If you need to chill out, forget your hectic life for a bit, and just sit down, look at beauty and have a glass of wine in a space, too perfect to ever forget, Agriturismo Settesoldi is the place to stay!
For me and my mum it was a short holiday, a well needed break to clear up thoughts and just get back on track! We spent 5 beautiful days in this agriturismo surrounded by idyllic scenery of olive groves, trees and nature. Most of all, it was the best relaxation to just sit down, and watch the sun set on the marvellous surroundings of this beautiful farmhouse. Sergio and Cecilia are of the most hospitable, making us feel truly welcome in their home! The food was excellent! Good genuine home cooking complimented with excellent red wine (Sergio makes sure your glass is never empty!), eaten either in the garden surrounded by the aromatic scents of nature as well as the herb trees of the home, or inside their quaint little dining room with typical Tuscan Decor! All this while listening to beautiful melodies!
All guests dined together with Sergio and Cecilia! I must say, dinner time was always something to look forward to! With Sergio's good humour and friendly character one will instantly feel very well drawn to this place! Some dishes which were a true hit with us were the traditional Pappa al'pomodoro freshly prepared by Cecilia from the garden's produce! Also, tagliatelle al'ragu and roast guinea fowl with vegetables and herbs from the garden! The star of the show was always Sergio's own olive oil! Delicious with all the dishes prepared at the farmhouse! One can also buy olive oil to take home with them. Upon arriving at the farmhouse in the evening, the wonderful smell of hearty cooking always welcomes you in!
The surroundings are especially beautiful in the morning, where you can spend a day relaxing by the pool then have a typical Tuscan Lunch together with the hosts. There is space where one can have a long walk amidst the Tuscan countryside. Also, at the farmhouse, everyday we were greeted by the sweetest little guests - The family cats and kittens! Such a perfect little addition to the beautiful atmosphere!
For those who wish to travel around Tuscany whilst on holiday there, and are not in a position to drive (or don't drive at all), like us, Sergio has just the answer! Since we wanted to visit some cities without a car (and public transport in Tuscany can really be dramatic!), Sergio was kind enough to hook us up with Paola Marianelli, a friend of his, who toured us round in her own private car at a very good price! Paola was not only a good driver, she was also a good source of knowledge on all things Tuscan! We travelled to Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca and also visited the quaint little villages such as San Miniato, Balconevisi and drove through the idyllic surroundings of Val D'elsa! Paola was always well equipped with guide books of each city and gladly came to visit the main landmarks with us (we asked her to do so ourselves. She gives people the free option to go by themselves if that is what they prefer). However, having her with us was a great benefit! She taught us so many things about architecture and art in these cities. A woman of incredible knowledge! Great for those interested in visiting the cites and actually learning something about them! Also, I must say, that without her, we wouldn't have been able to visit certain cities as San Gimignano, Siena, San Miniato and Lucca (relying on train service is not a good idea!).
On a concluding note, a holiday with Sergio, Cecilia and Paola, is a recipe for a true break! We relaxed a lot whilst seeing so many different places and learned about so many things Tuscan! It was not a hectic holiday at all even though we travelled! For us, it was a holiday filled with all things beautiful; good company, good food and wine, nature, art, music and most of all, so many treasured memories with these people! So, from the heart, my mum and I would like to thank Sergio and Cecilia as well as Paola for making our holiday in Tuscany a truly memorable one! I recommend it to all!
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