Agriturismos in Italy: 2012
The Italian sun is particularly easy to enjoy when bathing in the hospitality of a rural farmhouse. What is your experience staying at Agriturismos in rural Italy? What is your favorite and why? Please include the REGION in the subject line.
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Cretaiole - Pienza, Tuscany
Cretaiole - perfect Tuscany! The Moricciani family is the epitome of hospitality and love of their countryside - the Valle d' Orcia. From Isa's "guide book" the excursions and meals included in your stay, there is something for EVERYONE. Want to sit with a glass of wine and just look over the Tuscan hills? Or take a drive down dirt roads exploring the tiny towns that make up Tuscany? or go wine tasting? or hear the monks chants? You can do it all - or nothing at all - and feel like you are leaving part of you behind when it is time to go home. We've been twice to Cretaiole...and are already planning our return.
Will and Karri Eggers
Fair Oaks, CA USA Sat 12/29/2012
Tuscany, Borgo Tranquilitta and Truffles
Vacation in September 2012 Whenever we plan a vacation, we always look for consensus. In making a decision, we have the following criteria in mind: comfortable, clean housing, privacy, far from all noise, nice view, close to cultural highlights, pleasant climate, swimming facility. Never before could we give such high marks to all these criteria than when we stayed in La Luna of Borgo Tranquilitta. Beautiful, old, very characteristic and clean cottage. Excellent beds. Splendid view. 'Heavenly' silence. Maximum privacy. Lovely swimming pool. So happy we were with this accommodation, that we spent more time relaxing here than visiting all the Tuscan cities we had planned to. We did, though, have many wonderful excursions including an amazing day of truffle hunting, cooking and lunch. It is probably the first time in our life we considered going back to a place where we stayed before. La Luna has stolen our hearts. Thanks to the owners (who live about 2 miles away) who really did go out of their way for us, making this more like home and not just a vacation. The owners in the area work together, too, so we had a good choice too. www.tuscancharm.co.uk
VALERY & MARTY
Fort Worth, TX USA Sun 12/09/2012
Agriturismo Fattoria di Vibio near Orvieto
Biggest ripoff. The manager changed rates at check-out. The food was over priced. Please stay far away from this place
Orange County, CA USA Sun 12/09/2012
Italy Farm Stay should not be missed! Pescosolido, Lazio, Province of Frosinone. Great food, friendly people, and amazing scenic beauty!
Italy Farm Stay is a must for those seeking the full Agriturismo experience! This is by far one of my favorite places to visit in Italy. It is exactly what it claims to be, a working farm, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Traveling to the farm from Rome takes some time, but I found that the instructions from the Italy Farm Stay Website were simple to follow, and got me where I need to be. The bus from Rome arrived at the Station in Sora, where after a quick call to Antonello, the van arrived to take me to the farm after less than ten minutes. Upon arrival, I found the room to be clean, with a comfortable bed, and plenty of space to not feel crowded. A hot meal after a full day of travelling is always a welcome sight, but this was a truly amazing collection of fresh garden vegetables and pasta, with fresh meat for those choosing the non-vegetarian option. Maria has an exceptional talent for creating flavorful meals from fresh ingredients, most coming from right there on the farm. Guests have the opportunity to enroll in cooking classes throughout the week, where Maria and Antonello give instruction for making fresh pasta and other fun creations. The food was definitely one of the highlights of my week on the farm. A couple of the rating categories, the pool and fitness center, don't exactly apply to the farm. If you are looking for a pool, I'm sure there is a resort in Italy that will have what you are seeking. The main water options that I found on my trip were the waterfall hike, offering some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and a lake outside of town, with exceptionally clear cold water, a suitable spot for brave travelers to have a swim on a hot day. The fitness center is absolutely not required in this area, with plenty of steep hills and mountains to challenge even the most physically fit individuals. One of the activities that I would recommend to someone in good to moderate physical condition is the trip to the abandoned village. We combined this with a stop at the bear sanctuary in Campoli on the way back to the farm. Antonello's outgoing Italian personality and historical narrative add excitement, fun, and a bit of adventure to this outing. I didn't go on the horseback riding excursion this time, but heard positive feedback from those who did, as we were all talking around the campfire at night. One of the most highly recommended activities, if a person has a day to spare, and is feeling up to the challenge of driving in Italy, is to rent a car in Sora and explore the National Park. Antonello can arrange for the car rental in town, which will provide the freedom for some unguided exploration of the surrounding area. I was able to easily find three other travelers to share in the expense of the car, and keep me company on my journey through the Abruzzo National Park. With a basic map, the trip was very easy, and well worth the cost of the car and fuel. The first stop we made was at a cute little hilltop town named Opi. It was like walking into a postcard, with the narrow winding cobblestone streets, historical buildings, and views of surrounding valleys and mountain towns. After exploring Opi, we drove on toward Lago di Barrea, where we found a little roadside restaurant with an outside dining option. After passing the lake, we ended the day in Barrea, a picturesque hillside town with a pleasant cafe overlooking the lake, and some fine espresso to sip while enjoying the view. I highly recommend Italy Farm Stay as a place to get away from city life, explore nature, and meet travelers from all over the world looking to do the same! However, remember that it is a working farm, with dirt and mud at times, animals with the accompanying noises and unique scents, and the need to walk a bit farther in order to get to town. On a final note, take the bareback horse ride around the yard when Giuseppe offers, as it is a highlight of what is sure to be an amazing experience at the farm.
Portland, Oregon USA Tue 11/27/2012
Casina Valloreci, Tuscany
Perfect!!! Casina Valloreci was absolutely perfect. Our host, Angelo, has definitely put his heart into making the stone cottage a home away from home. The photographs on the internet show exactly what you get. There is no exaggerating the beauty and warmth that is portrayed in the images of this agriturimo. It was very clean, the bed was amazingly comfortable (which we cannot say about most places we stayed in Italy) and the location was perfect. Valloreci was located off the beaten path but was close enough to Highway A that we were able to take day trips to Sienna, Montepulciano, Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio. There were so many other small hill towns that we wanted to visit but ran out of time. However, there are so many within a reasonable distance of Casinia Valloreci.
When we arrived at Casina Valloreci, Angelo had a plate of crackers, mozzarella cheese with olive oil, tomatoes and basil, a bottle of wine and a tasty cake waiting for us in case we had not eaten. He made our dinner reservations at a wonderful restaurant in Castelmuzio the night of our arrival. When we arrived at the restaurant he had a glass of champagne waiting at our table. One evening we arrived back at Valloreci very late and there was a bottle of wine sitting on the table outside our door with a note telling us to enjoy the rest of our evening. He emailed us when we got home to make sure we had a great time. He was an absolutely perfect host who gave us privacy when we wanted it but was always available for questions when we needed him.
We exchanged emails with Angelo several times before our arrival to request that he help us set up a private tour around the wineries and small hill towns. We had a car but we wanted one day that we did not have to drive ourselves in case we tasted to much of the Tuscany wines. He emailed us several times asking questions and getting specifics so that he could make our day perfect, and it was. Our private guide Elario from Il Postalino della Vald' Orcia was very, very accommodating. He stopped when we wanted to take pictures. He took care of details like making sure he had water for us to drink in the van and that we were not rushed while exploring Bagno Vignoni, Sant' Antimo Abbey, Montalcino and San Quirico D'Orcia. He dropped us off in Pienza for dinner and more exploring. Angelo scheduled it so that he could pick us up when we finished our incredible dinner at a wonderful location picked out by Angelo and reserved by him. Angelo took care of so many details that we would have been lost trying to do ourselves.
I can't say enough about our stay at Casina Valloreci but I can say that we would stay here again, we would recommend it to everyone and it is our plan to see Angelo again and enjoy another romantic, peaceful week in this Tuscan gem.
Howell, MI USA Sun 11/18/2012
Wonderful stay in Tuscany at Il Molinello
Il Molinello crew,
Mille grazie for the bountiful stay in Albicocco, especially for - breakfast that was largely grown or produced from things in the back yard or a maximum 50km away, as far as i know (especially the jams). that was special - the shower in the apartment albicocco. Any better and i wouldn't have left it for breakfast - Alessandro, your time and passion for introducing a variety of red wines from Montepulciano, Montalcino, Colli Senesi and Chianti Classico. - the advantageous starting point for day trips to Val d'Orcio and Siena from Il Molinello
Phoenix, AZ USA Thu 11/15/2012
Tuscany - Crete Senesi - Il Molinello
Our best vacation ever! My husband and I stayed for a week in July 2012 at Il Molinello and it was our base for cycling day trips through the Chianti region, the Crete Sensesi and Cortona. Sandro and his wife Elise are the proprietors and Sandro is a bike guide as well as a sommelier. We hired Sandro to guide us on four of our trips and it was fabulous. He is a terrific guide; knowledgeable, friendly, funny and all around great company. Couldn't have asked for better. On the days we went solo he provided us with detailed maps and instructions...so easy. We loved our apartment (newly renovated) with our own kitchen and living space and patio just off the pool. It felt like home. Sandro and Elise are wonderful hosts and helped with advice on restaurants and other sightseeing suggestions. We also enjoyed the wine tasting sessions that Sandro hosted. A truly wonderful vacation and one we will remember fondly for a long time...until we go back! www.molinello.com
Marie France Portaro
Portland, ME USA Thu 11/15/2012
There are many gushing reviews of Isabella and Carlo's accommodations, but I will try to give you some additional perspective. We stayed in Casa Moricciani in Castelmuzio in the Primo Mobile apartment for 2 weeks in September (2 of the 9 weeks we spent in Italy). Of all our accommodations, this was the best and worth every penny.
