Tuesday, 3 November 2015


"San Lorenzo" oil on canvas cm 50x100

So you have chosen Tuscany as a destination for your next holiday, but haven't decided where to stay yet.When looking for accommodation in Tuscany, you are faced with tons of options.

In the art cities you can find hotels for all price ranges, but if you are planning to spend some time in the countryside, why not consider staying at an "agriturismo"?

An Agriturismo is a working farmhouse where rooms or apartments are rented out to travellers by the family who ownes it. In order to be classified as agriturismo more than 50 per cent of the income of the farm must derive from agriculture. This insures that the land is worked and preserved.

Staying at an agriturismo is usually cheaper than a hotel (although we also have luxury ones that are pricey), and it's a good way to experience the real Tuscan lifestyle, as in most cases you will be in close contact with the family and you will have the chance to taste food produced in the property. The whole thing is usually very informal.

Today's painting is a view of an ancient hamlet recently turned into an agriturismo, with great views over the hills a few miles away from Siena.