Beautiful and quiet, but near Siena
My family of five stayed in La Loggia for 8 nights in November 2011. It was fantastic. The 18th Century farmhouse is just beautiful. Constructed of travertine and terra cotta roofing tile, it looks as if it has grown out of the the warm colors of the surrounding hillsides. Inside, it has all the comforts of home, including a kitchen/dining/living room, two comfortable bedrooms, and a bath. The furnishings are simple, tasteful, and lovely. We used the working fireplace on chilly evenings.
Although the location feels remote, overlooking vineyards and gardens in the Tuscan hills, it was a short (though winding!) 20-minute car trip to Siena and a 50-minute ride to Florence. There are great benefits to staying in the Tuscan countryside with a car on hand. We visited medieval walled villages in the area, including Monteriggioni, that we would not otherwise have seen, and they were highlights of the trip. Throughout Tuscany, people still live and work in villages that date from the 12th-14th centuries. Walking these villages helped us to see how physical and immediate a connection Tuscans feel to their past.
And then there's the food. We took a pasta-making class from an incredibly knowledgeable person at Spannochia, an organic farm located on a nearby estate, where the food was just incredible. But everywhere we went, the food was local, fresh, delicious, and prepared with love. And the locals know how to eat. They linger and talk over meals. There is nothing fast about the food or the way it's consumed.
La Loggia was our base for all of these trips, and it provided a quiet place to retire after busy days. David and Simona, the owners, were warm, charming, and helpful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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