We decided to stay in a central locale during our visit to Tuscany...and as luck would have it...we chose La Lodola. I can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was with Mario and his family. I knew we had chosen the right place, when upon our arrival, Mario took us on a tour of his farm. I had never seen pomegranates growing on trees before, or taken a fig off a tree and popped it into my mouth. Mario is one of the most delightful people I have ever met. There is an Osteria attached to the B&B and we decided to eat there every night, as we felt such a part of the family. The food was outrageously good....the locals all gather there.Mario's son and daughter-in-law, Carlos and Manuela, run the Osteria and they are beyond talented, kind and accomodating. Carlos food is amazing! Breakfast was sublime with Mario's homemade jams and cakes. Our last morning, he brought us into the kitchen to show us how he made his jams. Our room was a Jr. Suite, bath attached on the first floor with a private door into the backyard....if we'd been there in summer we could have popped out of our room and into the pool...but it was a little too cool for that in late October. Miranda, their dog, kept us company as we sat by the fire in the wonderfully comfy common room. And we did day trips as far as Volterra and Assisi...easily. A perfect locale and perfect home in Tuscany. We did not want to leave.
- Also Known As:
- Villa La Lodola Italy/Foiano Della Chiana, Tuscany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Lodola is an old farmhouse dating back to 1700, restored with attention to detail and period furnishings from the owners Mario and Beatrice. The Villa Lodola, over the years, from a private house has been transformed into a charming B & B, opening to guests five en-suite bedrooms: Basic, Classic I, V Classic, Junior Suites and Suites. Spacious and welcoming, each one has its own personality, so the stay at Villa Lodola will never be the same.The Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the Val di Chiana, with view over the gentle rolling hills, a private horizon that guests can enjoy from the garden of the villa. The B&B is charming with a beautiful swimming pool, a restaurant where the chef prepares delicious Tuscan dishes and private parking. ... more less
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