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Agriturismo Settesoldi
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

This place is a beautiful located little paradise in the middle of the Tuscan hills. As from the moment you drive trough the gate of this agriturismo, Sergio and Cecillia make you feel at home. Cecillia is a great cook and Sergio the perfect host (that speaks English rather well). He knows when to offer you a glass of wine and when to let you to enjoy the stunning views of the peaceful valley from the pool or from a comfortable chair while reading a book. Don't be surprised if he offers you to visit a olive oil factory, or refuses to make you a cappuccino after 11 a.m....
A beautiful place, friendly people, good food: everything we looked for in a relaxing holiday in Tuscany.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Having never tried agriturismo before we went onto trip advisor and had a look. Sergio’s had only rave reviews – nothing could be that good we thought, well it was! Starting with the location – set off the beaten track amongst Sergio’s olive trees, looking out across a landscape dotted with Cyprus trees just to confirm that you are in Tuscany. Breakfast for us was outside on the terrace - Sergio’s delicious homemade cake and the most Italian of cappuccinos. You can then spend the day taking it easy by the pool or heading off to Florence, Pisa or Lucca. So many places to visit. Sergio will give you indications of a great place to park (free) in Florence, the best ice-cream shop nearby, a church or two off the tourist route. If you’re interested, he’ll share his passion of renaissance art with you. On the way back from sight-seeing, you’ll already be thinking about dinner and what Cecilia is cooking. It might be delicate courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta followed by pasta with home grown tomatoes and olives, the most succulent of roasts with rosemary from the garden accompanied of course by bottles of local wine, produced by a friend and neighbour of Sergio’s. All this seated around the most beautifully decorated table on the terrace listening to great music in the background. Sergio and Cecilia have a way of making you feel like you’re amongst friends. So, armed with a litre or two of Sergio’s olive oil we headed off to our next destination but found ourselves suddenly very homesick for Sergio and Cecilia’s!
Brian and Fiona

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

If you want to find a place which is quiet and peaceful, nestling in stunning countryside, perfectly placed between Florence, Pisa and Lucca and a pool with a view to take your breath away - look no further. Add simply but stylishly furnished rooms and superb hospitality and you have, for us, the perfect break. Sergio is a fount of information about the region and will give advice about where to go and the best place to park when you get there, while Cecilia produces a range of delicious local dishes, often using their own produce. We had lots of interesting conversations in spite - or because of - an interesting range of languages around the table. Not to mention a highly competitive paper darts competition one evening. Just don't ask for a spoon to eat your spaghetti ... You'll get a lesson on how to use your fork!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

In the beginning of August this year we had the pleasure of spending a couple of days at Cecilia & Sergio's house again. We were there in June 2011 and summarized the visit as a stay in the "luxury of simplicity and silence" and that impression lasts. On arrival this time, we again immediately felt the friendly and calm atmosphere, an impression that lasted throughout our stay. Evenings together with our hosts and other guests sitting around a common table in open air, talking, discussing and eating a well prepared dinner with the right local touch accompanied by good wine from the neighbors wine yard, this just has to be experienced.
However second time at a location, one normally experience other things than what was important or made impression on the first visit. F.ex. at night, sleeping with open windows and feeling the light warm breeze from the hills of Tuscany, best two night sleep in a long time. In the early evening just relaxing looking out over the surrounding hills, silence and fantastic view that makes an important part of the total picture, not only for this but for several Agro-Tourism places in the area. Again we had a pleasant stay at Cecilia & Sergio's place.
Elena & Alf

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

When comming to Settesoldi you need to be aware that you are part of the family for the time of your stay. Sergio gives you a warm welcome to his house and you need to "follow" his rules on italian life style. Meaning that you have a late dinner with the fantastic food cooked by Cecilia, with long discussions and very nice music. In the morning you have a late sweet italian breakfast . Sergios tipps for sightseeing are a definitely MUST! Better do not trust you GPS when comming to Settesoldi, but follow Sergios map. Especially when you reach the country road follow the "agriturismo" sign (carefull it says only " agriturismo").

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Close your eyes and imagine a rustic Tuscan farmhouse at the top of a hill dappled in amber light. Imagine an idyllic scene, for example a handmade wooden table laid out with fresh garden vegetables and greens, a glass of ruby colored wine whose grapes had collected the sun on the very slopes that unfold below you, a light pasta seasoned with herb from the garden at your feet and drizzled in the oil of the olives growing all around you. Imagine there's music playing, gently in the background. Imagine a place so beautiful it hurts your eyes. Imagine the Platonic ideal of the Tuscan countryside in all it's rural, bucolic beauty. Imagine what you hope Tuscany is like. What the word Tuscany says to you. This is what Settesoldi gives you.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Our three day trip began with a difficult exit from Florence in an unfamiliar car (and cursing that we had no GPS), followed by the "interesting" drive from the autostrada up progressively more rustic roads with a hand-drawn map that we simply had to trust... Suffice to say, we arrived at Agriturismo Settesoldi with a lot of tension! Within literally minutes of Sergio's welcome and breathing the delicious air of the beautiful property, we were smiling and happy, in a way we had not felt in a long time.

Dinner is always on the late side (around 9pm or later), but absolutely worth the wait. After our first meal, there was never a question about where we would have dinner! Cecilia is a genius in the kitchen and Sergio a brilliant host. The chance to share the meal with the few other guests (there are only three rooms) also gave us a wonderful opportunity (across multiple languages) to get ideas for how to spend our time. Sergio is an astonishing fount of information, and you simply have to trust that whatever he tells you will be the best, whether it is a particular drive, a cheap or even free place to park in Pisa or Florence, which hilltown to visit, the best gelato etc.

The bedroom was simple but had everything we needed, including enough sockets for us to charge our devices without sacrificing light (not every agriturismo or hotel in Italy has this, by any means). The bathroom, with shower, bidet, toilet and sink, was plenty large enough. And the bed was amazing: just the right amount of firm.

The small pool was a little chilly for us at the end of the day, so we didn't spend as much time in it as we thought we would. One reason was the mosquitoes (?) that swarmed around when you were in the water, but curiously not when sitting at the side of the pool. Those mosquitoes also had a thing about arriving cars, but not about the passengers who exited...

One particularly special thing was the absence of TV, children and dogs - it really added to the peaceful and restorative atmosphere.

But Sergio (and Cecilia's cuisine) were the highlight of this all too short trip. He is such a character: friendly and a little over the top at times, yet discreet and honest and open with his opinions. We were very sorry to say goodbye, and just wished we could have found room in our luggage for his delicious olive oil.

Breakfast, like dinner, was always late (never before 9, sometimes as late as 9:30), so if you have a busy day out, don't hang around. However, if you are taking it easy, definitely get it. But dinner is the highlight of the day: no less than 2.5 hours, three or four courses, complete with delicious local wine and coffee. If you are lucky enough to enjoy the spaghetti alla chianti, you will realize that you are truly in heaven.

A heavenly place indeed, and we will long hold onto the memories of our all too short time there.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Agriturismo Settesoldi

Address: Via Barbinaia 2, 56028, San Miniato, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > San Miniato
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 Speciality Lodging in San Miniato
Price Range: £67 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This small agriturismo, which is an ancient farm-house on the hills of San Miniato al Tedesco, among woods, olive-trees and stars is the ideal place for a romantic holiday, very relaxing, with a particular attention to culture, tasteful for good and genuine things.3 Rooms only ... more   less 

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