First impressions count. When strolling into a country hotel, I don't expect to be greeted by servants throwing rose petals before my feet, but I also don't really expect the person at the front counter to be too interested in something on the internet to bother with checking us in. Even a feigned interest in serving us would have been better than the thinly veiled contempt that we were offered up. Still, it adds to the experience, we thought.
Then we got to the room, which was a little quaint, but given how cheap it was we figured it was awesome. Until the mosquitoes arrived. But you're in a valley in Italy in the summer, what do you expect? And they're not the ferocious jungle mosquitoes of the tropics, so harden up and stop pretending you're Bear Grylls in a desert sand storm.
But, from here on in things got decidedly better. Dinner was in the communal kitchen area, and was actually very nice. And once again, great value. But then, we discovered the wine cellar! They have a proper wine cellar that has been stashing thousands of bottles from the local vineyards that surround the hotel, for decades. And the price for a 40 year old bottle of red? About 80 euro, which is a lot, but for something like that it's nothing. And given you've just saved 80 euro on the accommodation, why not splurge a little on having a rare experience like a bottle of wine from the year you were born?
So sure, there are nicer hotels around, with friendlier staff and less mosquitoes, but this feels like a proper old-school Italian hotel, complete with old Italian wine and contemptuous middle-aged Italian hosts. What price can you put on an experience like that?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Passo dei Pecorai means Pass of the shepherds. It's a Etruscan place situated in a strategic place to visit Tuscany. It's easy to arrive, it's easy to go. The main street (SR2-SP3-SP222), which pass trough the village it was built as a railway connecting Florence to Greve in Chianti in 1870. In 1920 the railway was removed and it remains the straighter, the larger and the fastest way to arrive in Chianti. The Residence and "B&B" it's in part in the original house dating back at XVI century. Obviously spaces sometimes are limited or strange compared to new apartments or new rooms in a new building but this is the charm of old houses. At the moment you can find any solution for you: families with children, couples, singles, group of friends, bikers and even for handicapped. From normal rooms to small or large apartments completely furnished of linen, towels. (sponge for professional use, washed and air-dried here), forks, knives and so on. Beds and mattress are orthopaedic and usually large 85cm instead the more common 80cm. More comfortable. Rooms and apartments are furnished with original period furnishings restored and complemented by the modern style. The beds in wrought iron, terracotta floor and every time we find a unique piece, we integrate the furnishings. All apartments have independent boilers for heating and hot water. Each two rooms, the same. For any problem we'd never be totally without solution and not even you. We can change your room or apartment and we can work to fix without disturbing. All apartments and rooms have independent entrances so you free to came back even late at night. On the back side of the building there is a garden large about 7000mq, with tables, chairs and pool. Feel free to help yourself to find your better place and no service will be charged. Easy, simple and not expensive. Usually we do not need air condition but in all accommodations you will find fans Like all places closed to a river, in winter is cold humid, in summer, nights, are fresh and not conditioned by cement or asphalt as it happens in Florence for example. Degrees can be less than 10°C compared from down town. Really fantastic. Write down "Passo dei Pecorai" on your gps and you will arrive at the entrance. To be a historic place has some vantages as to be a geographic location. The village is well connected with Florence downtown by public transportation on working days, from Monday to Saturday included. You can leave your own car here and visit the city without problem of parking, including costs or traffic. Easy to reach all the touristic centres of Tuscany in maximum 1-1:30hr with your own car. Close by, there is our restaurant run by Casprini's since 1913. We prepare even jam for breakfast. Mostly of things are home-made including part of the starters and desserts. We have a marvellous collection of 32000 bottles of Chianti since 1911 and some important whisky bottles. Take a taste if you are gourmet. The hours are: - For breakfast: 08:00 to 10:30, - For lunch: 12:00-14:00, - For dinner: 19:00-21:30 (winter) 19:00 to 22:00 (summer). - Restaurant is closed on Wednesday For any needing do not hesitate to ask and welcome aboard. Glad to help everybody but the usual Tuscan, sarcastic style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casprini Da Omero Greve In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany