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Casa Portagioia
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Seattle&München
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“The only downside was having to leave”
Reviewed April 30, 2010

Yes, all of the glowing reviews are true. I have never been bothered to write a review before, but this stay was so great that I felt compelled. It is astonishing to me that when people ask us about our trip, we spend most of the time describing our experience at Casa Portagioia. Maybe it's because we've been to Italy several times, so the basic experience isn't "new". Maybe it's because we live part of the year in a European country not known for customer service, so it's quite a surprise to be treated so well. But I suspect it is really 100% because Terry and Marcello have created the perfect environment: inviting, relaxing, warm, and welcoming.

The location is stunning with the cypress-lined approach, vistas of olive groves and vineyards, and buildings just as you imagined they "should" be. We very much appreciated their sense of humor, and the amount of unhurried time they spent just chatting with us. We also loved sitting in the sun at the table and chairs just outside the door to our room, taking in the views, smelling the lavender and rosemary scented air, and enjoying a bottle of local wine. And, the pillow spray is lovely.

Yes, you must have the eggs and ham when offered at breakfast. Delicious. Yes, you must partake in the dinner. We were lucky enough to be there for two. Homemade fig jam from their trees. Olive oil from their groves. An excellent (and very reasonable) cellar.

Only when something is a true labor of love can the result be so wonderful. These two obviously love what they do, and are fantastic at it. We absolutely cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

This was our first ever trip out of the US. It was also our first stay in any bed and breakfast, we are ruined forever! Unless of course we return. A team of experts working around the clock could not do what these two do. The location was in a little valley north of the Castelion Fiorontine, simply breathtaking. The room and grounds were amazing, as was the breakfast spread both mornings. The dinner which was prepared and served by Terry and Marcello was wonderful, they also payed specific attention to a dietary restriction I have. Terry's sense of humor and Marcello's cooking finess were awe-inspiring. They also had great advice on where to go and what to see, directing us to the Basillica of S. Maria de Los Angelos near Assisi including specific instructions regarding the route to take. I'm not sure what else to write herre except that if you visit Tuscany and don't stay here then you're missing out.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

I havent much to add to all the reviews already posted about Casa Portagioia- we had a fantastic stay, which we agree, wasn't long enough! We stayed for two nights and were extremely impressed by the level of service we received from Terry and Marcello, as well as the beautiful rooms and surroundings. We hired a car and found the instructions really helpful on the website, and luckily didnt get lost. However, Terry lent us his GPS the next day which proved extremely useful. The restaurant and vinyard recommendations were superb, and the chats over breakfast very enjoyable. I really hope we can visit again when the weather is warmer, and we can use the lovely pool!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2010

This is just another review to add to the already stellar collection of writeups which Terry & Marcello have garnered for their little B&B. My husband and I spent about two and a half weeks travelling through Italy during our honeymoon. We stayed at quite a few nice places - all booked based on tripadvisor recommendations - Casa Portagioia was the most highly rated of the B&Bs we booked, and it did not disappoint.
We stayed at Casa Portagioia 5 nights. We did have some difficulty finding the place even with our GPS, and I would agree with the previous reviewer who suggested that you bring some written directions with you. After we located it the first time and saved the location into our GPS, we had no difficulties returning to it each day.
Enough has been said by other reviewers about the sterling qualities of this B&B - the clean and comfortable rooms; lavish breakfasts and dinners whipped up by Marcello; the witticisms of Terry; the general beauty of the surroundings. We agree fully with all of them.
A couple of incidents in particular made this B&B stand out for us -
We were silly enough to leave a piece of luggage behind when we checked out of Casa Portagioia - Terry tried calling and emailing us, and when he couldn't reached us, drove out in his car to try to track us down at a petrol station he had recommended when we had asked that morning where we could get our car washed.
Spring came late to Tuscany this year, and I had repeatedly expressed my regret that we were missing the masses of flowers that Tuscany is known for in spring and summer. Terry, of course (aided ably by Marcello!) had to rub this in each day by telling me how Absolutely Beautiful the place would be "in a few weeks time" when all the flowers would be in full bloom; how they would bring in pots and pots of flowers to place all over the property; how the lavender bushes would be covered in lavender and the elegant cypress driveway lined with wildflowers, and how we would just have to come back - perhaps next year! - to see Casa Portagioia in its full beauty. Having said this, several weeks after we had left the place and were back home, they actually took the trouble to send us an email attaching not just one, but many, photos of the first pots of flowers which they were planting on the property.
That they would take the trouble to drive out to find us and return us our luggage, and bother to email us pictures several weeks after we had left, is very telling of the ethos of the two people who have made Casa Portagioia what it is today.
Terry & Marcello - thank you for a lovely stay. You have built up a beautiful place and we hope that you continue to be a house of joy to the many who pass through your portals.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

