Agriturismos in Italy
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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La Bruciata, Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
On October 24th to October 31st 2013 we stayed at La Bruciata Agriturismo in Montepulciano, Italy. WOW!! Rick Steves you need to visit this place!! We are from California and have traveled and stayed many places in the world but we will forever remember La Bruciata. From the moment you drive up the road to La Bruciata you begin to see why this place is so special: the beautiful vegetable garden, the olive trees, the chickens and then the farmhouse. It is a ranch that has been owned by 5 generations. Currently 3 generations are working the land and providing for their guests. Laura greeted us and took us to our apartment to check in. She opened the balcony fench doors and the most beautiful view of the Tuscan Valley appeared..WOW!! Each apartment has a fully working kitchen with all appliances, dining room, bathroom with shower, bedroom with balcony. There is a wood burning fireplace. The apartment from the outside and inside is classic Tuscan with modern conveniences inside. There are hammocks for lounging outside, several quaint picnic tables to eat and a beautiful swimming pool with lounging areas. Breakfast is included every day. We ate breakfast every day: handmade tastey pasteries, meat, fruit, homemade jam, bread and excellent cappuccino. Laundry service is available. We took a cooking class and made Picci (which are homemade rolled Tuscan pasta), sauce, bread, chicken, and Panne Cotta for dessert. Homemade dinner is available for purchase every night. La Bruciata is centrally located to travel all the Tuscan wine country and explore the Tuscan cities. I highly recommend La Bruciata because once you stay there you will never forget your stay, the views, and most of all the hospitality of La Bruciata. Say hi to Laura.
San Clemente, CA USA 11/30/2013
Cretaiole is absolutely the BEST. Look no further. P.S. Rick Steves must have been in Pienza on a bad day... Pienza is the perfect little village, with the nicest people and is not over run with tourist like other towns!
Brentwood, TN USA 11/29/2013
Antica Olivaia, Umbria
My partner and I spend 5 nights here in the first week of November, 2013. We had been traveling by car in central Italy for over two weeks and we needed some rest and relaxation! We could not have found a better place. A place of beauty and comfort and ease. Antica Olivaia is in the country some 15 minutes from Orvieto. The views are spectacular. Every morning the clouds lay blanketing the valley and Orvieto rose above them, magical and mysterious. Divine. A confirmation we had indeed found Paradise...all within easy exploring distance of Bagnoregio, Bolsena's lake, Todi, Spoleto, Spello and much more.
Antica Olivaia is the vision and co-creation of Daniela and Marco, two energetic and passionate people, who make a conscious commitment to follow their instinct and joyfully take the road less travelled. Antica Olivaia is a place inspired by their intelligence, their humour, their generosity and grace. It is a sanctuary of music, of convivial conversation, of contemplation and deep, abiding peace......
Our room, number 4, Moraiolo, was spotlessly clean and spacious with a "just right" mattress and pillows, screened window with a view of the pool and the olive groves in the distance and a large bathroom with a rain shower and plenty of hot water. Breakfasts were made up of fresh fruit, fruit juices, yogurts, bread, butter, homemade jams, Dani's freshly baked zucchini bread and, sometimes, scrambled eggs.
One day we had lunch with Dani and Marco - and their four footed family of Miles, sweet doggie, and the two calico feline sisters, Lucy and Quilt - on the veranda in the warm autumn sun. Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes and basil from the garden dressed in the eponymous piccante olive oil, bruschetta, focaccia and a carafe of their friend and neighbor Marcello's white wine. Perfection!
In the evening, Marco musters in the kitchen to create delicious locally sourced suppers. We were regaled with saffron risotto, spaghetti all'amatriciana, the freshest of ricottas with honey, bruschetta of galletti mushrooms, sauteed mussels, fish baked beneath a crust of thinly sliced potatoes, roast leg of baby boar, carpaccio of pumpkin. And to all of these were added the delights of desserts devised by Dani. Sublime!
We were also lucky enough to be there for the beginning of the olive harvest. We combed the branches for the firm green and black fruit. It was fun and relaxing and a unique experience of a working farm. Dani and Marco are stewards of the land. They care for it and support those who help to tend it. They are part of a community. They live a life aligned to the rhythms of nature. It is a life of hard work and it appears, rich rewards. A life that allows for a kind of simplicity and authenticity for which some of us long. We left Dani and Marco feeling we had made new friends. We left feeling cared for, nourished and renewed. We would recommend Antica Olivaia unequivocally to all. We plan to return as soon as possible. We are determined.
Lynn and Judith
East Hampton, NY USA 11/16/2013
To everyone – Isabella, Marco, Luciano and to Carlotta, I hope I have spelled everyone's name correctly, Thank you for a truly wonderful experience. I was one of the six – the short one with the beard – who stayed in the #1 apartment during the last week of October.
I don't think that there is anything that you could have done to make our stay more perfect. I only wish that I spoke more –some – Italian so that I could have traded stories with Luciano over his bottles of grappa.
You all do everything so well! It is clear that you work very hard at what you do because everything is so seamless and the details so perfect. Quality like that is only the result of much thought and hard work – and probably having some fun at the same time. All the little touches from the flowers – they were everywhere - to the consideration given to restaurant recommendations to the friendly warmth that was always there shouted that you clearly love what you do.
So, to borrow a phrase from the Australians, "Good on ya!" and thank you ever so much for a truly memorable experience – one that will remain with us for ever. And best wishes for much continued success.
I know it is a slim chance, but if you ever come to Canada, the eastern part, please do look us up.
Wolfhead Smokers Ltd
Letete, N.B. Canada 11/12/2013
We spent a week at La Bruciata in the Tuscan countryside near Montepulciano. The four generations of women in the family provided warm hospitality, a beautiful home for a week and food that was beyond incredible. It was all done with love and a desire to make your visit memorable.
