We stayed in the neat little ground floor apartment at Le Casine. It is wonderfully appointed, complete with a private patio and efficiency kitchen. Two minutes to walk to the Coop (market) and to a very nice restaurant. Castelmuzio is a quiet little village, nicely located with a 10 minute drive to Pienza, 15 to S. Quirco d'Orcia, and 25 to Montalcino and Montepulciano. But the important part is the two big binders you're introduced to upon arrival. Chock full of carefully planned local trip iteneraries, restuarant reviews, tours, intros to the villages, and just a ton of activities. Our hostess Isabella has thought of virtually everything. Freebies include Isa's pasta class and group dinner, olive oil tasting, tour of Etruscan ruins, and tour of the working farm. Fluent in English, Isa is always only a phone call away if you need anything. I'm sure many other places are nice, but the bonus with Le Casine, as well as sister villa Cretaiole, is owner/operator Isabella, along with husband Carlo (wine and olive oil guru) and father-in-law Luciano. You can arrive with no idea of what you'll do, and Isa will have a plan for you. We combined Isa's opportunities with our plans, and they melded wonderfully. Le Casine is readily one of the best vacation opportunities in the region. Go stay a week, and you'll wish that you had another.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Casine is located in an ideal location for daytrips to Montalcino, Montepulciano, Florence, Siena and Cortona, Perugia and San Gimignano. Owned by Isabella Moricciani, who manages "Agriturismo Cretaiole." She will teach you to make pasta, taste wine and olive oil, and enjoy the traditions of the Val d'Orcia. Come taste, feel, and absorb Tuscany in a way rarely experienced by others who visit Italy. Your memories of your stay will last a lifetime! ... more less