This was sadly only an overnight visit during a short tour of some more obscure Tuscany hilltowns arranged by my daughter-in-law for my birthday. Accommodations are housed in a three-story restored 11th century monastery. Historical authenticity extends from the creaking floors, old hewn sink, and well-worn steps of the agriturismo itself to the surrounding forest preserve, deemed one of Europe's most beautiful and bio-diverse(and also known as "Dante's forest"), home to the 1000-year-old Sacro Eremo di Camaldoli up the road a few kilometers.
Rooms are clean and well-appointed, the common room (one for two rooms) commodious and comfortable, and the views from the covered terrace astounding.
Dinner at €25.00 each was local and traditional: antipasti of mixed bruschetta, ribollita Toscana soup of "black" cabbage and proscuitto, whole grain pasta from wheat ground nearby with a ragu of rabbit, veal and pork, duck cooked ala porchetta — well-spiced and succulent —fennel pie, and salad.
The owners were friendly, accommodating, and informative. I would like to have come to know them better. I can't recommend this place enough for those looking for a rustic but comfortable experience in the heart of Tuscany. Those looking for fitness centers, room and turn-down service may want to look closer to Arezzo proper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our farm is in Tuscany, between Arezzo and Florence, on the border of the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, in the heart of Casentino. From here you can easily reach places of unique beauty as Camaldoli, Poppi, Bibbiena, La Verna. In lawn solarium and swimming pool surrounded by rock garden you can enjoy sunny days surrounded by forests and meadows breathtaking, deer and roe deer will be the companions with whom share your relaxation, all this just 300 metres from the highway that leads to Camaldoli. Six splendid accommodations were recovered in the cottage. Small restaurant available to our guests. Playground for children, Mountain biking, barbecue outdoors in the garden. ... more less
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