Scotia, NY USA 11/02/2013
Cretaiole, Pienza, Italy..Tuscany
Wonderful experience at Cretaiole......the Moricciani family and Carlotta were wonderful. The agritourismo was such fun. The plans to tour the area were fabulous..all set up by our fantastic hosts. We highly recommend Cretaiole and look forward to returning one day.
Mimi /Dennis Borchers
Augusta, Ga USA 10/29/2013
La Falconara - Montepulciano
After traveling to Rome and the Cinque Terra, we arrived in the evening to La Falconara where we were welcomed by Alex and Ingrid who so kindly had ready for us a warm Panini and a couple slices of pizza knowing we'd be hungry after a long day of driving from La Spezia. This definitely painted the picture of the hospitality we experienced throughout our 6 days at La Falconara. We stayed in the apartment "Archi" and when we walked in we were amazed by the architecture of the old farmhouse with its brick "arches" and quaint warm décor. We were also welcomed with a nice flower arrangement and an enticing plate of fruit along with the essentials for an Italian breakfast, Alex's famous Olive Oil and a stack of information and suggestions in touring the Tuscan hill towns. With La Falconara being only about a 5 minute drive to Montepulciano, it was the perfect location and central to touring other hill towns. Everyday Alex provided us with suggestions on where to go and things to not miss. Be sure to tap into his wealth of information, its priceless! One of our most memorable days at La Falconara was when we decided to spend the day relaxing and picnicking out by the pool, enjoying the well-kept grounds and beautiful scenery of the Tuscan hills and vineyards. Our perfect day ended with Alex and his daughter Francesca showing us how to make a Bolognese sauce. We had a wonderful Italian dinner with Alex, Ingrid and Francesca in The Cantinello beautifully set by Ingrid. It was a very special evening getting to know our new friends and enjoying Alex's wine, and we even tried Cow Tongue! Our wish was to experience "La Dolce Vita" in Italy, Alex and Ingrid granted our wish beyond our expectations. We have wonderful memories of our stay and will be back to add to those memories.
Federal Way, WA USA 10/29/2013
Casina Valloreci our home in Tuscany for a week, close to Pienza
> Great location for exploring Southern Tuscany and Val d' Orcia. The villages of Petroio, Castelmuzio, Montisi are very close and of course Pienza and Sant' Anna in Camprena where we return time and time again. > If you are looking for something different from staying in a B&B, Agriturismo, hotel or a rented appartment to share with many others - Casina Valloreci is a great option giving a homely cottage like stay to those who prefer to stay somewhere more private. A holiday house just for two, one rarely found. Casina is surrounded with a lovely garden &pool see http://www.casinavalloreci.com/ very spacious, clean, comfortable with great Tuscan views. > We had a loving host Angelo and what a treat to be welcomed with an appetizer, homemade lasagna and crostata cake with a bottle of wine too! A range of breakfast foods were found in the fridge like yoghurt, milk, juice, jams plus some fruit, cereal,cookies, coffee, tea bags,sugar... > Staying private in a small house with a pool last week of September offered us some down time, somewhat of a dream, so different from standard B&B's, agriturismos etc. It was great for my husband to have a swim at the end of the day or just to relax by the pool, so lucky to have had great sunny weather end of September. > We very much appreciated Angelo's attention to detail. He even taught us how to make Italian coffee which we enjoyed sipping in the garden with Luigi, his quiet cat softly purring or simply sleeping when we found him in the morning in one of his hiding spots. > A very warm and inviting host Angelo and his friend Umberto have greatly contributed to our enjoyable stay at Casina Valloreci. Knowing when to advise us of visiting places or some restaurants without being intrusive was a pleasant experience. We hope to return if we get the chance to come back one day. > Highly recommended staying here. Thanks Angelo for your kindness and hospitality. It was great meating you. > Gerrit&Slavica 11th October 2013
Gerrit and Slavica
Breda, NB USA 10/11/2013
Frallarenza in Umbria
I recently completed my second stay at Agriturismo Frallarenza. I can't recommend it highly enough. The apartment is beautiful, the surroundings are amazingly peaceful, and the hosts, Serena and Francesco, are wonderful!
Ohio USA 10/10/2013
Agriturismo Terre Di Baccio
We stayed 3 nights at Terre Di Baccio in Greve in Chianti and it was one of the best places I have ever stayed. Ilaria and her father Gianpaolo are excellent hosts. The views, the wine, the friendliness, etc. I would highly recommend considering staying here when visiting Greve.
Cary, NC USA 10/03/2013
My husband and I rented an upstairs apartment in Casa Moricciani (our room was called Stelle Fisse) and it was just perfect. Isabella Moricciani is the perfect hostess. We cannot wait to return, possibly to stay at Cretaiole next time, though Castelmuzio (where the villa is located) is incredibly picturesque and peaceful -- perfect for a contemplative, romantic getaway. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Brooklyn, NY USA 09/27/2013
Cretaiole is the perfect place to use as a jumping off point for exploring the Val d'Orcia specifically or more generally venturing out for the first time of the main cities to see what Italy offers beyond Rome, Florence and Venice. The accommodation is fabulous and the location very advantageous, but the real beauty of Cretaiole is the warmth of the Morriciani family and those like Carlotta who help them help you begin to understand the area. There is plenty of activity centered around the agriturismo but never any pressure to jump in--you find yourself wanting to participate just to be able to spend more time with these welcoming and delightful people. Don't miss Pici Night!!! And there are helpful suggestions for restaurants, hikes, driving routes--anything you might want to do or see, they'll help you figure it out. In a land of memorable places and wonderful people, Cretaiole and its family stand out for their warmth of spirit.
