I still can’t believe we found such an amazing place to stay. Greve is a great place to make as your base and travel around to the various villages in Chianti country. Yes, Podere Torre is located at the top of a hill and has some unpaved roads en route, but it’s worth every bump and extra minute of travel!
First - Cecilia is a host like no other. From the moment you arrive, you feel like family. Her accommodation only has two guest rooms, so it is a very intimate experience. At the same time, if you want to have privacy, you will not be bothered one bit. Cecilia takes her cues from you and the type of visit you would like to have. She is a wealth of knowledge for local restaurants, events and hidden gems. Cecilia is such a lovely person and we truly enjoyed every minute spent at Podere Torre.
Second - what a view! Early morning to late evening, there is a different atmosphere and experience. Having breakfast, while enjoying the silence and view, is just so peaceful and breath-taking. There is a pool overlooking the valley, fruit trees and vegetable plants, a kitchen for community use and many places to sit, relax and enjoy some local wine.
Third – Breakfast…get it! This was by far one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. Fresh fruit & breads, homemade preserves, Italian coffee, juice, eggs, yogurt and cheese…..all you could ever ask for and more. It is an additional cost (10 Euros per person) and worth every penny.
Because this is an Agriturismo (which means a working farm), Cecilia also has homemade olive oil and products, as well as top notch preserves available for purchase. Be sure to get some as a tasty souvenir when you go!
I truly can't say enough about what a wonderful and welcoming woman Cecilia is. I look forward to the day when we will be able to return to spend another beautiful and peaceful stay.
One final comment: If you have the chance or time, visit Lorenzo’s farm (just a 5 minute walk) for a home cooked meal and homemade wine. Cecilia can make the arrangements for you. Lorenzo, Alfredo and Loretta will make you feel like one of the family and the food is as local/traditional as it comes.