We concur with all the positive Tripadvisor reviews about Agriturismo Sant'Anna. The serene, no-frills ambience appeals to anyone looking for a getaway respite. Who would miss electronics at this place amidst the captivating beauty of the Val d'Orcia area in Tuscany? It offers refreshment in nature, history, art, hospitality - and supremely good cuisine.
Ornella manages every aspect of the B&B and takes care of guests' requests with efficiency and good humor. Ask her anything about this region and she will share her extensive knowledge directing you to the best destinations. We liked meandering around the interior of this former monastery with its venerable old church, Sadoma frescoed refectory, vaulted ceilinged corridors and dininghalls - all giving us a tangible sense of far past times. Even the bedrooms were reminiscent of monks' quarters, although ours was comfortably modernized with a small ensuite bath. The tantalizing aromas wafting from the updated original kitchen hint at the delicious dinners prepared by Ornella and her mother. They are reasonably priced including wine and amicably served on long tables, the pretty settings well spaced for privacy. A typical Italian breakfast is presented likewise, accompanied with exceptional cappuccino.
The outside courtyard is full of lemon trees and bougainvillea - perfect for reading, painting the lush scenery or just relaxing. Paths in the surrounding natural landscape beckon walkers to go out into the countryside. It was poppy season while we were there in May and it was such a delight to see the fields ablaze with them.
Locally we explored the charming quiet village of Castelmuzio and only five minutes' drive away picturesque Pienza; made day trips to Cortona, Castiglione del Lago, Montepulciano and off-the-beaten-track Montechiello; revisited Sant'Antimo abbey (again memorable for the devotional chanting in luminous light) and toured the renown gardens of La Foce - all very pleasurable experiences.
We were always happy, though, to head back to the warm hospitality of Sant'Anna's and an interlude of leisure - looking forward to what the home cooked meal would be and watching the lovely sunset descend behind the looming hills....
Highly recommended. -
Elaine and Joe
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Sant`Anna In Camprena Hotel Pienza