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“The Quintessential Tuscan B and B”
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Le Traverse
Ranked #10 of 32 Pienza B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“The Quintessential Tuscan B and B”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is the most lovely Tuscan B and B imaginable. The grounds are immense, beautiful and well kept. The accommodations are roomy, well appointed and very comfortable. The owner is a wonderful woman who speaks perfect English and knows everything imaginable about the surrounding area, day trips and restaurants. She made all our reservations and was extremely helpful in planning our visit. Wine from the farm and delicious fruit waiting for us on check in. Breakfast is extraordinary with home baked bread, excellent fruit and jams from the farm, superb eggs from the farms chickens (hand picked in the morning just before breakfast). Our stay could not have been better (4 nights). Cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

After struggling with the heat and crowds of July in Venice and Florence, spending a few days in this beautiful place was a great relief and a great pleasure. We shared a large suite with our 12 year old grandson and it was perfect. Fresh fruit and a bottle of red wine made by the owner were on our table when we arrived. Bath sheets were available to take to the clean, cool swimming pool, and our room provided more than ample space and amenities including a kitchenette. But the true value of this property is its owner, Pinuccia. She is a gracious hostess, willing to share her knowledge of the region and eager to engage her guests in warm conversation. Her assistant prepared our delicious breakfasts and they were the best of our entire trip. Pinuccia advised us on restaurants in Pienza and on a driving itinerary to visit other hill towns and sights of the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She was as charming and lovely as the countryside and we will long remember her hospitality. This is a special place and I recommend it heartily.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Le Traverse is nestled in the hillside right under Pienza -- perhaps the loveliest village in all of Tuscany. The view up to the village from Le Traverse's garden is actually jawdropping. "What a perfectly situated place," my husband and I said over and over. The breakfast is generous and delicious, especially the dessert. Pinnuccia is a warm hostess with all kinds of good ideas for activities in the area. She made reservations for us at a winery as well as at restaurants and suggested drives in the area. On one afternoon, we sat down with her to taste the farm's terrific, spicy olive oil. There is a little white road (at the turn-off to the farm) that was just perfect for morning walks in the countryside.The pool has an incredible view over the Val d'Orcia. As scenic as the area is (and it is _really_ scenic), we left Le Traverse wishing we'd spent a little more time just hanging around by the pool: it might just have the prettiest views around. This place really represents the good life. We look forward to returning again and again and again!

Room Tip: The bigger room with the little kitchenette is worth it!
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Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

This is a fabulous location, the view, the grounds, the breakfast and the accomodations are great. It is not always easy to find a king sized bed in a B&B but Le Traverse provides a great & well appointed room. My husband is quite tall and many places in Europe that are quaint (code for tiny) just do not work for him. The bathroom is amply sized as is the room. The breakfast is delicious. We arrived, after driving from Rome, in the pitch dark of night. There is very little ambient light which provides a beautiful view of wonderful starry nights. Imagine our awe when we opened the shutter to a beautiful vista of rolling hills and vineyards. The B&B is set on an olive orchard and they were just about to harvest. Pinuccia invited my husband and I for a glass of wine. I would return here in a heart beat. One of the highlights of our entire trip! We visited here before the pool was completed so we have another reason to return!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We've dreamed of a place like this, but never thought we'd actually stay in one. From the cyprus tree lined long driveway, to the vine covered arbour in front of our room (under which breakfast is served when weather permits; otherwise in your romantic room), to the rolling Tuscan hills stretching out all around you, to the quaint hilltop villages (Pienza only 2 miles away is a jewel!), to the delicious breakfasts .... all second only to Pinuccia our hostess with the "mostess". This is one place you want to recommend because there's no way anyone wouldn't fall in love with it. We can't say enough after spending 3 nights there in October 2011. It wasn't warm enough to swim in the pool, but the setting is idylic ... just like the whole property!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Wonderful location to base while exploring Tuscany! Actually a working farm with olive, fruit, and wine produced. The owner, Pinuccia, is a remarkable lady and an outstanding and gracious hostess. She helped plan our activities each day and arranged a very nice wine tour near Montalcino. Her restaurant recommendations and reservations always got us a top table and service.
Our room was great and the breakfasts prepared by Alessia were very nice. The views were incredible. Did not have time to swim, but there was a very attractive and clean pool.
All in all, a great stay!

Room Tip: we stayed in a room attached to the main house. It was quiet and secluded.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Le Traverse feels like heaven. It is a beautiful working farm with stunning views.
Pinuccia, the owner, made our stay relaxing and very enjoyable. Her recommendations for quick trips to Pienza and Montalcino were excellent. She also arranged a winery tour at the Brunella Winery in Montalcino, on very short notice. (We are now waiting for the cases of wine to arrive at our home).

The accommodations were excellent. Very clean and the rooms our large. Breakfast was one of the best we had in Italy. Eggs, bread, jams and homemade pies. We swam in the large pool and rested between trips to various areas. Pinuccia made the visit memorable and we definitely would stay there again....only longer.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Le Traverse
Address: Podere Le Traverse | Pienza, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Pienza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3

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