We stayed in 5 different hotels during our visit to Italy and this was BY FAR the most inviting, comfortable, clean, and helpful.
I'm not sure what was more impressive... the beauty of the place or the helpfulness of the hosts. Terry helped us plan each day and went above and beyond for us...really. If you want a place in Italy where you'll feel like you're staying with friends and have a comforting oasis of engish speaking in the evening, this is the place. I want to go back just to stay at casa portagoia! 100% recomended!
oh, one tip- be sure to bring directions with you... not just a GPS. the driveway is very long and GPS doesnt always recognize...makes for a rough entry. worth it once you arrive. i promise.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

Well, I don’t know where to start to describe our 3 days at Casa Portagioia…….first all a Grande THANK YOU to Marcello and Terry.

I proposed to my Japanese fiancée and they have helped me a lot to make one of the most special day in my life the best it could be. We had the most romantic dinner, Marcello is a 5 Star Chef, too bad we could enjoy his food only for one night. Terry not only has helped me to order the most fabulous roses bouquet for my “secret” proposal, but also he ordered a special made paper that said “I love You” in Japanese, I don’t know how he did it in such short time.

About the experience at Casa Portagioia everything was perfect. When we first arrived it was late night and raining and Marcello was waiting us with an umbrella and was very welcoming. The place gave us the feeling of being in a charming movie about Tuscany country side. The room was very beautiful and tastefully decorated and everywhere was very clean.

Great breakfast with many varieties of fruit and the place again very very charming.

During breakfast Marcello and Terry have advised us where to visit and helped us to book very nice restaurant and spas around the area.

We are looking forward to go back to Casa Portagioia and recommend anyone to visit this fantastic place.

Grazie, e a presto

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Western Australia
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

We were a party of 2 couples and from the moment we pulled into the driveway and Marcello offered to carry our bags we felt at home here. Our rooms were beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and provided everythying you could need for a short or long stay. The cosy couches by the fire in the main building often provided us with the perfect place to relax with a wine after a busy day exploring the gorgeous countryside. Terry or Marcello would often drop by to answer questions or help to plan the following days events. Their enthusiasim towards our stay was unwavering and we all felt that we could chat and laugh with them for hours. Breakfast everyday was mouthwatering as were the two beautiful 5 course meals prepared by Marcello. These dinners were a highlight of our stay, particularly the attention recieved for my 40th birthday celebrations. I simply cannot sing the praises of these two charismatic, friendly and professional hosts enough. I long to return.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Portagioia
Address: Pieve di Chio | Cortona, 52043, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Castiglion Fiorentino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Castiglion Fiorentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Portagioia - an elegant yet relaxed country retreat in Tuscany - somewhere between a country hotel and your best friend's home. A place where you can relax, take time to reflect on your travels and to be energized and enthused in to seeing more of the wonderful places Tuscany (& Umbria) have to offer. Always fresh and inviting. 5 Guest bedrooms and 2 suite apartments, all with luxury bathrooms and air-conditioning. Everything 'just so.' LAST MInute? Please visit our website or send an email for an immediate response. ... more   less 
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