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“Beautiful, restful holiday.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Il Cardo Resort

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Il Cardo Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Anghiari B&B and Inns
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Perth
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“Beautiful, restful holiday.”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

We have just returned from a super holiday at Il Cardo. Maria Pia is a gracious host who looked after us perfectly. There is so much to see an do around Anghiari and Maria Pia gave us so much help and lots of advice on places to go. We will definitely return to Il Cardo.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Piermont, New York
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

In this day and age, when everywhere you go seems like everywhere you’ve been, with the same boring brands in every modern mall or supposed reclaimed historical site, it almost feels as if the “real” anything exists only in the imagination, lost to your ability to experience it, forever.
Well, take heart, for here at Il Cardo Resort, near the town of Anghiari, the real Tuscany still exists. Far away from tourists, crowds--and bad restaurants filled with people who only care if it looks authentic, never mind the taste—is a wonderful respite. From the moment Maria Pia meets you at the door to the moment you drive away, eyes fixed on your rearview mirror, you will experience Tuscany in a way many people only dream of.

This is the kind of review that is hard to write, because I fear by sharing it, I will ruin it.

Il Cardo is everything you might want in a wonderful place to make the center of your exploration. In this cozy B&B, run by the fabulous Maria Pia, you will find comfortable rooms and apartments, an inviting swimming pool and an atmosphere that is pure Tuscany: friendly, warm, from the heart.

The week that we stayed at Il Cardo—high season, August—we were the only non-Italians present. Maria Pia took great care to help us plan any number of adventures, beginning with Sunday dinner at a nearby osteria. Go to Tavernelle, to La Pergola, she said. See Francesca, she will feed you. But be careful to only eat a bit of what she brings at the beginning, because it will keep coming.

And so it did, antipasto, primi, secondi, contorni, espresso, all of it in a dining room filled with Tuscan families, grandparents to babies, having their Sunday meal. A bottle of the house vino rossi was a perfect accompaniment. The service was spectacularly friendly, again, even though our Italian was nearly non-existent. No noses turned up at tourists, just the warm, inviting graciousness that makes Tuscan dining even better.

The hospitality continued through the week, with Maria Pia organizing wonderful one-on-one tours with local (and renowned) artists Gianfranco Giorni and Elena Merendelli, as well as the luxury fabric retailer Busatti, whose original factory is still here in Anghiari. We toured the tiny factory led by Mr. Busatti himself, whose passion for fine fabrics shows in the quality of his products. Be aware, I’m not talking “tourist” tours here—these are opportunities to talk with artisans about their work and their lives.

Maria Pia also suggested wonderful day trips to amazing locations, including La Verna, where St. Francis journeyed for his meditations, on one of the most spectacular mountaintops imaginable and Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of the artist. As the wind whispers through the trees in this ancient walled village—tiny, tiny, you can’t imagine how small—you are struck with how creativity can flourish in a world of only natural distraction.

And then, the cooking classes. We learned how to make four different dishes. The highlight of both sessions was the meal that night, with Maria Pia and Franco, on their patio, under the Tuscan moon. Great food, great wine and Franco’s very own vin santo...glorious!!

Il Cardo Resort is made up of two buildings with several rooms and apartments, some with small kitchens, all of them with some kind of outdoor eating space. Breakfast is served every morning in the main dining area. This is self-service lodging, by the way, so Americans looking for the maid to come through every day should be aware that it will not happen. Clean sheets and towels are available whenever you need them, however. The rooms are generously sized, with wonderful décor and very comfortable beds. Though there is no other food service (other than a continental breakfast or dinner by Maria Pia, available by prior arrangement), Anghiari boasts some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. I can honestly tell you, as a New Yorker used to really wonderful dining experiences both cheap and expensive, the restaurants of Anghiari are right up there.

Our favorites, in the area:
Osteria La Pergola (in nearby Tavenelle, rustic dining)
Per Bacco (Anghiari, fine dining)
Da Alighiero (Anghiari, fine dining)
Bar Pizzaria Baldaccio

Finally, do not hesitate to contact Maria Pia in advance of your stay, to set up any number of wonderful itineraries, including biking and horseback riding. And make sure to take advantage of the hot stone massage done by the fabulous Rafalla, one of the very lovely people who make Il Cardo SO special.

Il Cardo is a jewel. Enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa,Ontario
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Il Cardo is located right on the outskirts of Anghiari and in the valtiberina, one of the most beautiful valleys in Tuscany. The small borgo where it is located is a 1,000 years old. The area, known now as 'La Palaia', is home to several apartments and Il Cardo-Bed and Breakfast.

We have stayed at Il Cardo for several years and usually rent Maria Pia's apartments that have ktichen facilities. This allows us to cook at home when we are not eating at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Anghiari, Monterchi, and Sansepolcro.

The pool is spectactular with wonderful views and cyprus trees that sway in the breeze under azure blue skies. Birds chatter away in the morning and the one can gaze all around at the vistas and savour the quiet that one can experience here far from the maddening crowds.

It's a vigorous walk into Anghiari from Il Cardo, about a 14 minutes for the physically fit or a minute drive for those relying on an automobile. There are also delightful trails at hand throughout the valley. Bicycles can be rented from local shops.

We will be going back soon for our annual stay in 2012 and though there are other places to stay, Il Cardo is truly a delight, indiosyncrasies included!

Maria Pia will does all she can to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Just don't be shy if you have a question or a request.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cunha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Wonderful place in the country, near to Anghiari. The views are amazing: really Tuscany !!! The place are beautiful, clean, comfortable and warm. Maria Pia, the owner is very friendly and helpful and loves to talk about the region and give suggestion about the rides. I recommend!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Vianden, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Very friendly owners, and unforgettable atmosphere.
This is Tuscany as one might dream it. This place gives a feeling of this movie,
you know "Much ado about nothing" ? an adaptation of Shakespeare by Kenneth Brannagh (Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson, etc.).
The Cardo is at the outskirts of the town, so you have this sensational feeling of being isolated...but it is within walking distance from historical Anghiari !!! with restos, bars, public piazzas. That is a really appreciable combination, when with kids and family !!
As to the architecture of the Cardo, I can tell, by comparison to other places seen around, that the property has been given much care in stones and authenticity. Places are clean, bed mattresses are of the expected standard, and kitchen duly equipped.
In one word, lovely !!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Perth
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

This was our second visit and it was really great. The rooms are clean and comfortable and having the swimming pool was a real bonus. The area is stunning and the views from the hotel are beautiful. The breakfast is simple and the owner is very happy to make extra items if necessary although we found the breakfast to be more than enough. You can also have other meals and the food is super. It is quiet, peaceful and obviously popular with italian families and couples which to us is a sign of its quality. We are planning to return again next year for our summer holiday.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Slovakia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

I can say, that is a beautiful place! Tuscany is marvelous and Maria and Caesare are very kind people. They told us all important information about coutryside, because we had a bicycles and took some trips. Their house is typical tuscanian and wiew throuth the window is memorable.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Il Cardo Resort
Address: Loc. San Lorenzo, 108, 52031 Anghiari, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Anghiari
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Anghiari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cardo Resort rises on the green hills between Tuscany and Umbria. The Resort, surrounded by wheat fields and oak groves, is not far from the fascinating medieval village of Anghiari, voted as one of the one hundred most beautiful Italian villages. Anghiari is often a chosen location by filmmakers for it's beauty. The farm-house was built around an ancient tower dating back to Longobard times ... more   less 
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