I stayed at the B&B agriturismo at Sant'Anna in Camprena over Easter weekend April 6-8, 2012. I did not rent a car, so finding the place was a bit of an adventure. Other patrons told me that even with a car it was confusing. I had thought to take the train from Florence to Siena, then take a bus from Siena to Pienza then take a cab from Pienza - the nearest town - to the agriturismo. Just before I left, I discovered that Pienza didn't have any official taxi service. At that stage, I should have asked Ornella if she knew anyone who could pick me up, but I didn't. So cue one handsome, but fast driving Sienese taxi driver and over 90 euros later I arrived. The place was absolutely beautiful, on top of a hill, with classic Tuscany views that were breathtaking in their gorgeous, distant vistas and clarity of air. My room was large, comfortable with two windows with staggeringly romantic views. The whole place was spotless with excellent housekeeping and groundskeeping. The rates were extremely reasonable even with a 3 day minimum. The dinners - which cost extra and require reservations - were delicious, served in 4 courses with home grown olive oil and wine to accompany. Breakfasts are typical B&B, bread, milk, cereals, tea, coffee, juice, pastries. But bear in mind, this is a place to relax and get away from everything, so there are no elevators, no TVs, no radios and with only spotty Wi-Fi in one room. And Tuscany is the countryside, really. The nearest town is Pienza which is 5 km away and the roads are not the kind you see in Chianti countryside postcards. They are two lane country roads with speeding cars and ditches on either side so walking would have been dangerous. With the weather terrible the entire time I was there - cold, cloudy and rainy with a bad storm blowing violently for hours on Easter afternoon - I relaxed with my Kindle either in my room or in the old monastery kitchen with its massive, BBQ-an-ox-sized open fireplace. When it stopped raining, I would brave the gorgeous courtyards and trails around the agriturismo, the olive groves and vineyards were nearby, but I didn't get to walk them due to all the mud. Ornella was so incredibly helpful, with her English much better than my Italian. She knew two men in Pienza who functioned as unofficial taxi drivers who helped me out with rides - thank you Ilario and Gregorio. She even shared the Easter meal her mother made for her with me. It was delicious. This is the place where they filmed the movie The English Patient, which is one of the main reasons I chose to stay here, so I got my cinematic thrills taking pictures of the iconic monastery. Despite all the logistical problems getting to the agriturismo, I would stay here again in a second and recommend it highly to anyone who is thinking about it. Ornella, Stefano and their staff work very very hard and wear many hats to make your stay pleasant and relaxing. Just plan on some extra time finding the place.
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Sant`Anna In Camprena Hotel Pienza