We recently returned from a 2 week trp to Tuscany. The second week was spent at Livernano. It was so beautiful. The grounds are immaculate. Daniella was so helpful, giving us advice on where to go, who to see, and the weather. We stayed in the Baronale Suite at her suggestion. It was huge! It has a large sitting room, a large bathroom complete with 2 sinks, a shower, and a spa tub which my husband used every night, and a very large bedroom. It also has a wonderful little private pation off the bedroom. Really gorgeous views. The linens are wonderful. It is all very elegant and luxurious.
We ate at the little restaurant every night of our stay, choosing up to 4 of the daily items. Andreas is a great chef. We had wines with every meal. The food is fresh,made with local ingredients, and delightful. Most of the vegetables and herbs are sourced from the garden just outside the kitchen. I took a cooking class from Andreas. It was terrific. His English is excellent so we communicated easily. He allowed me to do as much as I was comfortable doing - for me it meant almost anything. I learned how to make the wonderful Tuscan bread - no salt!.
We were made to feel at homefromthe moment of our arrival until our departure. I just can't say enough good things about Daniella, the entire staff, and the hotel.
I read many of the reviews before we left and was a little concerned because of the comments about the road into Livernano. We didn't make any wrong turns and followed the signs without any issues. The road is unpaved but I live on an unpaved road. I've been on much worse and we were not concerned at any point about the condition of the road. It rained 2 days during our stay and still we had no problem with the road. Ignore the negative comments about the road and go! It is wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Livernano is a truly ancient place. It was first inhabited by Etruscans, whose culture reached its high-point in Tuscany over 2500 years ago, around 500BC. The hamlet was later occupied by the Romans, who gave it its name. Long after the cessation of Roman rule, Livernano served as a fortified border post during the interminable wars of the two great mediaeval city states in Tuscany, Siena and Florence. Our small, beautifully preserved Romanesque church dates back to the 11th century. In the 17th century, when the territorial wars between Siena and Florence had finally come to an end, Livernano turned into a quiet farming village. At the end of WWII, when the ancient system of share-cropping (mezzadria) was abandoned, Tuscany suffered grinding poverty. The beautiful countryside, tended by humans for millennia, became almost entirely depopulated. The last farmers left Livernano in 1953. The hamlet regained new life in 1990, when the complete restoration of the entire estate was begun. Today, Livernano is once again a working farm, producing fine wines, excellent olive oil and honey, vegetables and fruits. On 38 acres new vineyards were planted with 9 different grape varieties. In the ancient olive groves, new trees were planted and we now tend close to 1000 trees, all of native Italian varieties. The remaining 420 acres consist of beautiful mature woodland that surrounds the hamlet on all sides. Three houses have been completely redesigned and furnished with local antiques to accommodate guests. Although situated in splendid isolation amidst forests, vines and olive groves, Livernano is close to many local towns, historic sites, fine restaurants, and famous wineries. The shopping and cultural centres of Florence and Siena are only a short drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Livernano Hotel Radda In Chianti
- Livernano Radda In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany