"In September, my wife and I stayed for almost two weeks at La Tarazza, Cetona. Although our flight was late arriving into Roma Fiumicino Airport, the Property Manager, was still waiting for us when we arrived and took care of getting our luggage up to the house. When we took our coffee up to the garden next morning to take in the views, we knew we had made a good choice of place to stay. Cetona was clean, quiet and had all the local amenities, including two great restaurants (Nilo’s and Osteria Merio). Our home-away-from-home was very clean and had all the amenities (with exception of microwave, which taught you to do things the “old way” again). While English was not spoken by too many, everyone was willing to converse with you and try to help, which is half the fun for us. The Saturday morning market was a great place to pick up your fruits and vegetables, but don’t touch the fruit, they will select for you, depending on whether you want to eat it that day or in a few days!
There are several day hikes from the town and maps are available from the town Tourist Office. If you want to rent bikes, there is a shop in Chuisi (15mins drive) called “Bruscino Noleggio Biciclette Chuisi”. Mountain bikes cost 12Eu/day, but not much selection. A couple of great rides right out of town. “Sentiero Della Bonifica” runs through beautiful countryside up to Arezzo (~40miles one way).
Location is perfectly situated between Rome and Florence, with the A1 Autostrada running north/south only 10mins away. This is a toll road, so don’t lose your ticket or you’ll be paying the full 50Eu! There are so many beautiful towns and villages to explore in and around Tuscany and wine country. This time of year, the sunflowers start to die and are being harvested with many fields ploughed over. The contrast of soil colours in just 100 yards, was amazing to see and makes for great photographic opportunities. June/July are the months to see them in full bloom across the rolling hills. Montepulciano, Montalcino, Montefalco wine areas are 40-50 mins. Away. Avignonesi, near Cortona, is one of the better vineyards and does a great tour. You need to book ahead.
Overall, we had a wonderful time, and the Property Manager was like a tour guide to us, helping is make arrangements for renting bikes over the phone, since our Italian was limited."
Guest: Nicholas G.
Date of Stay: September 2014
Review Submitted: September 23, 2014