Calcione holds a very special place in our hearts, an Italian home away from home. For eight of us who spent a week there in October, it defines Italy and Tuscany -- peaceful respites with delightful people and irresistible food and wine. We elected to stay in the country and visit the cities and hill towns nearby on day trips. It was the second time in eight years my husband and I went there, with two different sets of eight people. Everyone loves Calcione and as soon as the dollar improves, we will be back.
We stayed at different villas on the two trips and would recommend both, particularly La Pergola. The gracious, bilingual host family now seems like distant cousins to us, and the for-hire chef Amel does a fantastic job, arriving to make pasta dinners from scratch, with flour and eggs and fresh produce and meats in hand. We never went out for dinner during our recent week there--fabulous lunches, yes, at Cacciatore, Monte San Savino, Lucignano, Florence, Montepulciano, Siena, Florence and Assisi. But dinner we ate in, enjoying Amel's handiwork on some nights and cooking ourselves the things we bought at the markets. And of course drinking castle wine.
We walked the estate lanes and olive groves, admired the views, sat under the arbor where you could reach up and pluck ripe grapes, read and talked and listened to Italia, went on excursions, got lost a lot and had a great restorative experience.
Fall is a wonderful time to be there--spring and summer must be lovely too, but autumn is special, with wine and olive oil harvests, fresh porcini, cool temperatures and changing fall colors. In any season, however, Calcione is simply the real Tuscany.
It's hard to believe anyone could have as bad a time as the "beware of this place" reviewers did. But given their description of a huge 14th Century castle complete with towering horseback-rider gates as a "little cottage," we're convinced they just got their places mixed up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Calcione is a family-owned estate set in the hills of the Val di Chiana, one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany. We have several villas, country houses and apartments (self-catering rentals), available from March to November, that provide a starting point for a memorable vacation in Tuscany. The spacious and comfortable interiors combine the welcoming atmosphere of antique furniture with all modern conveniences. Unspoilt countryside, swimming pools, two large lakes and a tennis court provide an ideal setting for a memorable holiday. Whether you come in search of art (within a radius of just 100 miles of Calcione, lies 20 percent of the world's greatest art treasures), to celebrate a special anniversary, or simply to enjoy a relaxing and special vacation, you'll find what you're looking for. From the day of your arrival, one of our English-speaking collaborators will be available to answer any questions and make you feel at home. Tuscany's charm is has been widely publicized. We believe Calcione is a special place, where the many pleasant and enjoyable aspects of Tuscany can be appreciated at their best. Il Calcione produces, organically, an outstanding olive oil. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calcione Country And Castle Lucignano