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Torraccia di Chiusi
Ranked #3 of 67 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We have recently returned from a fantastic 8 night stay at Torraccia. As most reviewers have said, it is a wonderful peaceful haven in the Tuscan countryside. From the moment we arrived we could not have been made to feel more welcome. As a coeliac ( I require gluten free food) I could not fault their attention to detail in providing gluten free food - Bruno even provided gluten free pasta so I could have the same experience as other diners. Maritsa ( apologies with spelling) made sure I had plenty of offerings for breakfast and Maria helped out whenever needed. We used Torraccia as a base to tour other places in Tuscany and were able to visit San Gimignano, Certaldo, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, the Chianti region, Volterra and other smaller villages within day trips. We also enjoyed walking on the Via Francigena - the ancient pilgrims road and wish to thank Donnatello for her assistance in providing information and maps. At the end of our stay Maria gave us a tour of the chapel and the tower which gave commanding views over the countryside. Some reviewers have had concerns about the location of Torraccia and the need to travel on dirt roads - we felt this was part of the charm and really felt we were in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. We enjoyed meeting people from around the world and the long dinners and breakfasts afforded time to share travelling tips and learn about other people's way of life.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, Responsabile reception at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

We keep in mind and in heart your kindness. Thank you for being our welcome guest, we do all our best in order to make everyone special, here in Torraccia.

All the best for you!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

My husband and our 2 sons had the pleasure of staying here in mid June. The grounds are beautiful and so peaceful. Maria and the staff were so helpful and friendly...we even got a tour of the wine celler! The meals were wonderful, Bruno is a 5 star chef!!! Would highly recommend staying at Torraccia if you plan to visit Tuscany!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Donatella S, Reception at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

We always try to do our best to make our guests feel special!
We greet you and thank you with deep affection...all the best for you!!!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stayed at Torraccia di Chiusi with another couple in October 2012. While we enjoyed our entire Italy trip (we stopped in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan), prior to the start of the trip, this was the place we were most looking forward to as it would allow us to experience a slower pace and excellent food. This place did not disappoint. Every meal was excellent, the staff as friendly and helpful as can be, and the grounds and rooms were well-kept. The place is mostly self-sustaining (I think they told me that bread is the only thing they go to the city/market for typically). My wife and I have other countries we want to visit, but we keep trying to figure out how we can fit another trip to this area in!

Pros:
+ Staff was friendly and helpful. Much more than necessary.
+ Food is excellent. Whether its the meal they cooked, their wine, or their olive oil, everything was great.
+ Relaxing/Atmosphere - if you come here, you don't feel obligated to do anything but relax and go at whatever pace you want.
+ Hiking to San Gimignano is beautiful
+ Rooms were clean and nice (a bit rustic; i.e. they have real keys!)

Cons:
+ Either prepare for a large taxi fare or be comfortable driving, as this place is off the beaten path!
+ While all of the food is excellent, just be prepared for the fact that the meal is selected by the hotel, so you may not be able to satisfy particular cravings (or get something again that you enjoyed yesterday).
+ Bugs (outside) -- be prepared to be attacked while sitting outside at night (at least when were there). Not a problem in the room.
+ It wasn't immediately obvious at dinner what was the house wine (included in price) and what was not. Wine is reasonably priced even if you choose the wrong one.


SERVICE
I can't say enough nice things about the staff here. Donatella and Stefano essentially act like they are welcoming you into their home. In fact, they actually did! We asked to go on the tour for the wine cellar and went back to get our camera. Stefano saw our cameras, and decided that we needed to not only get a tour of the wine cellar, but see the view from the top of their private area. He gave us a personal guided tour of their home space, along with sharing the history of the place, culminating in the view from the top of their apartment. Throughout the entire stay they were always helpful with information and advice, and never rushed you. They take obvious pride in their work. The other couple with us wanted to buy some of their olive oil because it was excellent. Stefano was reluctant to sell it since it was near the end of its shelf life (but still excellent) and another batch was going to be ready soon (unfortunately, its expensive to ship it to the US!).

FOOD
Breakfast was excellent both days we were there, with a good assortment of options. Dinner, however, was the highlight. Our first night there was most likely the best meal we had in Italy. The second night was also excellent, but I liked the menu from the first night better :-). Its a multi-course meal and they do not allow you to leave still hungry! Their wine is also excellent: though if you're doing the half board, be sure to ask which wine is the house wine.

ROOMS/GROUNDS
The rooms themselves were nice and well-kept. They were obviously older rooms (but then the entire area is like 800 years old!) with things like real keys versus key cards. If that type of thing bothers you, this may not be the place for you. We enjoyed it though. The grounds are nice, as is the surrounding area. If you happen to be there on a nice day, you can get some great photographs (it was unfortunately hazy when we were there). They have a pool which looked nice, but we did not use. Most things are a bit far though, so don't expect to go anywhere without a decent drive or walk. If you happen to like history, this place is steeped in it. Be sure to ask Stefano for the details if you're interested.

