This was our umpteenth trip to Marciano and it's not going to be the last. This time we felt that it was probably the best time we'd had there so far. The weather outdid itself and this time we chose to do less running around and more sitting by the pool, reading, chatting and just relaxing, it was superb.
Although Frederica and Maurizio are getting used to seeing us by now, the service was, as usual, excellent. There's usually more food than you know what to do with at breakfast and on the occasions they provide an evening meal, not only is it the path of least resistance to stay and enjoy it but it's also one of the better choices you can make. The food is easily on a par with the very best restaurants in the area and represents excellent value. It is typical of what you come to expect of Tuscan cuisine, seemingly effortless, simple and superb. On top of that, the host knows his wines as well and can recommend and talk about what the region is best known for with an authority you would expect from a trained and qualified somel..sommle...wine waiter!
Marciano is a place that gives you the opportunity to make your holiday there, what you will. It's ideally situated to get out and explore the area and also allows you to do much less if you want. Stick by the pool or take a walk in the hills. Much is made of the fact that the road to the villa is a challenge. It's never that bad, it's just different, but it gives the place a sense of isolation you might want from a 'get away from it all' holiday, without being that isolated at all. The nearest town, with the best ice cream is about 10 -15 minutes away, Siena/Florence 45 minutes, the choice is yours. If you're looking for an Italian experience, I don't know of anywhere better to get one.
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- Also Known As:
- Antico Podere Marciano Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany