I stayed at Casa Moricciani in the summer of 2012 for about a week and I can only describe the experience as AMAZING to the degree that I contemplated not writing this public review so that the place can remain a secret heaven for me and my husband (I know, it's selfish...).
I traveled with my husband and two other friends and rented the whole ground floor of the villa which had two gorgeous rooms and a beautiful garden with a magnificent and unobstructed view of the Val D'Orcia. Coming from Hong Kong where we live surrounded by tall buildings and busy streets, just the view alone made me almost tear up with joy!
Now the inside of the villa - all my friends travelled extensively across the globe and had stayed at numerous 5 star hotels and villas, but Casa Moricciani is no doubt among the best of the best. Every piece of furniture, decorative items, art pieces were so thoughtfully put-together. It was not only pleasing to the eye but also super functional and practical. The place had the charm of a country side villa with all the modern comfort you'd expect from a top hotel in a big city. So much attention to the detail, even to their toiletries (organic lotions from Swiss!). Last but not least, they also provide services that's really unexpected and makes you smile (like free laundry which comes back clean and all folded up in a pretty basket!)
What really made Casa Moricciani so amazing was the owners, Carlo and Isabella. Basically once you arrive there, you don't have to worry about what to see, where to eat, and what to do. First of all, there was a book of restaurant reviews and possible itineraries of what to do (from 1 day to several-day excursions) written by Isabella personally. And Isabella will gladly make reservations for you and also help you decide what to do. Thanks to her we could attend music concerts that only the locals know about and so on. The dinner at the monastery where they shot English Patient was super nice and quaint, and also the early morning walk around the neighborhood was memorable.
We also signed up for La Dolce Vita package and it was so worth it. First of all, you get so much goodies (homemade hams, cheese, wine, bread, fruits) upon your arrival. Making Pasta and eating dinner together with Carlo/Isabella's family was very rewarding and fun (the ragu Isabella made was to die for!). You get a taste of how people in Tuscany live by learning about wine making and olive oil tasting as well.
We mainly stayed within Val D'Orcia area (checked out the small towns and did wine tasting) and that is what I'd recommend everyone to do. We did venture out to Sienna and Florence (each within 1 to 2 hour drive), but in the summer the big cities were way too crowded.
To conclude, my husband and I still dream about Casa Moricciani and Castelmuzio, and we are sure we will be back in the near future. We'd strongly recommend it to everyone!!! And huge thanks to Isabella and Carlo for being such wonderful host.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Moricciani is the perfect place to stay for independent travelers desiring to experience authentic Tuscany in refined luxury and style. The villa is truly a home — designed, furnished, and equipped with every comfort — and beckons you to come and live "the Tuscan life" in the picturesque village of Castelmuzio — a medieval town, just south of Siena, surrounded by the greatest Tuscan wines, foods, and sceneries, and yet itself undiscovered and waiting for you to enjoy its hidden pleasures. ... more less
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