Helpful tips:
+ Bring some bug repellant! (at least in October)
+ Pay for the half-board (breakfast/dinner). Plan on eating lunch somewhere during the day, but the place is pretty far to travel at night (unless you want to drive on a windy road at night)
+ the walk to San Gimignano is nice (and recommended!), but the town itself is a bit of a tourist trap. A lot of tour busses stop there.
+ Make sure to explore the immediate area. However, be aware that if you do it in the early morning, there are guards out at the various fields. They were friendly to me, but if people with guns standing guard bother you, you might want to avoid them.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, reception at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2013

Dear all, many thanks you for your nice and detailed review, it is always a pleasure for us to best accommodate our guests.
We are glad that you have such a good memory of us, despite the hunter who you met out of our property!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Beautiful house, gardens and views of surrounding Tuscan countryside. Very comfortable room. If you like peace and quiet, this is a great place to stay. There is a lovely pool in the garden, although we did not use it while we were there. Breakfasts were delicious - excellent choice to suit all tastes and appetites. We cannot recommend Bruno's dinners highly enough - accompanied by a bottle of their own wine - just wonderful! We ate in a top-rated restaurant in San Gimignano one evening and it came a poor second by comparison. We have already recommended Torraccia di Chiusi to many friends and colleagues and will continue to do so. Given the relatively remote location it is definitely easier to get there by car, but I guess that could be said for the whole area to appreciate the real Tuscany.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, Reception at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2013

Many, many thanks for appreciate us. We keep in mind you kindness, and we are so glad you do the same...greetings from all of us in Torraccia!

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have just spent 6 days at Torracia di Chiusa . The weather was cold and wet but the welcome was warm and genuine.
Pros.
Lovely panoramic views over the valleys
Quiet restful countryside and grounds
Excellent dinners (5 courses) cooked by lovely Bruno
A varied, plentiful breakfast each morning
Our suite was very spacious (Room 10)
Run and owned by lovely, hospitable people
A lovely panoramic pool area, 100 meters away from the main house
An historical property with the Via Francigena walking path, running next to the property boundary
A great garden sitting room with a fireplace

Cons
It's 3-4 kms up/down a steep narrow dirt road before you get to a main road. This makes sightseeing and travel at night, harder
Very clean ...but not spotless
The rooms are all very rustic (bathrooms included) . This may not appeal to everyone.
As with many Tuscan homes, very dark internally
Although Bruno's dinners are great value, 5 courses can be too much. We did not always want this much (sometimes a bowl of soup or some pasta is quite enough)

Room Tip: The suite that we had (room 10) was very spacious, with an outside private deck.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2013

We are very grateful for your kindness and for your very useful comments which we will certainly treasure. The goal more difficult to achieve will be to convince the cook to serve a dinner lighter,,, thanks again from the deep for being here. All the best for you. Greetings from all the staff!

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Torraccia di Chiusi. The grounds and scenery is just beautiful. It was a bit of a challenge to find, but certainly worth the effort! Our room was great, very rustic and comfortable- we slept the best here out of all our hotels in Italy. The food was very good...many options for breakfast, lunch by request and filling, delicious dinners. The chef, Bruno, is very talented and we had a great time in our private cooking class with him! He doesn't speak much English (and we speak no Italian), but Maria translated for us, and we had a lot of fun. One day we requested lunch, and we were the only guests to do so that day. Maria said they would prepare "something simple- meats, cheese, etc." so we were pleasantly surprised by a meal that would hardly be called simple. Pasta, salad, quiche, prosciutto and melon, fresh veggies and bread... it was our best lunch of the trip! The views from the pool are gorgeous. The pool itself was a little chilly, but I'm sure it warms up in the summer. Overall, all the staff were very accommodating and made it a great experience for us. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway in the Tuscan countryside.

Room Tip: Room 4 had beautiful views!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, Public Relations Manager at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Allyson and Chris, the food for us is culture and every meal is important, even the simplest, and we are very glad when all this is appreciated!

We are delighted that you enjoyed your vacation, all the best for you
A big hug from all of us from Torraccia Torraccia di Chiusi!

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We had arranged a week long stay at a Tuscan villa on the east side of Florence and felt isolated and missing the Tuscan experience we expected.

We went is search of the "true" Tuscan experience, arrived in San Gimignano, booking a room at the nearby Torraccia di Chiusi based on a recommendation and immediately fell in love with it.

The owners have restored the historical buildings beautifully and together with the gardens, surrounding vineyards and olive groves have created a magnificent ambience to the naturally beautiful hilltop location.

We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donatella S, Reception at Torraccia di Chiusi, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

We really love our job and our farmhouse, so we're really glad when someone's falling in love with Torraccia...wishing to having you here soon again, greetings from all of us!

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Address: | Località Montauto, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range: $130 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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