Fagiolari B&B, just outside the village of Panzano, in the Greve area of Chianti, was indeed a great & wise selection for our 8 night stay in Tuscany. We spent our 8 nights at Fagiolari after a 7 night stay in Provence.
Approx. 3.5 hour drive up from Roma we came upon the delightful Village of Panzano, which is situated about 20 minutes up from the Town of Greve, and then a fun ride on the dirt road from the village for a little over a mile, through vineyards & past other homes, to Fagiolari. Pay no mind to comments about a long & bumpy dirt road to get to Fagiolari. The 5 minute drive is fun & exciting & added an element of anticipation & adventure ( we always have a car when we travel ).
We ( the wife & I from Northeast USA ) are very particular re accommodations & meals, and we were very pleased with both at Fagiolari. Panzano is perfectly / centrally located for all day trips & driving is easy once you understand the road signs, although all Chianti roads are very winding, adding to the thrills & excitement of the region. Firenze is 1 hour by car or bus from the Village of Panzano. We took the bus on 2 separate days to Firenze & very glad we did.
Castellina, Siena, San Gimignano. Radda, Greve, Volterra, Montalcino , Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, and all the other towns & villages in between are easy to reach. Our favorite small town ( 35 minutes from Panzano ) is Radda, with it's local charm & wonderfully maintained ancient buildings ( maintenance is mandated by the Village ).
The Village of Panzano has several excellent restaurants only 5 minutes from Fagiolari. The Village butcher, Dario Cecchini, is quite the area attraction... do not miss time at his shop & be sure to eat at one of his 3 restaurants in the Village, esp. if you love Bistecca..
Fagiolari, located on a hillside in one of the valleys, provides fantastic views of Panzano & the local vineyards ( no rain fell in the area for 5 months, so we were careful with water use ), and the very relaxed, quiet atmosphere at the lovely pool was exceptional. The main house is approx. 800 yrs. old & beautifully restored by Giulietta over many years. We stayed in the charming, rustic & very private air-conditioned cottage with kitchen & good mattress, a short stroll from the main house. The included breakfasts in the main house were prepared & served with much love and attention, and served in the communal large dining room, or you can take your breakfast al fresco on the cover patio.
Our delightful host / owner, Giulietta ( fluent in English & well known in the USA for her cooking ), was gracious & helpful in every respect. Dinners are not part of the program on a daily basis. We and another couple from Australia took a cooking class with Giulietta, and from 17:00 - 22:00 ( 5 -10 PM ) created ( everything from scratch ) & enjoyed our wonderful Tuscan meal of Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci; Zucchini, Pomodoro e Basilico al forno; Arista al Latte ( pork loin cooked in milk ); and to top it all off, Giulietta's family recipe for Il Tiramisu. Wow !! What a dinner that was !!
September was the perfect time !!
Everything was wonderful & we would be most pleased to stay again at Fagiolari. And to Giulietta: "Bravissimo e Grazie mille".
Dennis & Rita
the cottage was very private if you are not used to the B&B atmosphere of a room in the owner...
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