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London, United Kingdom
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November 19, 2005
From journal Tuscany for Pleasure
June 13, 2005
Terry greeted us and showed us around, then left us to unpack and relax, allowing us to de-stress from the 3-hour trip, which hadn’t been all that stressful. We were impressed with the completely renovated accommodations, which featured new tile bathrooms and a wonderfully furnished sleeping room with antique reproductions, a tile floor, and homey area rugs. The rooms easily surpass most hotels and offer a serene, very clean, and comfortable place to unpack and stay awhile! It was apparent that the owners took great care in providing every amenity that offered comfort and familiarity to home. My wife and I were traveling with her cousin and his wife, and I would venture to say that the Casa was a collective favorite of our 3-week trip to Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Since we arrived after dinner, we had wine and cheese that evening in the main house, around the fireplace sitting area, and relaxed and talked to Terry and Marcello, who were accommodating and helpful with information about wines, places to visit, and directions.
We had breakfast in the dining area the next morning, and I won’t spoil the surprise, but be sure to order Terry’s coffee. Marcello’s special breakfast was perfect and artfully presented. We attempted to order sunshine, but our friend Audrey provided that, bringing it from California. Unfortunately, it was too cold for swimming, and in our 3 days, we did not have dinner at the Casa. But, I understand from the other guests we talked to that the dinner is fantastic. We used the Casa as a base and traveled to Siena and many other places within a 1- to 2-hour drive and always made it back before nightfall, except on the last night. Traveling by car at night on the narrow roads made it somewhat adventurous and fun, and we found the Casa perfectly.
We were sorry to leave and wished we had more time to spend at Casa Portagioia. The price was very reasonable, and we would recommend it to anyone who wishes to have a quiet, restful time in a beautiful setting with fantastic accommodations. We hope to go back at some point and wish Terry and Marcello the best.
From journal Tuscan Holiday
June 3, 2005
The hospitality and much kindness extended to us during our stay at Casa Portagioia was more than anyone could expect. The rooms are very well appointed and absolutely spotlessly clean, along with a welcoming drink and other goodies. We had a wonderful time, and their thoughtfulness and useful recommendations greatly enhanced our stay (as did Marcello's artistry with Sue's hairstyling).
The owners have done a splendid job on restoring this beautiful property, and anyone who stays with you will be comfortable, relaxed, and well taken care of. The grounds are beautifully kept and full of colour. I think they have planted sunflowers, which will make their cypress drive just perfect.
Breakfasts were so wonderful and relaxed that we often left late and had to make up our time on the roads. However, we managed to see Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino in 1 day (where our hosts arranged a winery tour). Another day, we split our time between Assisi and Cortona, and the third day was a trip to Siena and Sam Gimignano. The last day, we spoiled ourselves relaxing around their pool. The views from here, incidentally, are stunning.
From journal Somewhere Very Special In Tuscany
Newark, Delaware, Afghanistan
February 16, 2005
The fact that the owners made us feel at home was more than just pandering to guests; it was real. Every morning, during what were the best breakfasts in Italy, we were offered advice about where to go and what to see. They arranged trips to Florence, so we avoided the queues (2 hours long!), they arranged a wine tour, an art class for Mary-Beth, and much more.
The pool was a great place to realise that holidays were more than just sightseeing! There were breathtaking views of the local valley, and even during October, the heated pool allowed us to cool off from what was still a pleasant temperature.
Dinner, too, was an experience. Again, due to the hosts' personality and drive, it seemed that we and the other guests had been friends for years. All of us were happily chatting--even sharing our wine. Oh, and the food (a five-course extravaganza) was magnificent--a truly relaxing end to the day.
We stayed here for 5 nights out of the 3 weeks we were in Italy; it’s not at all hard to recommend this place to other travelers to this beautiful region.
From journal Tuscany Adventures
November 30, 2003
From journal Sunny Days spent relaxing in Tuscany
San Fran, California
October 12, 2002
There was lots of Tuscany charm along with modern facilities and comfort (air-conditioning for one!). They were only able to give us breakfast, but we had a good choice and ample fresh orange juice and coffee. The pool sat on the hillside overlooking the beautiful valley and we ended up taking a day out from the excursions relaxing and getting some helpful advice from our hosts about Cortona and other smaller towns worth a vist.
Very comfortable and relaxed accomodation with a real welcome.
From journal Tuscany - off the beaten track!