We will never forget our stay at Villa Astreo, where we came as strangers and left as better people, with our horizons widened and our lives enriched after our time with Francesco and his family.
If you're expecting a five star, immaculate, corporate-type experience, this is not the place for you. But if you're interested in true Italian hospitality and a more intimate experience, you can't go wrong here. This family went out of their way to drive us in to the Palio horse races, host a local dinner for us, play bocce ball with us, introduce us to the locals, and let us just soak up the ambiance of the Italian countryside. Plenty of privacy when we wanted it, too.
The location is great, about 10 km north of Siena, so convenient not only to there but the other smaller towns. (We had so much fun at Astreo that we didn't venture out as much as we thought we would.) We were concerned that our teenage sons would be bored and whiny, but they said it was their best vacation ever.
It's the only time I ever cried when a vacation came to an end. We hope to return someday soon and be blessed once again.