The HOME is truly a home and decorated impeccably with a balance of old world materials and modern conveniences. I love to cook and enjoyed the chef's kitchen (and having real chefs cook for us there as well). Everything is 5-star luxury, from the linens and furniture and comforts. The travel cot Isabella provided for my 2-year old son had the thickest mattress I had ever seen. She provided some children's books as well.
The VIEWS are breathtaking. We enjoyed every breakfast and dinner on the lovely patio soaking in the amazing views of Pienza, Montepulciano, and Montalcino.
The VILLAGE is magical. The locals are friendly and active, the playground is a few minutes walk away, and the grocery store down some steps. Its proximity to Pienza (another wonderful town) is excellent. I'm a big Rick Steve's fan, but I think he gives Pienza an inaccurate description. I would return here again and again.
The SERVICE is beyond compare. Daily "light" maid service was full service from my perspective. They washed our laundry a few times a week and returned them perfectly folded in baskets wrapped with ribbon. The cleanliness was over the top. Words cannot fully describe Isabella and Carlo. They are the most wonderful people welcoming you into their home and thinking of everything. Isabella has compiled an amazing binder of the area restaurants, sights, etc. and organizes weekly activities in which you must partake. We are not "big tour" people and Isabella went out of her way to arrange some private tours as well as wonderful larger events – we enjoyed all. The pici lesson will forever be with us. Carlo was extremely patient with my mediocre Italian and it was a highlight for our family when every other morning Carlo arrived with some pastry treats and I attempted to converse. Also, the olive oil tasting lesson was magnificent. Carlo is truly an exceptional professional olive oil taster. We learned so much and tested our olive oil skills in Sicily and nailed the blind tasting. We learned from the best. My son loved the tractor ride as well.
It's very difficult to find all of these qualities in a single accommodation. You will truly experience the warmth of the Italian culture and it will be balanced based on your goals for your vacation.
Trina Van Pelt
Mill Valley, CA USA Sat 11/10/2012
Orvieto, Umbria - Antica Olivaia - A relaxing retreat
My absolute favorite stop on my ten day travel throughout Italy was our stop in Orvieto at Antica Olivaia! We were on our way from Florence to Rome and we stopped there to relax for 2 nights. Daniella and Marco were marvelous hosts. The house is beautiful, big, very clean, and quiet (we slept 11.5 hours the first night!). It's about a 15 minute drive from the train station and old town of Orvieto, a perfect distance for a day trip to the town to explore the historic town and caves or just relax by the pool. Daniella and Marco speak perfect English and made us some delicious traditional food. We also got a good education on olive oil and wine! The views are outstanding (atop a hill and looks down onto Orvieto). What makes this place so special is the comfortable, welcoming atmosphere that Daniella and Marco provide. They work hard and it really shows! Can't recommend enough!
Newport, RI USA Thu 11/08/2012
Umbria Agriturismo Frallarenza
We loved Agriturismo Frallarenza, near Orvieto. We were 3 women staying in the "small apartment", which was a perfect size. The owners, Francesco and Serena, have the gift of ensuring your needs are met (and exceeded) but allow you to explore and enjoy on your own, while they tend to the hard work of running a farm. Their kindness, enthusiasm and passion for what they do is apparent.The apartment was enhanced with family furniture and hand made ceramics and weavings by Serena. Enjoying the bounty of the land, such as their newly pressed olive oil, fresh fruit eggs, as well as Serena's treats were a highlight. The house is solar powered, and there was always hot water and heat when needed. (We were there in a warm late October, but the nights and mornings were cool.) Francesco spent unhurried time with us, giving us ideas and maps for our day trips. We stayed for 4 nights, but wished we had more time to slow down and savor Frallarenza. The setting among the groves and the Umbrian hills was magical. Highly recommended!
Jacksonville, FL USA Tue 11/06/2012
Heaven in Tuscany
We stayed at Borgo Argenina in early October 2012. The owner, Elena, is a wonderful hostess. She thought of everything when restoring her beautiful hamlet. I have to say that staying at this beautiful place was the highlight of our trip. We loved the night we cooked with Elena in her big kitchen with 10 other guests. It was a very special experience. Our villa was clean and comfortable. The view of the vineyards and gardens from the patio and breakfast room were beautiful! Elena truly makes you feel at home and you feel like you have known her all your life! Thank you Elena for a truly wonderful Tuscan experience! We can't wait to come back and visit with you again.
Millstadt, IL USA Mon 11/05/2012
Veneto Plain -- La Dolfinella
La Dolfinella is a great Agriturismo located in Rosa, just south of Bassano del Grappa, about 40 kilometers east and north of Venice. It is an ideal spot from which to make day trips to Padova, Vicenza, Verona/Lake Garda, the Valpolicella and Prosecco wine roads and the Dolomites. The Brenta Riviera, with gorgeous Palladian villas, many open for visits, is spectacular, as are the fortified hill towns of Asolo, Castelfranco, Marostica and many others.
La Dolfinella is a rustic farmhouse complex with dedicated breakfast and dining areas. The rooms, 13 total are spacious, clean and offer fantastic views of the Veneto plain.
Breakfast is included and offers juice, cereals, homemade pastries, toast, espresso and milk. Dinner is optional [INVALID] but don't miss Ruggero's home cooking with 4 course meals [INVALID] antipasto, first and second courses, dessert, and espresso with grappa or limoncello afterwards! All of the foods are local, all grown at the farm. Wonderful sorpressa and salami, cheeses, homemade pasta and risottos, veal and fowl entrees are served. On weekends, buses of tourists come for lunch, but those will be the only crowds you see.
The Zambon family speaks some English, and all are wonderful, delightful hosts. Their website is: www.ladolfinella.it Miria Zambon made a rather difficult reservation for us at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova, no easy task from the US. They made every effort to ensure our comfort.
We highly recommend La Dolfinella!
Edmonds, WA USA Thu 11/01/2012
Casina Valloreci (near Sinalunga)
We just returned from a fabulous 6-night stay during our honeymoon at Casina Valloreci, a charming little stone cottage (just the right size for two) on a villa in the middle of olive groves. Casina is located near Sinalunga [INVALID] a central location that allowed us to easily day-trip to Siena and many other towns in Southern Tuscany.
The cottage had everything we needed, including a full kitchen, and was very comfortable [INVALID] plenty of hot water, a cozy bed, and lots of personal touches. We were sad to miss out on the beautiful swimming pool during our mid-October trip, but others who come during the summer would certainly enjoy it! The grounds are also lovely, with beautiful views in every direction.
From the moment we arrived, host Angelo went out of his way to make us feel welcome, with a fresh-baked cake, champagne, and other goodies. We were initially worried that we might run out of things to do in scenic but quiet Tuscan hill country, but Angelo had great suggestions for activities (wine tour, lunch at a working farm, nearby hot springs, etc.) that helped us slow down, savor the countryside, and relax! He hand-drew maps to all our activities to help us navigate, and we didn't get lost once. Angelo also gives the best tips for restaurants [INVALID] follow his advice and you won't be disappointed!
One tip for future travelers is that there are scented candles and down bedding at Casina Valloreci [INVALID] we enjoyed these homey comforts, but if you have allergies you might want to ask Angelo to remove them ahead of time (which I'm sure he would be happy to do, as he is very attentive to his guests).
All in all, we had a terrific time and would definitely return in the future! Grazie, Angelo!
Seattle, WA USA Sun 10/28/2012
Antica Olivaia: Umbria
We left Orvieto, and literally bumped into a group of 3 couples at Civita di Bagnoregio. After chatting for a few minutes, they called the agritourismo and we were able to make arrangements for a 2 night stay. What a bonus (and relief) to find out that both of our hosts speak fluent English. After spending the rest of the day together, we all arrived at Antica Olivaia to be enthusiastically greeted by Marco and Daniela, our gracious hosts. We immediately felt welcome in their easy-going family atmosphere. Marco took us on a tour of the grounds, including the pool area, organic garden, rows of olive trees and provided us with spectacular vistas as well as Orvieto, in the distance. After a long day of touring, we were treated to delicious snacks and local wines. The dinners we elected to eat together in the dining room did not disappoint. More importantly, allowances were made for our vegetarian preferences. Our bedroom, with ensuite bathroom, was comfortable, attractive, spacious and allowed for yet another breathtaking view of our beautiful surroundings. Waking up in the quiet, with chirping birds, rooster in the distance, only enhanced a peaceful night's sleep. We highly recommend Antica Olivaia!
