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Review 2214: Agriturismo Cretaiole, Il Pollaio


Review by John & Carole from IL

apartments on a farm near Pienza, Tuscany South

Cretaiole, photo by J&C Monaco


June 2006, 1 week


Want to touch the heart of Tuscany? Spend a week at Cretaiole with Isabella, Carlo and their family. What a treat!

This was our third trip to Italy. After a week in the magnificent madness of Florence we made our way to Cretaiole. We spent a lot of time searching for the right agriturismo before our trip, but we were keeping our fingers crossed. You know how it is.

We found Cretaiole very clean, quite comfortable and located in the "movie set" beauty of the Tuscan countryside. (Actually, the monastery scenes of the English Patient were shot just ten minutes from Cretaiole.) This was the setting and the kind of place we had hoped for.

What we had not counted on was the dimension that Isabella and her family brought to our visit. Isabella is a born concierge who could work in the finest hotels. She greets and gets to know all of her guests, and she knows and shares the treasures of Val d’Orcia. She has compiled a three-inch-thick binder of activities, sites and restaurants. Each room has a copy in both English and Italian. In addition, she offers an itinerary of events that you might want to do during your stay. We followed her advice. Among other things, we visited and had lunch at a working farm and at a winery near Cretaiole, made pasta with Isabella, and learned a considerable amount about olive oil from Carlo.

It is not surprising that we met several other families who had been to Cretaiole three and four times. We will return to Cretaiole soon. We loved it!

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