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“Amazing little retreat in the heart of Tuscany!”

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Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti
Fort Worth, Texas
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20 reviews
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“Amazing little retreat in the heart of Tuscany!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in May with our 3 1/2 year old daughter and absolutely enjoyed it. It was relaxing, quiet, and just what we needed after traveling in the big cities. The farmhouse apartment is perfect for a family and they even made a little cot for our daughter to sleep on. There is a fridge for items and also a stove for cooking, but why cook, when you can enjoy the amazing restaurant and Chef James (as we called him) and his staff. Our meal here was phenomenal and we enjoyed every bite of each dish we were served! We are still enjoying our olive oil we purchased from the restaurant and have tried to duplicate many of the antipasta here back home. Nonna Ciana is fabulous as well! She is so loving and caring...and wanted to make sure we had everything we needed. The breakfast in the am is fresh and great as well. I highly recommend a car if you stay here. It just makes it that much easier since it is in the countryside and allows you to see more of the landscape, etc. We will definitely tell others about this hidden gem...and HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU EAT here on your trip! Sending hugs to Nonna Ciana and family. Our daughter really enjoyed playing with the soccer balls outside as well! We hope to see you again soon. Until then, thank you so much for a fabulous stay!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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NickMontaperti, Owner at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 21 October 2014
We are delighted that you and your daughter enjoyed your stay with us - we certainly loved having such charming guests.It is so nice that you appreciate the peace and beauty of the Tuscan countryside after sightseeing in the cultural capitals- Thank you for writing this lovely review.We all hope to see you again soon too.The Pietre Vive Team
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We spent one night at the farmhouse and did the cooking class with Nona and loved it! Both Nona and Valeria are so much fun. The cooking class was a huge highlight of our trip. Don't miss it! We have kids ages 10 and 12 and they loved it as well, even though we were very late for the class due to difficulties with the trains from Cinque Terra region. Do not miss the eating at the restaurant. It was the best food we had during our 2 week stay in Italy and probably our best restaurant experience we've ever had. We ate there when we were staying at the castle owned by the same owners. Can't say enough about the restaurant. If we had the opportunity, we wanted to eat there again, but couldn't coordinate it. Regarding the farmhouse - if you are renting a car, this would be an ideal place to stay with kids or even without kids to save money and be able to cook and eat at your farmhouse. There was plenty of space, a kitchen, great yard to play in, etc. However, without a car, it is too far away from the city and the cab ride from the train station was expensive - wish I could remember if it was 35 or 45 euros...can't remember. Don't miss the restaurant! Nona - I tried making a cappacino when I got home and it's not the same:-( But thank you for the lesson on making a true Italian cappuccino:-)

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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NickMontaperti, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for enjoied the Farm and the activities offered, you are in our hearts and hope you will come back iin the future!
All the best
Team Le Pietre Vive
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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We booked this last minute hoping to stay in a 'castle' but as it was not available, this farmhouse was suggested. A great alternative. The farmhouse is full of rustic charm, run by the Guerrini family who also live on the premises. We were the only guests there so it was nice and private. We had a full suite with a stocked kitchen, a cute bathroom and windows that overlooked endless pasture. The entire place was spotless and the decor impeccable.

The restaurant on the premises was very good. The antipasto variety offered was the best. The simplest items - carmelized whole baby onions, grilled zucchini & eggplant, were my favorite. Staff and chef were entertaining. Luciana served a wonderful breakfast in the morning too! We unfortunately didn't have time for the cooking class as we were only there for one night.

I would definitely consider renting a car for next time, however. Taking a taxi to and from the property costs approx. 30 euro. And If you plan on heading into Siena (definitely recommend) at some point, it's an added expense. We were lucky in that we hitched a ride with Nicola as he was heading into town (and back). Which also gave us an opportunity to meet his adorable children, and a tour of the Quattoro tower castle.

Overall a soothing, quaint, relaxing experience at a charming farmhouse. Nicolas and his family were very warm and accommodating. Would definitely stay here again for longer.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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NickMontaperti, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Lot of thanks for spent your days with us at the Farm
Hope to meet you again
Hugs
Staff Le Pietre Vive
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We arrived on the doorstep of this farmhouse wanting to check out of the hotel we had booked elsewhere. The family were so hospitable and welcoming, they treated us like family. This place is exactly what we were looking for in our Tuscan holiday. A family owned farmhouse, where you get homemade croissants and coffee made for breakfast, you open your room window to see fields and mountain top grand homes in the distance and you are truly treated like family.
A farmhouse restaurant is attached to the property featuring locally grown and produced produce and a cooking class ran by Nonna Ciana, which add to this wonderful, one of a kind Tuscan experience.
We would highly recommend all three.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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NickMontaperti, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Thank you Jane,
it was really a pleasure to have you as lovely guests here at the Farm Le Pietre Vive
Hope you will come back in the future.

