Perfect!!! Casina Valloreci was absolutely perfect. Our host, Angelo, has definitely put his heart into making the stone cottage a home away from home. The photographs on the internet show exactly what you get. There is no exaggerating the beauty and warmth that is portrayed in the images of this agriturimo. It was very clean, the bed was amazingly comfortable (which we cannot say about most places we stayed in Italy) and the location was perfect. Valloreci was located off the beaten path but was close enough to Highway A that we were able to take day trips to Sienna, Montepulciano, Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio. There were so many other small hill towns that we wanted to visit but ran out of time. However, there are so many within a reasonable distance of Casinia Valloreci.
When we arrived at Casina Valloreci, Angelo had a plate of crackers, mozzarella cheese with olive oil, tomatoes and basil, a bottle of wine and a tasty cake waiting for us in case we had not eaten. He made our dinner reservations at a wonderful restaurant in Castelmuzio the night of our arrival. When we arrived at the restaurant he had a glass of champagne waiting at our table. One evening we arrived back at Valloreci very late and there was a bottle of wine sitting on the table outside our door with a note telling us to enjoy the rest of our evening. He emailed us when we got home to make sure we had a great time. He was an absolutely perfect host who gave us privacy when we wanted it but was always available for questions when we needed him.
We exchanged emails with Angelo several times before our arrival to request that he help us set up a private tour around the wineries and small hill towns. We had a car but we wanted one day that we did not have to drive ourselves in case we tasted to much of the Tuscany wines. He emailed us several times asking questions and getting specifics so that he could make our day perfect, and it was. Our private guide Elario from Il Postalino della Vald’ Orcia was very, very accommodating. He stopped when we wanted to take pictures. He took care of details like making sure he had water for us to drink in the van and that we were not rushed while exploring Bagno Vignoni, Sant’ Antimo Abbey, Montalcino and San Quirico D’Orcia. He dropped us off in Pienza for dinner and more exploring. Angelo scheduled it so that he could pick us up when we finished our incredible dinner at a wonderful location picked out by Angelo and reserved by him. Angelo took care of so many details that we would have been lost trying to do ourselves.
I can’t say enough about our stay at Casina Valloreci but I can say that we would stay here again, we would recommend it to everyone and it is our plan to see Angelo again and enjoy another romantic, peaceful week in this Tuscan gem.
- 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