I had a remarkable stay at the Podere Spedalone last week. This is an "agritourismo", farm stay B&B place near Pienza, in Tuscany. It is a modestly priced place with a capacity of about 30 people. The building is old, and cool, but not fancy. It may have originally been a barn or some other service building for the farm.
This was by far our best and most memorable lodging in a trip that included some very fine and vastly more expensive hotels around Europe. When it was time to say our goodbyes and leave, I was on the verge of crying. Not that it takes that much to make me cry, but still. I haven't ever done that at any other hotel. Why? What was so great about this place? I think it was:
Here's to you, Alessandro, Fabrizio, Massimo, and everyone else at Podere Spedalone. I hope that we at Las Catalinas are helping people have great experiences like you helped us have. I think we are, and our experience with you will help inspire us to do even better.
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