Where do you stay when you're in Tuscany? If you're like us and want to feel as if you live here yourself, opt for an agriturismo, or farmhouse stay. There are plenty of local, authentic farm stays in Tuscany, but we were fortunate to stay here, at Il Macinello.
We checked in and Miranda showed us to our room upstairs, which turned out to be a large suite - a nice surprise!
The suite was spacious and came complete with a well equipped tiled kitchen, sitting area, large dining table, roomy bath and comfy bedroom.
We were sorry we never used the kitchen during our stay, since we ate downstairs in the main dining room or out in town. But we could have whipped up some amazing Italian dishes here, don't you think?
Our bedroom at the back of the house faced west and overlooked the vineyards. We were so impressed with how they balanced comfort with the authentic rustic feel of a Tuscan farmhouse.
The ample number of wooden shuttered windows would open to the setting sun and the night air.
Dinner time at Macinello had a bit of a festive air with overhead strands of lights decorating the outdoor dining area and the smell of the coals in the grill getting hotter.
Our treat tonight was a sampling of Tuscan specialties including the famous Bistecca Fiorentina - one of Italy's iconic regional foods - a cut of beef that epitomizes rustic Tuscan cuisine, and of course, great local wines.
For starters, Miranda prepared an amazing Porcini Mushroom Risotto with fresh seasonal porcini mushrooms. The fresh and beautiful bread bowls were baked by Beppe that day!
In addition to the Bistecca, there were platters passed around with local meats like salami and prosciutto...
and fresh veggies like arugula from the garden, fresh green beans, and sauteed kale and eggplant.
Clearly, this was not Massimo's first rodeo. He grilled that bistecca perfectly and carved it up like a pro, tableside.
It was a long day discovering Tuscany with new friends, and after a great dinner, we would sleep well in the quiet of the countryside. We felt very spoiled, and very happy.
WANT TO Stay Here?
Are you looking for a more authentic and local experience for your stay in Tuscany? We don't blame you! Arianna and Alessio live and work in Chianti and have relationships with several agriturismos in the area. Larger groups can also stay at their country villa of Montrogoli. They can help organize a local slow-travel experience in Tuscany that's curated to what interests you. Contact Km Zero Tours through their website or email Arianna@KmZeroTours.com.
Agriturismo Macinello - Via Collina 9/a, Montefiridolfi, San Casciano Val di Pesa 50026 (Firenze)