We stayed at Sassicaia, one of several beautiful properties of Il Fontanaro. Sassiciaia is a country villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully furnished, complete with washer and dryer. It is spaciaous, clean and charmingly decorated with all the amenities of home to relax and enjoy yourself. Located on the edge of the quaint town of Paciano, it is very convenient to take day trips to Cortona, Montepulciano, Assisi, Chiusi, and many more charming walled and hill towns in the area. The owners and operators of Il Fontanaro, Lucia and daughter Alina, are gracious hosts who welcome you with open arms to their home. We were invited to share several meals, naturally with their wine, and many stories as you feel a part of the family. Alina, made sure our villa was stocked with snacks and the fixings for fresh country breakfasts when we arrived. The villa was clean and charmingly decorated with all the amenities of home. If you are visiting during the grape and olive oil harvest, you may delightfully participate in the picking in their vineyard and grove and enjoy the local festivities. Alina & Lucia have many recommendations to restaurants, suggestions to local activities of the surrounding towns to make your stay exciting and authentically Italian. I would recommend signing-up for one of their slow cooking classes where all the ingredients come from Lucia's bountiful organic garden After learning to make the decadent Caprese Torta, a chocolate flourless cake, this is now one of my favorite new desserts to bake.
Try to stay 5-7 days to truly enjoy the local flavor and culture of the Tuscany and Umbria regions.
Our stay was one of the memorable hightlights of our first, and not the last, trips to Italy. We will definitely return soon to Fontanaro. I know you will not be disappointed should you choose to stay at any one of their properties.