We booked Cretaiole to enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of Tuscany on our trip between Rome and Venice. We discovered so much more here. First the Morriciani family; Isabella was wonderful and being able to speak English made sure we had everything to start our week long holiday. Her itineraries for day trips are magnificent, right down to pictures of where to turn. We enjoyed a scenic drive and saw many beautiful churches thanks to her work. Carlo brought us wine and his English is pretty good - he gave us a full tour of their working farm and I really enjoyed his humor. Papa Luciano brought us fresh eggs and grappa on our second night and though we couldn't really understand each other we somehow communicated quite well. Mama Morriciani gave us fresh eggs from under the chicken and they were delicious. I wanted to stay on and become a part of their family. They are warm, generous and very genuine. They are Cretaiole. Second the scenery; It's a picture postcard of just what we thought Tuscany would look like and we spent time just sitting in the swing looking out over the valley. We received a bonus as we awoke to a fresh snowfall on our first day - beautiful. Finally, the accommodations; apartments were clean, spacious, and well equipped if you want to go to the coop and pick up food to cook. Plenty of firewood available for the winter fire and big fluffy towels. One note: we stayed in a bottom floor and it can be quite noisy on the stone floors from the apartment above. If you are noise sensitive choose a top apartment. It is rustic but charming and we would definitively return. Ciao Tuscany, Cretaiole and Morriciani's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agriturismo Cretaiole, a restored medieval Tuscan farmhouse, with panoramic vistas, has apartments to accommodate groups from 2-7 people. Come and embrace the enduring spirit of Tuscany! Weekly rates include authentic Italian experiences, such as a pasta-making class and Tuscan dinner. Located between Pienza and Montalcino, in the heart of the Val d'Orcia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cretaiole is as delightful for adult travelers as it is for families. Assistance available in English, French, German. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Cretaiole Di Luciano Moricciani Hotel Pienza