"Everything we hoped for and more"
MY wife and I stayed here for a week as part of a mini tour of italy for our honeymoon. We were not disappointed and were sad to leave for a 5* in Rome!!!
It is worth noting that Hotel Prategiano is exactly what it looks like and does exactly what it says on the tin: A rustic, family ran, countryside retreat set in some of the most splendid surroundings. If you are expecting the Ritz then please do not apply, as if you are fussy, you will always be so.
After the long drive from Venice we descended into the hills and after soaking up the epic scenery and beautiful hilltop medieval villages, we would have been disappointed if Hotel Prategiano had been any different.
We were initially booked for 5 half day rides, but we ended up doing the full day 'river ride,' which included a camp fire style barbacue and picnic lunch.
The riding was flexible and was booked by an informal chat in the evening with the guide, Andrea, who was always full of humour and easygoing. If you are not into horse riding, the area is a haven for ramblers/hikers, mountain bikers and quad bike enthusiasts. It is also nice to have the option to chill out by the pool or in the jaccuzzi, which always goes down well after a day in the saddle.
The whole beauty of this location is that you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery and medieval, hilltop villages, the nearest being a 10 minute walk into Montieri. Be mindful that whilst most at the hotel speak excellent english, the locals have never really had a need to, so you may need to brush up on a few Italian phrases! The beach at Follonica or Punt Ala is only 40 mins away, Siena the same and Florence and Pisa approximately 1 hour 30 mins.
The food on the whole was very good, comprising of basic rustic dishes and tradtional dishes for the region to roast beef and mash.
The rooms were basic, but clean and cumfortable, and in general keeping of the surroundings. On the whole the staff were always helpful or at hand to fix a drink or snack.
To conclude we enjoyed every minute of our stay at Hotel Prategiano, and look forward to having the opportunity to revisit on our anniversaries for years to come.
"What a find!"
My Girlfriend and I love to horse ride and road bike. The hotel and area in general is superb for both activities, The Hotel is simply amazing, it feels like a large chalet. The staff were funny and welcoming and to be honest it felt like we had made friends rather than been waited on or just another customer. You wanna ride? Ride, you wanna chill? chill, easy. Most notably I have to say the food was incredible.. Everyday we were treated to the most delicious traditional foods from the region. Being British it was so refreshing to be surrounded by other nationalities rather than our own. I actually proposed to my girlfriend on an all day horse ride. The lunch was again more than we had bargained for, the Italians love to eat and be together. Such a memorable experience. If you road bike the roads are infinity better than any in England and you cannot take a bad photo of the views and vistas. Every village is beautiful. After 4 hours riding around the hills the hot tub was more than welcome! I would go back tomorrow and my girlfriend is planning the honeymoon
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This swathe of land between the wide Maremma Tuscany Italy
plain and the slopes of the Toscana mountains
is striking in its diversity and the way the
plains, rolling hills and
luxuriant forests interweave with each other. Cinigiano Maremma Toscana
still maintains an old-fashioned, rural way of life. A lone sea of grass precedes Campagnatico, overlooking the wide river valleys of the Ombrone. The ancient castle
was mentioned in Canto XI of Dante. It subsequently passed into the hands of the Italy Tuscany
Tolomei who were
particularly keen on controlling this extremely fertile land.
and crossed by major mountain chains
and with few plains, the region has a relief that is dominated by hilly country used for agriculture. You will drive along a beautiful roads through some of
most beautiful sceneries. At only few steps from us
Hotel in Tuscany
you find ancient villages famous in the Middle Age for their mines and scenes of fight and political conflicts. There
are many visitors throughout the year. It achieves
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as well as financial and cultural sustainability, through funding from the government
, traditional/organic agriculture techniques, traditional food preparation
and the functions of a Bed and Breakfast/restaurant when
riding in Tuscany.
The sustainability of Farms
is achieved through the unique functions of Agritourism. Although its share is falling all the time, agriculture of
still contributes to the region's economy. Many of
largest cities lie on the banks of the Arno, including the capital
coastal areas, and is harsher and rainy in the interior, with considerable fluctuations in
temperature between winter and summer in
All you have to do to enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the hilly
Maremma hinterland is climb one of the foothills sloping and stop off at Cinigiano. Slender, crenellated towers, ruins and fortified constructions stand out
against the festive Maremma landscape.
landmarks are embraced by the ever varied colours of nature. Unspoiled nature climbs to the hills
in a display of Mother Nature's generosity and man's ability to preserve it. In turn, nature's heritage is embellished by the ancient
villages and protective walls enclosing each tiny town and the
perfumes of the land join the history of this rural civilization in reciprocal balance.
Each centre in this part of the Maremma Tuscany takes pride in its own
legends and continues to celebrate them in a fairy tale atmosphere that has remained intact through the centuries. years. Campagnatico is a Medieval town, both in its urban structure and in its
strategic position. It stands on a rise, that drops off to the east over the Valley.
Originally Cinigiano was dominated by Siena in 1381 and subsequently by the Counts. The Clock Tower and the remains of a medieval
fortress are all that are left of the old town.
Campagnatico, suffered greatly as the result of various wars and calamities. It returned to prosperity under the rule of the duke Leopold when
he reclaimed the marshes. The entire area is abundant in Mediterranean scrub and
the rolling hills are planted with vineyards and olive groves.
Today Campagnatico is the principal town of a wide area that includes not
only the charming Medieval town of Montorsaio, but numerous villages that offer the tourist a chance to partake in the spirit of these hospitable and
This area combines forests, natural pastures,
suited for agriculture, the chestnut groves in Monticello and Mediterranean scrub,
vineyards, and fruit trees stretching from the mountains to the bed of the river. It was the
seat of the family who left an important heritage of architecture including the splendid Badia di San Lorenzo. There are two major
protected areas within the territory with a combination of Mediterranean scrub
and forests of tall trees
The result is a wide sampling of products to be enjoyed during the numerous fairs. The produce ranges from grain to grapes, from olives to chestnuts. A
visit should certainly include the outskirts of Cinigiano. The villages of Sasso and Colle are interesting
both for their architecture and landscapes. The Aldobrandeschi citadels in Castiglioncello
Bandini and Vicarello and the small rural centres of Poggio and Santa are also worth seeing.
Marittima, the principal centre in the township of Civitella Paganico, is a
charming town standing on a hill commanding a view of the Maremma plain and the Tyrrhenian coastline. The Riserva Naturale Merse extends along the border between the provinces of Grosseto and Siena. The hilly landscape is covered by forests of oaks, Holm oaks and White oaks and by low
scrub sprinkled with Heather trees.
The town fell under the dominion of the Sienese at the beginning of the century along with Paganico, the other settlement belonging to the township. Paganico,is known for its kaolinite quarries, but is more interesting for its artistic and
monumental heritage. The 14th century brick houses with their porticos, the remains of the city wall and the carefully planned urban structure all contribute to the town's charm. The main gates in the city wall, the Senese and Grossetana, with their typically Sienese style, are still intact.