Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 455: Casa Portagioia, Casa Portagioia
B&B and apartments on a farm near Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany East
November 28, 2002, 3 nights
We hit upon this place by chance. Our 3 week vacation in Tuscany was packed full of trips to take in as much as we could in the time available. We travelled from Cortona towards Arezzo and decided to have a drive throught the valley of Chio. It was here we stumbled upon this residence.
The old farmhouse had just been beautifully restored over 2 years and the old farm buildings had been converted into guest accommodation which they called B&B - although the rooms were more akin to hotel rooms in size and comfort. We took an apartment plus one of their bedrooms. The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for our 3 night stay. The extra bedroom was like a 3 star hotel room - but with the warmth of beamed ceilings, terracotta floors and old style charm. The heating worked very well and the showers were powerful. In the apartment we had a wood stove which the owners lit for us every evening and made the place real cosy.
Our trip took us around many areas of Tuscany and various hotels B&B etc, but we were very pleased with this place. The owners took real care of us and made us feel at home, gave us a few tips on where to go and what to see and some useful advice for Florence (I didn't know that tickets for some of the major attractions could be booked in advance - it saved us hours of waiting in long queues and meant we could see much more).
Tha apartment was big enough for four of us to sleep and eat, but as there were six in our group, we had breakfast together in the main house. The breakfast was very good and truely more than we could handle. But a nice experience to sit overlooking olive groves and eating ham & eggs!
Anyway, just thought you might like to know that we had a relaxing time here.
In Cortona we ate at the Osteria Teatro. The place was mainly filled with tourists - about 10 Americans and the rest European. The food was typical Tuscan and was beautifully presented. The restaurant was set in 4 dining rooms each beautifully decorated (ceilings walls etc) and provided a perfect setting. The waitress was remarkable, her laugh was loud and eccentric, but very warm and helpful.
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