Podere Torre is a peaceful retreat in a bucolic Tuscan setting close to Greve, one of our favorite Chianti area towns. From there we drove for about ten minutes up a winding mostly unpaved road admiring the picturesque olive groves and vineyards - admittedly with some wonder about where this wandering would lead us. Shortly, though, we reached our destination - a beautiful farm property perched on a high ridge overlooking a gorgeous view across the countryside, with profusely flowered grounds, charming rustic buildings and an infinity pool nestled along the edge of the hilltop.
In advance of our arrival our host, Cecilia, had obligingly kept in touch with us by e-mail so we had an inkling of her caring ways. She warmly welcomed us, gave us helpful written local info and recommendations, made sure we were comfortably settled and acquainted us with the B&B's amenities. Among these are the common areas of a kitchen, laundry and barbecue equipped loggia, besides all the outdoors spots for relaxing. We stayed in the self-catering apartment with its own kitchen/dining and fireplaced sitting arrangement. There is also another choice of a fine double bedroom. Renting the two selections together would work very well for couples traveling together or for extended family members. The bathrooms are well-appointed and surprisingly have showers with no enclosures. As it turned out, we liked this - and also the good window ventilation with privacy as well.
The accommodations are reasonably priced as is the optional full breakfast at ten euros each. It included cooked to order eggs, fresh fruits, baked treats, jams, cheeses, cured meats and cup after cup of steaming coffee - all delicious and served on a lovely table setting with that inspiring vista from the sunny terrace.
Other mornings we would go down into Greve to join regulars at the Piazza Matteotti's cappuccino bar (and learn a little more Italian from them). Also at this square we liked dining on the balcony of the restaurant Nerbone where the pici was scrumptious. A great variety of wonderful foods is sold in this town's open-air market and specialty shops - perfect for picnic lunches back at our B&B patio. One evening we grilled steaks over a wood fire for a dinner "at home" - a nice change from often eating out. Even though we went off exploring the nearby medieval hamlet of Montefioralle, the WW II American Memorial Cemetery, the Cavriglia Rose Gardens with its thousands of blooms and could hop on the bus connections to Florence and Siena, we still preferred returning to the respite and beauty right there at Podere Torre.
We plan to go back next time during the month of September when the labors on Cecilia's and her neighbor Lorenzo's farm are rewarded by an abundant harvest and when we will again have the company of the resident friendly dogs - Napoleone, Luna and Rocky. Even my not-partial-to-pooches husband enjoyed them. Thankfully, most of all, Cecilia will be there generously offering hospitality and sharing the joys of the paradise she has found.
Elaine and Joe