All the best from Team Le Pietre Vive di Monteaperti
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

In a last minute change of plans, we decided to depart from the city and head to the Tuscan countryside. A quick search highlighted this location as a highly rated B&B. We jumped on it and couldn't be happier with the result. We were warmly greeted by Valeria and ushered into our apartment. Peaceful, comfortable, and loaded with all the amenities you need in the new kitchen; we savored every moment. The house is situated on a hillside, with gorgeous views of Tuscany. We took advantage of this and went for long walks. We also took advantage of the cooking class offered by Nonna Ciana with Valeria serving as translator. What an amazing experience! Nonna was extremely knowledgeable on Italian cuisine and kindly teaches visitors in a unique and fun way. We would highly recommend both staying at Le Pietre Vive AND doing the cooking class. You will not regret it and it just may be the highlight of your time in Italy as well!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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NickMontaperti, Owner at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 21 October 2014
Thanks so much for your great review. We especially liked your appreciation of the relaxing atmosphere and tranquillity of the farmhouse.We really would love to welcome you back sometime for alonger stay...and maybe a cooking class too. All the best from everyone here at Le Pietre Vive
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Our dinner at the farmhouse restaurant was a night to remember. Chef James entertains enthusiastically and cooks passionately. Everything out of his kitchen was wonderful; the huge selection of local cheeses and salumis with the homemade mustards almost did us in, but we saved room for pastas and risotto cooked to perfection. I am still sort of kicking myself that I didn't try one of his steaks: they looked delicious. After dessert and some Vin Santo, James told us about a medieval battle which raged on those hills around Montaperti, talked about in Dante's Inferno. We felt very lucky to be there!

The cooking class with Nonna Ciana was equal parts food, learning and love. I guess it's sort of a quintessential Tuscan experience where the food and the place and the people come together in a way that's magical, and Nonna Ciana is able to capture that in her kitchen in that centuries-old farmhouse. Of course she had an interpreter, Valeria, who was very nice and sincere, and between the two of them there's never a dull moment. Lots of talk, plenty of wine. My wife and I are good cooks (she graduated from CIA) and we both learned a few things, and the kids had an awesome time making fresh pasta by hand. But the best part was just being there, out in those historic Tuscan hills, soaking up the food and land and history with such nice people. Again, we felt lucky we got to do this... and writing this has inspired me to make one of her recipes tonight- maybe bruschetta

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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NickMontaperti, Owner at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 21 October 2014
Thank you so much, it was really a pleasure have you as special guests both at the restaurant -Jaume and the staff send greetings- and at the cooking class Hugs to all of you from Nonna Ciana and all the Pietre Vive Team.
PS Hope you are still making the recipes!
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

While staying at the castle (Castello delle Quattro Torra - fantastic place to stay), we spent a terrific evening with Nonna Ciana and Valeria learning authentic Tuscan cooking techniques. The class was small, personal, and most of all, very fun. We learned how to make several items, of which the highlight was homemade Tagliatelle (without the use of a pasta machine). Since returning to the US, we have been able to successfully reproduce the results we achieved in Italy.
Nonna and Valeria are a true delight. Very pleasant and fun personality. This class was one of the highlights of our trip and every time we make homemade pasta, we will remember our wonderful experience here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NickMontaperti, Owner at Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, responded to this review, 22 October 2014
Thank you for the great review. Delighted that you are still making tagliatelle and other Italian goodies back home in Carolina- shows you are really good students! Hope to see you again and cook up some new recipes together. The Cooking Class Team
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Property: Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti
Address: Via Martiri di Monteaperti | Loc. Monteapertaccio, 53019, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castelnuovo Berardenga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Castelnuovo Berardenga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agriturismo a gestione familiare a 10 km da Siena.The area is also marked as "Parco Termale dell' Acqua Borra,because only a few hundred meters from the farm there is a small hot spring called Acqua Borra, with curative properties.The farmhouse has been renovated with care and passion by the owners and today, while deliberately keeping intact the original structure of the building it is fully restored and equipped with completely new and advanced plants, with only a wood heater (boiler inverse flame emission 0)in winter, and solar panels for hot water in summer. In the Farm they produce, together with old varieties of wheat, extra virgin olive oil and Chianti wine,In the garden is planted with different varieties of tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, courgettes, lettuce, cabbages, cucumbers, pumpkins, strawberries, melons and watermelons. The products, depending on seasonal availability are used for food preparation along with herbs from the Farm: basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, tarragon, mint, bay leaves and juniper. ... more   less 
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