Your Authentic Tuscan Experience Off the Beaten Path
We cannot say enough about Marusca, Gianni and our stay in Tuscany. The house is great! Marusca was so easy to deal with and incredibly helpful. Not only did she give us great feedback on our potential itinerary she actually met us in Arezzo and led us right to the house where we met Gianni. He then proceeded to help me get directions to an outstanding restaurant called Osteria Locanda il Canto del Maggio which is a little far and hard to find but amazing. Another great restaurant that was close by, but also a little hard to find was Ristorante La Luna nel Pozzo. It is in a town of 15 people. Just make sure to stay left when you approach a castle looking type building to get to the parking lot or you will drive around it and into an incredibly narrow alley which you will be lucky to get through without scraping your car. The house is clean, comfortable and just 20 minutes from Arezzo (which is definitely worth walking around) and not far from other great places. We had 5 people total including our 2 teenagers and my father-in-law. We went to Siena, Cortona, Pisa, Lucca, and Cinque Terre which might be the highlight of any trip (highly recommend driving right to Riomaggiore, parking there and taking train to other towns despite what you might read about difficult driving). We parked in Arezzo to take the train into Florence 2 days. While this was easy, I think in hindsight I might have researched parking lots that are easy to find in Florence and driven to save time and cost since the train was 78 euro ($100) each roundtrip for 5 people. Everyone discouraged driving into Florence, but my phone's GPS worked pretty well throughout so I think we could have avoided going into the no driving zone. If you are trying to decide where to stay, I promise you will not be disappointed by "Relax & Love in Tuscany"
David, Waxhaw, North Carolina, United States, April 2013