New Hamburg, NY USA 09/24/2013
Antica Olivaia Agriturismo
We recently stayed one week at Antica Olivaia, and hands-down is was the BEST B&B experience we have had in 20 years of European travel. Daniela and Marco have created the perfect balance of countryside peace, creature comforts and their warm embrace.
We are already planning our return visit with some friends. A lifetime experience we will seek to repeat again and again.
Truly special, you can't go wrong with Daniela and Marco!
Chicago, IL USA 09/21/2013
Antica Olivaia in Umbria - Warm and Welcoming!
Antica Olivaia is beautiful place...and Daniela and Marco make it even more so by being so warm and welcoming. I already know I will go back and spend more time there. Our stay felt much too short and I would highly recommend this place as an oasis away from the hectic pace of some of the more touristy areas nearby. We stayed in the Moraiola room which was extremely spacious and had an amazing bathroom with a wonderful rain shower. The view from the room was of the beautiful pool area, which I immediately took advantage of with a nice long swim. They have thought of every detail to make you feel at home from an abundant breakfast with homemade treats to delicious authentic dinners with local ingredients. Marco grilled for us the evening of our arrival which we much appreciated having traveled all day with no urge to hunt down a local restaurant for the evening. We were happy staying there in our new favorite place. Some local wine and a gorgeous sunset made it perfect. We only had to walk to our room after enjoying food and some great conversation together. Daniela and Marco are the extra touch that makes Antica Olivaia so special. I have never felt so at home away from home.
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 09/11/2013
Agriturismo Cretaiole, Pienza, Siena, Italy
Home away from home.
My husband and I visited Cretaiole for the first time two years ago when we were traveling through Europe for 50 nights while celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. We saw many wonderful and memorable places but none of them felt like a home away from home, until we arrived in Cretaiole. We felt so welcomed and nurtured by the Moricciani Family that when we decided to travel with my mother through Europe for her 60th birthday, Cretaiole was the only destination we wanted to return to for a second time. Having been there twice, I have no doubt in my mind that we will return again and again.
Here are some of the reasons that Cretaiole is the only place we will ever stay when visiting Tuscany. The most impressive feature of staying at Cretaiole, is how sincere the Moricciani family is about making you a part of their family for the week. We truly feel a bond with them and it seems to us that they keep their hearts open to each guest who comes to visit them. They welcomed my mother on this trip like she was an old friend and she felt immediately comfortable, even though it was her first time traveling abroad.
Luciano has spent hours sitting with us, helping us to improve our Italian language skills and our understanding of the culture. His patience makes it possible for even a novice to learn new words and ways. We marvel at his ability to work on the farm all day and still have the energy to invite us each evening for a sip of grappa and the good company of the other guests in the common room. We miss the twinkle in his eye and the warmth of his smile from the moment we depart the property.
Carlo's good sense of humor and relaxed attitude makes it a delight to interact with him. We have delighted in his culinary skills when he prepares the barbecue at the Pici dinner and enjoyed learning about olive oil from a true expert. We greatly appreciated his wine making skills and enjoyed many bottles during our visit.
Isa's energy and enthusiasm are unmatched. She has industriously [INVALID]d an itinerary of exciting activities with some staples to look forward to and is always updating and adding new possibilities for your trip. Whether you want to nap in the hammock and gaze out at the view, go wine tasting, see quaint villages, simmer in the hot springs, or sample local gourmet cuisine; there is something for everybody at Cretaiole.
This year we were delighted to meet Carlotta, who helped the family with some of the tours and events. Yet another wonderful addition to the Cretaiole team, Carlotta was immediately warm and affectionate. She offered a culture class which was a unique opportunity to hear the honest opinion of a local about Italian traditions and society.
Aside from the personal touch that each member of the family adds to this encounter, there is the irreplaceable experience of living for a week in an impeccably restored authentic farm house perched on a hill surrounded by the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. While the beauty of the surrounding land remains a constant, nature always offers pleasant surprises. During this trip we discovered some sort of Italian lightning bug which glowed beautifully in the evenings, we spotted a fox in the small forest only 3 km down the path, and we got to witness the miracle of birth, as one of the farm house cats produced four adorable kittens. Yet in the midst of all that nature, the interior of the farm house is immaculately clean and delightfully decorated with antique furnishing, while somehow providing every modern convenience.
I could go on extolling the virtues of Cretaiole and the Moricciani family for pages but instead I will conclude by saying each beautiful photo fails to convey the true beauty of the place and each shining review falls short of capturing what a phenomenal experience is provided when you choose to visit Cretaiole.
Claremont, CA USA 09/07/2013
Agriturismo Poggiacolle, Tuscany
Agriturismo Poggiacolle is a wonderful place in Tuscany next to the charming town San Giminiano. We spent a miraculous week in this place. The typical Tuscan vineyards surrounding the farmhouse create an unforgettable atmosphere. Stefano, the owner, is a very charismatic and friendly man, who makes a delicious wines and olive oil. A feast for the senses ;) I recommend this place!
Warsaw, Poland 08/21/2013
Casina Valloreci, between Petroio an Castelmuzio: outstanding, cozy and comfortable place to stay as well as starting point to visit the charming villages and historically interesting small cities in the region
Lovendegem, Belgium 08/12/2013
Agriturismo Metina We have been five times to agriturismo Metina in Acquaviva (near Montepulchiano) in the past few years. Every visit was a fantastic experience. The owners Monica and Alberto are very warm and friendly people. They really make you feel very welcome. You can enjoy the typical Tuscan surroundings (vineyards) when sitting by the swimmingpool or sitting on the main terrace. Moreover, the agriturismo is well situated to visit Florence, Siena, Assisi, Orvieto and you can even visit Rome.
