We selected to stay 3 nights at Livernano, based on the great reviews on Trip Advisor.
Livernano was as described, but we found it a bit limiting at nights. It is some 8 miles along gravel roads to reach Livernano from the main roads and there is no lighting on these gravel roads, so we had to be in there before nightfall - which was about 7:15 pm each evening and we could not go to the nearby towns for an evening meal. Also, the first day we had trouble finding the place because the "brown sign" that we were looking out for was in fact a small white sign and we missed it.
That said Livernano is beautiful. The grounds are very attractively landscaped and there are lots of flowers and trees. Small tables and chairs are set out around the buildings and pool so that you can sit and enjoy the Tuscan landscape with the vineyards, etc in the sunshine during the day. In the early mornings, there were also rolling mists on the hillsides which made it look fantastic. And we visited the owner's vineyard nearby and sampled some of their fine wines.
The accommodations are also beautiful. We were two couples and we each had a standard villa room, which was spacious and well furnished - just as they look on the website. The beds were extremely comfortable.
The breakfasts were wonderful with lots of choices of things to eat and drink, and you could also get a tea or coffee in the early morning to take back to your room.
In the evenings there were several fixed menu courses to choose from. Often we selected 2 or 3 several of the 4 courses each, and then shared them (including the dessert course). The food was fantastic, but it would have been difficult to eat all 4 courses each day.
Daniela, who runs the place, was incredible. She answered all of our questions each day and helped us to plan our travels in the surrounding area, including visiting several Tuscan hill towns South and East of Siena.
All in all, we had a great time. However, Livernano is best you want to stay there for say 3 days to celebrate an anniversary or have a long weekend away. We had hoped to have dinner at some of the smaller towns nearby in the evenings and this was virtually impossible to do due to the roads.
- 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