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Reviewed 6 May 2010

Two retired couples just got back and we were sooooo happy with our stay here. You'll first be struck by the beauty of the former monastery and then by the setting. It is perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. An olive grove is below you to the west and a forest beyond that. Villas and a little town can be seen to the north. Rooster pheasants crow in the distance and they are the loudest noise you can hear.You are greeted by Ornella, who is warm and very helpful (on our final evening she spent over 90 minutes trying to help us find a place to stay in Rome with phone calls, emails, internet search, friend calling, print outs etc.). We ate one delicious meal which was an excellent value. We had olives, cheese, bread, a mushroomy pasta course, roast duck, roast boar liver (interesting), salad, dessert, sparkling water, wine and coffee. The flavor of the old monastery has been maintained, even as the rooms have been modernized. There are excellent hiking opportunities and another guest came from northern Italy because the biking is so good in the area. Besides Pienza close by, there are other beautiful little towns to explore and have a meal or glass of wine. At one little country intersection place, 5 of us had appetizers, pasta, meat, salad,wine, dessert wine and grappa for 50 euro. Sant' Anna is a very special place

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank davenaliceinMN
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Reviewed 19 April 2010

This was the most beautiful place I have stayed in. If you enjoy architecture, and visiting places of historic significance, I highly recommend this place to stay. Not only was the building amazing, but the staff was too. I was greeted with only smiles, and if i asked for something I always received it within a minute. The rooms were very clean, as was the bathroom, and there were great views from my room. I was extremely happy with my stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2010
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Thank meredith13
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

For anyone who has given up on Tuscany as being too expensive and overcrowded with tourists, Sant’Anna in Camprena is the place to go. Once an abandoned Benedectine monastery (15th c.), it has been lovingly restored as an extremely comfortable agriturismo, while still retaining its graciousness and old-world dignity, serenity, and charm. The approach is up a magnificent drive lined with ancient cypress trees. The monastery’s hilltop position offers commanding views of the surrounding Val d’Orcia (I saw many guests sketching and painting.). You are welcomed by the indefatigable and extremely efficient, helpful, and friendly Ornella. The rooms are simple but quite comfortable and spotless, and the bathrooms are great. (The towels are also big and fluffy--a rarity in agriturismos). My room (like many) had a breathtaking view of the valley. Others look out over the beautiful large garden, which is for the exclusive use of the guests. Breakfast (included in the room price) is excellent, and you will definitely want to take advantage of the very reasonably priced, delicious. and generously served four-course dinner (including a big jug of wine)--all for only 20 euros more. Sant’Anna is within easy striking distance (by car) of numerous attractions: Pienza is a 10-minute drive. Siena, about an hour. And there are numerous small charming villages to explore nearby. A knowledgeable and extremely personable driving/tour guide service is provided by Ilario, owner/operator of Il Postalino della Val’Dorcia (tel: [--]). If you want to brush up on your Italian, as I did, there’s an excellent language school (www.scuolacamprena.it) just down the hill. But you may find yourself content simply to take long walks in the surrounding countryside or curl up with good book in the garden. The monastery itself has an important series of frescoes by the Renaissance painter Il Sodoma that decorate the walls of the original refectory. I was there for only a week, but it seemed like a long luxurious month. I literally cried when I left!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 October 2009

Sant'Anna in Camprena was the last stay of our 11 day trip to Tuscany. It is truely our favorite memory of Tuscany. The setting is simply gorgeous, also the setting of the film The English Patient, and contains famous frescoes by Sodoma. The location is good for visiting nearby hilltowns of Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino. Be sure to visit Sant' Antimo too. Ornello and her husband, Stefano, were gracious and friendly hosts, making sure everything was to our satisfaction. Be sure to have dinner on site. The food and service were excellent. The food was fresh, organic and grown on site. The cook was in the garden picking the herbs just before dinner.The garden was lovely with lemon, lime and pear trees and views looking over the countryside. Just outside our room were hedges of lavender, rosemary, and sage. Our room was quiet, simple, and comfortable. We hope to return someday. Thank you Ornello and Stefano.

Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
Thank JSBjorum
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Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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