Family Vandewalle, Kalken, Belgium
Kalken, Belgium 08/12/2013
Agriturismo Cretaiole in Tuscany
Isabella and Carlo and their family are amazing and I can not say enough platitudes about our experiences there. They made the experience personal, not easy with so many guests and itineraries to choose from in their notebooks full of all things Tuscan: wine, cheese making, painting, pasta making, cooking classes and driving instructions...the list goes on forever.
Mary Louise Halm
Bellevue, WA. USA 08/12/2013
I have been to Agriturismo Metina on three occasions. You could not go to a better place to experience the Italian lifestyle. Monica is a very likeable lady with excellent English and Alberto is a home grown Italian man, very generous and very likeable. This is no "tourist trap", these are real people willing to make you welcome. Montepulciano is a treasure amongst Italian cities and the surrounding areas are a huge source of interest. Australians in particular will like the easy going, familiar atmosphere provided by Monica and Alberto and the way in which they will invite you into their home and to their country.
perth, wester Australia 08/06/2013
Montepulciano; Agriturismo Metina
It has been a couple of years since we stayed at Metina in Montepulciano, but the memories are still vivid. A "decade birthday" required a special place, and we can recommend Metina (www.metina.it) highly for any celebratory event. From the exceptional views out over the Val di Chiana, and Metina's vineyard, the swimming pool, the fireflies and nightingales, the easy access to the town of Montepulciano, and central Tuscany in general, to the local wines, and not-to-be-forgotten the warmth, friendliness, and assistance of the charming hosts Monica (who is trilingual) and Alberto, Metina is a place to make memories. It is quiet, serene, and comfortable. Friends from North America and Europe were easily accommodated in Metina's guest suites. Many a glass of vino was quaffed under the venerable old oak tree. We can hardly wait to return.
Salt Spring Island, B.C. CANADA 08/02/2013
Italy Farm Stay, Pescosolido, Italy
If you want a true to life experience of this beautiful country, Italy Farm Stay is a must. The Abruzzo/Lazio region is still untouched by the masses of the large tourist cities.This is what makes this experience so special. At the farm, you are calm and can enjoy life as it is lived every day. And, the hospitality of Antonello, Linda, Maria and Guiseppe is without comparison. As a solo traveler, I felt safe and never alone. I met travelers from all around the world and was welcomed to join in their vacation experiences-walking and touring Sora, hiking in the Abruzzo Park, horsebackriding, cheesemaking tours, etc. I was able to help on the farm at my own leisure: plant, pick and prepare vegetables, help with irrigation. The meals were farm to table--we ate what was picked everyday. The kindness and gentle demeanor of this wonderful family was felt immediately. This is what an Italy vacation should be. Do not miss this opportunity.
Bronx, New Yo USA 07/22/2013
Stunning 14th Century monastery near Pienza
We would strongly recommend Sant'Anna in Camprena in the Val d'Orcia near Penza in Tuscany. This is the 14th Century monastery featured in "The English Patient" movie. High on my list of best places to stay in the world. Rooms are simple but comfortable. Food, prices, service and friendliness are second to none.
Qualicum Beach, BC Canada 07/18/2013
Italy Farm Stay
I cannot tell you how wonderful Italy Farmstay is. From the people to the property, everything was surreal. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be as nice as it was. The meals, as well as Maria who prepared them, were incredible. The accommodations were very pleasant and cozy. They are constantly improving the guests' experience by expanding their property. While the farm is outside Sora, the walk into town is beyond lovely. The town itself is gorgeous with all the amenities you would expect and need in the Italian countryside. I fully expect to return to the farm, hopefully with my own family one day. Perfect experience.
Houston, TX USA 07/15/2013
Memorable Tuscan adventure at Le Casine di Castello (Piensa)
We had a wonderful week in Tuscany, courtesy of Isabella, Carlo, Luciano and Carlotta at Le Casine di Castello! We stayed in a lovely studio (with a very large bathroom and a beautiful secluded patio where we could eat outside or lounge in the sun) called Il Nido in the medieval hilltop town of Castelmuzio - just 15 minutes from Piensa and 15 minutes from Cretaiole, the family's agroturismo (we found it in Rick Steve's). A huge welcoming basket of breads, cookies, biscotti, fresh garden vegetables, wine, fresh fruits and pastries greeted us at our temporary home, as well as all the basic kitchen and bathroom needs. We were provided with a big book of places to go and things to see in the area - all with driections, GPS coordinates and approximate times to destination. At Cretaiole, we were provided with a list of that week's offered activities, of which we could participate as little or as much as we wanted. A visit to the family farm in Piensa that included tasting of the family wine, olive oil, prosciutto and cheese products, an exploration of an ancient hermitage, a pici-making class that included the resulting dinner (with wine and Luciano's famous grappa!), and an olive oil tasting class led by master taster Carlo were all included in the price of our stay!! Other available excursions/activities were reserved for you if you so desired, such as guided tours to Siena, wine tastings, cheese tastings, hikes, photography and painting classes, dinners, all at reasonable cost. Our hosts were accessible and extremely approachable/helpful - so friendly and gracious and anxious to do anything to make our stay perfect. A 30 second phone call from Carlo got us a dinner reservation at a restaurant in Piensa where we couldn't get a reservation. The locations were all beautiful, the amenities were lovely and the people were fantastic. We had a wonderful time! Grazie mille Isabella and Carlo! Can't wait to return - oh that reminds me, several people that were staying at Cretaiole during the week we were there in late June were return visitors. That tells you everything you need to know!
Gainesville, FL USA 07/12/2013
Casa Moricciani, the best place I've stayed in my 15 or so trips to Tuscany. Every single thing about it is perfect. The owners are fabulous and take impeccable care of their guests. Simply the best.
