We have just arrived from Pienza. We stayed 7 days in Podere San Gregorio an unique place owned by the Luciano`s Family who also maintains the famous Agriturismo Cretaiole, in the same region. Podere San Gregorio is unique place because you can have the best of two words. You will stay in a Agriturismo (they produce wine, olive oil, pecorino cheese, eggs, ham), feeling a true family atmosphere and also will be within 200 meters from the restaurants from Pienza centre. You can explore the beautiful Val D’orcia by day and go out for a dinner at night and drink all the wine you like and then walk back to your house in safety, without using your car . Pienza is one great base for exploring Tuscany, being within 20 Km from Montalcino and Montepulciano and 50 KM from Siena, and it is a linear city, so you don’t have to hike mountains after you visit many cities on the top of the hills during the day. (I have seen some guys sweeting in despair carrying their luggage up on the hill in others cities).
You will receive a basket full of basics supplies for the breakfast when you arrive and can grab some eggs for free in every morning. We received a bottle of wine made in the agriculturismo as a welcome gift. There is a strategic Scoop Supermarket 20 meters from the agriculturismo where you can buy everything you need (if you like fresh bread every morning) or if you want to venture yourself in Tuscan cooking. The Agriculturismo will provide jam, biscuits, yogurt, coffee etc… The agriturismo will also give you a full personal comprehensive guide of everything you can do around the region.
You will have on your disposition a full equipped kitchen and a washing machine. So if you are tired at night, just eat in your room (our room has also a living room with a full kitchen).
We certainly stay again in Podere San Gregorio again and recommend it for everyone who wants to feel the day by day life of a true Italian family at a very reasonable price.
Thank you Luciano and Laura for your great hospitality.