We recently joined friends at their favorite place to stay in Tuscany, the AGRITURISMO AIOLE, located just outside of Montalcino, and in the gorgeous Val d'Orcia. The setting is incredible, the rooms large and comfortable, but what makes this place really special is the people!
Our friends return to AGRITURISMO AIOLE year after year, and have developed a strong friendship with the owners, Paolo and Noella and their family. Not only is this the third time our friends have traveled to Italy to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with Noella and Paolo, they've also hosted Noella and Paolo when they visited the United States. Obviously this family is special, and now we understand!
Our double room was a large corner room with great views. We had a great night's sleep in the wrought iron bed, and our own ensuite bathroom. There are six double bedrooms, some large enough to accommodate a child or two, and if you have a large group you can rent out the entire facility which will also give you your own kitchen and living/dining room!
Although our friends Paul and Mer took care of most the the cooking for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Noella and her sister-in-law Cecilia are excellent cooks. Noella even gives cooking lessons if you're interested! If eating out is more your idea of a great vacation, Noella's sister owns one of the best restaurants in nearby Montalcino, Il GRAPPOLO BLU.
The pictures below are postcards of the agriturismo, and in the lower right hand corner you can see the room we stayed in. You know how much we love Umbria, but honestly, Tuscany's pretty special too, and the AGRITURISMO AIOLE would be at the top of our recommended list!