This is one of those places that are so good you hate to tell anyone for fear everybody else will flock there! But the place is so charming that it deserves a fantastic review. As an Ariturismo, you will stay in the building right in the middle of rows and rows of grape vines. The building is where, historically, the farm workers lived. The first story wing has been made into two, one bedroom suites. Each has a living/dining room with a sitting area with a couch, and a small, but fully functioning kitchen area, and a dining table. The kitchen is furnished with a two burner gas stove, a refrigerator with a small freezer compartment, and a sink. There are sets of dishes, glassware, and cutlery. One could not hope for a better set up for self catering, or, you can pay a little extra fee per resident and a local woman will deliver breakfast at the time you desire. There is also a separate bedroom, with a Queen size bed, wardrobe, and an on-suite bathroom. Largest bathroom we encountered in Italy with a full size walk in shower! While the suites have been modernized, the Owners have used antique furniture to give the real feeling of a 19th century farmhouse. Just outside is a small table and chairs and a charcoal grill. There is a beautiful open area with overhanging trees for shade, lawn chairs, a large, lovely swimming pool, and a gorgeous fairytale like view over the Tuscan countryside. Extremely quiet and peaceful. Very centrally located to all the wonderful Medieval Hilltowns via very good secondary roads. Very close to Cortona, Lucignano, and Arrezzo. But the best part of our stay was talking with and getting help and suggestions from the owners Marta and Mauro. Among many other things, Marta runs the Agriturismo, and her husband Mauro runs the farm and winery. We booked a private tour of the winery with Mauro and beside seeing the very historical side of the winery with roots back to the Etruscans, we learned tons about the history of wine making in Tuscany, new uses for historic grape varieties, and the production of Vin Santo. Loved it! And the best for last. Both Marta and Mauro are accomplished and passionate cooks! We booked a private dinner for just us ( in the summer they do outside family style dinners under a grape arbor!). Mauro did both the cooking and serving. Each course was paired with a specific wine from their winery. First course was a fantastic Antpasto plate with four kinds of Bruschetta, Herb sautéed egg plant, and prosciutto. Second course (primi) was a locally popular pasta called "Picci" which is a sort of fat spaghetti, which Mauro hand rolled using wheat grown on the farm. Served with a Bolognaise sauce. The third course was a kind of meat and cheese "roll up" served in a bed of lettuce. Mauro called them something like "eggs in the nest". They were OMG good! Lastly he served us a home made sorbet. Folks, this was not only the best meal we had during our three weeks in Italy, but we both agreed that it might have been the best meal we have ever had! This place is very special. It is not the Ritz, or a luxury resort, it is truly a working farm with all the real experience and warmth that that entails. We would go back for a longer stay any time we can.
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