It was our first experience in Italy, the three of us, including a two year old, started in the beautiful city of Pisa, then stayed for one and a half weeks at Agriturismo Podere Il Fornacino. Set in the Tuscan countryside the views and surroundings are breathtaking, evenings can be spent sitting by the pool overlooking a valley whilst watching the sun set. The garden is full of flowers and herbs, smelling of Rosemary during the hot summer days.
We stayed in the Delle Rose Suite, a ground floor suite comprising of a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Outside was a little private terrace with a wooden table where we enjoyed a few dinners watching the fireflies. The rooms themselves are beautifully decorated with a fantastic attention to detail, from the hand printed towels and bedlinen to the furniture and pictures on the walls.
From the moment we arrived Marco and Lora made us feel welcome. They are not only inspiring people, running the farm, looking after their animals and olive trees, but also extremely attentive towards their guests. Even knowing they had to get up early in the mornings they still found time to have a little chat with us in the evenings.
Our two year old loved all the animals and we had to visit them every morning to say ‘hello’ in chicken, goat, donkey and duck!
Words cannot describe the gastronomic delight of Marco's cooking. It was so good that we chose to stay at the farm for most evening meals excited to know what he would create. The food is a blend of traditional Tuscan recipes and contemporary techniques using a lot of their own or locally sourced produce, from hand made goats cheese, jams and chutney's to 'enorme' fish!
It’s definitely not our last visited and we’d strongly recommend it anyone. It’s a fantastic base for exploring Tuscany, in easy reach of the main towns and cities but off the main tourist trail.