An Italian tour, vagabond-style, for "just we two" peaked at this beautifully restored, lovingly tended property in the little hill town of Piazze, near Cetona. Comfort, superb hospitality, and unobtrusive modern conveniences have brought the historic inn back to vibrant life. While the restaurant is closed indefinitely, others are available via short walks in the tiny town - be sure to have the staff check first if they are open. Personnel are competent, willing, and very welcoming -- one person (who is affiliated with but not employed by the locanda) is bilingual and quite helpful for any English-speaking guests who are not comfortable trying their Italian linguistic luck. In keeping with its name, the locanda's theme is musical -- specifically, that of Arturo Toscanini, who summered in this property for years while seeking relief from debilitating arthritis. The "apartment" (a suite on the upper floor) remains much as it was when Toscanini himself inhabited it in his later years. Breakfasts in the radiant, sunlit area are abundant with homemade Tuscan baked delicacies, omelets to order, cold cuts and cheeses, and plentiful quantities of coffee, tea and juices. If you are fortunate enough to visit while the owners and renovators of the property are on site, you will receive a doubly hearty and warm welcome from them personally. In brief, there truly is nothing more perfect that one could wish for, even if the dreams of just such an experience have been taking shape for decades.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Locanda Toscanini in Southern Chianti (Tuscany) is the recently renovated historic inn where the famous conductor Arturo Toscanini sojourned in the 1930s. The historic home and its former olive mill (now a restaurant) is located in the rural village of Piazze, just outside the charming medieval town of Cetona in the Siena (Tuscany) region, near the thermal baths of San Casciano dei Bagni and the world-famous Fonteverde Spa. ... more less
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