On the numerous previous trips to Tuscany, we always visited the major cities --Florence, Arezzo, Sienna, Pisa. This trip was wonderful in that we spent our time in the smaller villiages around Montepulciano (Pienza, Chianciano, Montalcino, Sinelunga, etc.). Our base was the Poggio Etrusco -- and, what a wonderful it was.
The hosts Pamela and Johnny Johns were like family -- very friendly, accomodating and extremely knowledgeable about the local areas of interest, restaurants and food.
The accomodations were very pleasant, roomy and clean. No TV, but who needs TV when you're on the go or just relaxing with your wife? Wi-fi is available and works outside of your room as 3 foot thick walls don't allow signals to pass through.
The Johns deservedly take great pride in their olive oil and their vineyards. Pamela, is a renowned cookbook author, a wonderful cook and educator and Johnny an accomplished artist . The Johns went out of their way to insure that we felt at home .
We only hope we can reciprocate their hospitality when they visit family in KY.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Poggio Etrusco is a privately owned organic farm / bed & breakfast / cooking school near Montepulciano, halfway between Florence and Rome. Apartments and rooms are charming and well-furnished. The owners are Pamela Sheldon Johns (a cookbook author) and Johnny Johns (an artist). On 15 acres, this property is an active oliveto with 800 olive trees and production of an exceptional organic extra-virgin olive oil. ... more less