Came we four with our weary, tired and huddled American life weighing us down. Came we four to Fontanaro, a farm like no other. After hours of travel and planning, we passed through the beautiful little town of Paciano, where life is slower and more relaxed by choice, through winding hills and valley to the farm. We were greeted by Bacco, a massive Labrador and then Alina the proprietress of Fontanero. So confident and happy was her nature that we were immediately smiling through our travel fatigue. Along with her mother, Lucia, Fontanaro is a guest house, restuarant, winery and olive press!
We stayed in the upper farmhouse, Fonte Cicerum, a simply beautiful villa with a bucket-list worthy view of the valley and hills. The sun was hot and the air fresh. The pool refreshing. The house was well appointed, clean and there was wine waiting for the weary! I have never uttered these words, but it was absolutely perfect!
Over the ensuing week, we drove the countryside to towns like Paciano, Pisa, Cortona and Montepulciano. We bought the freshest pasta and made dinners that satisfied the soul. We went to museums, restaurants and cathedrals. We held hands and walked quietly down a country lane while admiring the afternoon sun. One amazing evening, Alina had a guest chef come and show us how to make an authentic Umbrian meal. We even got a sampling from her beautiful and well-stocked wine cellar.
All the while, Alina and Lucia there at our beck and call with tips, directions and even a ride to the train station. These ladies know how to negotiate Italy! If there were 6 stars, I'd happily give them. This place is heaven on earth.
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A bottle of a good wine & a welcome pack of goodies also organic awaited us on our arrival too.
The villa is in a very quiet and peaceful location with a special sunset view on Tuscany.
You can see Cortona, Montepulciano and more.
The Villa Fonte Cicerum was spacious & had verything you want from fish washer to Lavazza Espresso machine to washing machine.
There is plenty of information & books with places to visit & things to do. The library is huge, i think more than 500 books!
Free Wifi was working well. The owners have thought of all here so it is nice & relaxing .
The bedrooms were very comfortable & all the linen was of good quality.
Best highlight of the vacation was the pizza party we did at home with the stone bread oven!
Is very handy to two great little restaurant about 5 minutes walk, the Oca Bruciata and the Loggetta.