The uniqueness of Mazzaforte is worth the trip alone to the Tuscan/ Umbrian border. It is located just outside the town of Umbritide, which sits an equal distance from either coast. My wife and I were in Italy on a three week adventure and spent the second week enjoying the peace and quiet of Simon and Sally 's property in the country hills. We stayed in L'Essicatoio, the farmhouse for either two or three people. Beautiful, quiet, comfortable and impressively updated. We love to cook and L'Essicatoio allowed us to prepare our meals comfortably while enjoying food and drink on the large, private, covered patio, overlooking the Niccone Valley, right off our sitting room. Mazzaforte is true country relaxation but close to so many of Italy's must see points of interest. We travelled by car to Florence, Assisi, Cortona, San Marino, Siena and many more, with the comfort of knowing we could look forward to the quiet nights back at Mazzaforte. The local markets allowed us to buy fresh each day and enjoy the flavours of the region. Simon and Sally's website is truly accuate in it's portrayal of what Mazzaforte offers. The pool, gardens and grounds are beautiful and only made our stay more enjoyable. We highly recommend Mazzaforte for all who want the true Italian experience!