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We are staying at Hotel Le Fontanelle just outside of Siena. We are planning to go to dinner outside of the hotel and wanted to know the best way to get from our hotel to restaurants 20-30 minutes away. Also any recommendations for great restaurants would be helpful as well.
Hotel Le Fontanelle is about 15 miles from Siena and, as it was once part of a country estate, is neither in or near a village. The nearest bus stop is about 1.5 miles away, along the lane which leads down from the hotel on top of the hill to the main road.
Bus 127 serves that bus stop (called 'BV Monti'), but as you can see from the timetables below, the service is devised for local people's needs, isn't frequent and certainly won't suit going out for evening meals....the last bus from Siena leaves at 1415 (2.15pm)
The only feasible alternative to renting a car is to use taxis, which won't be cheap. The hotel should be able to provide a local number, though it's unlikely that there are any taxi operators nearby.
From its website the hotel seems to fully aware of the difficulties for those without a car, offering its a concierge service for paid tours and car rental. It also offers a mountain bike hire and a daily (free but pre-booked) shuttle to Siena, leaving at 10 and returning at 4, which is fine for eating lunch but no use for evening meals.
If you don't want to rent a car but want to explore independently and eat at local restaurants I would suggest you choose a more easily accessible hotel. Hotel Le Fontanelle is no doubt lovely but it is rather isolated.
I would definitely rent a car. There are so many towns to explore in the area. I feel like you'd be missing out without a car.