For ten days in August 2004, my boyfriend and I went on a holiday to Italy with his daughter (15) and niece (13). We spent 4 nights at the Antica Pieve, which proved to be the most wonderful, relaxing place to stay.
The Antica Pieve is a B&B on the outer edges of the Tuscan town of Tavarnelle. Tavarnelle is not a picturesque Tuscan hill-town, rather an "ordinary" Tuscan town for locals and the odd tourist. It's has a handful of restaurants (my recommendation would be the hectic but delicious La Vecchia Piazza, where we ate twice) and bars / cafes, with obligatory delectable Italian gelati! Tavarnelle is very handy for the highway between Florence and Sienna, and therefore a good base for visiting famous sites and towns in the region.
The Antica Pieve itself is wonderful. It's clearly been recently refurbished - the rooms are very simple, but spacious and very clean. There is secure parking for guests. There is a pool and sun terrace that are perfect for idling hours away while resting feet that are tired of site-seeing. Breakfast is buffet-style with local breads, cheeses and hams as well as a good cup of coffee. Dinner is also available if you want it, although we always tend to eat out on a night so didn't sample dinner, but the menus did sound very good.
Antica Pieve B&B was wonderful, we were made very welcome, it was very peaceful and relaxing, and I would thoroughly recommend it. I almost didn't want to write this review in case the Antica Pieve became too popular for me to get a reservation in the future, but I can't deny the owners their success - it would be extremely well-deserved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Antica Pieve Bed and Breakfast is a typical Tuscan Villa, located in Tuscany on the hills of Chianti at half way between Florence and Siena on the famous "Cassia" ancient roman road in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Florence), in one of the most beautiful Chianti areas. The Antica Pieve B&B is a strategic location from which it is possible to visit the most important historical towns of Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Badia a Passignano, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra, Castellina in Chianti, Certaldo, Radda in Chianti, Barberino Val d'Elsa.During the day you can refresh yourself in the swimming-pool or sun bathe in the garden or in the solarium terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Pieve B&B Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa, Italy - Tuscany