We are frequent travelers to Italy-- were looking for a new place to stay in Tuscany on the way from our arrival at Fiumicino airport to the Dolomites, both to adjust to the time change from Oregon, & to explore the area a bit. I 'm an obsessed chocoholic, & when I found out online that Pistoia is part of what is know as the Chocolate Valley, that sealed the deal. We found B & B Montebuono on T.A., & are very glad we booked our 3 nt. stay there. It was a great choice to start the tripthough as some other folks had written, it took a bit of work, of finally a phone call to Laura, the owner, who met us on a nearby road & guided us in. Because of some construction, which messed up the Garmin's very strange advice, & even with via Michelin directions, asking dirctions, several maps, etc...we still got lost. It was definitely worth the effort! Laura, her husband Vladi, and several family members we met couldn't have been sweeter or more helpful. If you book, make sure to ask for a bedroom with an internal bathroom. We were given the last remaining room, it was comfortable, but the bathroom, though attractive, very well-appointed, & only used by us, was outside our bedroom. Laura & Vladi made sure we were able to change as soon as an "en suite" room was available, which was our last night....that room was perfect! The breakfasts, which we were able to eat at private table outside in the garden by a large swimming pool, had a variety of pastries, cheeses, meats, fruits, yogurt, eggs, etc, that one would expect from a 4-5 star hotel. The very large, thick towels & other goodies in the bathrooms, were another much appreciated touch. But the best part was Laura & Vladi's genuine warmth, patience, & kindness that made our stay so memorable.
Pistoia was a lovely,quiet town with a typical, but beautiful old piazza & historic center, not at all touristy. We explored the Chocolate Valley ....OMG...... Cherasco has met it's match! No baci, but it doesn't matter, we definitely boosted the local economy with some yummy stuff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montebuono è un piccolo B&B del 1700 situato nella campagna Toscana a soli 3 Km. dal centro storico di Pistoia, in una casa colonica ristrutturata dai proprietari, rispettando le caratteristiche tipiche dell'epoca. Le principali città d'arte come : Firenze, Lucca, Pisa,Siena e le spiagge della Versilia sono raggiungibili in circa 40 minuti. Il parco di Pinocchio e le Terme di Montecatini e Monsummano si raggiungono in circa 20 minuti e lo Zoo di Pistoia è a 5 minuti dalla struttura. La gestione di tipo familiare, le camere accoglienti e arredate in stile, il giardino curato con la piscina a disposizione degli ospiti, l'ambiente tranquillo e la calda accoglienza riservata a chi soggiorna nel B&B fanno di Montebuono, a detta di chi vi ha già soggiornato un piccolo angolo di Paradiso. ... more less