My mom and I did a trip around Tuscany by train in October and found that our "spur-of-the-moment" spontaneity wasn't always in our favour when using public transport. Hence, the day we had a route planned out ahead of us, the last thing we contemplated were worker strikes and ultimately being held up in a little town we had expected only to be a transfer stopover...but the next train never came. Nor did any buses. Infact, that day, unless we deliberately tried to call up a taxi, we weren't going anywhere, and this is what we like to call...fate! Fate led us to find this beautiful hotel with antique tuscan charm. Perched up on the hill top in the historic centre of Certaldo (which can be reached from the municiple centre by cable-car/tram) and overlooking the beautiful countryside, you will find Il Castello. Alfredo and his team will make you feel as comfortable as possible, ever so helpful and kind. If you choose to eat at the restaurant which I highly recommend, you must try the Truffle Risotto! Best we had on our trip. The historic centre itself is so peaceful and in autumn the colours of the changing leaves only flattered the stunning views even more.
Certaldo is a lovely little town situated somewhere between Florence and Sienna. Do yourselves a favour and add it to your itinerary - it is well worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This small family run hotel is situated in the historic centre of Certaldo, one of the most beautiful and well preserved old towns in Tuscany. It offers the comforts of a three star hotel and its location in one of the ancient residential palaces makes a stay turn into a relaxed time travel. ... more less
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