Silver Spring, MD USA 07/11/2013
Tuscan Agriturismo - Cretaiole
We didn't only rent a room at Cretaiole, we rented the family. Isabella, Carlo, Carlotta and Lucina opened their hearts and home for the perfect Tuscan experience. Isabella's detailed planning gives you the option to explore every possible Tuscan experience. Carlo's farm provides wine, olive oil, prosciutto, and a free-for-the-picking huge vegetable garden. Carlotta's knowledgable guided trips are awesome. Then there's the elder statesman Luciano, always there to offer his hand-made grappa or a dance in the evening.
The rustic farmhouse at Cretaiole is cozy and very comfortable with a well-stocked kitchen. I enjoyed lounging at the edge of the hill where Cretaiole is perched and drinking in the scenery each night along with a glass of wine or two. The pasta making class provided a hands-on cooking experience along with a huge feast, all included in the price of your week's stay.
We went to Siena on a day trip to witness the Palio horse race - what a beautiful medieval experience. Montalcino and Montepulciano are just a short drive away and offer excellent wine, food and shopping. Best of all, at Isabella's insistence, was to just drove to the small surrounding hill towns and savored their culture and beauty.
What a photogenic area, I took over 1000 pictures in a week. The food is fabulous every where we went, as well as the wine, even the table wines.
For a true Tuscan, laid back, relaxing vacation; I highly recommend Certiaole. This place is wonderful and comes with a personal touch that I don't think you'll find at most other Agriturismo's!
St Charles, IL USA 07/11/2013
Italy Farm Stay
Spent two days at Italy Farm Stay with my wife and it was better than expected. At first, you meet the town of Sora and the beauty of the mountains when you get off the bus. Then when you arrive at the farm, you realize you are closer to those snow-capped mountains and away from town life.
Then comes the lovely farm, with lots of original features inside and outside your room. There's a donkey, sheep, dog and horse with a baby colt born the second day we were there.
To make the experience even better, I recommend doing the extra activities such as the cooking class and horse riding. Also make sure you walk up to the nearby villages in the mountain, really nice.
The hosts were really kind and accommodating and we met some wonderful people there especially Holly and Grace.
Abu-Dhabi, UAE 07/06/2013
Loved frallarenza agriturismo outside Orvieto. Serena and Francesco are amazing. We were traveling with 3 young children and this place was perfect with the pool and dinner in the fridge and breakfast on the table when we arrived. We had easy access to Pienza, bagnoreggio, pitigliano, todi. Serena cooked for us and some guests one night and we had an amazing evening learning to cook homemade gnocchi with pesto in their kitchen. You will love your stay at frallarenza.
West hartford, Ct USA 07/05/2013
La Bruciata, Tuscany
We found a familial oasis near Montepulciano. A little house with four exclusive apartments. There is a green garden with a wonderful pool and strain roses as alley at the driveway. Excellent food and very service minded owners.
Göran and Helena Axberg
Sösdala, Sweden 07/05/2013
Tuscany Near Certaldo
www.lacollinadegliolivi.it This was a great new Tuscan find. I have stayed in several Tuscan agriturismos, all of which have been nice, but this had two things in addition to the others. First was a beautiful view from our room of the Tuscan landscape, and second was the breakfast and dinner. Much of the breakfast was fresh from the farm, the homemade ricotta cheese, yogurt, pumpkin butter/jam, plum jam, and eggs, cooked anyway you preferred. Silvi, the hostess, also had made a delicious chocolate torta. Dinner is an extra 25 euros, and since I had read from others how delicious the dinners were we decided to try it the night we arrived. We had pasta and ragu, and an interesting and good, potatoes and artichokes (from garden) dish. Their own wine was available for those who so desired. Silvi and Marco were fun and delightful. It was interesting to walk the grounds of their farm and see all the different animals, and it was amazing to see all the different foods they grow in an effort towards being self-sufficient. As an example of their willingness to accommodate, when we arrived they were having a family dinner following their daughters wedding the night before. The groom, dressed in all white, INSISTED (thank you) on leaving his guests and driving us to the train station.
Tulsa, OK USA 06/24/2013
Tuscany, near Pienza
A wonderful stay at Le Casine di Castello! Our time at the Il Nido (nest) was far too short, but offered exceptional amenities and personalized assistance unmatched in our travels. Staying in the quiet village of Castelmuzio was a treat. The location and helpful travel guides (with restaurant recommendations and local points of interest provided) allowed for many day trips to nearby villages and sights not on the Big Tours, offering insights and experiences of a true Tuscan dream. If you want to feel truly pampered and appreciated, and, at the same time be free to travel on your own, and choose activities of interest to you, this is the place!
Delano, TN USA 06/19/2013
Tuscany (Agriturismo Cretaiole)
We stayed at Cretaiole for one week but it was too short to see Tuscany. We only see the surface of the cities around the agriturismo and will go back for more than one week next time. We stayed in the 2 bedroom room on the second floor. The room is spacious and clean. We also get additional towels during the mid-week. Kitchen is well equipped for you to prepare meal. We love the welcome basket from Isabella.
