For over twenty years I have been fortunate enough to have been able to spend time each summer in Tuscany, one of the gifts life has given me, much of it at rental properties in and around Panzano in Chianti, the most relaxing and beautiful place in "rustica Toscana" with wonderful restaurants, vistas to die for, and fabulous wine.
My wife and I have recently returned from a 12 day stay at Fagiolari. This is the second time in two years that we have taken at least part of what we have come to regard as our annual two weeks in “Italia”. Undoubtedly, Fagiolari is a special place that is not to be missed. Certainly, the 1.6 km of vineyard tractor road is a bit of a challenge that requires some care, but you come to find your way and this impediment is really ‘much ado about nothing’ as evidenced by the couple with the collector Ferrari who were able to make it in and out without damaging the car.
Once you reach the property, sited in the mist of the Castello dei Rampolla vineyard, you will find an agritourisimo with a very pleasant garden, nicely appointed bedrooms in the B&B with good quality linens. There is also a small cottage. The property and facilities are meticulously well maintained throughout. The rooms and common areas particularly clean. No flies or the like around the pool area or the property. Pool area is fabulous with memorable views of the surrounding valley and the vineyards. The whole property is very quiet, one hears very little other than the sound of the cicadas and the birds, which help to make this extraordinary place a truly restful experience.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and served communally in the dining area of the house and there is also space on an adjoining covered patio. There are cooking classes available and some opportunity to have an excellent evening meal onsite.
In the end, it is the small touches are what set this property apart from all others and they come from the proprietress, Giulietta Giovannoni, who has worked hard for over 25 years to restore the farmhouse and create the surrounding gardens. This labour of love continues for us all to enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fagiolari is a bed & breakfast in an 800 year-old, beautifully restored country house, surrounded by it's own olive trees, vineyard and forest. It's in the heart of Tuscany near many other small villages and towns such as Volpaia, Lamole, Greve, Radda and Castellina. Day trips to Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano and Florence can easily be made from Fagiolari. It is the ideal place to spend a couple of days in total relax at the pool, walking or cycling around its breathtaking countryside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fagiolari Hotel Panzano