Radda is a great little town to base yourself while exploring Tuscany. Not too touristy, but plenty of choices for everything. We chose La Bottega Di Giovannino after discovering our first choice, recommended by friends who'd stayed there, was very isolated with nothing for miles around. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we made. From the moment we entered we were made to feel welcome. Within ten minutes Monica had adopted us and we were not just treated like family: we were family!
We had adjoining rooms on the top floor; ours with a view straight up Via Roma; our friends view was of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Rooms were spartan, but more than adequate. The en-suites were roomy and plenty of hot water to wash the miles away. There was no lift, but by then we'd got used to stairs, and help was available to lug those heavy cases up and down. Bed was very comfortable. The terracotta floor tiles gave the room a distinctly rustic feel, there was no escaping the fact you were in Tuscany.
The B&B has a small restaurant and wine bar downstairs, but no noise from this reached us in the upper level. Not that it was a rowdy bar; far from it; but noise was never an issue. We ate at this restaurant on out first night, and it was far and away the best meal we had in Tuscany. We were already adopted family by then, and our hosts, Monica and David, were excellent. They treated us warmly with few formalities. The wine flowed freely, and it was so obvious that they just loved what they were doing. It showed in the service, the warm rustic feel of the eatery, but especially in the food. And this love was contagious. It was just so warm and welcoming.
Monica was a wealth of information on the surrounding areas, and nothing was too much trouble for her. She organized winery tours, recommended other places to go and things to do, even down to how to find a good car park in the usually congested town.
In a nine week tour of Europe, we stayed at some good and not so good hotels and B&Bs. Most were great, but IMO only two were truly outstanding. La Bottega Di Giovannino was one of these. Not so much for the rooms and the views, but for our wonderful hosts Monica and David. We fell in love with Tuscany and Italy because of them. I know we will return one day, and when we do we'll definitely make La Bottega Di Giovannino our base in Tuscany again.