Joe & Lona Lapin
Montreal, Quebec Canada Sat 10/27/2012
Poggicalle Agriturismo near San Gimignano
Poggiacalle was an excellent experience. The accomodations & breakfast were very nice. The 360 degree views were incredible. Stefano the owner was very welcoming & helpful from the minute we inquired about reservations until the minute we left. We had the Lovanda apt between 2 couples & it was very nice to have the extra living space, altho the rooms & bathrooms were very spacious on their own. We would highly recommend this agriturismo for anyone.
Pasco, WA USA Sat 10/27/2012
We took your advice and booked a weeks stay at Cretaiole near Pienza. We had a great time. USA and Carlo run a beautiful operation in a beautiful setting. Rooms were large and comfortable and our hosts offered many interesting adventures or just a lovely spot to relax. We'll certainly return and bring our family.
Bill von Glahn
Tulsa, OK USA Wed 10/24/2012
Castelmuzio! Between Siena and Montepulciano
My wife and I stayed at Casa Moricciani in August for a week and could not have asked for a better experience. Isabella and Carlo were exceptional hosts and truly made our stay in Tuscany a memorable one. Our villa was nothing short of spectacular, everything from furnishings to the view were 5 star. Its worth pointing out that our bathroom had possibly the best shower we have ever seen. We could not recommend staying here more highly. Apart from wanting to stay longer there was nothing more we could have asked for. If you want to experience Tuscany in all it's glory then you must stay here.
Sydney, NSW Australia Sat 10/20/2012
Le Casine di Castello
My husband, my son and I had a week at the house, Il Cielo, Le Casine di Castello. It was an absolute highlight of our holiday!! We had a wonderful time, met some fantastic people and learnt so much about the life in Tuscany, olive oil tasting and wine tasting! The accomodation was lovely, it felt like home. We were certainly spoilt by Isobella and her family!
Brisbane, QLD Australia Sat 10/06/2012
Agriturismo near Pienza Italy, Tuscany
We stayed at Casina Valloreci in Trequanda for a few days on our honeymoon and we could not have had a better time! It was everything we were looking for. This is a gorgeous property on a working farm with amazing views of the Tuscan countryside. It is quiet and relaxing and every inch is filled with rustic charm. We stayed in the cottage and it was so comfortable, it really felt like home. There was even a nice hair dryer in the bathroom! The owner, Angelo, has put so much attention into every detail and you can tell he really loves what he does. As soon as we met him, he was incredibly welcoming and we were greeted with a bottle of prosecco and a delicious pie.
In addition to Casina Valloreci being such a wonderful place to stay, you get the added benefit of Angelo's knowledge of the area. Our first night he made us reservations at a restaurant in town and it was literally the best meal we had in Italy. It was unbelievable. He also arranged a wine tour and lunch at a Montepulciano vineyard that was fantastic. To top it off, he even gave us restaurant recommendations for Rome where we were headed next!
I would not hesitate to return to Casina Valloreci. You really don't have to plan any activities before you go. The location is great and there is so much to do close by. My only regret is that we did not spend more time there!
New York, NY USA Wed 10/03/2012
Il Molinello, a slice of heaven on Earth
Not only is Il Molinello stunningly beautiful and peaceful, but part of it has been there since the 13th century, when it was a water mill. The owners have lovingly restored it, and there's a plexiglass window in the floor of their living room that looks down on a storeroom from the old mill. The grounds are separated into "rooms" where you can wander or sit or visit the chickens and the large vegetable garden. The breakfast has to be seen to be believed; the homemade bread and cakes, pecorino cheese and the apricot yogurt were absolutely spectacular. We visited a gorgeous monastery nearby with its old wine cellar; a modern, well-appointed spa; and the picturesque towns of Pienza and Bagna Vignoni. Pretty walks from Il Molinello take you to spectacular views. Cycling through the region is also phenomenal. One particular road provides a heart-pounding descent and the Crete (clay). (Ask Sandro - he knows those roads like the lines on his hand.) Sandro, Elisa and their children are the real Tuscany 100% and on all levels. I cannot wait to return.
Newport, VT USA Mon 10/01/2012
Agriturismo near Pienza Italy, Tuscany
Our experience staying at Cretaiole agriturismo in Tuscany was fantastic. It was just 10 min. from Pienza. My sister and her husband had stayed there last year. The family is charming, Isa is highly organized, has put together comprehensive guest information and will orient you to the surroundings. You also experience the beauty of their own family life. They incorporate you into whatever activities you choose to participate in. We chose a monastery tour and dinner, as well as a winery tour in Montepulciano. Top notch! Everyone is welcomed to the property that has the farm, the pecorino cheese aging process, the olive oil production and family wine production, and gets the tour and are allowed to purchase their products if desired. All guests can learn to make pici pasta, do an olive oil tasting. All the guests are treated like family and if you are there at Cretaiole at night, you might receive a special visit from the grandfather Luciano and he will share his special vin santo with you, and maybe even a dance or two. Charming, charming! Worth the week long stay. Easy drive to see hilltowns in the area such as Castelmuzio, Montepulciano and more! Views from agriturismo are spectacular. Cried when we had to leave here. Highly recommend! Book ahead!!
Brier, WA USA Sun 09/30/2012
A true value for money experience demanding for more We recently stayed a week in La Bruciata. As was the case in 2010 when we stayed for the first time, we had excellent holidays. When you are asking yourself why you should book your holidays in La Bruciata, may we convince you with the following arguments: • First of all the great hospitality and the permanent stand ready to help and make your stay as pleasant as possible of Laura and her mother Marisa is the main argument for choosing la Bruciata. • La Bruciata is very well located nearby Montepulciano (only a few kilometers from the town). Other beautiful cities like Pienza are nearby. • As it is located on the countryside it offers you a very quiet and beautiful surrounding with a view on the lovely landscape in the south of Tuscany. • The infrastructure offered is complete with large and comfortable apartments equipped with a kitchen in case you want to cook yourself. The swimming pool invites you for a swim when coming back from the visits of the well know places in this part of Tuscany, which we think to be the most attractive of Tuscany. • The breakfast is excellent with daily made local small dishes, all kind fresh fruits , self-baked cakes and self-made marmalades, yoghurts and the Italian cappuccino. • An important advantage of La Bruciata, compared to a lot of other agriturismi, is the possibility to have dinner (all days except on Sunday) at a very democratic price with homemade wine which is really good. The dinner itself is from a high standard with an antipasti, a first course, second course, dessert and a cappuccino and can certainly be compared from a quality point of view with a good restaurant except that it is cheaper (Laura's mother Marisa has worked several years in a restaurant!). • La Bruciata is located near a walking path going from Montepulciano to the nice medieval village Monticchiello (total distance from Montepulciano to Monticchiello is about 18 KM). La Bruciata is located directly near this path (nearer to Montepulciano than to Monticchiello) in such a way that you can easily walk within a few hours as well to Montepulciano as to Monticchiello. We did the walk to both locations and back with my mother (age 75) which indicates that the walks are not too demanding. Conclusion: La Bruciata offers you a true value for money experience demanding for more of the same. Arlette and Roland
Montepulcianio, loc. Poggiano, Tuscan italy Thu 09/27/2012
Agriturismo La Bruciata, 5 min from Montepulciano
This place is the best! We were here for one week in June 2012 and Laura and her family made us feel right at home. The grounds were beautiful, very well taken care of, and the pool was a big plus. Breakfast every morning was a true delight, there was always a surprise cake or torte! The best espresso and cappuccinos! I wouldn't stay anywhere else. Definitely hope to make it back.
Philadelphia, PA USA Sat 09/22/2012
Beoordeling Casina Valloreci
For the second time in two years we visited Casina Valloreci. When we left last year we already knew that we would comeback, and so we did.
When we left home this year we were wondering how it would be for the second time. Would it be heaven again or would the expectations be too high?
As soon as we arrived we knew that this was homecoming, as if we hadn't been away.
Angelo gave us a warm welcome and showed us proudly the renovated appartment with the new kitchen in the cosy conservatory.
Again, Angelo was the perfect host together with Humberto, Helena and Antonio. Always helpful and showing personal interest. He even accompanied us when we went to buy
original Tuscan terracotta.
The garden and the pool were wonderful (and clean!) and while reading we saw the deer passing by.
At the end of the two weeks there was a big party with Italian and Dutch friends and we were introduced as the friends from Holland, which made us very proud.
When we left we knew we would meet again.
Angelo, Humberto, Helena and Antonio, thank you very much for your hospitality
Petroio, Tuscan Italy Wed 09/19/2012
Cinqua terre, Corniglia
We just left agritourismo barrani in Corneligia. The region is incredible, but the lodging earns a four dead fish rating! Room was the taj ma small. Bed was small, bedspread threadbare and none too clean. He advertised a private bath, but we had to share with 12 billion mildew spores in the shower. Mildew must be his cash crop, because he certainly didn't seem to be growing anything else. The water was intermittent, and the temperature was as hard to control as a two year old in toys r us. He advertised AC. The room had a control, but no vents anywhere. Breakfast was provided somewhat grudgingly, the coffee was sludge, but the jam was good. However, there was a terrific little snack bar called Er Posu cafe. We just spent ten days in Vienna, and this guy had the BEST cappuccino we'd had. Friendly service and warm, fresh croissants, too. He has a website www.erposucafe.it We love your book! We went to the cafe Miky in montorossa yesterday. Terrific! Still great food, service and atmosphere. They also had the only menu with a good english translation.
