides Renaissance jewels such as the humbug-striped Duomo, Donatello-adorned baptistry and mediaveal Campo, there's the Children's Art Museum and, just beyond the Botanical Gardens, a whale skeleton at the Accademia dei Fisiocritici. Near the Accademia, the tiny park of Prato di Sant'Agostino has shaded benches, swings and fantastic city views.