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Monterchi: B&B Casanova

Loc. Pocaia - Voc. Casanova, 97, Phone: 0575.70139

Reviewed by: Annie M from NY, review #1046

When: June 2005

We spent an unplanned two nights at the B&B Casanova in the borgo of Monterchi and only wish we could have stayed longer.

The B&B Casanova was suggested to us by one of my cousins in Italy and I thought of it as our own special “discovery” --- but I was surprised to see that it already has one favorable review on Slow Travel from November 2003.

We stayed in the very attractive and comfortable two-story guest house. On the first floor is a combination kitchen/dining and sitting area as well as a bathroom with a stall shower. There is also a very pretty covered patio with table and chairs that makes a great place to enjoy breakfast or to do as we did and spend a romantic evening unwinding with a glass of wine by candlelight.

The owners, Carla and Rete, are very pleasant, charming and most hospitable.

The kitchen is fully equipped with plenty of dishes and utensils. The refrigerator and cupboards are stocked with just about everything you could possibly need. Carla says she checks the fridge every day to see if anything (milk, yogurt, etc.) needs to be replenished.

The second floor is reached by a spiral staircase (definitely not handicapped accessible) and has a double bed, a single bed, an armoire, two nightstands and a dresser with mirror. All windows are screened.

Carla gave me a mini-tour of the main house. There are several attractive bedrooms that are available for guests. One larger bedroom with private bath was being renovated and, although I didn’t see it, Carla emphasized that it will be very comfortable and luxurious. Guests in the main house are served breakfast daily at the dining room table.

The borgo of Monterchi is well known because of Piero della Francesca’s painting of the "Madonna del Parto."

We spent a very nice afternoon strolling the hilly, winding streets of Monterchi, stopping in a couple of bars and cafes and enjoying the company of several very pleasant shopkeepers. To me, Monterchi seemed very unspoiled and off the beaten track and I would have enjoyed having more time to explore the immediate area.

The Sansepolcro market takes place each Tuesday and we enjoyed getting there early, watching it being set up, shopping, having espresso at a local bar, and getting a delicious porchetta panino for lunch.

I consider B&B Casanova and Monterchi to be two great finds and hope to get a chance to spend more time there some day.

Reviewed by: Joseph from CT, review #454

When: November 2003

A small B&B in a typical farm house with three guest rooms, where you will be made to feel part of the family.

We traveled by train from Florence to Arezzo, then by bus to Monterchi, but this is a country farm probably best visited by car.

We felt at home immediately. Rooms appeared newly decorated with a country flair. Guest rooms are private and tucked discreetly away from the owners' quarters. The three rooms share a bath that is modern and spacious. We normally avoid shared baths, but this was more like being weekend guests in friend's house. A generous breakfast was served in the spacious but cozy kitchen. Family artwork is displayed throughout the home, and adds to its charm.

Monterchi's primary claim to artistic fame is an unusual pregnant madonna, the "Madonna del Parto," but we found the main attraction to be this small farm and charming hilltown itself.

Contact the owners at: casaorsini@libero.it

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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