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“Heaven in Tuscany!”
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Casa Portagioia
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

While planning the perfect Italian holiday to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, a friend enthusiastically recommended that we book Casa Portagioia for the Tuscan leg of our trip. Casa Joy, as we nicknamed this accommodation, lived up to every accolade awarded by Trip Advisor and posted by reviewers. Our first introduction was through viewing the video on their website, Tuscan Breaks - www.tuscanbreaks.com. We wanted to leave for the B&B immediately. Referring to Casa Portagioia as a mere B&B, does not come close to conveying the comfortable elegance and idyllic setting that lies in store for guests fortunate enough to stay for any length of time. The location is situated very close to Cortona and within easy driving distance of all the major Tuscan hill towns. The property is nothing short of breath-taking. It is encircled by Tuscan hills, and the eye is treated from the first approach by a cypress-lined drive, followed by attractively designed structures and meticulously tended gardens up to a relaxing pool area. Stone urns and pots spill over with flowers of every colour lining paths and drives, and hedges of lavender and rosemary subtly perfume the air. I can only imagine how stunning it must look when the lavender is in bloom.The guest rooms are spacious and immaculate with comfortable beds fitted with high quality linens. The bathrooms are modern with high-end amenities and luxurious linens. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by hosts Terry & Marcello and their Lhasa's Sammie and Tosca, the best behaved little dogs we've ever met.

Our itinerary allowed us to enjoy one of Terry & Marcello's dinners which they serve twice each week. The menus are creative and feature the best Tuscan ingredients. We thoroughly enjoyed a beautifully presented, multi-course gourmet dinner accompanied by a reasonably priced wine. This was a fabulous way to complete a day that began with the most wonderful breakfast. My husband has a hearty appetite and loves traditional North American-style breakfasts, which he is seldom able to find in Italy. Casa Portagioia does not disappoint in this department. Each day of our stay began with a hearty breakfast of top quality fresh fruit and pastries, a hot serving of eggs and unlimited coffee or cappuccino served on crisp white linen-covered tables on Casa Portagioia's lovely outdoor terrace. Bliss!

Terry & Marcello are the consummate hosts - warm, gracious, funny, charming, knowledgeable about the area, and helpful in every respect. They extended a truly personal touch, making each of us feel as though we were the only guests at the Inn. We heartily recommend this gem and eagerly await a return visit on our next trip to Italy.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Castelli room which had a great cross-breeze and a private terrace that we shared w...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Absolutely highlight of honeymoon in Italy , very very nice, the room, the breakfast, loved the Saturday night dinner. Both Terry and marcello were a delight. Will definitely make it back to this bed and breakfast. Make sure to get updated directions, a few names have changed. Thank you Terry and marcello

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Not sure what I can say, that others have not already said! Terry and Marcello are living their dream in rebuilding this property and hosting guests. Every last detail was taken care of and there was so much thought and care given to each guest. The scenery was beyond amazing, the breakfasts were refreshing and filling, the dinner was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, and the travel tips were the best! You will NOT be disappointed in Casa Porta-JOY-a! Thank you Terry and Marcello for helping us make some memories of a lifetime!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank noonclan
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

It may be hard to imagine a place worthy of all these amazing reviews, but Casa Portagioia is that place. Terry and Marcello are hosts beyond compare, gracious and warm, and Terry has a wicked sense of humor! We found Casa Portagioia on a whim. We had left the last several days of our honeymoon open and decided to return to Tuscany. Our Internet search revealed this wonderful retreat and it was quite serendipitous when we found they actually had a room available. When we return next time we will not leave it to chance! We will book early since it is impossible to imagine staying anywhere else. We were fortunate enough to be here when Terry and Marcello hosted one of their lovely dinner parties. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have an elegant home cooked meal after almost three weeks of eating out! And we still didn't have to do dishes! The accommodations are elegant and yet homey and comfortable. The gardens are exquisite. And the service is outstanding. You can tell this place is a labor of love for Terry and Marcello and we were the fortunate recipients. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was the perfect end to our wonderful Italian honeymoon. Next time we will stay even longer!
Hara & Todd Sanders

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

We thought the best way to share with you our review of Casa Portagioia was to post a letter sent to Terry and Marcello personally. I don't think we have ever felt compelled to write such a note after a hotel stay, this is how special our visit was.

