It has a fabulous view of Siena, yet Siena is very accessible! Though I had 3 Tuscany travel books with me (the latest Michelin, Rough Guides and Eyewitness Travel guides for Tuscany) Mario the owner was able to enhance the quality of our touring experience of the area with astute insights, ideas and he even printed out specific maps for our sojourns. (We stayed 4 nights and had a wonderful experience touring Siena, as well as hill towns in Siena.) His ideas were always right on, better than the guides. Everything they did made it a special experience which was better than what we could have done on our own.
The best thing was that, even though we had to leave before the Palio, he was aware that there would be a practice run on Monday, the night before we had to leave! So that evening, we were able to have an itinerary that fortunately allowed us to see the horses run, with the riders of the contradas in full silks. It was a very exciting experience, made possible only because of his thoughtfulness. He also had arranged a dinner at a great restaurant nearby the Campo that night, La Taverna di San Giuseppe, another outstanding and memorable experience.
I think the hosts think hard about how to accommodate the individual needs of each guest. I noticed when there were Japanese guests, there were some pickled onions and things for breakfast (that the Japanese enjoyed) that were not there before.
In Italy, my husband and I have concluded that the best way to travel is to stay in small, well-run family establishments. And it’s GREAT when one finds small family establishments that are also extremely professionally run with close attention to all the service and comfort details, including up-to-date facilities, as well as the traditional beauty. One sometimes has to overlook aging facilities or other sub-par details at small family places, but in this case everything was really good, and our total experience was even better than we could have hoped because of Mario’s recommendations.
Mario and Elisabetta do a wonderful job.
(By the way, for our GPS (each one is different) we put in “Doglia”…their directions are wonderful, but our GPS used “Doglia” to get to the street.)
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