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“Your own home in Tuscany”
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Casa Portagioia
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Belfast, N Ireland
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“Your own home in Tuscany”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

My wife and I stayed at Casa Portagioia for two nights on our way south from France to the Amalfi Coast and also on our way back north again for a further 3 nights. This is truly a gem right in the middle of Tuscany with the warmest of welcomes from Terry and Marcello. The bedrooms are immaculate, the bathrooms spotless and the breakfasts were wonderful. The advice on local restaurants and places to see is fantastic and we also had some wonderful 'chill out' time at the pool where there is complete silence and tranquillity.

It is easy to see why the Trip Advisor reviews for here are so excellent, over 650 people cannot be wrong. If the location works for you, do not consider anywhere else, it's simply perfect and as close as you will get to having your own home in Tuscany.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The title says it all.

Definitely the highlight of our 2 week trip in Italy! Loved the countryside and easy to find and get around if you follow the directions.

Lovely property, lovely couple, lovely room - everything was just fabulous. Delicious breakfast and lunches. Terry and Marcello were so helpful and gave us excellent tips.

Can't wait to go back! Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Enough has been said about rooms, gardens, pool and so on - The title says it all.. Our stay in July was during a period that Marcello was our only host as Terry was hospitalized. During (no doubt) a tough time for them both, he managed with flying colors and made us all feel so welcome and, despite he wanting to be in two places at one time, he was there for all of his guests - with recommendations and good advice.

Thank you Marcello (and Terry) - a great stay and, next time we hope to see you both and, try one of your famous dinner evenings. Wishing Terry a great recovery

Room Tip: From what we heard at breakfast, each is very pleasant and comfortable
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Marcello, one of the two owners that we met, was exceptionally hospitable and both he and "Casa Portagioia" left wonderful fond memories with us of this exceptional B & B in Tuscany,
Italy. He directed us to the local restaurants and places of interest and everywhere we went we received a big smile when we mentioned that Marcello had recommended them. Cheers.
Wayne & Ivet

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

There's little I can add in this review to emphasise the quality of this property and its owners, but here goes anyway.

Casa Portagioia was the third and final stop on a mini Grand Tour of Italy for me and my three 'girls' - wife and two grown up daughters. The others had been 4 Star hotels in Rome and Positano, which were fine, but missed the one thing that this property has the others are missing. Or should I say two things: Terry and Marcello!

From the moment we arrived and Marcello greeted us like long lost friends, it didn't feel like we staying in a hotel/B&B at all. It felt like we had been invited to an exclusive house party where the hosts' only objective was to ensure our complete happiness.

All I can say is: mission accomplished. The location is no less than Heaven On Earth, and after several days touring Ancient Rome, Pompeii and Positano, all we really wanted was to chill out. WHAT a place to do it: fabulous breakfast to start the day, beauty all around, accommodation to rival and indeed surpass that of a 4 Star hotel, and then comes the intangible 'ambience' created by Terry and Marcello. Amazing. When we did venture out to see the local sights, we were guided by Marcello and his sweet customised maps (don't miss Le Celle just outside Cortona by the way!), and I can only say that the restaurants Marcello recommended and booked for us were absolutely spot on.

The only disappointment was that Terry and Marcello had taken a break from staging their famous evening meals. I and the girls hope that everything works out for you both so that you can continue with them (and the planned pizza nights!) and we look forward very much to returning to see our new friends in Tuscany very soon. In fact I'm looking at available dates now!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Recently booked Casa Portagioia for a long weekend - Marcello the owner was the best host youcould wish for. Helped us plan our days and local restaurants to visit- he knew exactly the types of places we were looking for. The stay we had in Italy would not be the same without his recommendations and local tips! The grounds and the place itself is beautiful. Breakfast fantastic. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. Seriously book it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Greenville, Indiana
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Casa Portagioia – If you are lucky enough to stay here you will be staying at one of the best places on earth. I’ll try to break it down for you but it is difficult to describe just how excellent this place is.

The property: This place is amazingly beautiful. It’s perfect for relaxation and reflection. You will reside among vineyards and peaceful olive groves. The view never grows old. The grounds are basically loaded with gardens and flowers and during our visit they exploded with color from every perspective. They also have a very nice pool to take a dip after a long day of eating, drinking and taking in the sights.
Don’t be surprised to see guests staring off into the distance or gazing at the gardens with a look of disbelief on their faces.

Location: You are in the heart of Tuscany. It’s not far to Cortona, Anghiari, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Siena etc. We took the train to Florence during two of our days and it’s an easy trip. Every one of these places is worth exploring and when the day is done you return to the relaxing and beautiful Casa Portagioia.

Rooms: The rooms are a good size and very comfortable. Bedding is first class. A small fridge is there with wine in case you run out. Laundry service is available and of course it’s excellent just like everything else.

Food & wine: The breakfast menu is exactly what we wanted. A wide array of cold breakfast foods and fruits plus Marcello preparing fresh eggs for guests on request. Perfect way to start the day. At lunch we had a perfectly prepared salad and washed it down with a bottle of Prosecco. Dinners when available are not to be missed and are done to a level of perfection you won’t find in many restaurants. They have an exceptional wine cellar stocked with the better Italian wines - sold at very reasonable prices.

People: Terry and Marcello have clearly thought this through from the guest’s perspective. Casa Portagioia is the net result of a lot of thought, creativity and work.
Need some advice on a day trip? You will get good advice. Need a dinner recommendation and reservation? When Marcello calls you get the best table. In fact, one restaurant gave us a gift basket of biscotti because Marcello made the reservation.
These guys are extremely competent, creative and genuinely care about their guests. They are good guys. You really can’t ask for more.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 13 B&Bs / Inns in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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