Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Il Fornaccio Country House in Tuscany, Italy

The weather is cool and rainy here in central Germany, and you can bet I am spending today missing the warm breezes and playful, hospitable sunshine that welcomed us in the Tuscan countryside. I can say without hesitation that this trip was the most relaxing, romantic, lovely getaway I have ever had the privilege to experience, and I have to give our bed and breakfast most of the credit for that.

We stayed at
Il Fornaccio Country House, a bed and breakfast tucked into the hills just fifteen kilometers outside of Florence. When I had been planning the trip, it only took a few minutes on their website for me to know this is where I wanted to stay. It had an air about it that was so authentically Tuscan, it immediately seemed to be the perfect place to forget about the rest of the world for a few days.

And I’ m telling you, I was not wrong.

The Country House is owned by the vivacious and beautiful Loredana, who lives there with her sweet, energetic daughter Elenora. When I first sent her an email to inquire about making a reservation, she responded with the following email:

Dear Daryl,
My family consists of my little Eleonora, our dog Nana, the cat Spinner and our little hedgehog needle. We would be very happy to share with you our home.
See you soon to schedule dates,



After reading this email, I knew that we wouldn’t just be treated as a room number but our stay there would be a personal, home-like experience. There are only two rooms to choose from at Il Fornaccio, so everything is very quiet and very private. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with magificent wooden beams overhead and a view of the hills from our window. You could just make out the Duomo in Florence on a clear day.  It didn’t feel like we were staying in a hotel, it felt like we were visiting old friends.

Loredana prepared wonderful breakfasts for us every morning, including healthy vegetable omelets with zucchinis from her own garden and freshly baked cakes and pastries (different ones every day!) I can’t even begin to tell you the surreal contentment I felt when I was sitting on our private terrace on a cool morning, drinking tea and thoroughly enjoying a blueberry tart. It was one of those am I really here? Sort of moments. Is this really real or am I just dreaming?
It was a short drive into the small medieval town of Fiesole, where we could buy food at the market to bring back and eat for lunch. We’d buy freshly baked bread, Tuscan Proscuitto and Salami, wedges of cheese, olives, fresh (and sundried!) tomatoes and bring it back to our little terrace to enjoy for lunch. I honestly can not think of anything better or more wonderful. One day we didn’t feel like driving into Fiesole or Florence, so we simply walked five minutes down a winding country road to a tiny pizzeria packed with locals. Whenever we had a question about where to go or what to do, Loredana was there with answers, recommendations and even maps when we needed them.

Il Fornaccio is a place I could imagine myself coming back to again and again, for years to come…and the family friendly rooms and grounds mean that we can even come back to stay when our family is more than just the two of us!
If you’re interested in staying at Il Fornaccio, check out the website here and feel free to email me for more information.

Editor's note: Our stay at Il Fornaccio B&B was compensated, but all opinions in this article are 100% my own, and I would personally (and enthusiastically!) reccommend this B&B to any of my family and friends.


Celine said...

Wow, thank you so much for sharing such an incredible find Daryl. It really does sound and look like my idea of heaven.

My brother-in-law lives in Pisa, so we're always looking for nice little places around Tuscany, to stay for a couple of nights when we visit. This is most definitely on the list!

Jenna said...

Wow, Daryl this place seriously looks stunning! And so romantic! This is exactly what I think of when I imagine my dream vacation to Tuscany :)


Natasha said...

Wow, it looks wonderful. It's cold and rainy here too, even thought it's supposed to be spring.

Lauren said...

That is such a cute little home! And that view! If I had a terrace like that to eat on, I'd be out there every day! :)


Alex Butts said...

What I would give to be there - WHY is it already so cold here?

Kelsea Echo said...

Oh Daryl,

I am so green with envy right now! This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to stay... eek!

Mimi Finerty said...

What a gorgeous place to stay and the views are amazing. I like that the place had a family and personal feel - so much nicer than waking up in a big hotel to a buffet breakfast with no love and attention.

The Braided Bandit said...

Oh my goodness this looks absolutely PERFECT! Ahh, dreaming of this starting now.

Anonymous said...

Love your photos! My husband and I stayed at a little farmhouse in Tuscany last fall (we found it on AirBnb) and I've daydreamed about it nearly every day since! It really is a bit of heaven over there. :)


Anonymous said...

What a lovely place to stay! I'm wondering how it was compensated? A friend? Through the blog? How lucky for you to have such a fantastic opportunity! Best wishes!

Steph said...

Seriously, this place doesn't even look real! What a perfect getaway :) The view is amazing!

Kari said...

That place is amazing. Such gorgeous pictures.

Elle said...

this place looks gorgeous! but please tell me you got a picture of the hedgehog.

Maria said...

Wow, this place looks just amazing!!! Love the garden patio and the view is just incredible!!!

Nicole Marie said...

ohhhh my gosh a DREAM!!!

Henry Gove said...

Thanks for posting.this post is a very stunning and very nice place to live in Tuscany.

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