Thornhill, ON Canada 06/13/2013
Agriturismo Casanova just outside Asciano, Italy
I am sitting in the dining room, which was once the cattle stall, with my morning coffee looking across the valley, listening to the birds chirp and the cattle lowing at Agriturismo Casanova. Our hostess, Wiebke (Veeb-key), has just laid out the morning spread. This is a peaceful place. We have twice eaten dinner in Chiusure at an authentic Italian restauant called Il Paradiso, which is only 8 minutes away. Food was simple, but delicious and the best prices we've experienced. Yesterday morning, we went to a small Sunday morning market in Asciano where we bought Italian leather and antique lace. Agriturismo Casanova is situated between an easy drive to Volterra and San Gimignano in one direction and Montelpulciano, Montecino, and Pienza in the other. Wiebke is a pure delight whose eyes crinkle when she smiles. We have barely caught sight of her hard-working husband, who now works the farm his parents once worked. I love their story. Nothing fancy or foo-foo here, just good and kind people. Grandma Paola will cook a meal when there is a crowd (she is 80 years old and it is just as much work to cook for one as it is for 10). We were lucky that there was a crowd one of our four nights here. There is not a one-week stay requirement. Bike groups or single couples come through for one night or several. Simply a delight which we highly recommend.
Somewhere, IN USA 06/09/2013
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Casina Valloreci earlier this month. This was the first trip to Europe for my husband, who prefers the countryside to the larger cities, thus Valloreci was perfect. Upon arrival, we saw deer and heard pheasants. Angelo, the proprietor, ensured that we had everything we needed without being intrusive. He had homemade lasagna, bread and wine ready upon our arrival, which really hit the spot. The cottage in which we stayed was charming, very clean and stocked with breakfast foods. Since the cottage accommodates two persons, we had the entire property to ourselves and spent a lot of time outside by the pool. Although we were very much in the countryside, we were still close enough to make day trips to Pienza, Orvieto, etc. We have already recommended Angelo and Valloreci to friends and would love to return!
m, MN USA 05/28/2013
Cretaiole outside Pienza - wonderful
Cretaiole...go there. You'll be happy you did.
Castro Valley, CA USA 05/22/2013
Il Molinello, Asciano near Siena - great cycling base!
Il Molinello makes a fabulous base for a "spoke and wheels" kind of cycling trip. We spent two weeks and had plenty of varied road cycling - gorgeous scenery, hilltop towns, and plenty of climbing when we wanted a hard day. Sandro (a professional bike guide) can guide each ride, upload his rides into your gps, provide route sheets if you prefer, or just give you ideas on routes you choose. Sandro even picked us up one day after we had a mechanical. They also specialize in providing fun things for a non-riding spouse to do (cooking lessons, winery and olive vineyard tours, wine tasting, cooking lessons, trips to Siena, etc) while the cyclist hits the roads. Sandro even took us to see a Giro d'Italia stage and provided fabulous local, organic foods and wine! They speak good english and strive to please. Can't go wrong.
Boulder, CO USA 05/17/2013
Antica Olivaia - Umbria, near Orvieto
We stayed three nights at Antica Olivaia's charming farmhouse in April. Although the weather was cool and rainy, Daniella and Marco were warm and welcoming. We stayed in Room #4, which has a lovely view and large bathroom. I always worry about sleeping on a bed that is too soft or too hard, but the mattress was perfect. Two evenings we dined at the farmhouse, enjoying a delicious four course meal prepared by our hosts. Daniella's tiramisu and Marco's wild Boar ragu were definite highlights of our two-week trip. Since Umbria was the beginning of our trip, Daniella was an immense help with planning our time in upcoming destinations.
Nancy & Bob
Boise, Idaho USA 05/17/2013
Agriturismo La Crociona, Montalcino, Italy
My husband and I just returned from 3 weeks in Italy and a highlight of our trip was Tuscany. We stayed at Agriturismo La Crociona in Montalcino, Italy and had a wonderful time. The room was huge and the facilities modern, clean and quaint. The owners were wonderfully helpful and friendly and we loved chatting with them. They recommended wonderful restaurants and insight into how to spend our time in Tuscany. We also loved the central and picturesque location of La Crociona. We will definitely stay there again!
Denver, CO USA 05/12/2013
LA CROCIONA MONTALCINO TUSCANY
Excellent experience; highly recommended for a wonderful vacation!!! The rooms were very nice. We rented two apartment, one for the family and one for the grandparents. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. Very much enjoyed the wine tasting; their wines are wonderful. Plenty of parking, even for larger vehicles. Perfect location; a few minutes drive to Montalcino. Easy day trips to other hill towns (Pienza, Montepulciano, Volterra, Siena) and Florence. This is a great place to spend the week and use as a base for day trips; but make sure you spend at least one day relaxing on the property, wine tasting etc. We recommend Agriturisomo LA CROCIONA MONTALCINO to all of our friends.
