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Agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo
Ranked #12 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Volterra
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Cooking Class”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

While we did not stay at Podere San Lorenzo, we were very fortunate to book an evening cooking lesson with the owner, Marinella. Our time spent in the chapel that is used as a preparation center and dining room is one of our all time favorite memories. We were coming from Pisa and were delayed because of a major traffic stoppage. I was able to call Marinella and alert her to our problem. I was so so so upset and she was so so so gracious and understanding. We arrived about 30 minutes late but she adjusted and was very kind. Be aware that while cell phones work at Podere San Lorenzo, they often fail on the winding hills leading to the Agriturismo. It was early in the season and my husband and I were the only two individuals signed up for the class.

Upon our late arrival, we were each given a lovely green apron and told that we would be cooking for between 10 to 12. Our to cook list included:

La pasta fresca tagliatelle and spaghetti (handmade fresh pasta)
Il pesto di Basilico (pesto sauce) with pecorino cheese
Il ragu (meat sauce)
Arista al latte (pork loin with milk)
La peperonata ( sweet peppers, celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, garlic)
La Torta di Mele (apple cake)

And yes, we novices were the cooks.This was not a case of breaking a couple of eggs and watching Marinella and her assistant do the work. We were expected to chop, stir, and knead with our own two hands. The recipes were simple and practical. They turned out to also be delicious. While we worked we soaked in the atmosphere of the centuries old chapel with its peeling painted fresco's and enjoyed listening to Marinella's excellent Italian accented English. She was also an excellent instructor. She told us that her cooking was based on the simple country cooking that she learned as a young girl. She stressed that she wanted her students to be able to go home and cook the same meals in their own homes. She confided that someday, she wanted to do a class on cooking with leftovers.

The experience was a highlight, not just of the trip but a highlight of all our travels together. We were given a lovely cookbook with all the recipes we had made plus many other inviting concoctions. We have bought a replica Imperial pasta machine and parchment paper. We have even planted basil in our garden to use as a base for homemade pesto. We are importing Tuscan cooking into our own home. We are also scheming to go back to Tuscany just so that we can book that class in cooking with leftovers.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We stayed here one night. Marinella, the owner, was very gracious. She allowed us to arrive early and hang out in this county retreat. This is a farm near town, so you would need a car to stay here, I think. You have to drive into Volterra: it is a little far to walk. However, we strolled on roads around the property, where we had lovely views. The B&B is located in a former monastery: the dining room was a chapel in the Middle Ages. There are many olive trees on the property, as well as a large garden whose vegetables are used for dinner. My daughter (17) took a cooking class, which she loved. She learned to make homemade pasta, and helped cook a fancy meal. We parents enjoyed eating the food made by the class: it was wonderful. But it was also very pleasant to eat communally with the other cooking class members (a group of 4, including my daughter) and guests. Breakfast was good: it included the usual pastries, but also eggs cooked to order. I also liked Volterra: there were more tourists than I expected there, so I was glad to stay out of town. However, there were quite a few galleries showing art made locally, especially including items made from local alabaster. I enjoyed looking at it! Marinella and her staff were gracious hostesses. I strongly recommend this country retreat, and wish we could have stayed there a little longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in a little apartment. It was reasonably priced, and included a kitchen. However, we did...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We rented one of Podere San Lorenzo's small apartment for four nights. We enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the spectacular Tuscan landscape from our terrace. It had turned hot by the time we arrived in early June and the pool was very welcome. The pool is a unique combination of conventional swimming pool and natural pond.
The high point of our stay was the cooking class. Marinella is a wonderful teacher and we will bring back some great recipes to share with our friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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NJ
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Shame on us for not posting this review before hand so many others can see it! We stayed at San Lorenzo in October 2013 -we had the most wonderful time! then we came back to reality our life in the States, without a moment to breathe and forgot about the happiness we had there. One day we found some of the Agriturismo's olive oil that we put away on the shelf. we tasted it and were instantly transported back to happier times -a week spent
with the marvelous Marinella and her staff. We took cooking lessons, are fabulous dinners and were so relaxed that we were crying when we left... literally crying. It was like leaving a family -they were wonderful. the grounds are so beautiful and we even were able to partake in the olive harvest.
Anytime room you get will be fine because the place is so magnificent. Do make the attempt to take the cooking class. I am a fairly good cook but in that two hour course, where we got the actual recipe book to take home, I learned more than you can ever imagine. I learned things that I still practice today. We took the book home and duplicated most of the recipes and they actually came out exactly like they did in the class. We feel that whenever we are in Italy we must stop by to say hello- even if it's just to stay one night to taste the wonderful food there, take in the fresh air and give a big hug to Marinella and her wonderful staff. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful vacation while we were there.
....we miss you all so
much. Don't forget to buy the olive oil -it's the best you've ever tasted in your life!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Zell am See
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

