This is a beautiful apartment on a farm estate in Tuscany that is ideal for families. The apartment is big enough for four and has a decent-sized shared pool with stunning views down the valley. It's about half an hour from Arezzo and there are shops at nearby Anghiari.
On a sunny spring afternoon while driving around Tuscany, we became lost and were desperate to find somewhere to stay. Just when we were about to give up and opt for a Motel, we came across "Agriturismo da Domenico" near the lovely town of Cortona.
As we parked our car, we were greeted by Domenico's family (including Granny) who welcomed us as if we were some lost relatives.
The rooms were rustic and beautifully decorated and the farmhouse something out of this world.
The evening came and we were served a wonderful dinner, full of locally grown ingredients including veal and veg accompanied by local wine and spirits.
We didn't only found a great place to stay, but we experienced the real Italy and made friends!
We stayed in this apartment during a recent trip to Italy and wished we had been able to stay longer. It's in a lovely little village called Loro Ciuffenna and is a perfect base for anyone wanting to live the Tuscan experience. Best for longer stays (a week or more) and for people who have access to a car to be able to get around to all the fabulous tiny places that nobody gets to see. Run by an American woman, Barbara (she lives in the apartment below), who took such wonderful care of us and knew all the best places to see and things to do. Fabulous hiking and nature experiences if you tire of all the antiquity. Generally, just a wonderful place to recharge the batteries and forget the world for a little while.
Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo
I recently spent two weeks in a beautiful part of
Tuscany called Val di Chiana, near a village called Pozzo della Chiana, in the province of Arezzo.
The place where I stayed was Villa Scannagallo - a beautiful country house divided into apartments, with an amazing garden, swimming pool, bbq facilities and breathtaking view of the surrounding olive groves.
The owners are very welcoming and each apartment is beautifully furnished. And it is not expensive either! I highly recommend it to anybody: families, couples, group of friends...
Working hilltop farm on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany, within striking distance of all Tuscany landmarks. Buildings have been renovated to a high standard by an Italo-American gay couple. Outdoor pool with views down the valley. Relaxing friendly atmosphere. Recommended.
Roughly an hour by train from Arezzo.
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