mercoledì 25 aprile 2012

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Fabulous place to stay in the Tuscan countryside!
My wife and I plus our 26 year old daughter and her significant other spent 5 nights in this wonderful setting. This was on our "bucket list" - to find a romantic place to stay in the Tuscan countryside and La Canonica di Cortine was perfect. The ancien parsonage has been exquisitely re-built by the current owners Stefano and his wife Lucia, who along with the staff Most speak good English), made us all feel very welcome. Thanks to careful renovation, the mansion, the group of houses and the small church in front of them, exude the charm of a fne, hilltop aristocratic mansion. The location is perfect - almost exactly halfway between Florence and Siena and not far off the main road between the two. We visited both magnifient cities, world-famous nearby San Gimignano, multiple quaint towns in Chianti, and the lovely nearby medieval villages of San Donato and Castellina in Chianti. We went wine tasting at the beautiful 57 acre vineyard Castellare di Castellina 2 km from Castellina and had wonderful meals everywhere we went. If you want a special treat (and have some extra money) make sure that you eat at Osteria di Passignano in Loc. Badia a Passignano - about 10 minutes drive from La Canonica and a truly memorable experience.

We stayed in the 2 bedroom Solatio house, which was originally a barn of the Castle of Cortine. It had a pleasant dining room and a romantic fireplace with a compact kitchen that led directly onto a delightful outdoor patio. On the ground floor there was one bedroom and a bathroom with shower and an ancient stone staircase lead up to the other bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom. This arrangement is probably perfect for families but - being a little picky - not ideal for two couples since the upstairs bedroom is private (it is, after all, on the 2nd floor) but open to sounds from below. We made breakfast every morning and cooked most eventings. The only other drawback was that the cable TV arrangement was difficult to operate and there was only one channel (news) in English but that simply meant that we opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed each other's company instead! In sum, this was a magical place - we hope to return again soon!

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