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“Truly Special!”
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Le Traverse
Ranked #10 of 33 Pienza B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Truly Special!”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Le Treverse was by far our favorite place the most special place we stayed during our vacation in Italy. Pinuccia was a wonderful hostess. She made excellent recommendations on places to visit and eat during our stay. We loved chatting with her and learning more about the history of the house and land - we especially loved her homemade ice cream and jams!

The views from Le Treverse are just spectacular and the rooms feel cozy and inviting. The pool was refreshing and a welcome treat after a long hot day of exploring the surrounding towns.

I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is a very special place to stay. The location and aspect are undeniably stunning, a peaceful haven for relaxation. We stayed for three nights, but it felt longer (not often that you can say that about a short break).

The rooms are beautifully furnished with country antiques which seem just in keeping. The pool area is wonderful with a great view, and a decent size pool (and the biggest pool towels I have ever used…), with lovely deckchairs and sun-loungers. The gardens and farm at the property really add to the harmonious feeling of being part of the landscape. My only criticism (and this is splitting hairs) is that the bathrooms are less than contemporary in design / fittings.
Breakfast is a real joy, and in-fact on 2 days we didn’t eat again until dinner. The highlights are indeed the cakes, and visiting in September the figs from the garden were stunningly ripe. Pinuccia the owner is a one-off, constantly striving to make your stay as comfortable as possible (supplying gluten free bread for a wheat allergy), and her recommendations for dinners and visits were sage advice. She is a true host, which is a rare thing these days. I hope that she keeps hold of La Traverse for as long as she finds it a joy, as an Italian Ski Instructor once told me “beware of the East” !

I would thoroughly recommend this idyllic spot to anyone looking for a true taste of Tuscany.

Room Tip: All the rooms in the annexa are very similar. 'Azelea' room is gorgeous but next to the brea...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Genève
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

My husband and I both feel like we were blessed to find this lovely place by chance, as we wanted to spend a romantic week in Tuscany.

Probably one of the best stays in my life, let me tell you why :

- The value you get for the price is more than fair: I feel like we definitely got more than our money's worth

- Everything is proper and clean! The people who work there are discreet, nice and caring. You really get the feel that you are taken cared of.

- The place itself is of course breathtaking and very well known (and rightfully so) as probably the most beautiful location in all Tuscany. It is the picture of romanticness and relaxation.

- Perfect location also in terms of nearby "must-see" places and unknown gorgeous little villages.

- The hostess was marvelous!!! She paid careful attention to our every needs and gave us the "insider tips" (restaurants/places to go/etc.) to make our stay even more magical. I can't thank her enough for her incredible generosity, energy and kindness! If she reads this, we'd like you to understand how much your help was appreciated and how dear we hold our stay with you in our hearts now.

Don't miss this incredible experience that Le Traverse is!

Take care

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Pulling up the cypress lined drive to Le Traverse was the first hint that our stay would indeed be magical! The grounds are beautiful, overlooking the soft hills of the countryside and the charming town of Pienza in the distance. The charm and beauty of the property, however, is matched only by the charm and genteel nature of the proprietress, Pinuccia Barbier Meroni and her lovely staff, Alicia and Lana. They welcomed us and showed us to our individual quarters, one more lovely than the next, each decorated and appointed by Pinnucia. Each room has an outside space where breakfast is served each morning, cooked and baked with the eggs, olive oil and jams produced on the property. Le Traverse also produces a wonderful vino rosa, a complementary bottle of which is left in each room daily. The swimming pool is gorgeous, the grounds gorgeous, the rooms gorgeous, and as we sat with our wine each evening on our outside gazebo, watching the sun set over the hillside, we had to keep pinching ourselves that this was all real! Pinnucia was also instrumental in finding us a driver, Paolo, allowing us to avoid driving altogether and still travel the area. Pienza is a charming village where we would venture to dine and shop. So much to do in the area. Went to Sienna and Florence by train but wished we would have just spent more time in the smaller towns. Pinuccia was so welcoming, charming and interesting, we felt (as all Le Traverse visitors do, I am sure) a friend for life. We will return....truly the best place we have ever stayed.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

I came to this place with my wife and it was the most romantic stay we could have ever dreamed of. The area is simply beautiful.

About the hotel? Everything is always clean, the people who work there are amazing and you are truly made to feel welcome and taken cared of in a very personal way. Our room was gorgeous. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough!

Last but not least, I truly want to pay my deepest respect to the extraordinary woman who is in charge of the place. Your tremendous warmth, kindness and generosity made a lasting impression on us. We've met many faces in our travels but you will always have a very special place in our hearts.

Greetings from Switzerland, we love you!
Alexandre

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here at Le Traverse. It was recommended to us by travelers who had stayed there in the past and we could not have been happier with it. First, Pinuccia (the owner) is so welcoming and charming. When we arrived she invited us into the main area, sat with us, and was genuinely interested in talking with us. The property is gorgeous! It is set right outside of the town of Pienza (you can see the town from the estate) and is located among the hills of the quiet countryside. The scenery is just spectacular. There aren't many rooms so it's very calm, relaxing, and personal. Breakfast is held right outside of your room, at your own table overlooking the views. Breakfast was great with freshly made eggs (from her own chickens), fruit, breads, yogurt, etc. There is a pool around back which is great to use on those hot days. All in all, we had such a lovely time here.. I wish we had stayed longer! If we are ever back in the area we will definitely stay here again and I will be recommending Pinuccia and Le Traverse to anyone planning on visiting! Grazie Pinuccia!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We visited Le Traverse a couple of weeks ago as a part of a celebration trip for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, and were not disappointed. We went based on the reports from Tripadvisor which all seemed to be so positive.
Pinuccia (our host) makes a real effort to 'meet and greet', and makes you feel very welcome. I think she genuinely enjoys having a chat with her new arrivals and is interested to learn what, if any, plans you have during your stay. If nothing is arranged she will certainly have some good suggestions to keep you occupied. The afternoon of our arrival she was straight on the phone to a local restaurant booking us in for the following night. To our surprise she then called them back once we had disappeared into our room to let them know it was a special anniversary, to which they treated us to our desert and wrote "buon anniverserie" in chocolate on our plate! You'll be interested to know the restaurant was La Porta, and we returned 2 days later as it was the most wonderful food, location and service.
Breakfasts are a real feast at Le Traverse too. There's always some kind of fresh fruit, yoghurt, and toast with homemade jam, but also freshly baked, and often still warm, cake!!!!!! Be warned the portions are huge unless YOU hold the knife!!! No lunch required!
Don't be concerned that there's no air conditioning in the rooms as they are actually beautifully cool due to them being part of the old barn and having extremely thick walls. The bed was incredibly comfortable too.
Of course an enormous benefit to Le Traverse is the pool, set just above the olive groves with a stunning vista across the rolling hills, what more can you want after a days sightseeing?

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Traverse

Property: Le Traverse
Address: Podere Le Traverse | Pienza, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Pienza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Le Traverse Pienza, Tuscany, Italy

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