Gainesville, Fl USA Fri 09/14/2012
Borgo Tranquilli Cottage in Tuscany
We really enjoyed our short stay here. The friendliness and kindness started well before we arrived, lots of information and helping us feel relaxed about our first trip to Europe.
The renovated village has been restored very well while still maintaining the 'old world' charm of a rustic farmhouse. Inside the village there are three units. I think there are two two-bedroom units, and three-bedroom unit. The owners are very friendly and the basket of bread, olive oil and wine were a nice touch.
There is a private terrace area for each unit and the pool is, of course, shared. The time of year we traveled didn't allow us to use the pool but it looked very inviting! The olive groves and garden areas around the village make a very tranquil setting. The furniture was in good shape and comfortable.
Very clean with enough pots, pans and dishes for us to live here comfortably for the week.
The main bedroom was good size with a double bed and the smaller single bedroom was perfect. Bathroom was small but again more than adequate for our needs. The kitchen area is fine for three people. There is a stove, refrigerator, sink, coffee maker toaster etc. All the basics you need are there - the larger cottage has a much larger kitchen and dining area. We were invited by our "neighbors" for a glass of wine and to take a look around.
Of course, the general location provided some marvelous views of the distant town and the surrounding countryside. A very tranquil setting. The white road is a little long, but worth the journey. www.tuscancharm.co.uk
Harvey and Jan
St Louis, MO USA Wed 09/05/2012
Agriturismo Cretaiole, Pienza
The Cretaiole agriturismo near Pienza and the hospitality of the Moricciani family is absolutely fabulous! You will not be disappointed.
Olds, AB USA Wed 09/05/2012
Agriturismo La Bruciata Montepulciano
We have been staying in agriturismos for the last 10 years regularly. The very best was La Bruciata in Montepulciano. Fantastic location, quiet, friendly owners family, best breakfast we ever had. We shall return. Very recommended.
Prague, Czech Republic Tue 09/04/2012
La Bruciata!! A wonderful place to stay in the gently rolling hills just outside of Montepulciano. We expected nice accommodations, but we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the grounds and the warmth of our hostess! Perfect for a family or couples traveling together.
Orlando, FL USA Mon 09/03/2012
After much research, I choose La Bruciata because it included a welcome dinner and breakfasts every morning. The food was authentic and totally enjoyed by all of us. Laura and her family take extra care in the preparation and presentation of all of the homemade delicacies, including many items produced on the farm. The setting was so beautiful with all of her roses in full bloom! We made convenient day trips to several hill towns and even Siena, enjoying the many wineries along the way! Laura was very helpful with any information that we needed for our excursions. The rooms were delightful, very clean and the two bathrooms were a real treat. I would love to return to La Bruciata and would highly recommend it.
Alfred, NY USA Thu 08/30/2012
Tuscany's Cretaiole (near Pienza) is Wonderful
We spent an absolutely wonderful 10 days at Cretaiole in early April. We we're hooked when we saw their website. But we fell in love with the place the moment we arrived. Our stay there was better than we could have ever imagined. Isabella, Carlo, Luciano are so wonderful. The accomodations were perfect for our family of four.
As Issabella explained to us, the land around Pienza was just starting to wakeup at that time. More beautiful and picturesque than I ever could have imagined. Taking part in the Pici pasta making, artisan and farm tours as well as life in Pienza were truly special parts of our stay.
The hospitality makes staying at Cretaiole exceptional. For the time that you are there, you feel as if you are part of their family. While we enjoyed getting to know the Pienza, we enjoyed getting to know the Moricciani family more. Luciano is enchanting and made a special connection with each of us. His grappa and vin santo were spectacular. They took such an active interest in each member of the family. We all felt special. They are so caring and helpful. We will absolutely return for another stay!
Some quick tips: Buy freshly-made pasta in the local pasta shop in town and then prepare it at your apartment at Cretaiole. There's a wonderful little grocery store (the Coop) in Pienza. Also, make sure you purchase some of the family's wine at their farm for use during your stay. Very good and very affordable.
Tacoma, WA USA Thu 08/23/2012
Fabulous Stay at La Crociona in Montalcino
We just returned from a trip to Tuscany where we stayed at La Crociona in Montalcino. Barbara, her lovely assistant Giulia, and Barbara's father, Paulo, made us all feel so welcome and comfortable. Our apartment was roomy, clean and efficient. The estate is gorgeous. The surrounding countryside is beautiful as well. And the wine - especially the Crociato Nero - is delicious.
Elk Grove, CA USA Fri 08/03/2012
Let me add my vote for the joy of staying with Francesco and Serena at Agritourismo Frallarenza! The apartment was beautiful and comfortable; Francesco and Serena are absolutely delightful; the location is ideal; and I enjoyed every minute of my stay. I'm planning to return next year.
Ohio USA Sun 07/29/2012
Casa Moricciani Castelmuzio Italy Tuscany
Casa Moricciani was a dream come true. My husband and I traveled to Italy for our 20th wedding anniversary. We are already planning to return next year. You will not be disappointed If you love to be pampered and meet great people traveling through Tuscan-this is the place Take advantage of the great food, wine and learn about olive oil Read no further and book any of the 3 properties that Isabella and Carlo have My husband and I stayed at Casa Moricciani and loved it I love to be pampered when I travel. Casa Moricciani is a paradise located in a small town of Castelmuzio in the province of Tuscany You will love it..
Chapel Hill, NC USA Wed 07/18/2012
Casina Valloreci in Petroio
We arrived at Casina Valloreci July 1, and our seven days there were unforgettable and better than we could ever have imagined.
After reading so many good reviews, we wondered how it would "really" be there...We could not have had better accomodations, or a better host than Angelo. He made our stay perfect in everyway, helping us with numerous questions, directions, reservations...He was always available, but only if we needed him.
The cottage is decorated beautifully and has everything you could need and more. We cooked dinner several times in the well equipped kitchen and ate outdoors in the dining area with twinkly lights overhead.
The property is landscaped beautifully and meticulously maintained. The full sized pool is beautiful, crystal clear, and is just what is needed after a long hot day of exploring mountain towns.
We cannot thank Angelo enough for making our first trip to Italy so wonderful and we hope others will enjoy a magical stay at Casina Valloreci as we did.
Linda and Wally
Kelseyville, CA USA Wed 07/18/2012
Fastastico La Bruciata
We stayed at La Bruciata for 2 weeks in July 2010. The facilities at this agriturismo are great - free wi-fi access, laundry facilities and the accommodations are fantastic to say the least. Bicycles you can use to explore the country roads around the farmhouse.
The owners take such good care of you. Nothing is too much to ask. They offer a great breakfast spread every morning that uses their own produce from the farm and the complimentary welcome meal is a really lovely touch.
Laura and Marisa go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We had a family reunion there and had an outstanding time. We had so many laughs and happy times.
We would highly recommend La Bruciata for an outstanding agriturismo experience in Tuscany
Toronto, ON Canada Sun 07/15/2012
Casina Valloreci in Tuscany
On Sunday the 22nd of June we arrived in this hidden paradise in Southern Tuscany. We were warmly welcomed by Angelo and showed around in the little house that would become our home for the next 7 days. "Regard yourself as the owner" and it really felt that way. The Casina is a Bed&Breakfast, but has also a fully equipped kitchen. So you are perfectly able to cook your own meals. Which is not necessary because of all the nice restaurants in the neighbourhood, where Angelo will gladly make reservations for you. The Casina is situated in a beautiful, tasteful layed out garden with a magnificent view over the hills, Castelmuzzio and Petroio. It is splendidly decorated with all sorts of antiques and curiosity. A good bed and good sanitary. We loved the bathroom; it looks like a little boudoir. Not to mention the hidden kitchen! In the garden you have the large swimming pool all to yourself. There is a shower hidden in a jasmine bush, which spreads a lovely scent while showering. On the several terraces are deckchairs in the sun and in the shadow.............to dwell pleasantly at every moment of the day ( and night). However beautiful the Casina and the spot may be, above all our stay in Valloreci was unforgettable because of the hospitality, the humour and the attentive helpfulness of our hosts Angelo and Umberto. One night we improvised a table next to the Casina. The next day this 'table' was replaced by a real one. Just to mention an example. Our week in the Casina Valloreci was much too short! We will keep many beautiful memories of our stay there and we will certainly come back!
Jop and Wilma
Ermelo, Select The Netherlands Sat 07/14/2012
La Bruciata in Tuscany, near Montepulciano
We spent a week of our holiday in Italy in 2011 in Agriturismo "La Bruciata". It was a great place to stay because of the nice and clean appartment, the good location (quiet and close to Montepulciano and with good walking possibilities to Montepulciano and Monticchiello) and the lovely swimming pool with a view on Montepulciano in the distance. But also because of the nice reception, good, honest Tuscan food and more perfect care by Laura and her mother.
