My husband and I, along with our dear friends, spent five nights at L'Apparita. Silvia and Gino were the kindest hosts. The rooms were very clean and comfortable...with large bathrooms. I really liked that there were plenty of towels...and I noticed extra blankets in the wardrobe. The room ahd a heater, which we did not need to use. Each room has its own exterior door...along with a little patio area. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Beautiful scenery whichever way you look. We used the agriturismo as a homebase while we toured many of the hill towns in the area. We also took a day and headed up to the Garfagnana - which I would recommend...if only to see and stand on the Ponte Della Maddelena. We visited Barga, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggione(NW of Siena), Montecastelli(just past San Dalmazio), San Dalmazio, and Florence. Then we hit Montepulciano and Orvieto on our way back to Rome. I loved Montepulciano! L'Apparita is a ways from some of the towns we visited...but the country roads are so beautiful that we did not mind all the driving. We looked forward to returning to the agriturismo each night for dinner. I would suggest eating dinner every night of your stay there. Elia is a fabulous chef! The meals are delicious and simple, traditional food - served up beautifully. Since we are foodies, the food reviews are what sold us on this farmhouse. We were not disappointed! The farmhouse is so quiet and peaceful. Very relaxing. We were the only 2 couples for most of our stay. The last day we were joined by 2 other groups of three each... But, that didn't change the peaceful nature of the house. Dinners were fun and friendly as we all tried to get to know each other despite some language barriers. We truly enjoyed our vacation in Tuscany thanks to Silvia's hospitality. We would love to stay with her again if our travels take us back. I would recommend GPS if you plan to tour the hilltop towns and surrounding areas. We drove around like locals, thanks to our TomTom App! It insured that we made it home in time for dinner each night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agriturismo Apparita Our farmstead is located in the district of Pomarance (province of Pisa), in the geographical zone of High Maremma Toscana, near the "Colline Metallifere", rich in wonderful landscapes, beginning from woods (Berignone Wood - Tatti and Monterufoli Wood) to gullies, crags and geysers. The family run farm offers a warm welcome to 6 charming well-appointed rooms (two double rooms and four triple rooms), each with bathroom, heating, a large terrace and an indipendent entrance. Rooms include TV Sat, fridge, phon, thermo-switch for the heating at guests' disposal and free internet WIFI. In the garden, for our guests, we have a swimming pool 12m x 6m, next to a smaller one 4 m x 3 m for kids. The water in the swimming pool is treated with a natural system based on salt, without chlorine. We serve breakfast (B&B) and dinner (for half treatment) in the veranda with a good view on the 12th century Rocca Sillana, easily reached on foot. We serve meals of fine Tuscan cuisine and fresh organic garden produce, we use only our organic extra-virgin olive oil in meals and tables. ... more less
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