Stuttgart, Germany 05/06/2013
An Amazing Tuscan Holiday
Recently my husband and I visited Tuscany for the first time and had a most wonderful experience. This was mainly due to the Moricciani family, and in particular, Isabella, who provided us with a beautiful place to stay, a tremendous amount of information, guidance and a genuine love of the area and her guests! We were based in the Val D'Orcia made up of many scenic towns and villages. Our charming apartment "El Nido", which is one of two under the banner of Le Casine di Castello, is located in Castelmuzio, a quaint village of 200 people. Isabella is a most generous host as we found out upon entering our apartment. The table was laden with sweets, pastries, breads, jams cereals, pasta and many condiments for preparing home cooked meals. In addition, there were fresh eggs from the Moricciani farm, their own olive oil and wine. The bathroom was filled with skin care and beauty products, loads of towels and much more. Isabella was always ready to assist in any way from booking restaurants, massages and to having produced the amazing Red Book compendium of everything to do and see in Tuscany and Umbria. The Family also offers free pasta classes, olive oil tasting, and special tours. There were many activities being offered but no pressure at all to participate. The bed at "El Nido" must get a special mention. It was incredibly comfortable and both my husband and I found it quite difficult to leave it! We are keen to return to this beautiful part of the world and there is no doubt we shall return to Le Casine di Castello when we do. Grazie mille Isa, Carlo and Luciano!!! Susan and Peter
Susan and Peter
Perth, WA Australia 04/29/2013
We stayed in the top floor 1 bedroom apartment at Casa Moricciani for 12 nights in early December 2012 and it was spectacular! We knew from reading the consistently great reviews and the more than helpful email exchanges with Isabella that we would not be disappointed but to experience it was another thing entirely! The attention to detail, service and hospitality are second to none. We met Isabella and she took us to the villa ensuring we had everything we needed even giving us a mobile phone and GPS to use during our stay. On our arrival, the kitchen table was covered with a bounty of fresh produce, breakfast foods, pastries, wine etc and every few days Carlo would [INVALID] off a [INVALID]ion of pastries for breakfast! The positives about this place are endless: the villa is very comfortable with quality furnishings and linen, very well equipped kitchen with quality equipment and appliances so you can cook up a storm, a gorgeous bathroom with a view from the shower and the views from the bedroom and the garden over the valley are breathtaking. However, we think what sets Casa Moricciani is the warmth and incredibly generous hospitality of Isabella and Carlo. This not only makes you feel at home and respects your privacy, but also offers connections to real people, places and experiences that you would not otherwise find through guide books. In a sense you are welcomed into the community through Isabella and Carlo because they are so passionate about Val d'Orcia, its people and its produce. Through her local knowledge and relationships, Isabella helped us to see and experience things that were truly memorable because they were authentic and personal - we were able to connect with local people. Early winter in Tuscany is beautiful and Casa Moricciani is the perfect place to stay to explore the region and experience life in a small, hilltop village.
Alice Springs, NT Australia 04/28/2013
Italy Farmstay, a culturally and naturally rich experience near Abruzzo National Park
Two hours south of Rome, on the edge of Abruzzo National Park, I found a great life experience at Italy Farmstay) http://www.italyfarmstay.com/). You can get there easily by bus from Rome, which will take you to a cute little Italian village named Sora, and from there the staff will gladly pick up both guests and volunteers to come and visit their sustainable, organic farm and bed and breakfast. I stayed there as a volunteer, working a few hours a day in exchange for room and board, and I stayed for three weeks where I was able to interact with people from all over the world, and be a part of real Italian culture and life. My favorite part of the experience was how many people this place opens its doors to, creating a cultural center where we could all learn from each other, and appreciate nature together, and work on projects that inspire creativity and sustainability. The landscape all around the house is so beautiful, mountains and fresh water and trees and flowers. I could feel myself breathe in all the open space and preserved beauty of the area. I would highly recommend this place to anyone interested in nature, Italian culture, good food, international integration, and a peaceful, fulfulling experience. Great job Italy Farmstay family!
Urbana, IL USA 04/25/2013
Unforgettable days in Tuscany
My husband and I were looking for a quiet and cozy place to recuperate and find a perfect holiday atmosphere. Our 3-day stay at La Brusciata exceeded our expectations by far. We found a familiar hearty welcome and enjoyed a multiple star cuisine, prepared by Laura`s mother – mostly home-made ingredients and house-own products. The apartment is very spacious, furnished with taste and loving care. Also the garden looks inviting, seducing for day and nightdreaming. We told all our friends persuading them to stay there. Our visit was certainly not the last one! It is the best place to get relaxed and to give wings to your minds. Listening to the sounds of the nature - in a great landscape.
Salzburg, Austria 04/21/2013
My daughter (age 11) and I spent nearly a week at Cretaiole agritruismo (near pienza) in end March 2013. It was one of the best experiences of our lives (and I have travelled a ton). The place is special: charming, stunning, cozy, welcoming, and beautiful. The views are amazing, and taking walks in the surrounding area was exhilirating. Isabella, Carlo, Luciano, Carlotta and the whole family were so welcoming and kind, they made us feel right at home. Their advice on local outings was invaluable (as was Isabella's masterpiece binder) - We discovered many amazing places we would never have found on our own or even with a good guidebook (many were off the map!). We also loved visiting their working farm, (san gregorio) and Sandra's organic sheep farm. From the 11-year-old perspective, you cant beat a farm vacation with baby bunnies, baby kitties, easter with wonderful Luciano (her nonno tuscano), a chance to make pici pasta, playing soccer on the lawn with other visiting kids, and such nice people in such a wonderful place. What more could we ask for? Wish we had stayed longer! We *definitely* plan to return, hopefully many times! One logistical tip: we took train from Rome to Chiusi, then rented car (from Eurocar) for the Cretaiole week, them returned car to Chiusi for train to Florence. This worked very well and we avoided driving in Rome or Florence ... Just check to make sure that the rental car place is open (watch holidays and hours) when you need it... Will do it again, hopefully soon!
Washington, Dc USA 04/17/2013
Tuscany / Pienza
My family and I stayed at Cretaiole Agriturismo just outside of Pienza for just over a week this March. We found it through a general Google search about traveling in Italy with children (we have a 7-year-old). We had considered arranging a family-friendly group tour of Italy, but are so happy we opted for Cretaiole instead. It was a perfect place from which to explore Tuscany (Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc.) and to relax in the beautiful countryside. The accommodations were beautiful and the Moricciani family [Isabella, Carlo, and Luciano] made our visit easy and comfortable. They helped us plan our day trips, provided fun (and free!) activities at the farmhouse, and fed us an amazing dinner after teaching us how to make pici. Carlotta, a new member of the staff, was especially helpful and welcoming. And our son loved it; he could play outside with the cats or other children staying at Cretaiole. It was a perfect solution for us!
St. Paul, MN USA 04/14/2013
La Falconara, Montepulciano, Italy
This was our first time at the beautiful La Falconara, but hopefully will not be our last. It is situated on a hilltop amidst an olive grove very near the town center of Montepulciano. The scenery is beautiful in any season. We traveled there during the winter months.
