Staying at Podere dell'Anselmo was the highlight of my Tuscan experience. Fabrizio (owner), Julia, Simonetta and Margot were all so graciously warm and inviting - and certainly went above and beyond to make a solo traveler feel welcome. The scenery is classic Tuscany - green rolling hills of fields of grape vines and olive groves, with castles dotting the surrounding hills.
Take long leisurely walks up and down the hills on the gravel roads, lay by the pool and listen to nothing but the sound of birds chirping, and OF COURSE stay for dinner.
Oh my goodness... the dinners were fabulous. Abundance. Course after course of delicious, local Italian cuisine, with free-flowing wine from the estate, and great conversation with other guests (as well as locals who come for dinner). Picture a long table full of wine glasses, great people all conversing in about 4 different languages, and - if you are lucky - adorable children running around. La Dolce Vita!
Oh, and if they are offering it, take a cooking class. Great fun!
A tip: I didn't rent a car, but instead had a driver (from cookingvacations.com) pick me up at the Firenze train station, and a few days later take me to Pisa. I also took a bus (very easy) to Florence (Firenze) for an afternoon. But if you are traveling locally, a rental car would be a wonderful addition, to allow you to explore Pisa, Lucca, and all the small villages on your own, at your own pace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "PODERE DELL'ANSELMO" is a family run wine and horse resort situated in the midst of the magnificent Tuscan countryside. Here, rows of cypress crown the ridges of the surrounding hills, where ancient castles look out over the renewed vineyards around Montespertoli. The Villa The private villa has recently been restored respecting its old-world charm, but adding modern comforts. Set on a working vineyard, the property is surrounded by rolling green Tuscan hills in the heart of Montespertoli. The Forconi family has operated its vineyards since the 19th century, specializing in the Chianti "Podere dell'Anselmo" wine. The produced wines are long-lived and are examples of the best in the Chianti wine region, thanks to the family's knowledge and expertise. Tradition and old family customs merge with modern winemaking technologies, to yield nearly 50,000 bottles a year. These are distributed with the authentic "Podere dell'Anselmo" label. The prize-winning Tuscan Red wine "PAX" from Podere dell'Anselmo boasts the Gold Medal, awarded at Mundus Vini in 2014 and several award in all around the world. At the estate is produced also an excellent extra virgin olive oil, which has received several awards for the high quality. Enjoy Tuscany with all senses.. Join Fabrizio at the family estate, a beautiful farmhouse villa located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. The Tuscan cooking classes, held in the villa's private kitchen, are carried out following typical recipes from the Florence area under the direction of Chef Simonetta. The entire staff, along with Fabrizio and his family, welcome you to the "Podere" for a memorable Tuscan experience in the heart of Chianti. The stay at the family estate will be laso a cultural experience visiting cities like Florence, the city of the Renaissance, Siena, the medieval city of art and romance, Pisa, with its Leaning Tower, and San Gimignano, the town of fine towers. Private excursions through the Tuscan hills will show you the winding roads crossed by sunflowers fields, vineyards and ancient castles of bygone days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Podere DellAnselmo Italy/Montespertoli, Tuscany