Eindhoven, Netherlands Thu 07/12/2012
Beautiful Cretaiole in Val d'Orcia
Cretaiole is wonderful.
The Moricciani family share their life and love and are generous with both. All of Tuscany is beautiful, but Cretaiole is more. It is more because of Isabella, Carlo and Luciano and the rest of his adoring family.
They have cared for the land and culture of this area for many years. Although Luciano and Carlo speak very little English, their generosity with all they have make words unnecessary. When they serve you their excellent wine, incredible cheese, farm-raised meats and vegetables and marvelous olive oil, they are handing you their hearts. Isabella interprets anything that needs interpretation. She organizes, teaches, guides, and tells tales of life in Pienza and Cretaiole. She is beautiful, laughs easily, and her enthusiasm for life is contagious.
And yet, if you want to be alone, you can be. There is no pressure to engage in any activity, but many lovely experiences are available. There is peace and quiet, and there is wine and merriment. What more can one want?
New Market, AL USA Sat 07/07/2012
La Crociona, Montalcino, Tuscany
We could not have had a more wonderful stay at La Crociona. The property is beautiful, relaxing, and everything one might imagine a trip to the Tuscan Hills to be. We stayed a week, and, by the time we left, we felt as if we were family as well as friends. We especially enjoyed our cooking class taught by Fiorella with her assistants Marissa and Maria. The class was followed by a most memorable family meal, which set the tone for the rest of our visit. Our apartment was clean and inviting, offered beautiful views and a stovetop espresso maker with espresso to fill it. We had all the amenities we needed for an extremely comfortable week in Tuscany. The agriturismo's central location made it possible for us to take day trips by rental car to Siena, the beach, and several other points of interest in the region. The town of Montalcino provided wonderful sights, interesting shops, and delightful restaurants during our visit. Wine lovers will particularly enjoy tasting, buying, and drinking the great red wines, particulary the brunello, made by the family on the property. We highly recommend this excellent estate for its location, value, and personal attention. We have only fond memories and hope to stay at La Crociona during our next visit to Tuscany.
Michael and Linda
Kingston, TN USA Tue 07/03/2012
La Bruciata, Montepulciano, Toscana
La Bruciata is located at a very beautiful place just outside Montepulciano. The place is very well maintained with nice flowers. The swimming pool is marvellous. The appartments are very nice and furnished with lots of taste. The owners, Laura and her family, serve a very good breakfast with homemade jam, cakes, fruits and other delicacies. Their cooking is also excellent - classic Italian style and local specialties like Pisci. A lovely place to enjoy the best time in the year!
Dortmund, Germany Sun 07/01/2012
Borgo Argenina-Elena Nappa's B&B in Tuscany
My wife and I recently returned from sixteen days in Italy and we had many great experiences, but when telling friends about our trip, we talk more about our time with Elena Nappa at Borgo Argenina than any other part. This special person and the wonderful place she created from the 1000 year old hamlet in the hills of Tuscany stands out.
Based on comments in Rick Steves' guidebook and other information we gathered when planning the trip, I was expecting something different and special, but nothing that would compare with the reality. Almost immediately upon arriving and seeing the place and meeting Elena, I began thinking about how we might change our travel plans to spend more time there. It is a beautiful place on a hill surrounded by vineyards and more hills topped with ancient castles and tiny villages. From there, you can see for many miles and a camera pointed in any direction will capture a postcard image.
The buildings were restored by Elena and her team with meticulous attention to detail that preserved the rustic design and features. They are surrounded with gardens filled with flowering plants that were just starting to bloom during our stay in May. The inside is as beautiful as the outside, both rustic and sophisticated at the same time. Being there is like being within a work of art. The hamlet is located in the heart of the Chianti region, a short distance from a scenic road that winds its way through unspoiled countryside. It is very quiet and provided a welcome retreat from the busy streets of Rome where we started our trip. But, while remote and secluded, you can be in Siena enjoying a glass of wine on Il Campo in less than 30 minutes.
As special as the place is, Elena herself may be the most special and unique part of the Borgo Argenina experience. When we arrived, we were welcomed like we were family and I soon knew what she meant when she wrote earlier saying "just come and I will take care of you." She certainly did that! She spent hours with us in her kitchen telling us all about the history of the region and helping us plan our stay. We are looking forward to another visit to Borgo Argenina and more good times spent with Elena.
Atlanta, GA USA Sat 06/30/2012
We loved Casa Moricciani in Castelmuzio, tts incredible. The house is beautiful and in the most amazing setting and Isabella and Carlo who run it are fantastic and will ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. Just book it, trust me.
London, UK Wed 06/27/2012
The Agriturismo Frallarenza was wonderful; primarily because of our hosts, Francesco and Serena. The place was beautiful. We stayed in the large apartment with three bedrooms, a loft, two bathrooms and fully equiped kitchen. We took a cooking class with both hosts sharing family recipes. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Sunnyvale, Calif USA Tue 06/26/2012
We stayed at the most wonderful agriturismos you could ever hope for. The Agriturismo Frallarenza is splendid. The location a few miles from Orvieto offers the best location for the many hill towns and the people that run it can not be matched. They are folks that you instantly fall in love with. If you are looking for a perfect place to stay check them out.
Sunnyvale, C USA Sun 06/24/2012
Cinque Terre, Monterosso--Uliveto nel Parco
We stayed at the agriturismo Uliveto nel Parco in Monterosso, CT. http://www.ulivetonelparco.it/
We absolutely adored our stay, it was just as awesome as the website looks. Our window overlooked the town, the Ligurian coast, and many of the hills. The grounds were gorgeous and fragrant, and we could meander wherever we pleased. Tommy and Elena were most accomodating. It was a short 10-minute walk down the hill to the town and the beach (though probably 20 minutes back). Breakfast included fresh fruits and jams. We could eat supper there if we wanted, and Tommy is an amazing chef. The best fish I have ever had in my life, fresh caught from the Ligurian Sea only hours before. I cannot recommend this agriturismo highly enough!!!
WI USA Thu 06/21/2012
Cinque Terre - Levanto
Staying at Agriturismo Erba Persa in Levanto, is a great alternative to the hectic and touristy Cinque Terre towns. If you are looking for a feel of how "everyday Italians" live, this small town just a quick train ride north of Monterosso is for you. It is situated on a beautiful bay with a promenade, and entrances to trails with beautiful views, heading both north and south. Claudio and Grazia live on site, caring for the animals and several large gardens, and 400 olive trees. This is definitely a country feel, yet in a residential area. It is a short walk to the train station, or a phone call will get you a ride from the station to Erba Persa. There are a number of good restaurants in Levanto that Grazia will direct you to. www.erbapersa.it
Dixon, OK USA Wed 06/20/2012
My wife and I planned a three-week trip to France, Italy and Germany for our 30th anniversary. We decided to splurge (30 comes only once, ya know) So we stayed in the best hotels we could find. But without a doubt the highlight of our trip was our week in Castelmuzio at Casa Moricciani. We took the whole upper floor. The accomodations were superb! The apartments were beautifully decorated, both with great showers, beds, views and a peaceful feeling of being in your own place.
But the apartment is only half of what makes Casa Moricciani so special. What makes this something not to be missed are the hosts Isabella and Carlo Moricciani and their whole family. They are so warm and welcoming, it's hard to believe that they may have a dozen or more guests at any one time (they operate other apartments in the area as well). They work hard to make sure you enjoy your stay with them and its clearly a labor of love. Visits to the family farm, group gatherings for "fish night", pasta making, playing with their wonderful Black Lab Luna, and just quiet time getting to know Isabella and Carlo made our stay more like a visit with old friends than a "travel experience". I can't recommend it more highly.
Clarksville, MD USA Wed 06/20/2012
Agriturismo La Bruciata Tuscany
I traveled to La Bruciata with my family that included myself,my wife,son,mother and aunt & uncle. We stayed here for 7 nights from september 17 - 24th, 2011. We stayed in two of the four units. One unit was a two bedroom,two bath and the other the 1bed/bath. I found Agriturismo La Bruciata from the reviews I read on Tripadvisor. I research everything to a "T" and after looking into about 20 different Agriturismi my gut told me that La Bruciata was the right choice. Well I have to say that my gut was right! Everything about La Bruciata exceeded my expectations. The photos on their website and the photos placed by reviewers just don't do it justice. It is far more beautiful to experience the beauty of this place in person. The rooms were beautiful, clean, large, comfortable and so well decorated with the perfect rustic charm that Tuscany is all about. The grounds were so stunning. I think that every type of plant, flower and vegetable was growing on their farm. There were the grapes, the olive trees,tomatoes,pumpkins,squash,figs...I can go on and on. We picked tomatoes from their garden which we ate with their homemade olive oil. The welcome dinner was amazing! My favorite dinner of our trip was one of the dinners we had at La Bruciata. Our new friends, Art & Carole from California took the cooking class with Laura and her Mom. That night we had the best "pici" in all of Italy along with chicken, rabbit and panna cotta for desert. Oh and lots and lots of vino rosso!!! La Bruciata is a slice of heaven! My family and I will be back, hopefully sooner then later! Thank you so much Laura and Marissa(Mama), your hospitality was exceptional.
