There's not much I can add to all of the other positive reviews on TA... but I always find something to say...
There is no question that there is real 'value' in Aia Mattonata's rooms, the comfortable (and large) beds, the cleanliness of the room and bathroom, the wonderful breakfasts, the friendly staff, etc etc... but if you simply evaluate a B&B on these, you are missing the real value of this B&B... which comes in the form of Elizabeta and Mario... there isn't anything they won't do to ensure that you have a wonderful and fantastic stay in Tuscany.... we know... we took full advantage of them!
Mario is an 'expert' when it comes to mapping out the most picturesque drives to take, what to see and do, and where to stop for lunch (or dinner) in almost any small town you want to name... and wine tasting, well, he can easily arrange that for you as well.... and Elizabeta found a kindred soul in my wife... unfortunately (for me) Elizabeta told my wife where to find the most interesting shops in Siena and other places.... and both Elizabeta and Mario seem to know the 'right' people so restaurant reservations were never a problem.
An example, during our week in Tuscany we were thinking about visiting Florence for a day... but we'd been there before so we decided we'd try a cooking school... but which one? We knew of a couple and asked Mario... he looked into them for us and they were both about a 45 minute drive away, would run about 3 hours with a group of anywhere between 6-12 people... on the other hand, he knew a chef who had a cooking school about 5-10 minutes away - would we be interested in that? Yes... so he checked, and we were in luck, he was available so we reserved... on the day, Mario drove us over... we arrived just after 11... and we discovered it would be just us and the chef... and we chopped, mixed, pureed, sliced, boiled, simmered, grilled etc etc (oh, and ate!) until just after 4 when Mario picked us up... we had an absolutely fantastic time... this wouldn't have happened without Mario...
So, if you are looking for an outstanding base in Tuscany... look no further... stay with Mario and Elizabeta at Aia Mattonata... and don't be shy... ask them for ideas and suggestions to make the most of your time. You'll be glad you did.
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