Without question Sant' Anna is an exceptionally beautiful place. It is not just tranquil, it has a spiritual quality that has of course, at least partly, to do with its history as a Benedictine monastery (active until the end of the 18th century). I say partly because I'm still not sure if the monks built here because it's such a special location, or vice versa.
It has been wonderfully restored in a manner that has kept the essence of the place intact and alive. One feels a communion with the land and we often felt as if we had been transported back in time into the middle ages. This is actually easier than one may imagine as there is no TV, no internet, and cellular phones only work at “certain places”. No trains or highways can be seen or heard, although the views across the Tuscan landscape are breathtaking (one can see for 30 or 40 miles). No swimming pool, tennis court, ping pong table or video arcade here; children over four should be bookworms or culturally obsessed!
The staff were super and gave us the feeling that we were staying at a favorite relative's rather than in a hotel. The price was also a very pleasant surprise, as were the fantastic four course meals every night, for 20 Euro per person!
Our main objective was just to get away from the rat race. We certainly did that, each of us got through 3 or 4 lengthy books in the garden, and we still found time to play tourist and enjoy several day trips to Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, etc., none of which is more than an hour away by car, driving along picturesque, deserted country roads.
We stayed for two weeks on the recommendation of a colleague at work (thanks Heiko!) and left wonderfully relaxed, with that funny, paradoxical feeling of having been away for months even though the time had flown by.
If you need some quiet time in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich settings on earth … this is it.
Thanks Ornella and Stefano … we will be back!
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Sant`Anna In Camprena Hotel Pienza