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Relais San Pietro in Polvano
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

A truly out of this world place to stay between Tuscany and Umbria. High on a hilltop overlooking views that are breathtaking, a romantically restored old stone building that oozes beauty, classic style, modern conveniences and attention to every detail. Service is perfect, breakfast is a delicious large buffet with cheeses, fruit, yogourt, pastries, eggs, fresh orange juice. Beautiful pool on the hill top just below a stone deck overlooking fantastic views, everything immaculately kept up. You don't find places like this any more, nor hosts like Signor Protti who brings a certain charm and style to his carefully tended hotel. It's a bit hard to get to without a GPS -- the web site lists the latitude/longitude which will make navigating there much easier. Great stepping stone to Cortona and Umbria.

Monica in Quebec

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MEWMontreal
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

The words to that song kept swirling in my head throughout our 4 night stay. (Even now, as I am remembering.) The peace, the views, the food, the room... everything exceeded every expectation we had.

That being said, here are some tips and insights:

-Rent A Car. If you can't drive manual, make sure you call ahead to let Sr. Protti know you'd like an automatic. (Or perhaps a Vespa?) The man works wonders and will find you the best options; we decided to get a car while we were there and because of the short notice it was a challenge to find one we could drive... but he did it! You could retreat from the world and take day trips in a taxi (the drivers the Prottis were using while we were there are absolutely charming) but if you'd like to leave the grounds even more than twice to explore the Tuscan countryside or get a bite to eat off-grounds, it is more economical (and freeing) if you rent a vehicle.

-In your car, listen to 102.5. Very normal people. Great music.

-Be prepared for old-world living. Guests are asked, via a rather lengthy list of regulations left in the room, to dress appropriately for dinner (I think they call it casual elegant or something poetical like that), women are given menus without prices and Sr. Protti, your maitre'd, takes the order from the men. You are "invited" to the dining area after being given a glass of Prosecco (I assume) to enjoy, and the service itself is formal.

-Order the sweet and sour vegetables. Trust me.

-Bring a book, or peruse the bookshelves they have and borrow something left by a previous traveler (or finish your book and leave it for future guests). Simply looking through the titles and inscriptions in all different languages is enchanting... unless you are like my husband, and must have some sort of electronic stimulation. In that case...

-Use your iPad, iTouch, whatever. One night we rented a movie from iTunes and snuggled close to watch it. Because the room's wifi was spotty, we asked Sr. Protti to keep it behind the desk in the main building as it downloaded, and he happily obliged. The nights can be very quiet, silence broken only by the sound of a distant Vespa or--creepily--a wild boar. Having something to do or plan is a really, really good idea.

-The dinners, while extraordinary, can get a little expensive, so take your rental and go to nearby Castiglion de Fiorentino to get some deli, pick up a bottle of wine, and picnic somewhere one night. Best roasted chicken, roasted pepper and pesto sandwich I've ever had. FYI, the Relais doesn't allow outside food in, so explore and find a spot next to a sunflower field. (A rental car is looking better and better, isn't it?)

-We stayed in mid-late July. We had booked a Junior Suite (our honeymoon, after all) but we were upgraded when we got there (woohoo!). It didn't take long to figure out why... they have, I think, about 8 rooms, but we were one of three couples staying there at the time of check-in. The second or third day it was just ourselves and one other couple.

-The breakfast spread is impressive and delicious. Best we had on our trip.

-I have to agree with a previous poster that the dinners can be so quiet they seem almost awkward, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, be aware. For us, the elegant dining experience that can't be found anywhere else, coupled with the amazing food, made up for any awkwardness. Also, wine helps.

Truly, Relais San Pietro in Polvano is a gem. We will be back one day. I can't wait!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank eeponine
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We wanted somewhere quiet with good food and views, this place has it all, along with the service provided by Luigi Protti and his family we had a fantastically relaxing 12 nights and will re-visit when travelling to Tuscany

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Ray C
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

The place isn't easy to find, particularly if you're using a map, but it is perfect. (Try to arrive before nightfall.) Our room was clean and beautifully laid out with its rustic furniture and wooden beamed ceiling. The bathroom (just a shower) was clean and modern and well-stocked with towels, shampoos, etc..

Breakfast was a delight with its local cheeses and squeezed orange juice(for which no extra charge is made unlike at some other places at which we had stayed)

The owners, Luigi (he speaks good English) and his wife, are clearly eager to maintain high standards and to keep their place looking good. (Instructions include not to move furniture in the bedrooms and not to walk around barefooted except by the pool!) There is free access to the internet.

The staff were very kind and helpful and the view from this location is absolutely splendid.

There is no lift and Luigi wanted to carry our suitcases up two flights of stairs to the bedroom, but I wasn't prepared to let this charming Italian (no youngster) do so.

My only regret was that this was our last night in Italy. We could have stayed there much longer.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Relais San Pietro is a delightful, relaxing and very comfortable hotel. Situated in the hills of Polvano it has a beautiful location with wonderful views. An ideal base to explore Tuscany and Umbria or just to relax by the pool. The service, food and accomdation are highest quality. The host Signor Protti is charming and all the family are very friendly and helpful. We rate this as one of the best places to stay in Italy and hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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