This was the third time we have visited Salvadonica - we also stayed there in 1993 (It first opened in 1990) and also in 1996. We discovered this beautiful place in the Karen Brown guidebooks. The setting is lovely, picture-postcard Tuscany, with their own vineyard and olive trees. It is close enough to Florence to go there by local bus and avoid the nightmare of driving into the city. It is a good base for exloring the Chianti region. We probably would not stay there again, however, as we now prefer to stay in cities, so we can easily walk out to dinner at night, and to see the sights. Bear in mind that if you stay in Salvadonica you will have to drive out to the local restaurants for dinner, or cook in your apartment if you have one with a kitchenette. There is a good CoOp in Mercatale and lots of restaurants in the area, and the staff at Salvadonica are helpful with dining suggestions. If you can, visit Ristoro di Lamole (in Lamole near Greve) as it is wonderful. For lunch not dinner, the access road is narrow and winding and would be tricky at night.
This time our room at Salvadonica was on the second floor, up about 16 steps, and the hall light switches are on timers. (One of our travelling companions twisted his ankle in the gloom, as the steps to their downstairs room were tricky). Bedroom was a good size, the bathroom was very small. Usual toiletries. Kitchenette very limited, two burner hotplate, no oven, dishwasher or microwave. No A/C, but oil heaters in the bedroom and bathroom - controlled by the proprietors. No insect screens on windows, and there were flies, as it is an agriturismo. Firm bed, one flat hard pillow each. No TV in room, only in the salon near reception . Wine and olive oil from Salvadonica for sale, and snacks available till 4pm. A good breakfast buffet, with a variety of offerings and one hot dish. Coffee mediocre, cappuchino an extra 2.50 euros.
The location is quiet, not all of our fellow guests were unfortunately, which can of course happen anywhere. This is a lovely place to stay if you want the agriturismo experience rather than staying in a town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the Chianti hills, this stone guesthouse features an outdoor pool and is located in the rural hamlet of Salvadonica. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, it offers en suite accommodation with Tuscan-style furnishings, air conditioning, minibar, tv and free Wi-Fi.Rooms and apartments are uniquely decorated and have different rustic features, such as wrought iron beds, frescoed walls, or exposed wood-beamed ceilings.Pastries, jams, meats and cheeses feature in the buffet breakfast , which is served in a room overlooking the Tuscan hills. The Salvadonica features a wine cellar where wine is produced, bottled and aged. Part of the cellar is carved in volcanic tuff.Guests can relax in the large garden, which encircles the swimming pool and overlooks the Tuscan countryside.The property provides free private parking and is well placed for visiting Florence, 18 km away, Siena; San Gimginano, Pisa and son on as well as the marvellous Tuscan countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salvadonica - Borgo Agrituristico Del Chianti Hotel San Casciano In Val Di Pesa
- Salvadonica - Borgo Agrituristico Del Chianti Italy/Tuscany