La Bruciata is located in southern Tuscany only about a five to ten minutes drive outside of Montepulciano. It is an ideal location to day trip to Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Siena, Cortona, Orvieto and many other hilltop towns, churches, and sights. The website for this agriturismo is: http://www.agriturismolabruciata.it/
Iselin, NJ USA Tue 06/19/2012
Great value, Priceless Experience in Tuscany
If you are interested in going beyond "site seeing" to connecting with the people and culture of Tuscany, Agriturismo Cretaiole, near Pienza is for you. For the Moricciani family, Cretaiole is more than a business, it's a passion for sharing their love of the land, farming and tuscan culture. Set in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO world heritage site, the views are breathtaking. You have your own authentic farmhouse apartment, not just a room. A guided tour of Siena, olive oil tasting, a pasta making class and dinner inculded in the price make Cretaiole a great value. Your hosts can connect you with wine, cooking, art and architecture tours: hear gregorian chants, see incredible frescoes, have dinner at an ancient monastery, make clay objects with a local master, taste the best brunello... making your stay a priceless experience.
Columbus, Ohio USA Sun 06/17/2012
Our experience was incredible - Marisa and her family were extremely accommodating and the property is absolutely charming. The location was quite close to the places we wanted to visit in the region and we would certainly stay there again without hesitation.
Monongahela, PA USA Wed 06/13/2012
Near Asciano South of Sienna
Rick, I wanted to tell you of our experience at an agroturismo apartment in Tuscany. We were driving from Asciano on our way to Montelpuciano on the back roads to enjoy the drive, when we found a gem of a place. It is in the town of Casabianca, and it is called Podere Alberese. It is a relatively small organic farm bought by Lucia Bozzano and her family 20 or 30 years ago, and is now a working winery with fresh fruits and vegetables when in season and their own olive oil. We stopped because of the views and the beautiful site, and were welcomed by Lucia and her mother and father. We liked it so much we decided to come back the next week and stay for 4 nights. Other uests were a family of 4 from Delhi, a couple from the middle of Germany, and a couple from Holland. To welcome us Lucia invited all to a wine and cheese tasting our first evening, a good chance to meet them and their guests. Our stay was wonderful, beautiful apartment with kitchen, upstairs bedroom and a small loft. Their breakfast room was perfect with a view of the hills to the southwest of them. Most important was their personal service. My wife has some digestive issues, and they went out of their way to accommodate her, making egg white omelets for her and meringue cookies. And they suggested a couple of hidden gems to visit that locals like. We loved it and felt part of the family.
Tucson, AZ USA Tue 06/12/2012
We stayed with another couple at Cretaiole in Pienza ...It was beyond description as to the combination of accomodations, service by the family who owns it, and beauty of its surroundings.....5 stars
Chapel Hill, NC USA Sun 06/10/2012
La Bruciata Agriturismo
We found La Bruciata on the web, and I am so glad we discovered this place, absolutely beautiful. I don't think there is anything else I could say that has not already been said in the many reviews this Agriturismo has received! All so true, the place along with Laura and her mother are fantastic, and the food they cook - is some of the best I tasted in Italy - request the Pici - sensational! Do yourself a favour and if you are thinking of staying at La Bruciata, stop thinking and just go - you will not regret it. I will definitely be back
Sydney, NSW USA Wed 06/06/2012
AGRITURISMO IN LAZIO REGION NEAR MOLTOPULCIANO
We have traveled many times to Tuscany and Umbria, and found this wonderful B and B from Tripadvisor - the past reviewers were on the money!! While only minutes from Montepulciano, this piece of heaven located on a hill surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and rolling countryside was so quiet and peaceful that sleeping in became a quandry because of the huge and delicious breakfast and piping hot endless cappucinos waiting for you downstairs ! Laura's wonderful baked cakes, focaccias, fresh fruit and other items dragged you from your comfy bed to rise and shine and get the day started! Lauras English is definitely fluent enough to assist one in directions, attractions, and her Mother, who also works hard providing great customer service to her guests, is also there to back up Laura, although Mom doesnt speak English (yet!!) We met other guests from New Jersey and Conn. that became our evening wine drinking companions, and will return to this comfortable and friendly home full of love and friendship in the future - One night we took a cooking class from Laura and her Mom, making roasted chicken, rabbit, and made "pici" (a local thick spaghetti) by hand !!
We brought home delicious olive oil produced by Laura and family from olives on the property, and every dish we make with her oil takes us back to the best vacation we have had in a long time!!
Santa Rosa, CA
GEIER, CA USA Wed 06/06/2012
My wife and I had a wonderful time at the glorious La Falconara in Montepulciano. The hosts, Alex and Ingrid Palenzona were incredible! They went out of their way to show us locations, make restaurant reservations, etc. Alex even cooked a fabulous meal for us all! Both speak fluent English and Italian and several other European languages. The location is wonderful and the pool divine. We can't wait to get back to La Falconara!!
Dennis and Renata Clark
Pasadena, CA USA Wed 06/06/2012
Two years ago my husband and I spent a very nice holiday at "La Bruciata".
We still remember the great breakfasts and enjoyable diners, prepared with fresh products from the garden. The spacious apartments have a big bathroom with hydro massage shower and well equipped kitchen. But above all we remember the gentleness and helpfulness of Laura and Marisa.
Every day they were ready to help and give valuable information.
This year we go back and even my mother wants to accompany us as she is looking forward to discover South Tuscany and the nice environment of "La Bruciata". The accommodation is very well situated to visit several medieval cities like Pienza, Montalcino, Siena, Cortona , Arezzo, Perugia, La Foce and the Lake Trasimeno.
You can find "La Bruciata" a few hundred meters from the main road and nearby a hiking trail from Monticchiello to Montepulciano.
We recommend to make this walk with beautiful views to Monticchiello, a nice medieval village, and also the walk in the other direction to Montepulciano with its church San Biagio, the old medieval center, several shops and restaurants.
Apart from visiting "La porta" in Monticchiello we preferred to stay for dinner in "La Bruciata" because the quality and the value for money are of a high level certainly comparable with a good restaurant.
This gives you also the opportunity to get more acquainted with the friendly owners Laura and Marisa.
We are already looking forward to our next visit in September.
De Rouck Arlette
geraardsbergen, F Belgium Tue 06/05/2012
Cretaiole near Pienza
Agriturismo Cretaiole near Pienza was just everything that Rick says and more. We loved all the offered activities and feel that this family really wants to share their culture and area with you. Would love to go there again!
Ouray, Colora USA Mon 06/04/2012
Wonderful Agriturismo in Tuscany!
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at La Bruciata Agriturismo. Our apartment was great with a balcony to enjoy the bright Tuscan morning sun. Our breakfast every morning was started with a delicious capuccino (with happy face) served by Momma, along with toast, cereals, fruits, juice, meats, cake,etc. - an ample breakfast buffet to start the day. We also chose to have dinner there one evening, cooked and served by Momma. Delicioso! Laura gave us tips and a map to plan our time in Tuscany well. Momma even did our laundry for us!!! All in all this was one of our favorite places to stay in all of Italy!
Oak Harbor, WA USA Sun 06/03/2012
We spent three nights at Ilune, near the southern Tuscan town of Pitigliano. The house is lovely, as are the grounds. Giovanni and Susanna are as gracious hosts as you could ever meet. We had dinner there one night, and it was as good as the best restaurant meals we had, actually better than most. Much of the food provided at dinner and breakfast comes from the farm. They produce olive oil. Susanna bakes the breads and makes the jams. I think she told me she makes her own ricotta. Some of the fruit is grown there, organically, of course.
Berkeley, CA USA Fri 06/01/2012
Stay in Tuscany
Our first visit to Italy included a say at Poggiacolle, near San Gimingnano. I had heard of San Gimingnano and wanted to spend some time there, so I checked out accommodations in and near the town. Boy did I luck out with Stefano's Poggiacolle farm house. There were 7 in our traveling party with two cars. We were able to pull to the door of our rooms to drop off the luggage and then found plenty of parking nearby. We had a common area with adjoining rooms, which made for a very pleasant stay. We were so glad that we choose not to stay in the very busy little town that requires parking outside the walls of the town. Very convenient base camp for visiting all of Tuscany. Would highly recommend.
Brigham City, UT USA Wed 05/30/2012
Parking is a problem in most Tuscan towns. The solution is to stay at an Agriturismo out in the countryside. La Bruciata is one of the ones where we stayed and it was perfect. The two bedroom unit we shared with our traveling companions was clean and large. WiFi and a working fireplace were nice, too but the best thing about this place was Laura and her mother who loved running the agriturismo and it showed and they are great cooks. Stay there. You won't be disappointed.
