A friend recommended that we try this place out, and said that once we arrived we would not want to leave. Absolutely true, and so we visited yet again this June, this time staying for two weeks. As other reviews have noted, the location is ideal--you are in pure Tuscan countryside, and yet such a short drive to the endless wonders of Florence (and Mirella can advise you exactly where to park), with Siena, Volterra, San Gimmignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano etc all within reasonably short driving range. The produce of the farm itself is marvelous, with the holy trinity of excellent and distinctive wine, cheese and olive oil enshrined right on site (btw 2006 was a banner year). We stayed in the Gina apartment, with each of the three bedrooms its own delight; the kitchen is fine, but you can also arrange to have a cook come by with a prepared Tuscan meal that you will relish the leftovers from. Evening walks through the olive groves with the lovely farm dog Lulu were only interrupted once by a wild boar (at a safe distance), and the pool at the main site (which is where Gina is located) is the perfect place to cool off. The family who run the vineyards are so nice and Alyosha, the winemaker, is always happy to talk about the wine--there are no pretenses anywhere here. The main host is Mirella, who is such a lovely person, always helpful and thinking of your particular interests to come up with suggestions for enhancing your visit. We especially appreciated the fact that our young son loved Corzano so much the first time he visited that he was keen to return, and keeps talking about his wonderful experiences there--a sense of home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fattoria Corzano e Paterno unites neighbouring properties acquired from the historic Florentine families, the Machiavelli and Niccolini. Three distinct sectors complement each other: wine and oil, stables for sheep for artisan cheese production and agriturismo. The AGRITURISMO is comprised of four large houses positioned in pristine locations amid cypresses, olive groves and vineyards, views that have escaped the passage of time. Their restoration has maintained, with the exception of modern kitchens and baths, the original structures of beamed ceilings, open sit-in fireplaces and large, airy rooms. Situated in this classic Tuscan landscape, near fields of our grazing sheep, the houses overlook the verdant valley that lies between the two distinctive hills of the farm. CORZANELLO: With views of our vineyards on all sides, this house was once home to an artist whose atelier in the tower has since been converted into a bedroom. It sleeps twelve, has a large, roomy kitchen with a walk-in fireplace, a comfortable sitting room, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. In the garden there is a pergola for dining with a panoramic view of the valley. Nearby is the original functioning bread oven. Within a walled terrace also overlooking the valley there is an octagonal dipping pool; the larger farm swimming pool just a short walk away. GINA is an apartment in the oldest section of Casa Corzano. It is spacious and high ceilinged, set over two floors. The history of this house can be read in its ancient stone staircase and vaulted ceiling. On the ground floor is the kitchen with fireplace and a large salon with dining area. On the first floor two double bedrooms, one twin, bathroom with shower and bath and washing machine. Outside there is a private garden and the farm's swimming pool is a few meters away. CASA ERTA faces south, and has an uninterrupted view down the valley. It has been restored without compromising the large, high ceilinged rooms and beamed ceilings. It sleeps twelve, has a large kitchen with fireplace, six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Outside there is a large garden with pergola and pizza oven. FALLOCCHIO is a spacious house divided into five large apartments with one or two bedrooms, kitchenette, living room, bathroom with bath and shower. In the restoration of the house, the beamed ceilings and large rooms have been preserved. On the ground floor there is a large and well-equipped kitchen with fireplace available for communal use. The house is surrounded by a garden with a covered patio and barbeque and views across the surrounding valleys. ERTA and FALLOCCHIO share a swimming pool with panoramic views. Given the high quality of the farm's wine, olive oil and cheeses, it specialises in enogastronomic tourism and often has visiting chefs who are available to prepare meals and give cooking courses on request for guests in their houses if requested. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fattoria Corzano e Paterno Italy/Tuscany