Alex and Ingrid, the most wonderful hosts and owners, communicated everything we needed to know before our arrival. They assisted us in making our transportation reservations as well. All arrangements worked out perfectly.
The agriturismo has three unique apartments with many ammenities. Our apartment, Il Portico, was rustic and beautifully appointed. It included everything we needed (and more) for a comfortable stay. Il Portico has a spiral staircase to the bedroom. The bedroom has a fabulous viewpoint from where you can enjoy the Tuscan scenery and the morning sun. There is also a pool to enjoy in the warmer months.
Alex assisted us with our daily travel itinerary, which always included a fabulous restaurant. Their knowledge of the region, the culture, the food and wine is endless. The agriturismo is in a great location from which to explore the treasures of the Tuscan countryside.
Alex and Ingrid went out of their way to insure our visit was exceptional and memorable. We are disappointed that we did not have more time at La Falconara. We highly recommend La Falconara to everyone seeking an genuine Tuscan experience and the warm hospitality of two amazing people.
Auburn, WA USA 03/24/2013
PUGLIA -Buffalo Farm Near Foggia and the Gargano
PUGLIA - Buffalo Farm Near Foggia and the Gargano If you liked Casa Portagoia and Cretaiole, you will like Le Querce Di Mamre (LQDM) located in the Puglia region in southeastern Italy, where Italians like to vacation. My wife and I have visited most of Italy in the last twenty years and decided to explore this region based on a recommendation from an Italian friend. We spent 12 days at 4 different agritourismos in this area of Italy that has it all, great food, great things to see and it's relatively inexpensive. LQDM was our first three night stay and I chose it because its restaurant was rated #1 in the area on TripAdvisor. The restaurant exceeded our expectations, with the buffalo meat a fabulous surprise. Boy, what a fantastic find, not just the restaurant but the rooms, the grounds and most of all the service provided by Noemi and Mateo, the young owners. Their kindness, enthusiasm and passion for what they do is apparent and they made our stay a memorable one. They are fluent in English and were very helpful in planning our day. They have a 150-acre farm (tomatoes, peppers, wheat etc.) 20 minutes northeast of Foggia with 100 head of buffalo among its livestock. They have applied for a permit to make mozzerella which I look forward to tasting on my next visit, in the meantime, the "buffalo cappuccinos" (a speciality of Mateo's) are the best you will ever have. The farm is quiet, peaceful and conveniently located for day trips to the Gargano with its beaches, medieval villages and religious shrines. The ensuite rooms were clean, spacious and, above all, the bed was comfortable. I am counting the days when I can return for a much longer stay and if you should find youself in the area, do yourself a favor and book early. Their website is http://www.lequercedimamre.com/index.html Jim C. San Diego, CA Traveled Nov.10, 2012
San Diego, CA USA 02/13/2013
Antica Olivaia Orvieto Umbria
After the hustle and bustle of Rome, and a not so great experience with our apartment rental, Antica Olivaia was the perfect retreat. Owned and operated by Marco and Daniella Paris and opened just last summer it feels like these first time inn keepers have been at it a life time. We were the only ones there for two days but they had their first full house over New Years and were unflustered pros. Daniella never stops moving and cheerfully dispenses travel advice and bits of local history. Marco is in the kitchen lovingly and competently preparing dinner. The food is fresh, locally sourced when possible, and of course has lots of their own delicious olive oil. We ate in every night and were never disappointed. The highlight was the wild boar ragu from a boar killed on the property. Marco's two delightful daughters were visiting from England and helped serve and assist Daniella with the tasty pastries for breakfast. The rooms are simply and tastefully decorated, the beds sooooo comfortable and the linens envy worthy. We were the first guests to have the upstairs suite with a little terrace and separate entrance. The room was huge with a high wood ceiling, tile floors and beautiful fireplace, amazing views from every window and a wonderful bathroom with great towels and plenty of hot water. It was completely comfortable. This 600 (?) year old farmhouse is beautifully remodeled while retaining its character. Situated in the hills above Orvieto is has nearly 360 d. views of the city and surrounding countryside. Marco and Daniella, along with the playful pup Miles and the kitties, are wonderful hosts and felt like friends after just a short time. It's a great location and perfect base for exploring as yet unspoiled Umbria. We would definitely go back and stay longer and recommend it to all.
suisun valley, ca USA 01/25/2013
This most fantastic family made our week at Cretaiole perfect in every way. I'm sure there are many special places in Tuscany, but I will definitely return to spend time with Isabella, Carlo, Luciano, and Lilliana. As Rick would say, the experience allows you to live like a temporary local. By joining into the farm tours, visiting food producers, having slow lunches, and private tour guides that Isabella offers, we really were immersed in the culture and daily life we so wanted to experience. If it were possible to give 10 stars, Cretaiole would have them from me!
Santa Cruz, CA USA 01/25/2013
LaBruciata Agriturismo-(Montepulciano) .THE BEST
La Bruciata Agriturismo near Montepulciano was the highlight of our October trip to Italy. We stayed a week and hated to leave. Laura was so helpful with tips on places to see, and the most charming restaurants with the best views Our room (apartment with kitchen) was clean, spacious, comfortable with a fabulous view of the olive vineyards, and hills beyond. The roses and other flowering plants made a perfect backdrop for our "time under the Tuscan sun". The breakfasts were always a delight with homemade cakes (now I crave cappuccino every day)! And the evening meals prepared by Mama were just like going to restaurant, only better, more fun and more relaxing. Next visit, I will definitely schedule a cooking lesson and learn how to make her Cannoli in Bianco with spinach.
Atlanta, Ga USA 01/09/2013