We were in Arezzo for two nights in November and we selected La Chiusa dei Monaci as we needed a bed and breakfast near to town but not in the center. I grew up in the area and know it fairly well, and I wanted to show it to my american husband. La chiusa is in a lovely ara, near the stream of La Chiana,in fact the site of an old mill.The house has been admirably restored, with many antique pieces and part of the original fireplace and stone floor from the 11th century in the main dining room. The wooden beams ceiling makes it cozy and welcoming. We were in the Guido D'Arezzo room, which has a little patio overlooking the river from which you can see fuit trees and many tupes of birds. the room and is quiet and cozy, with modern and comfy bathroom, a little frig and cofee machine. The canopy bed is so comfortable that it was impossible to wake up early. But the real asset of this gem of a place is the owner, Cinzia. She made both of us feel at home, speaking fluent English with my husband and a tuscan-accented italian with me. she served a royal breakfast, with home made tarts and quiches, warm caffellatte, home made jams made by her from the fruits from her tree, tuscan prosciutto and many ither things (we did not have lunch these days, no need) We had long conversations about wine making and other interesting topics and she got for us some delicious home-made vinsanto. She recommended a great and reasonable resttaurant in town, L'antica Ruota, a real find. We really did not want to leave and hope we will be able to be there for a longer stay sometime in the future, sooner rahter than later. We travel a lot, especially in Italy, but La Chiusa is really an unique experience.
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