Podere Violino was our base for a week in July when following the 'Piero della Francesca Trail'. It's ideally placed, if you have a car, being a few minutes drive from Sansepolcro, a pleasant town with plenty of good shops and restaurants as well as the Civic Museum (with 2 Piero paintings), Duomo and other historic attractions. It's also about half an hour from Arezzo, and about an hour and a half from Urbino over the hairpin bends of the mountain route. There's loads to see in this area, including plenty of ancient hilltop towns within easy reach, such as Anghiari, Monterchi and Cisterna, all very quiet, few tourists around, but excellent maps, tourist info etc, and free parking at the edge of the town. Very scenic area, lots of sunflower fields and steep wooded hills. We also visited Siena (1.5 hours away), Perugia and Assisi (both about 1 hour) and Citta di Castello (20 mins).
Podere is a charming restored Tuscan farmhouse, we had a lovely room with ancient beamed ceiling, shuttered windows (with mosquito screens - worked well), big comfortable bed and private bathroom, all clean and spacious. The pool and sunbathing area was lovely especially after sightseeing on a hot day. There were a few flies around so insect repellent is worth packing, but not really a big problem. The restaurant was great, so convenient being on site, we ate on the terrace four evenings out of our seven, and had excellent, simple local food. The Siena da Cinto (?) pork steak, a local speciality, was possibly the best meat I've eaten, so tender and flavoursome. Also delicious were the grilled vegetables, and the hot crostini starters, and the pasta dishes with local mushrooms and truffles, and the pecorino cheese (we asked for some instead of dessert to finish off our wine with, and they brought us a lovely plate of three or four varieties). Breakfasts were buffet-style, plenty of coffee, juice, cereals, fruit, croissants, cakes, cheese, ham, eggs, etc. The staff were quiet but efficient and everything ran well. It was excellent value for money, we won't hesitate to recommend it to our friends and would return if we visit this area in the future.
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- Inside the farm, in the province of Arezzo and just a few kilometres from the Centre of Sansepolcro and Anghiari, stands, surrounded by the greenery of the Tuscan countryside, agriturismo Violino. Typical construction, in his notes, pastel colours prevail-rich light and brio and every room is furnished with taste and simplicity. ... more less
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