I am currently writing from the agriturismo! We had the fantastic oportunity of staying here for a week just before easter & i can't let everyone know how happy i am to have chosen this agriturismo. The hosts are really nice, helpful & corteous...they will go out of their way to show you around, tell you anecdotes of little pieces of interesting information. The location is breathtaking: really traditional 'tuscan' hills, emerald green valleys, medieval very picturesque village of Santa Luce. It's a part of Tuscany i think hasn't really been discovered by mass tourism so it's quiet, stunning and authentic...it really has nothing to do with the Sienese hills, S. Gimignano & hyped up tuscan attractions. We have been able to visit loads of places too from Pisa, Lucca & Volterra to the rugged coastal scenery which is really nearby. So i would definately reccomed it as a base if you don't want to be in the middle of things but still have easy access to a lot. The farm is really well kept & the animals seem more like an extension of the family! Lora & Marco, being as really young couple are really easy to talk to & have been really good with our kids: letting them milk, pet the animals & explaining how farm life works. They are really passionate about what they do & this is reflected in everything from the beautiful rooms & all the tiny details, to the well kept garden & especially in the food they cook for their guests.
I would say one of the BEST things about our stay at Podere Il Fornacino. What amazed me is that every day we have eaten here the menu has been completely different: loads of little courses to taste different tipical italian recepies and using everything they produce theirselves on the smallholding. The quality of the food has been excellent and the presentation of every course is breathtaking. At the end of each meal we have been so full we have almost needed to be rolled out of the reastaurant!
We are staying in Suite degli Innamorati & it's just beautiful. It's really unpretentious but could be considered 5 star: wood fireplace in the room with a constant supply of firewood they cut themselves in the wood, a jacuzzi bath for evening chill out & just alround beautiful furniture, paintings & bed linen.
Our kids don't want to leave & we don't want our holiday to end either, but no worries as we will definately be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house has been lovingly renovated with a perfect balance of both Tuscan tradition and modern architecture, by the Pizzoccheri family who also wished to preserve, as far as possibile, the relationship with the nature surrounding the property, with the land, with it’s produce and with animals in a small working farm which is lovingly tended to in a modern and ecologically friendly manner. As a guest you can get a taste of the tranquil Tuscan way of life and the culinary specialities which both the location and Marco and Lora’s diligence, including in the kitchen, are able to offer you. The house is surrounded by a large garden with lawns and many varieties of plants and trees. There is also an attractive swimming pool with stunning rural views. The surrounding area offers visitors many possibilities for walking and bird spotting. Nature lovers will appreciate the beautiful scenery and walks in the Mediterranean woods which grow on the hills above the village. The many islands of the Tuscan archipelago can be reached from Piombino and Livorno and the islands of Elba and Capraia are possible as a day trip. ... more less