As I sit in isolation, I can't help but think back to the idyllic week I spent at Locanda dell’ Artista last May. What a fabulous place, wandering the countryside, with no worries or distractions. Drinking local natural wine. Experiencing the taste of the soil and history of the grapes. And in this secluded place a Michelin starred restaurant?? It's dreamy, pure and simple. I can't recommend it enough. I can't wait to come back, whenever that may be.
We spent another glorious week at Locanda in October. This is our fourth annual visit, and my husband and I agree that Locanda has become like a second home; Baker, Cristian, and their entire staff like a second family. Our visit to Locanda is the highlight of our year, and we plan every fall around our next visit. We have always chosen the fall, because the weather is so beautiful, the crowds have died down a bit, and the harvest is such a glorious time to visit local wineries. However, we've often debated whether to come in the late spring or summer so that we could lounge around the beautiful infinity pool, or the winter when we could enjoy the festivities of the upcoming holiday season. I am sure that at ANY time of year Locanda would not disappoint. If you are planning a trip to Italy, regardless of where your travels will take you, I couldn't recommend Locanda enough! This year we first visited Milan and Lake Como. We then took the lovely drive down to Tuscany, and used Locanda as our hub for visiting local villages and wineries. Locanda is also a very easy drive into Florence, where you can spend the day and evening, and then escape back to the peace and quiet of Locanda. We love the location because it allows us to pop in to San Gimignano, which is one of our favorite castle towns. Unfortunately, no matter the time of year, San Gimignano is overwhelmed with tourists taking day trips from Florence. In the evening, however, it is left to the locals, and after a very short drive, you can enjoy sunset, shopping, and a stroll through its magnificent winding streets. This year especially we found our visit a much needed break from a very busy year. We slept in and lingered over Locanda's delicious breakfast in their stunning dining room; we walked/hiked in the local hills; we visited local wineries and relaxed over a bottle of wine on Locanda's lovely terrace with the magnificent views; and we enjoyed the dinner at incredible AL 43 on the property. We so enjoyed catching up with Cristian and Baker, as they welcome us in like family. They and their staff are truly incomparable in their kindness, attentiveness and knowledge of Tuscany and the greater area. Baker and Cristian, we so look forward to seeing you again next Fall. Until then, Happy New Year. Warmly, Ellen and Marvin…
We had a blissful stay at the Locanda over the new year. Baker and Cristian were charming and wonderful hosts and gave us excellent advice for our daily trips, including great restaurant recommendations. The breakfasts were delicious (don’t miss the pistachio yoghurt) and the restaurant did a superb New Year’s Eve celebration. Locanda is all about la dolce vita!
My wife and I visited Locanda dell' Artista for an all too brief stay with the wonderful Baker & Cristian. The hotel was everything we hoped for and more, with delightful staff, a beautiful location and outstanding food and wine. We would highly recommend a stay in this lovely Tuscan location (and have!) Thank you to dear Baker & Cristian. We’ll be back soon. Ciao
We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay at Locanda dell' Artista. Baker, Christian and their staff were all very warm and welcoming, they took great care of us. The property has a fantastic view of the scenic Tuscan rolling hills of endless vineyards, it's especially nice enjoying that from the pool. The rooms are spacious and the decor and all the special touches show the love that went into creating this wonderful place to escape. There's even an original Tracey Emin piece specially created for the locanda. San Gimignano is fun to explore, great food everwhere and we really enjoyed a truffle hunting and cooking class experience. Looking forward to visiting again, such a great experience in every way. Thank you Baker & Christian!