san gimignano

And once you have been there, where else can you stay? What else can you explore?

Indeed, Tuscany cannot be limited to Florence, nor Florence to the Uffizi Gallery or Ponte Vecchio. Just as Pisa cannot be limited to its leaning Tower, Montecatini Terme to its thermal spa facilities and Castiglione della Pescaia to its vibrant nightlife. Of course Italian Renaissance enthusiasts might envisage to extend their journey from Lucca to Siena and find out that the best base to explore Tuscany at leisure is a small B&B in San Gimignano called Antico Borgo San Lorenzo, in the heart of Val d’Elsa (Valley of Elsa River) and most renown Chianti wine region.

Here lies the true discovery: a small village near delightful Volterra and Medieval San Gimignano which has been fully and tastefully refurbished in full respect of local housing traditions and materials. The present owners have turned each building, like the typical village houses, the barn and the vicarage, into comfortable well-appointed independent accommodation with all modern facilities and a secluded patio area.

They have also added an outdoor swimming-pool overlooking the river Elsa Valley and surrounding vineyards and olive groves while the master farm house has been turned into the reception area and an elegant restaurant. Flowers, shrubs and all kinds of aromatic plants give the whole place a proper home feeling. You can choose from B&B to All Inclusive hotel stays or self-catering formula for greater freedom. Your ideal holiday location!