recently returned from a two-week stay at La Renaie. Comfortable room which was spotless. Sheets changed regularly as were the white fluffy towels! Air-conditioning meant that we slept well in extremely hot weather. The hotel is peaceful and offers a truly Tuscan experience with a good selection of traditional food and wine. The staff were all helpful and charming. My friend and I did not have a car which was something of a handicap but we used the once-a week bus to San Gimigniano and walked the six kilometers several times. A taxi back cost 15 euros. Good transport links from San Gim.by bus (Sienna,Florence) or to the nearby train station. We travelled by bus to Colle di Valle Este (well worth a visit)' to the hilltop village of Monteriggione and visited the town of Certaldo, somewhat off the tourist track but an interesting and typical hill town. San Gimigniano is wonderful. The duomo and museum are fantastic and the shop selling
the "best ice-cream in the world" is not lying!
To return to the lovely La Renaie at the end of a busy day was the cherry on top of the cake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Le Renaie Hotel" is located in the little village of Pancole, just about 5 kilometres from San Gimignano. The hotel approaches the road named “via Francigena”, the ancient famous way that linked Italy to North Europe, for a long time. Very tranquil position, familial atmosphere in a simple ambience, of the country side.Simple, easy interiors where wooden furnishing stand out and all over Florentine terracotta. Pastel colours, flowered tissues decorate the lodge, the dining room and all the accommodations. All of them are fixed with modern equipment in order to grant the needed comfort during the stay. Superior rooms with a large terrace over the garden or the pool. Our guests can enjoy a splendid flowered garden, an open-air swimming-pool, a playground for kids, a private parking and the renowned “Leonetto restaurant”, the owners themselves manage the kitchen with a century of experience and knowledge of the real Tuscan cuisine. Free internet point and free WI-FI access are available in the lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Renaie Hotel
- Le Renaie San Gimignano