We just returned from a fabulous 6-night stay during our honeymoon at Casina Valloreci, a charming little stone cottage (just the right size for two) on a villa in the middle of olive groves. Casina is located near Sinalunga -- a central location that allowed us to easily day-trip to Siena and many other towns in Southern Tuscany.
The cottage had everything we needed, including a full kitchen, and was very comfortable -- plenty of hot water, a cozy bed, and lots of personal touches. We were sad to miss out on the beautiful swimming pool during our mid-October trip, but others who come during the summer would certainly enjoy it! The grounds are also lovely, with beautiful views in every direction.
From the moment we arrived, host Angelo went out of his way to make us feel welcome, with a fresh-baked cake, champagne, and other goodies. We were initially worried that we might run out of things to do in scenic but quiet Tuscan hill country, but Angelo had great suggestions for activities (wine tour, lunch at a working farm, nearby hot springs, etc.) that helped us slow down, savor the countryside, and relax! He hand-drew maps to all our activities to help us navigate, and we didn't get lost once. Angelo also gives the best tips for restaurants -- follow his advice and you won't be disappointed!
One tip for future travelers is that there are scented candles and down bedding at Casina Valloreci -- we enjoyed these homey comforts, but if you have allergies you might want to ask Angelo to remove them ahead of time (which I'm sure he would be happy to do, as he is very attentive to his guests).
All in all, we had a terrific time and would definitely return in the future! Grazie, Angelo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first time I fell in love with this place was several years ago while watching the movie, "The English Patient." I loved these forests, cypress trees and valleys. I was impressed in particular by the Abbey where the movie was filmed, at Sant'Anna in Camprena. And now this movie is repeated for me every night, and every night is always more beautiful. I would like to share these feelings with you. ... more less