First the owner, an older lady, is very nice and endevaoured.

The facility is very nice, especially the pool. We just got a very small room, with a tiny (and not so clean) bathroom without window. At the breakfast there was no ham, prosciutto or some other meat and no cheese at all and no fruits.

Maybe if we had a bigger room, it would have been better, but so I can't give more than three stars.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This agriturismo is great. There is no need to repeat the same details of how fantastic is everything, over and over, review after review. I can add that it would also be a good choice for the summer, because the location and the set-up would not allow your room to get too hot. The rooms were so cool, that in fact we were a bit cold in the spring. But, that is not a bad thing.
Don't think about this one too much, book it unless you are looking for luxurious accommodation; this is an agriturismo afterall.

Room Tip: We had the stand-alone apartment. Perhaps ask for it, if you would like extra privacy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visited agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo for one week in May with our son (14 months old). San Lorenzo is pretty easy to reach but we arrived during the Mille Miglia and had to step on the gas to get out of the way of beautiful speeding cars. Great welcome! The course would take us into the direction of Volterra where the drivers had their lunch. San Lorenzo is a turn right down a steep slope of approximately 300 meters. Although quite impressive at first site, very easy to decent and climb because the road is asphalted and there's hardly any other traffic. San Lorenzo's location is breathtaking… pictures hardly do it justice. There are two very convenient parking areas with plenty of room for guests. We never had an issue parking our car. The area is surrounded with olive trees, a beautiful garden and pond/swimming pool overlooking the Tuscany landscape. A 360 degrees painting would be the best way to describe it!

San Lorenzo is run by Marinella and her husband who takes great care of the garden and a very friendly staff; Gabriel, Simona, the gardener and cleaning lady. Very nice people that make a great team. They made us feel at home and relaxed.

Volterra and San Gimignano are nice to visit, as are the other small villages in the direct area. Be sure to also visit the Chianti area and the coastline. The Tuscany cities are easy to travel if you don't mind a short drive.

Breakfast was great with fresh local ham, cheese and marmalade. And eggs if you like an English/continental style breakfast. We also joined dinner every night in the old chapel where Marinella prepared a surprise menu with local delicacies. Highly recommended! Our baby phone worked in the Chappell :) Our son normally sleeps in at 7.30 – 8.00 pm so he struggled with the late Italian dinner. I prepared pasta in the kitchen of our apartment for our son, so we could enjoy dinner later that evening while he was asleep.

Our apartment (nr. 5) was spacious and clean with a private sitting area overlooking the Tuscany landscape. The kitchenette had everything we needed. The shower was as good as any other 3/4 star Italian hotels we've stayed. Towels we're changed every three days and the apartment cleaned weekly. You have to realize that San Lorenzo isn't a four star city hotel but a country house in the middle of nature.

This was one of the best locations we’ve stayed in Italy. What we’ll remember is the kindness of its owners and staff and for their enthusiasm towards our son.

Tips:
Stay of the main roads there's so much more to see.
Park your car at P1 at the entrance of Volterra.
Park your car at P3/P4 in San Gimignano. Just follow the signs.
Hold left on your way into Volterra and follow the COOP signs for a large supermarket.
Visit Bolgheri with its typical Tuscany roads and taste the local rose wine!
Follow the walking signs 500 meters up from San Lorenzo for a nice walk.
Try the olive oil with some bread from San Lorenzo's own olive trees, delicious!

Room Tip: Nr. 1 and 5 have the best views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo
Address: Via Degli Allori 80 | Strada, 56048, Volterra, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
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Ranked #12 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Volterra
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Number of rooms: 9
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