Montepulciano, Italy Tue 05/29/2012
Staying in Tuscany
We just returned from Italy, spending 6 days in Tuscany at Il Canto del Sole agriturismo near Sienna. It was a wonderful experience and the hosts were great. We highly recommend it for anyone planning travel to that area. Tuscany is incredible to explore and this farm is nicely located for day trips. Laura and Luciano provided information on local sights, served excellent breakfasts, and helped solve any problems we had with our travels. The accommodations were very nice and the farm was totally relaxing and in a beautiful setting. You will enjoy your time there.
Charles Town, WV USA Sun 05/27/2012
After a disappointing arrival at the recommended hotel, La Park Fonti, we made last-minute reservations at Podere Marcampo, a Tuscan Vineyard estate with unbelievable views, pool, and a wonderful host, Genuino, who owns a restaurant in town. Cannot rave too much! Perfecto!!!
SF, CA USA Wed 05/23/2012
POGGIACOLE farmhouse, Tuscany
It was our dream to have our wedding in tuscany and we decided to take both our families with us to share in the experience. We needed to find a suitable location to entertain all 6 children which range in age from 13 to 27, we indeed found a beautiful and tranquil retreat at Poggiacolle! The house is situated inbetween an olive grove and vineyard which makes it perfect for evening walks and bikerides. Each of the bedrooms has its own private bath with shower that came in handy traveling with kids! The house is about a five minute car ride into town for groceries and about an hour away from Florence and Siena. Our host Stefano was fabulous and helped us with alot of last minute details for the wedding. His knowledge of tuscany was very helpful with familiarizing us with the area. I highly recommend Poggiacolle either traveling with a family or else traveling as a couple or with friends. A most beautiful retreat in the heart of tuscany.
Toronto, Cananda Tue 05/22/2012
My wife and I stayed in Castelmuzio May 2012, in one of the apartments that is owned by the Moricciani's who also owns Cretaiole. Rick has a page on them in the Florence/Tuscany 2012 guide. They are great people who do a tremendous job putting together a book of activities and day trips that you can use at your descretion. Isabella works very hard to make sure all her guest are well taken care of and get to experience things that they would not have otherwise. Carlo is her equally hard working husband who runs the farm is always smiling and would stop by every now and then to bring us a little goodie. There is a reason they rate such a significant mention in Rick's guide book.
Gainesville, FL USA Mon 05/21/2012
Casina Valloreci (in the commune of Trequanda, south of Siena) is off the beaten track on a hillside overlooking perfect Tuscan vistas, including the town of Castlemuzio. Hosts Angelo, Umberto and Luigi the cat are warm and welcoming, respectful of privacy but ready to offer suggestions and or make reservations. The Casina is romantic, quiet and perfectly Tuscan.
Seattle, WA USA Sun 05/20/2012
My husband and I stayed at Casa Moricciani in Castelmuzio near Pienza in Tuscany, Italy. It was the very best. If you want the best experience of Tuscany, the most wonderful, helpful host family, then stay here with Isabella and Carlo Moricciani. Their excellent reviews are all true. The villas are clean, beautiful and luxurious, the planned tours and activities and directions to each event makes it so very easy and relaxing. The tour guides are all great. The family is welcoming and they go out of their way to help you enjoy every aspect of your time in Tuscany. We had the vacation of a lifetime, thanks to Isabella and Carlos and their wonderful family.
Joan and Clyde Melton
Celestine, IN USA Sat 05/19/2012
We arrived for our stay on a windy but beautiful day in March. Laura's mom brought us cappucinos after we got our luggage inside our room--grazie! We stayed in the apartment that has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a kitchen/living room/tv area. We had 1.5 year old twins with us and it could not have worked better. There is a playground for the kids and the pool for summer (I'm sure it's fantastic with the Italian heat in the summer). We took full advantage of Laura and her mother's cooking at night. Multiple course meal with wine--nice way to end each day. They even made bowls of pasta for our boys so we could put them to bed early. THe location is ideal for making your way around Tuscany and the surrounding wine country. On the road in between 2 towns--we found pottery, olive oil, and wine. They also serve yummy jams and olive oil at breakfast which was included. They went out of their way to make sure our family was taken care of. A memorable trip for sure!
USA Thu 05/17/2012
Cretaiole is Tops!
RS Italy 2012 is right on with the recommended Cretaiole near Pienza, Italy. This gem is beautifully run by the Morricciani Family who generously share their products and local knowledge. Location is convenient to many wonderful towns and sites. Suggested activities are authentic and fun - something for all ages. Stayed in the charming "Cantina" - perfect for two. Can't say enough about the great Morricciani hospitality!!
Western Springs, IL USA Mon 05/14/2012
Hospitality in rural Tuscany
Castelmuzio, with its population of about 250, is perched on a hilltop, and is the perfect center point for exploring Tuscan life -- food, wine, people and most remarkable of all, the incredible Tuscan sun. It's different there. Colors are more lush, edges are shaper, the air crisper. Several other small persistently charming Tuscan villages and towns are within 45 driving minutes along swooping, curving roadways with stunning vistas over grape vines, olive trees, cyprus and farmland, and each town offers its own episodes for dining and exploration.
In Castelmuzio, four of us in two families stayed in Il Cielo for a week in May 2012, a two-bedroom townhouse with a fully outfitted kitchen that soon became our central meeting place for breakfast, snacks and mapping our day's adventure. We kept our at-home menus simple -- and costs down -- thanks to occasional trips to the local co-op, or visits to food and wine shops in larger near-by towns, or the delightful cafe in Castelmuzio.
The charismatic Isabella and the rest of the Moricciani family, our landlord, opened their home and farm to guests, who could participate (or not) in a variety of adventures, including Tuscan pasta made by hand, sampling extraordinary farm-produced wines, cheeses and meats; assistance in venturing further afield to Siena and Assisi; and generally making certain that everything was as we hoped it would be.
This is a family that has hospitality and friendliness in its DNA.
Chicago, Illinn USA Mon 05/14/2012
I cannot say enough wonderful things about our short stay at Frallarenza! We were a group of 6 and stayed very comfortably in the big apartment. Lovely memories of sunshine at the end of the day sitting on the veranda. Our hosts Serena and Francesco were lovely people, skilled hosts and generoous with their produce. Their farm is not only beautiful but quiet and serene. Surrounding areas offer many sights to see.I hope very much to return some day for a longer stay.
Bath, Maine USA Tue 05/01/2012
Toscana (near Pienza) - Agriturismo Cretaiole di Luciano Moricciani
Our family (my husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law) had a WONDERFUL time at Cretaiole with Isabella, Carlo, Luciano and meeting other guests in the villa. Everything GREATLY exceeded our expectations and we truly hope to return to Cretaiole again in the future. Isabella was very accommodating with our unique travel schedule and welcomed us with vino, smiles and loads of useful information upon our arrival. We scrapped our initial plans and took her advice to enjoy the surrounding area and take in the local lifestyle... which was very easy to do with the absolutely charming, clean, spacious, impressive accommodations, plentiful drinks offered by Luciano, stunning vistas and personal care provided by the Moricciani family. Whether you want a romantic experience or a family-friendly one... Isabella and her family know just how to strike the right balance for all their guests. Happy travels and Buon viaggio!
Wiesbaden, Germany Mon 04/23/2012
Our Favorite Agrituismo is Agriturismo Cretaiole. It is located in the exquisite Val D' Orcia, where every view is breathtaking! The family that runs Cretaiole is warm, welcoming, and so helpful. They go out of their way to help make your vacation the best ever. We've been all over Italy and really enjoyed our stay at Cretaiole in Tuscany most of all!
New York, NY USA Sun 04/22/2012
Villa Serena in Tuscany
This was our first trip where we used a vacation rental and were greatly impressed. The area here (castiglione Fiiorentino, Cortona, Arezzo) is wonderful
We stayed at Casa Serena for 9 nights and enjoyed our stay immensely. The property is a small private house with two bedrooms in many hectare of olives and countryside. This is a fabulous location and was ideal for the family of four of us. Fantastic views and very peaceful. In fact our only regret was that it was so nice that we never really explored much of the surrounding area except for Cortona, Arezzo and a wine tour in Montepulciano.
To sit outside in September was a real treat and the pool was still comfortable to swim and play.
THe house has two bedrooms. The main bedroom has comfortable double bed with great view and is relatively spacious. The second bedroom has two very large twin beds - and perfect for kids. The kitchen has everything we needed The bathroom was also good.
From the house there are many walks and everywhere you look it is absolutely stunning. Down the hill is a nice restaurant and cafe . It is about a 15 minute drive to the main town with more shops, restaurants and bars.
A really good family vacation, peaceful and relaxing. The owners are part of a local cooperative - very helpful, courteous and knowledgable too. www.tuscancharm.co.uk
Copenhagen, DK Sat 04/14/2012
Staying in Pienze at Agriturismo Cretaiole
Staying at Cretaiole is liking being invited to a friend's country house. You enjoy not just the comfortable and tasteful accommodations, the unspeakably incredible location and vistas, the World Heritage region with its fascinating local secrets and wonderful hole in the wall restaurants, but also the welcome and care of the Moricciani family, there when they can help without being in any way intrusive.
