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“12th Century Chapel B&B in Tuscany Countryside”

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Agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We spent 7 nights unwinding in a 12th century chapel on a property in the Tuscany region amongst 1100 olive trees with a spring fed pond for swimming. 5 minutes from the walled village of Volterra and day trips to San Gimignano and Sienna are easily done. Dine each morning and evening in the Chapel amongst friendly staff, and highly recommend signing up for an authentic Italian Cooking Class to prepare dinner for all the guests. Great experience and lots of fun.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

While visiting my brother in Florence, my husband, brother and I decided to take a long weekend in the Tuscan countryside. Our stay at San Lorenzo was everything we had hoped for and more. The little apartment was lovely and actually quite spacious with good kitchen facilities, though the food was so good at the podere that we only used the kitchen once! Marinella and her staff were very warm and welcoming and the surroundings were absolutely lovely. We'll have to go back in warmer weather and try out the garden pool -it looked wonderful.

The highlight of our time at San Lorenzo was the cooking class. The teacher was fantastic and she really made it simple for us to learn. Plus, the food was absolutely delicious! All three of us had a wonderful time at this agriturismo and would not only recommend it to anyone, but would love to go back. If you are driving yourself just make sure to take a very close look at how to get there, the turn off from the SS68 is very easy to miss the first time!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights and loved every minute! Lovely setting with beautiful spring fed pool, which comes with frogs! Simona and Marinella were so helpful and have great suggestions for day trips. We loved Volterra, 2kms uphill from villa, a terrific walk. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed one night and decided to end the next days hill country 'Giamingnano' tour by returning for a second night. The second night included a fun evening of cooking some tasty Italian pasta and flan. The Agriturismo is a working olive orchard, with stunning territorial views of mountain and valley orchards. The apartment was spacious. The guest yard area was set up for sunbathing and other outdoor activities. It is situated for a splendid drive East through hill and forest. The only negative was the difficulty in finding the turnoff from the highway. The reservation was made for us by the Tourist Information office in Volterra.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

My husband and I spent our 10th anniversary in Italy in April/May of this year. We traveled for 2 weeks throughout Tuscany, Umbria, and the Veneto. Unfortunately, I had budgeted our time so tight that we only spent one night in Volterra. An even greater travesty was not being able to stay longer at Podere San Lorenzo! We drove from Lucca early in the morning using Google Maps - interesting mistake. This route takes you up crazy dirt roads, down behind the village of Volterra. I would recommend going to Volterra first and follow the directions from there, unless you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We spent the afternoon touring the village and enjoying a long lunch of amazing wild boar while the rain poured outside. We had no dinner plans, so decided to join the table at Podere San Lorenzo. It was fabulous. It was the night of my husband's birthday and he has still not stopped talking about the dinner. Their olive oil is memorable and steals the show.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights. The first night we had dinner as prepared by that afternoon's cooking class and next day, we attended a cooking class and ate our own cooking. Very enjoyable. These cooking classes promoted conversations amongst the guests both during the class and then over dinner where the local wine flowed freely.
We drove into Volterra for the morning and then in the afternoon, walked to Mt Voltaire(?) (to the east and approx 8 km return) before our 4:30 cooking lesson. We stayed in a big apartment on the top floor which gave us some exercise getting our luggage up there, which seemed to be typical of our B&B rooms in the hill towns, Siena and Firenze. I note that the apartment doesn't show up on their web page by name or in the photos and most rooms / apartments showed 'ground floor'.
They really need to update the Google map that comes up on their web page under "Reach us" or put a sketch map showing how to get there. We got lost, getting onto SS439 which seemed to the most logical access.as the map doesn't show any road to the building. Hint: access is off SS68 and there are small blue signs from either direction. We finally used our cell phone to get directions.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This spectacular property is a combination bed and breakfast and working farm, with both olive groves and a vineyard. The main building was once a 12th century Franciscan chapel and the dining room has preserved much of the original structure and relics. Both the building and surrounding land are visually beautiful and a treat for all the senses. Fig trees thrive among the olives, the swimming pool is spring fed, natural, and refreshing, and the vistas in all directions rival any in Tuscany.

We stayed in Apartment 5, which featured a pergola overlooking a magnificent view of the valley and of Mt. Voltraio on the other side. Grapevines graced both the pergola and the outside wall of our room, providing plentiful sweet ripe grapes whenever we ventured outside. The room itself was spacious and comfortable with everything we needed.

The cuisine was also outstanding. Breakfasts included breads, jam, and honey, and delicious yogurt. Cappuccino and eggs made to order were also available for the asking. I particularly enjoyed Marinella's scrambled eggs and cheese. Dinners were as fine as any we had during a trip on which the dining experiences were consistently wonderful. The nights of the cooking classes were especially enjoyable. The table wine was produced by Podere's winery and was as good as any of the Chiantis that we sampled during our trip. The wine appeared to be included with the price of the dinners, which given their quality was very modest. We felt that the cost of the accommodations and the meals were both very reasonable.

We would certainly stay again at Podere San Lorenzo if we return to Tuscany. Our only regret was not allowing more time to relax in this peaceful oasis.

Room Tip: Every room had its own charm. We particularly liked Apartment 5 for the pergola and the view.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Degli Allori 80 | Strada, 56048, Volterra, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
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Ranked #11 of 98 Specialty Lodging in Volterra
Price Range: $140 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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