Thoroughly enjoyed our 5 nights at the Santa Chiara; this is a very, very special place, an absolute gem. Great location in this corner of Tuscany for day-tripping to wineries and famous hill towns...Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena, Florence, etc...very easy and close. (you need to have a car!!) We drove all over and explored these charming towns, and all of them are MUSTS, but at the end of the day, we were SO happy and content in sweet little picturesque, medieval Sarteano, away from the crowds. This is a REAL town, virtually sans tourists, easily accessible, near enough to the main north/south autostrada, yet far enough from that highway you don't see or hear it. (Also a 15 minute drive, if you don't get lost, to the nearest major train station in Chiusi) It is lovely, serene, small and walkable, with a castle above, and a proper piazza below, in which to enjoy an aperitif, and a handful of cute restaurants & bars. (and some sort of an Etruscan museum that we did not visit) That said, once you're ensconced inside the walls of the Santa Chiara, you may not want to take the 2 minute walk into town. The atmosphere at the hotel as peaceful as it is beautiful, your proprietors are there to address your every need, the restaurant is truly fabulous with fresh, gorgeous food and stellar wine list. We stayed in mid-September and the weather was still quite warm, so we dined al fresco each morning and evening in the garden. From atop the ancient garden wall, there is a fantastic view over the Tuscan landscape, with a few lakes shining on the eastern horizon. This is not a fancy, 5 star experience, nor does it pretend to be. Rather, it is comfortable, simple, intimate and wonderful, and much like staying in your own private home. Be advised the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays (at least this was the case when we visited) though they do serve breakfast...Tuesday is market day and the proprietors are off purchasing provisions for your next incredible meal(s). Also, assuming you arrive into Sarteano by car, directional signs are posted for the Santa Chiara, and it's easy to find, BUT the streets are very narrow and only the smallest of cars will make it up the hill to the hotel. After each of our day excursions, we parked our car in town and walked up to the S. Chiara, instead of risking scrapes on the sides of our rental!! (small detail that did not take away from our enjoyment of the whole experience!)
Many thanks to our hosts for making our stay so special. We will definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The monumental complex of the ex-convent of Santa Chiara from the order of the Clarisse nuns which was first under construction in the year 1498, was consecrated for religious exercise and destined for the Clarisse order.With this new management, taken over in 1992 by the Morgantini Family, the restructuring and conservative restoring took place in the form of the building's original style with its peculiar architectural environment characteristic, no less accommodating and offering it's guests the opportunity to take pleasure in ancient space and peaceful tranquility.In Chloi's kitchen at the Santa Chiara restaurant you can still eat food with flavours of the past made with local ingredients. You can smell the delicious smell of home-made pasta with truffle or porcini mushrooms, taste Maremma-style wild boar, rabbit with wild fennel and to round off your meal ice-cream pudding with orange and grand marnier liqueur or a delicious dark-chocolate pudding.Particular attention to seasonal products. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Ristorante Santa Chiara Sarteano, Italy - Tuscany