We have just returned from a week at Montegufoni and all I can think about is how to get back there. The place is so incredibly beautiful. It is the perfect mixture of the ancient and the modern. The view in every direction is nothing short of magnificent. Olive groves and vineyards. - Green and yellow fields. - Castles and Tuscan towns on every hilltop. At Montegufoni we were surrounded by gardens. - Blooming wisteria and oleander.
We had visited Montegufoni before and were enchanted. Ever Since that visit, we dreamed of collecting a group of family and friends for a week in the summer. This year it all came together. We took the Galleria, the largest apartment, and used it as our base. We also took another apartment to accomodate the rest of our group. Each morning I arose early and opened up the apartment to the garden and the rest of the castle. When we were in we invariably left the apartment open to let in the breezes and the neighbors to chat and have a drink. The Galleria is so beautiful, with its frescoed walls and ceilings, that it seemed a shame not to share it.
Using the castello as our home, we drove to Pisa, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca, and other towns. We took the bus to Florence to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking. While all of these places were truly wonderful, none compared to the beauty and comfort of Montegufoni. If asked what his favorite part of our Italian trip was, everyone in our group would surely answer "Montegufoni!"
The food at the castello was simple and good and we also ate at the restaurants in the surrounding villages. On a couple of evenings we ate in at our own dining table. We bought groceries in the little alimentari in Baccaiano (just down the hill), and prepared our meals in our own kitchen. In the evenings we gathered for drinks to discuss the events of the day or to make plans for the next. We sat in the Galleria or on the terrace long into the warm night and enjoyed the breeze.
While we were there two families gathered for a wedding. They filled the castle with sunflowers, roses, and laughter. I cannot imagine a better way to begin married life than a wedding at Montegufoni.
Montegufoni is not an hotel or a bed-and-breakfast. It is a collection of apartments available for vacation rentals. While everything is provided, there is no maid or room service. A visitor to Montegufoni must think of his apartment as his home, not an hotel. The office staff are very helpful and accommodating, but the office keeps limited hours (essentially daytime or regular business hours). The restaurants are open early and close late. The chef prepares simple but delicious Italian meals. The pool is large, clean, and inviting. The estate bottles its own table wine. A cold beer or gin and tonic are never far away. The apartments are quirky and each has its own character. The place is a castle afterall, and we would not have it any other way. The owners, the Posarellis, seem to understand the necessary balance between charm and comfort. To compromise one for the other would ruin the whole.
We will return to Montegufoni, that is sure. When friends ask where we vacation, we tell them that we have a place in Tuscany. - and we do!
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