Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5239: Owner, Casa Moricciani
4bed/4bath villa in Castelmuzio, Tuscany South
July 2011, one week
As winter starts to settle here in western New York, I daydream about my stay at Casa Moricciani this past July and long to be back there. As my best friend and I embark on our 50th year of friendship we decided to do something really special to kick it off. Our answer: a week’s stay in Tuscany at Casa Moricciani which we refer to as “Enchanted July”.
We had high expectations after reading about Casa Moricciani and viewing the lovely photos on the website. Let me tell you honestly, our stay exceeded all expectations! Our home for the week was comfortable, luxurious, a tasteful blend of the old and the new, like ancient tiles with a story to tell along with a stunning red enamel professional range in the kitchen - a joy to look at.
Everything in the villa is of the highest quality, from the bathroom fixtures to luxury toiletries. A peak experience each day was my shower with water falling gently on my head from the elegant rainfall shower fixture while I gazed directly out the open window in the shower over the Tuscan landscape of olive trees and vineyards glowing in the morning sunlight.
Through wonderful Isabella we were able to hire a driver for the week. Angelo is a treasure who added a whole new dimension to our memorable experience. With only a week we were able to head out each day to a different destination (Rome, Florence, Siena, Cortona) without fear of getting lost or having to negotiate hairpin turns and wild drivers. We didn’t even worry about parking since Angelo dropped us off and picked us up. Even better, he shared his knowledge of Italian history and culture and once even serenaded us as we drove home at the end of the day.
We were amazed at all we were able to accomplish in one week. Other adventures included dinner at the Sant' Anna in Camprena monastery (where The English Patient was filmed), a visit to Etruscan ruins in nearby Pienza, and walks and meals in the charming town of Castelmuzio where Casa Moricciani is located.
Another perk I would encourage you to take advantage of is the preparation of a gourmet meal by chef Manuele in the villa’s well appointed kitchen. You sip wine as you watch talented Manuele prepare your meal and teach you as you watch. The reward is sitting down to an amazing meal in an elegant setting without having to leave home.
On our final morning before Angelo drove us to the Rome airport (dropping us off at the door - worth every penny), my best friend and I sat on the patio in the early morning dappled sunlight sipping our coffee as a hot air balloon drifted by. Magical. What an amazing end to a week we will never forget. Perhaps our only regret was not scheduling more time at Casa Moricciani because it is truly a destination unto itself, capable of restoring peace of mind and nourishing the soul. We will be back.
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