A friend and I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Cretaiole the first week of April, 2014. Each day, we would look at each other and say,"Wow! How lucky we are to be staying in such a wonderful place." We stayed in a beautiful, well restored one bedroom/one bath apartment that had a sofa in the living room that made into a bed. I have to say, I have never slept in a bed more comfortable than this sofa bed! The apartment was beautifully furnished and perfect! We added the "Dolce Vita" option and I highly recommend it. There was so much food and wine included, and we put it all to good use, as we had a picnic with it every day while visiting the surrounding areas. Wonderful! Isabella has put together a tour guide for everyone to use during their stay. This guide is better than any guide book you could find for Tuscany. She has put countless hours into the guide and it shows. Fantastic source of information. Of course, if it is possible to have a question about Tuscany (I doubt you will after going through this guide), you can always ask Isabella, Carlo, or Carlotta. Isabella, also has set up many tour options for the visitors to Cretaiole. One of them, the "Romitorio" or Hermitage tour is a tour of the Etruscan Tomb on their property. I highly recommend this tour. It is so interesting!!! And the views are breathtaking. Another activity Isabella set up for everyone was the "Cucina Povera cuisine @ Taverna da Roberto" in Montisi. It is not to be missed if you have an opportunity to go here. The food, atmosphere, wine were perfect. Roberto is a wonderful host and explains the "slow food" movement in Italy as you are enjoying his delicious food and wine. The same is true of the for the wine and food pairing at La Porta with Daria in Monticchiello. Daria is a fantastic hostess and explains each wine she serves you. You feel as if you took a wine class while you ate your wonderful meal, and enjoyed the beautiful relaxed atmosphere. There was also a wonderful wine tour set up for those of us staying at Cretaiole at the Nostra Vita Winery. Wonderful caring people, with wonderful wines, food and hospitality! A beautiful afternoon! Much to my regret, as I had looked forward to the Pici making evening, I was not able to attend the Pici making, or the dinner afterward. My friend was able to attend, and loved all of it. Isabella was kind enough to share the recipe with me, so I will try making it later. I was also unable to attend the tour of Pienza, but having spent some time with Carlotta, I know it would have been a very interesting, fun and wonderful tour. This leads me to explain why I was not able to attend, and to brag a little on Italy's emergency services. I want to add this, so everyone that stays at Cretaiole knows what a wonderful experience this actually turned out to be with the help of Isabella, Carlo, Luciano, and especially Carlotta. Thursday evening, I had what could have been a serious breathing episode. Isabella felt like we should call the doctor (yes they have doctors that make house calls). Within just a few minutes, our room was full of emergency volunteers! It was unbelieveable how wonderful all of these people were! The doctor, and an assistant showed up within a couple minutes afterward. He did a few portable tests, such as an EKG, etc. After listening to my lungs, he felt like I should go to the hospital for an X-ray. He went with me in the ambulance. Within a few minutes of arriving, my friends showed up, along with Carlotta. Carlotta was a life saver, as she interpreted everything for us. She stayed with us the entire time we were in the emergency room. The next day, I heard a knock on the door of our room, and Isabella had gone to get my medicine for me. Carlo and Luciano both stopped by that day to check on me. I want to mention this, to show what wonderful, caring people you have at Cretaiole. Isabella, Carlotta, Carlo, and Luciano want your stay to be the very best you can experience......and they exceed at this 100%!!! I will be going back to Cretaiole again and again! I will never stay any place else in Tuscany. It is the perfect location...beautiful views of the Tuscan hills, and the most wonderful people associated with it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agriturismo Cretaiole, a restored medieval Tuscan farmhouse, with panoramic vistas, has apartments to accommodate groups from 2-7 people. Come and embrace the enduring spirit of Tuscany! Weekly rates include authentic Italian experiences, such as a pasta-making class and Tuscan dinner. Located between Pienza and Montalcino, in the heart of the Val d'Orcia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cretaiole is as delightful for adult travelers as it is for families. Assistance available in English, French, German. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Cretaiole Di Luciano Moricciani Hotel Pienza