I've traveled a fair amount and I always like to go some place new, but this is a wonderful place I would definitely like to return to some day. I went there in May 2009 with my fiancé during a three-week European vacation and it was by far our favorite place. Isabella, Carlo and Luciano have built something very special at Cretaiole. The love they show for Val d'Orcia (the region of Tuscany Cretaiole is in), the people who live there and the people who visit is unmatched. One of my favorite moments was during a walk led by Isabella, where she shared her story of what is was like to move here as a city girl, and both the frustration and joy she felt getting to know this place, was very moving to me.
There are lots of activities to take part in, I wouldn't skip the farmhouse dinner if I were you. I never imagined my favorite meal on my whole trip would be vegetarian! But it was that good!
Seriously, there is a reason this place is ranked #1 in the area. I can't recommend it enough.
- 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