Tenuta di Spannocchia, Tuscany, Italy
Set in an historic 1100 acre Tuscan estate complete with medieval castle, Spannocchia is home to an organic farm, education centre and nature reserve; guests can stay in the farmhouses, participate in educational programs, or enjoy the b&b.
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b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
Why we've chosen Spannocchia:
Reviewed by Lucy Symons:
"This is a place to experience the beginning and the end of the process - of food production, of life on the land, of people. This is not a cheap option though, the money you spend will be ploughed back in to keeping this lovely spot running for years to come. You will be most welcome but expected to muck in, so it’s perfect if you are travelling alone. Please don't come hoping for five star restaurants, air conditioning and room service, but do come to embrace the traditions of Tuscan life, be embraced by the Tuscans and be prepared to catch the bug..."
>> Read Lucy's full review of Spannocchia
Tenuta di Spannocchia is an Italian organic farm and vacation destination located 12 miles west of Siena, offering weeklong stays at the several rustic farmhouses located on the property, or nightly stays in the two B&B facilities. Guests will soon realize, however, that staying at Spannocchia is more than just a vacation. In addition to being a relaxing place to stay, Spannocchia is also an organic farm situated on 1,100 acres of pasture and forest land.
In order to become a guest, you must first become a member of the Spannocchia Foundation which is responsible for supporting and promoting conservation and sustainable farming. There is also an educational center where visitors, guests and students can come to learn about sustainable farming and the culture and history of Tuscany.
Finding activities to do at Spannocchia will not be an issue. Guests can learn about Tuscan history and culture at the education center, be treated to fine wine and delicious meals, and take a short trip to the coast or to nearby towns for shopping, eating and simply enjoying the sights and sounds of Italy. Those interested in exploring a new skill can take classes at the education center on cooking, painting, history, wine.
In addition to providing an unforgettable vacation stay, Spannocchia is also committed to being a sustainable facility that cares about keeping both its property and its practices as green as possible. All of the vegetables, meats, wine, eggs and olive oils are produced organically at Spannocchia. The property also has a natural wastewater facility, one of the first in Tuscany, and participates extensively in recycling efforts and composting.
For travellers looking for the chance to experience Italy rather than merely observe it, Tenuta di Spannocchia is a great choice. Whether you are a history and culture buff, a foodie, or simply someone who likes to experience the beauty and tranquility of another land, Spannocchia will provide you with a vacation to be remembered for years to come.
Top Eco Features at Spannocchia:
Heat and hot water provided by firewood from our own sustainably managed woodlands
All roofs have been insulated and renovated within past 15 years
Solar hot water for four staff residences
Recycling and composting all organic matter which isn't fed to the pigs
B&B rooms are provided with locally made natural soap.
Spannocchia uses its own well water exclusively
All waste water from our main Castello centre goes through an all natural treatment system
We collect rainwater in cisterns for irrigation usage
Food and wine is sourced on-site or locally and organic wherever possible
Directions from station:
Follow signs toward Porta San Marco in the southwest corner of the city, until you arrive at the traffic circle on the Via Massetana. Take the exit off the circle marked: Firenze-Roma A1, M. Marittima, Arezzo, Grosseto, etc. This puts you immediately on the SP 73 Senese-Aretina road. Continue on SP 73 through Costafabbri, Costalpino, Volte Basse for about 20 minutes, to Rosia. Bear right to continue out of Rosia on SP 73. 4km after Rosia our driveway with Spannocchia sign on the left.