This year was my 5th (or was it 6th?) year at Le Cetinelle. And I thought I was an "old" client until this year I met a family there who were spending their 12th summer there. That should speak for itself!
People often wonder why I keep going back to the same place every year but it´s hard to pass on the experience with all the vividness unless you´ve been there and seen it.
Le Cetinelle with its amazing hosts Simonetta and Luca is the place if you are looking for the true Tuscany. The 400-plus-year house with several rooms and two apartments is fantastic! Ok, it doesn´t have air-conditioning but if you keep the windows closed during daytime and open them in the night (no bugs, I promise!), it´s quite cool.
Unless you rent one of the two apartments, Simonetta and Luca will offer you delicious and very substantial by Italian terms breakfast. And if you feel like preparing light meals yourself during the course of the day, there is a well-equipped kitchen at your disposal.
Even more fantastic than all this are the numerous bigger and smaller hideaways in the graden, equipped with tables, chairs, hammocks and what not. Even though it sometimes seems that quite a number of visitor "inhabit" the house, they all seem to disappear into the garden as well as the poolside and become non-existent.
No need to mention, of course, that the poolside is THE place. I´m not sure you can find a more beautiful poolside anywhere - the roses, pear-trees, sheltered little corners and a breathtaking view as far as the eye can see (which is very far since it´s located on a hilltop) is indescribable. And even more so late in the evening when the sun goes down and Florence, 25 km away, turns on its lights.
A couple of visitors have complanied about the 4km ride on a dirt road to access Le Cetinelle. They probably haven´t realized that if they wanted a well-asphalted 4-line autobahn, they´d have to give up the scenery, the tranquility and sounds of the nature as well as vineyards and olive groves on both sides of the house.
In fact, I´m not sure I´m doing the right thing promoting Le Cetinelle on Tripadvisor since it probably means more visitors and less space for myself there :)
Riina (from Estonia)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This typical stone-built Tuscan farmhouse, completely renovated, is only 5 km from the town of Greve in Chianti and is the perfect base for anyone who wishes to visit the great art cities of Tuscany and the medieval villages of Chianti, or for those who prefer walking or excursions on mountain bikes, or for those who want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the countryside.On the first floor of the house there are 6 bedrooms with bathroom, each one finely furnished with great attention to every detail. The splendid ceilings with wood beams and terracotta tiles, the windows which offer beautiful views of the garden, the vines and the hills make this house special. There is a large dining room with a fireplace where we serve breakfast. There is also a kitchen for the use of the guests of the B&B.Le Cetinelle’s position is indeed special, on a hill-top away from the crowds, 620m above sea-level. Our guests can relax in the lovely flower garden which surrounds the house, where tables, chairs and hammocks are at the disposal of all the guests. The saltwater pool has spectacular views over the vines, the olive groves, the hills and as far as Florence itself, particularly beautiful at sunset. Guests can sample the farm’s products – wine and olive oil. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Cetinelle Greve In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany