We travelled from Switzerland but then had dreadful delays nearing the Gotthard pass and Milan. Did not arrive in Loro Ciuffenna until quite late making it more difficult to find our way. Claudia, our contact, however, was very helpful and, after turning into a rather narrow, winding track, we eventually arrived at our accommodation. It was rather overwhelmingly dark; huge place (high ceilings) and luckily we had bought some pasta, cheese and sauce with us as there was no welcoming food package which had been typical of places we'd visited before. After a good night's sleep in comfortable beds, we were delightfully surprised to find a stunning view from our windows. Walking out onto the sizeable terrace (which housed a brick bbq, table and chairs plus another seating area), we took in the landscape and breathed the warm air of Tuscany. Charming. The house and surrounding area were easier to explore in the day-light. Very peaceful. Beautiful property with plenty of character! Went to a massive supermarket which had plenty of choice. Then time to relax around the pool area. The sun loungers could have done with some soft padding on them but, other from that, it was very relaxing, swimming or sitting and reading. Mmmmm. Wondered into Loro Cuiffenna; a very quaint place; very picturesque (good for a photographer!) We visited Siena and Florence - both very different and rather crowded but well worth a visit. Went to the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. Fascinating history. Visited the Museo Galileo and the Duomo in Florence - also fascinating. The incredible size of the building of the Duomo was overwhelming. Very impressive to see. Must cover up to go inside though (legs and shoulders/arms). We ate out a couple of times: Nella and Francos in Terranuova Bracciolini - very good food and prices! For a more upper class experience and stunning views, Ristorante Badia a Coltibuono in the Chianti region of Siena. We really enjoyed our stay in Tuscany and made the most of the beautiful accommodation too. The nights were rather warm but there were fans provided to ease the discomfort of feeling over-heated. The mosquitos were biting both day and night so it is worth taking antihistimine tablets with you. We were recommended this as it does deter the little critters! Also - to entertain the children one day, we went to Parco Avventura Il Gigante. A great survival experience, climbing trees and having to overcome obstacles. Great fun if you can handle heights!
Fireplace in the evenings, spaghetti cooking in the old kitchen, very comfortable rooms . Lunch B-B-Q on the terrace with view on the olive grove.
An unforgettable atmosphere of ancient times. It was our second visit and we look forward to our third one very soon!
We stayed at the farmhouse (3 couples) the first week of September 2015 and it was a great experience. Loro Ciuffenna is a quaint small town with a couple of great restaurants and it's a good spot for doing day trips to Siena, Arezzo, Assisi and the Chianti region.
This is a working farm with local help visiting every day so it's an experience you will not find at most places. The buildings are very unique with a classic Italian rustic flair. Can't even guess as to the age of the structures but they go back a long time. Really a neat place.
There is a local winery, Tiburio, which was a great find and the wine is excellent. You can walk to the vineyard from the property.
Claudia and the staff were great and we could not have asked for a better stay.
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