I finally decided take the time and share our incredible stay while in Tuscany with others. During our 16 day trip through Italy in the spring of 2010, we stayed at La Romita (www.laromita.net) and still, almost 2 yrs laters, we talk about our experience with big smiles and amazing memories. Sorry, but I had to select a "date of travel" in order to submit this post and the choices did not go back to 2010. So, I selected as far back as tripadvisor gave as a choice.
To begin, La Romita is tucked away in the hills of Montisi. A small, beautiful Tuscan village, Montisi is just a few kilometers from Siena and country towns rich in history: Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Sinalunga, Asciano, San Giovanni d'Asso, and Cortona. I will forever have the fondest memories of the fresh morning air walks along narrow streets lined with colorful flowers, the majestic views of the Tuscan hillside, the little market where locals gathered for cappuccino, driving through the winding ancient roads linking you to other neighboring villages and on and on and on. 110% breath-taking! And for those who wonder, yes, a car is a must in Tuscany or why bother ;). Some of our most treasured days happened because we had the freedom to move about at our own pace and make the day our own, exploring and becoming part of Tuscany. La Romita, was everything we could have wanted: quaint, charming and an amazing host. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the property well taken care of (there is a swimming pool but it was not yet swimming season when we arrived). Carlo Alberto is warm, inviting and always willing to assist with a smile on his face. Proud of the working farm that produces olive oil, he is happy to showcase the mill if you show an interest. Their oil is used in all dishes prepared in the restaurant and the bar across the street that is managed by his son. Our 5 course dinner at La Romita was a wonderful experience of fantatic Tuscan flavors, created by true culinary experts (Carlo Alberto's wife, Giovanna, is Le Cordon Bleu trained and he is a Sommelier). The Quad tour Carlo Alberto offers of the Tuscan countryside was beyond words and a definite must if you can!! We were treated to sights of Tuscany we never would have known if it were not for this fun, fun outting. La Romita, Montisi, Tuscany will overwhelm every one of your senses. Grazie per i ricordi!