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“Excellent location, fantastic host, but read the small print!”

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Agriturismo Ca' Lucano
Ranked #16 of 110 Arezzo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Excellent location, fantastic host, but read the small print!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Ca Lucano is a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse located high up in the hills near Arezzo. It's not the easiest place to find initially, but whatever you do don't follow a satnav to get there - it will lead you up a tiny track that is ultimately impassable to regular vehicles! Instead use a satnav to get you to the village of Palazzo Del Pero, then follow the written instructions on the website; making sure you drive all the way up the tarmac road right to the end, then turn right onto the white track and follow that all the way to the end too.

On arrival our first impressions were not the best, mostly due to the nature of the welcome which though business-like and polite, was simply perfunctory: more like that which you would expect in an anonymous impersonal hotel. After a long, hot and stressful journey we needed something more warm and open. Had we been met by Nello, the owner, I am absolutely certain this would have been a different matter as he is a gregarious, open and flamboyant host that is always pleased to see you, so we were just unlucky with the timing I guess.

In terms of managing your expectations here it is vital to read the detail on the website thoroughly. Everything is explained there. This is neither your average Agritourismo/B&B. The room facilities are pretty basic: they lack a fridge, toiletries, hair dryer and even drinking glasses, but in fairness they are exactly as described online. Ours was a little grubby on arrival, as if it had been unused for some time, which was somewhat off-putting. Wi-fi access is charged separately at 13 euros for 4 hours: for 110 euros a night you would expect this to be free as it is almost everywhere now, except in big hotels. Also the shower was very weak and for 2 mornings running there was no hot water.

On the positive side the infinity pool is just fabulous with great views across the nearby valleys. Also this is a very peaceful location and the quality of sleep here is excellent. Breakfast is simple but ample and the evening fixed-price menu is perfectly fine and good value for the weary traveler. Lunch is provided a la carte which is a nice touch as it means you can spend all day relaxing if you wish, rather than have to forage out for food. However, the absolute jewel in the crown of this place is Nello: his personality, bonhomie, enthusiasm and sheer 'joie de vivre' is fantastic - he is a great host!

In summary this is a very good place to stay with a great pool and an engaging, gregarious host. Just be careful to read the small print before you book, so you know exactly what to expect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

PERFECT!
We stayed here in summer 2011 for our family holiday.

Beautifully restored ancient building with amazing views down the valley.
Rooms have a beautiful authentic feel, lovely high quality restoration.

The local area has good links to the rest of Tuscany and is a good place to explore some of the quieter beautiful towns and villages. Train link to Florence was excellent and we used it for a day trip there.

No air conditioning but being higher up the valley side and probably cooler we didn't find that a problem at night and the windows have good ventilation and shutters.

Pool is heaven after a day visiting the local area, almost like an infinity pool looking over the forested valley... amazing.
If you sit poolside the staff will even come and take your drinks order or lunch order... all home made local fare. Lovely garden. That is 5 star service...

Dinners are home made and we loved every meal.... no need to drive out to local restaurants when the home cooked food here is just as good, authentic, what more can I say?
The hosts are INCREDIBLY friendly, they could not have been nicer or done more for us. its like staying with an Italian family (which it is), except you have space, privacy, and can relax.

One tip... buy some of their home made Olive oil... the freshness is amazing and when you take it home it will remind you of Tuscany and Tuscan fresh food forever....

THANK YOU to our hosts for a fantastic, civilised, comfortable holiday. If I go back to Tuscany I would stay here 100%.... Perfect authentic Tuscan experience.

the view from the pool is to die for.....

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a valley view.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The weather was cool and rainy when we visited in April, so maybe the key is to be here when it's warm so the pool is open and the views are really beautiful. There was only one other couple staying at the same time and yet they put us in rooms right next to one another. The walls are very thin and their bathroom was directly on the other side of our headboard. It wasn't the greatest night's sleep, let me say that. They also watched and sang along to Cats in its entirety, which can't be blamed on the agriturismo but they didn't need to put us on top of one another either.
They don't provide any toiletries, not even hand soap and the furnishings were pretty basic. We had dinner one night, and while it was ample, it wasn't the greatest. We were just as happy to eat in Arezzo and not have to chat with the family and couple who loved musicals. They owners do have two cats, one named Brutto, who is pretty great.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

After a warm welcome by Nello and Giovana you feel already at home. The setting is spectacular,the rooms authentical tuscan ,the sunsets almost unbelievable.
We really enjoyed our stay and will be back

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

Ca 'Lucano is an oasis which makes you feel relaxed. I say make it the last stop of your trip before you fly out! This place makes you energized and relaxes all the stress you may have before your vacation, during and after! Nello and his family treated us like family! Coming to Ca' Lucano for the first time will definitely be on our plans next time in Italy!! A MUST STOP!! View the sunset from the infinity pool overlooking the mountains and valley!

Room Tip: Every room is the best!!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

My partner and I spent the last day of our 10 day trip in Italy in Ca' Lucano and we immediately wished we had more than one day to spend there. Such a beautiful place in a stunning and secluded location. Our hosts were extremely friendly and instantly made us feel at home. We were the only people staying there for the night which meant we have the infinity pool with the amazing view of the hills all to ourselves which was a real treat. We decided to walk the 2km to Palazzo del Pero for a superb Tuscan meal in the local restaurant that evening. Fantastic value for money and the 2km uphill walk back to the guesthouse was much needed after our 5 course meal! We will definitely be back to Ca'Lucano and can't recommend it enough to everyone who is planning a trip to Tuscany and Arezzo in future.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sharnbrook, UK
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

Nello and Giovana are great hosts at this super place. A keen sense of humour and friendly banter was always on the cards.

The steep little road to get there suggests something special at the end and we were not disappointed. The views are spectacular and the typical tuscan building is very comfortable.

Nello organised Lorenza to cook dinner some evenings for us, and her cooking has to be the best we had in Italy over a 10 day period. Nothing was too much trouble, she shared the recipes and Nello's friends' wine complemented the dinner very well.

If you want to visit the real Italy ask Nello to tell you about non-tourist places like Lucignano where life is unspoiled by tourists, except that we did, of course, and Pieza where you can sample and buy cheeses from the local producers.

Nuncia looked after us for breakfast and was always smiley and helpful.

The location is pretty central to most of Tuscany and Umbria, which allowed us to have a day out and get back to the haven of Ca Lucano in the evening.

I have no doubt that we will be returning some time in the future

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Agriturismo Ca' Lucano
Address: Localita San Donnino 252, 52100, Arezzo, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Arezzo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Arezzo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Agriturismo Ca' Lucano 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The agriturismo completely built in stone, was probably founded on the ruins of a medieval holy building.The recent renovation, which made use of original building materials such a stone, fired brick, and wood, is a careful restauration which culminated in the rebirth of the beautiful original structure.Green farm. In recent years we have worked consistently to reduce the environmental impact of our complex by pursuing all those ecological improvements that would allow such a result. With regard to the supply of electricity the entire complex is completely self sufficient and independent from the grid thanks to two photovoltaic systems.In addition to this we have basically wiped out the consumption of hydrocarbons such as LPG, natural gas, heating oil, thanks to the installation of a large and modern biomass plant, using timber from our forests;the heating system is integrated with latest generation of solar thermal panels. ... more   less 
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