We spent a week at Casa Portagioia in September and can't say enough good things about the experience. We chose it based on all the wonderful comments on TripAdvisor and it definitely lives up to its reputation! Marcello and Terry were wonderful hosts, making you feel welcome and at home without being too solicitous, as you sometimes find with owners of B & Bs. The property is a fine inn, with lovely rooms and gorgeous surroundings. The flowers and grounds are immaculately taken care of and thoughtfully laid out, offering privacy and beauty all around.
Our room was charming with arched doorways, beamed ceiling, a great bed, lots of storage in the antique armoire and dressers and a very modern bathroom. All the windows had shutters and the view beyond was as you would expect in Tuscany... beautiful hills, tall skinny trees, vineyards and clear blue sky. Each day Rosella, with her upbeat, friendly personality, would spotlessly clean our room.
The location of Casa Portagioia is excellent. It is located just a short distance from many hillside towns, but was far enough away in the countryside to make you feel away from it all, at your own personal estate as you drive up the tree-lined entrance to the gate. There are plenty of restaurants nearby which were convenient for a short ride to dinner. Anyone who stays at Casa Portagioia should take advantage of the dinners that Terry and Marcello offer twice a week. The evenings were intimate and special and the food Marcello prepared was delicious and beautifully presented. They also have a great winelist. The breakfast served each day had a great variety of fruit, yogurts, fresh baked pastries and of course, the delicious eggs Marcello would prepare to our liking.
Most importantly, we want to mention how wonderful Marcello and Terry are as hosts. They are so knowledgeable, cool and fun, sharing thoughtful ideas of things to do and making arrangements to make our stay in Tuscany seamless and special. We would leave each day for our day's adventure with a little hand-drawn map of Marcello's precise directions. When arriving at restaurants where Marcello or Terry made our reservation, we were welcomed like rock stars and given wonderful tables. We celebrated a birthday while there and Marcello arranged for a private tour of a winery outside of Montacino in the Brunello wine region. We were the only two on the tour and it made the birthday celebration in Tuscany very memorable and special.
In other words, thanks to Marcello and Terry, we had a wonderful week. We would highly recommend Casa Portagioia to anyone who wants an intimate inn with understated casual elegance, wonderful service and very fun, cool hosts. Thanks again for all you did for us, Terry and Marcello!
Make your reservations far in advance. All of the rooms are nice.
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