We are planning our first Holiday in Tuscany and are bewildered as to in which area we should book our accommodation. My husband and I are seasoned, international travellers and have visited Italy numerous times and also been on a day excursion to Siena - but we have never spent a full week in the Tuscan hills before. The more research we do and the more articles we read, the more confused we get as to where to stay - there seems to be sooo many beautiful little villages and rustic places to stay. Friends have told us, that Montepulciano should be the right place for us - but I've now found a few very lovely agriturismo places in the Chianti area (Castellina and Terriciola), so now we need your help please.
WHO ARE WE:
We are a midaged couple in our early 60th from Copenhagen, Denmark. We love to drive, so we'll be bringing our own car and hence have the possibiity of staying at rather remote little places as we can move freely about by means of the car.
WHAT WE LOVE AND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
We love beautiful landscapes and nature and enjoy driving through little winding countryroads visiting medieval hilltop villages and strolling the cobblestones lanes of same. We love vinyards and the mediteranean vegetation of cypresses and pines - and we would love to visit with local wine- and olive producers. We should also like to make strolls and hike through these landscapes. For sure we are going to drive the road between Montepulciano and Cortona, which we understand is where the lovely little film "Under the Tuscan Sun" was shot.
While we enjoy the ancient architecture and can appreciate the churches and Palaces etc., we are not particularly into visiting neither museums nor churches apart from a few brief "must see" experiences such as in Siena etc. We much rather have the focus on the nature, landscape and local life. That is, we enjoy experiencing the genuine life in Tuscany - sitting in the shade of an old tree on a local town Square drinking coffee or sipping a glass of local wine. Finding typical little local restaurants with authentic food prepared by "mamma" is a thing, we are looking especially forward to.
We are not city-people. So we don't want to spend much time in the big cities of Firenze and Pisa, but of course we'll like to pay them a brief visit to encounter the "must-see" sights such as the leaning Tower in Pisa etc. But as previously stated, we love little picturesque hilltop villages and the rural countryside. We do also love anything "mountain" like... that is, the more rolling hills the better. Olive groves and vinyards as long as the eye can reach, please. So we are looking for a lovely, rustic little village in the vicinity/foothills of same we can stay at a lovly agriturismo.
We are looking for a genuine authentic Tuscany experience and hence think that the socalled Agriturismo (farmhouses) located in the middle of an olive grove and/or a vinyard and built in the oldfashioned tuscanian rustic stone architechture is just what we would love to stay at. Not deluxe but with modern facilities and most of all, a lovely view of the hills/vinyards from the terrace. Eiher renting a small Apartment/cottage or a room sort of B&B like. And preferable with a host that do also offer some home cooked meals a la mamma and that can/will suggest nearby local places to eat and visit. We like the accommodation to be truly authentic in exterior as interior and preferable with our own terrace/balcony from which we can have a view of the vinyards/olive groves and sit enjoying a glass of wine in the afternoons. A lovely garden to stroll and relax in and a swimmingpool.
BASED ON THE ABOVE INFO - DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR US?
a) Stay the entire 8 nights in the same location?
b) Or should we split the stay in two locations?
c If we should choose only one location - is Montepulciano then the right one?
c) Or is Castellina // Terriciola in the Chianti area a better choice for us?
e) Do you have any better suggestions for us as to area to choose?
Any suggestions or comments highly appreciation. Looking forward to hearing from you.
All the best PURPLE