Terry & Marcello,

Thank you so very much for a wonderful stay at your lovely Casa Portagioia! What a memorable experience you create for your guests and we are so grateful to have been among them! The setting is spectacular, the service impeccable and your warm welcome made us feel instantly at home. Terry thank you for your very special care in having our car exchanged! Superhero service! Also we are very grateful for the help you gave us in planning our days! Pienza was our absolute favourite!!! Breakfast at Casa Portagioia was the best of our entire 2 1/2 week trip! And as for the dinner...fantastic! No other meal on our trip even came close!! Marcello you are extremely gifted! That was 5 star dining to be sure...and with a setting beyond compare! A memory to last a lifetime! The two of you have created a very special place in Tuscany and all your awards are richly deserved!

Thank you for making our vacation truly memorable! It would certainly be our wish that we are back to visit again one day...for a longer stay!

Thank you again for creating a very special Tuscan experience...our trip wouldn't have been the same without it!!!

Jim & Margaret

For those looking for some practical specifics:
- room was a great size, simply and perfectly decorated to suit the Tuscan feel
- fabulous views of the surrounding Tuscan hills out both windows
- spotlessly clean
- bathroom was lovely with beautiful amenities
- bed was super comfy and the linens were lovely - smelled as though they were dried in the fresh air
- grounds were beautiful, from the cypress lined driveway to the beautiful gardens and pool area
- breakfast selection of fresh fruits was beyond compare, and don't miss Marcello's scrambled eggs!

Although Casa Portagioia is classified as a B&B, it struck us more as a beautiful boutique hotel! If you are lucky enough to be there on one of the two nights (per week) when dinner is hosted, don't miss it!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a stay at Casa Portagioia last week and as prior reviewers have noted it is truly "heaven on earth". Terry and Marcello go out of their way to make the experience memorable, I really don't know how they continue to exceed expectations. The grounds and pool are fabulous, rooms are spotless and charming, we have not had such a wonderful nights sleep in many months. The village is charming and so close to Cortona, our favorite city during our 3 week trip. Thank you Marcella and Terry for making this a trip of a lifetime!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

Our second visit within a year. Casa Portagioia is everything you read in the many reviews and more. Terry and Marcello have created a masterpiece which blends an extraordinary level of style, service, and sophistication into a casual and friendly setting that literally takes your breath away. The incredibly beautiful setting and the absolute perfection of the buildings and grounds seems so natural that you may not fully appreciate what you have experienced until you drive away and check into your next hotel. On this visit we found it was indeed possible to improve on perfection as the property now features very fast room internet, an amazing multi lingual TV system, new and very comfortable mattresses, and currently under construction is a new building which will someday feature occasional pizza and wine tasting events. This Bed and Breakfast is truly a unique experience located in a beautiful but somewhat out of the way rural area yet quite convenient for day trips to most of Tuscany and Umbria. Of course, should the mood strike you, the property is perfect for just hanging around and enjoying the ambiance. It gets no better than Casa Portagioia.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Portagioia

Address: Pieve di Chio | Cortona, 52043, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Castiglion Fiorentino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range: £129 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Portagioia - an elegant yet relaxed country retreat in Tuscany - somewhere between a country hotel and your best friend's home. A place where you can relax, take time to reflect on your travels and to be energized and enthused in to seeing more of the wonderful places Tuscany (& Umbria) have to offer. Always fresh and inviting. 5 Guest bedrooms and 2 suite apartments, all with luxury bathrooms and air-conditioning. Everything 'just so.' LAST MInute? Please visit our website or send an email for an immediate response. ... more   less 
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