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Report 1997: Farm Stay in Tuscany - Tenuta di Spannocchia

By fivediggs from Italy, Spring 2012

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Etruscan Tombs in Rosia

We took lots of short trips to nearby towns during our two week stay and I have highlighted a few of our family favorites.

The small church of San Galgano and the nearby roofless Abbey are a must-see for families. It is only about a half hour drive from Spannocchia and boasts one of the greatest historic mysteries. Inside the church, is a sword that was plunged into a stone by San Galgano in the 1100's. The small round church was built around the stone to honor the Saint. This mysterious sword many historians believe gave birth to the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur. We read an article about the sword during our drive revealing how extensive testing has been done to the sword to establish its legitimacy. Studies indicated that the metals and style of the sword are consistent with those used in the 12th century. You must go for yourself to believe!

There are numerous natural hot springs or terme in Tuscany to visit. We wanted to take our children to one that wasn't a fancy spa but also offered some amenities such as bathrooms and showers. We visited the San Rapolano Terme located about a half hour drive East of Siena. As you enter the town, you can immediately smell the sulfur. The San Rapolano Terme has pools inside and outside. The water is warm but not hot. I foolishly thought that towels would be provided. We ended up buying some paper-like robes to dry off. It would have been a much more comfortable trip had we brought towels! The kids loved swimming in the pools inside and out. We had exhausted their interest in churches and museums so it was a perfect day trip that allowed them to be active and for us to relax.

We also visited some Etruscan tombs located on the side of the road as you leave Rosia and head in the direction of Siena. There is no guide or admission fee. It is a small, free museum with some amazing tombs. After having visited the Etruscan museum in Volterra with the many funeral urns, it was interesting to see the exact layout where the urns would be placed in family tombs.

We had many more amazing moments as a family during out two week stay at Spannocchia. For us, it was a perfect combination of solitude, nature, culture and time together as a family. We have already begun planning our next trip and the children still ask daily about our Italian pet cat, Reese's!

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Etruscan Museum - Volterra

Ino Restaurant - Florence

La Serva Ubriaca Restaurant

Le Logge Restaurant in Rosia

Museum 1300 - San Gimignano

Officina della Cucina Popolare - Val d'Elsa

Osteria dei Poeti - Volterra

Palazzo Vecchio Family Museum - Florence

San Galgano

Spannocchia Foundation

Tenuta di Spannocchia

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