When we arrived Isabella had provided a basket with staples and extras for the next morning's breakfast, farm fresh eggs and milk in the refrigerator and coffee and staples in the cabinet. The fireplace was laid for that night, and Isabella had arranged a dinner reservation locally at a unique restaurant in the walls of a nearby hilltop village.
In the evenings, after touring the parts of Tuscany recommended by Isabella, which many tourists never see, the patriarch Luciano was a regular visitor, with an invitation to homemade grappa, limoncella and sweet wine. With little English, he communicated on many warm and enjoyable levels. And I think he understands more than he admits...
Sited on a hill overlooking fields and distant farms and communities, surrounded by olive groves, it became a morning ritual to walk with a fresh cup of coffee, watching the pheasants and roe deer below. A particularly pleasant dinner was made in our apartment, local pesto with zucchini accompanied by spicy arugula picked fresh from Luciano's garden, with home pressed olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar. No meal we had in Rome came close. One afternoon we were invited to visit with local craftspeople in Pienze, strolling from iron worker, to leather worker, to ceramic study to an absolutely incredible invitation to join a local artist in his home – which was more a creative museum than an apartment. A very special vist.
Which well describes out time at Agriturismo Cretaiole – a very special, much enjoyed and certainly long to be remembered experience. We look forward to returning – to Tuscany, to Cretaiole and to the warm embrace of the Moricciani family.
Brewster, MA USA Sat 04/07/2012
Agriturismo Cretaiole: My husband and I had a wonderful 4-day visit with Isabella, Carlo and Luciano. The location is spectacular, the farm house is beautiful, the beds were the best we had in Italy and the welcome from the Moriccianis was exceptional! From Isabella's detailed day trips taking us on dirt roads to tiny villages, to Carlo's delicious wine and olive oil, to Luciano's grappa, it was a marvelous experience. Isabella was available to help us whenever we needed it and all three were welcoming and hospitable. I would recommend Cretaiole to anyone. I certainly want to go back!
New Westminster, BC Canada Sat 03/31/2012
Italy Farmstay-Between Rome & Naples
The Italy Farmstay between Rome & Naples is ideal for anyone who wants to take a break from the tourist hot spots and see authentic Italian culture. It is located very close to Sora and only a 2 hour bus ride from Rome. Here you can see what everyday life is like by visiting the weekly local market or experience the beautiful landscape by taking a day hike to the Sora castle, which is what I did. The Farmstay also provides many activities that are one of a kind. If you want to look more into the Farmstay here is their website italyfarmstay.com
St.Paul, MN USA Thu 03/08/2012
Borgo Tranquility (Quiet village) Tuscany
We found this wonderful little house by chance while on a touring holiday in September 2011. The owners were very helpful in accomodating us for a last minute booking & prepared the house in a matter of hours ready for arrival - even staying up until after 11pm to greet us at the property. It turned out to be a wonderful find, nestled amongst olive groves on a hillside not far from Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona & with great views across the valley from the private pool on www.tuscancharm.co.uk
This was the first time we had stayed in this part of Tuscany & although it was an all too brief stay of only 5 days we had plenty to keep us occupied. Blessed with beautiful weather while we were there it was very tempting to spend all our time relaxing by the pool. But we had come here to explore & so tore ourselves away to visit some of the charming nearby villages with their historic buildings & cobbled streets; not to mention great places to buy the local produce, cheeses & meats. A sort of foodies heaven it turned out be. The property is situated along a white gravely road & about 2Km from a local shop, bar, & what turned out to be a wonderful local Pizza restaurant offering excellent food & good value for money. THere was also an ancient pizza oven next to the cottage - so, we could have prepared our own ! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here & were very sorry to have to leave after our all too brief encounter.
Don and Jessica,
West Bloomfield,, MI USA Tue 01/24/2012
It is truly difficult to describe Casa Moricciani. Not only is the location in Tuscany perfect for traveling to the cities if Florence, Siena and, my favorite, Pienza, the peaceful elegance of the villa itself was worth the trip and the reason I will return. Everything was so well planned...the gourmet kitchen, the lovely baskets of local fruits, cheese, breads and pastas, the wonderful wines on hand, and detailed instructions for visiting the surrounding villages. The living areas were splendid and the bedrooms unbelievably comfortable with elegant linens, waterfall showers with light therapy and every toiletry imaginable. The garden was so very peaceful and overlooked the picturesque Tuscan countryside...olive trees, vineyards, and tall cyprus trees. Calm, peaceful, elegant no detail missed in the planning of this wonderful villa. Perfect for a gathering of friends...next time will be a wonderful romantic getaway with my husband! Thank you, Isabella and Carlo, for making this trip such an unexpected pleasure in every way!
Nome, Texas USA Fri 01/13/2012
i greppi di silli
We've stayed at i Greppi di Silli now 3 years in a row. Located 40 minutes south of Florence, the location is ideal for exploring Tuscan hilltowns and the Alfani hospitality is hands down bar none!
We've stayed in both a 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartment. Plenty of room, comfortable beds and clean spacious bathrooms.
They offer a family dinner for 30 E - each course served with a wine produced by the co-op the participate in.
Working farm, wine, olives, also raise bees - the honey and oil oil are fantastic.
Definitely worth checking out on your next trip!
NYC, NY USA Thu 01/12/2012
Cretaiole &Le Casine di Castello in Castelmuzio
Lovely apartment in the village of Castlemuzio - associated with Agriturismo Cretaiole. Apartment is well equipped and accommodates 4 adults easily. Isa and family are wonderful hosts and amazing ambassadors for the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Many options for learning about the local history, culture and food - highly recommend.
Victoria, BC USA Wed 01/11/2012
Casa Moricciani, Tuscany (Castelmuzio)
As winter starts to settle here in western New York, I daydream about my stay at Casa Moricciani this past July and long to be back there. As my best friend and I embark on our 50th year of friendship we decided to do something really special to kick it off. Our answer: a week's stay in Tuscany at Casa Moricciani which we refer to as "Enchanted July".
We had high expectations after reading about Casa Moricciani and viewing the lovely photos on the website (www.casamoricciani.com). Let me tell you honestly, our stay exceeded all expectations! Our home for the week was comfortable, luxurious, a tasteful blend of the old and the new, like ancient tiles with a story to tell along with a stunning red enamel professional range in the kitchen- a joy to look at.
Everything in the villa is of the highest quality, from the bathroom fixtures to luxury toiletries. A peak experience each day was my shower with water falling gently on my head from the elegant rainfall shower fixture while I gazed directly out the open window in the shower over the Tuscan landscape of olive trees and vineyards glowing in the morning sunlight.
Through wonderful Isabella we were able to hire a driver for the week. Angelo is a treasure who added a whole new dimension to our memorable experience. With only a week we were able to head out each day to a different destination (Rome, Florence, Siena, Cortona) without fear of getting lost or having to negotiate hairpin turns and wild drivers. We didn't even worry about parking since Angelo dropped us off and picked us up. Even better, he shared his knowledge of Italian history and culture and once even serenaded us as we drove home at the end of the day.
We were amazed at all we were able to accomplish in one week. Other adventures included dinner at the Sant' Anna in Camprena monastery (where The English Patient was filmed), a visit to Etruscan ruins in nearby Pienza, and walks and meals in the charming town of Castelmuzio where Casa Moricciani is located.
Another perk I would encourage you to take advantage of is the preparation of a gourmet meal by chef Manuele in the villa's well appointed kitchen. You sip wine as you watch talented Manuele prepare your meal and teach you as you watch. The reward is sitting down to an amazing meal in an elegant setting without having to leave home.
On our final morning before Angelo drove us to the Rome airport (dropping us off at the door- worth every penny), my best friend and I sat on the patio in the early morning dappled sunlight sipping our coffee as a hot air balloon drifted by. Magical. What an amazing end to a week we will never forget. Perhaps our only regret was not scheduling more time at Casa Moricciani because it is truly a destination unto itself, capable of restoring peace of mind and nourishing the soul. We will be back.
Batavia, NY USA Fri 01/06/2012
Spent a week in November at Cretaiole in Tuscany. One of the best experiences we've had yet! We were so impressed and enamored by the Moricciani Family, and their expertise in sharing the various highlights and the culture of the region. They quickly made us feel like close family friends as we enjoyed amazing wines, beautiful sights, delicious olive oils, pecorino cheese, prosciutto, pisci, etc. Would recommend this experience to everyone! Wish we could have stayed longer.
Soquel, CA USA Thu 01/05/2012
La Crocina Holiday Farm
Planning a trip to Tuscany? Rick and I highly recommend La Crocina Holiday Farm. The location is perfect to explore Tuscany and Umbria, and Barbara and her family are the perfect hosts. We stayed in a comfortable apartment, shopped locally in Montalcino, and had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant at a neighboring farm. We used La Crocina as a home base for leisurely exploring Tuscany hill towns. If we ever have the blessing of returning we will stay at La Crocina again!
Rick and Barbara Hull
Albuquerque, NM USA Mon 01/02/2012