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Reviewed 6 April 2015

A charming hotel with about 10 rooms all differently decorated. The owner Mr Protti was very nice and welcoming and provided helpful tips on where to go and how to get to the nearby historic towns. The home made breakfast with traditional cakes, focacias, local cheese and freshly squeezed juice was a delight. The staff very always very polite and friendly. We will definitely stay there again...!

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 20 January 2015

Wonderful place and incredibly welcoming and charming hosts. The owner Mr Protti is a real gentleman and his family and staff could not do more to make our stay truly unforgettable.
We only regret we spent just the last two nights of our trip but we are planning to go back hopefully next year!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ann R
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

A delightful establishment in a quiet wooded area some 6km east of Castiglion Fiorentino. More suited as a base for exploring the area (or reading a book) than for a quick stopover - we ourselves stayed four nights. Car essential.

Great attention to detail with well-furnished rooms, nice bathrooms and excellent mood lighting (we were in 'Peonia'). Housekeeping standards were extremely high and the waste bin was emptied twice a day. The elderly owner, Snr Priotti, is charming, well spoken and wears a tie at all times. Security is higher than one would expect in such a remote location - even the executive washroom off the entrance lobby is kept locked!

The choice at breakfast was a delight, especially as there were only three couples staying at the time of our visit. Top notch ingredients only are used and the hot chocolate was so thick and authentic that one either had to 'drink' it with a spoon or ask for extra hot milk to dilute. Croissants (when available) were of the French style rather than the sickly-sweet variety that most Italian hotels seem to serve, and cake of some sort was generally on offer. Best of all the orange juice was freshly squeezed.

The relais has its own restaurant but a table has to be reserved before noon if you intend to dine in. Quality of the food was generally good although the menu wasn't really to our taste, and on two nights we decided to drive back into town. Risotto is the house-speciality but it's a minimum two person order, so not only do you have to make a joint decision on that dish in principle but you then have to agree on what type of embellishment you want. We went for porcini on our last night, expecting it to be a real treat, but frankly it was an expensive disappointment and I had much better risottos elsewhere. The Tuscan bean soup however was an excellent example of the genre.

All in all we very much enjoyed our stay at Relais San Pietro.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris_and_Jean
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Reviewed 18 October 2014

Not so easy to get to, but worth the effort, Relais San Pietro is a restored complex of farm buildings bought in 1994 and restored by the owner, Dr. Luigi Protti, who speaks excellent English.

When you arrive, you find yourself in a beautiful valley in southern Tuscany, just north of Cortona, surrounded by verdant hills all around. With accommodations for only six or seven couples, Dr. Protti does a masterful job of managing his place. Given the somewhat remote location, the fact that one can dine “in” is a big plus. In a unique twist, guests are invited to show up for dinner at 7:30 but find that they are first seated in the living room and offered a nice glass of Prosecco while perusing the extensive menu and wine list. Then, one-by-one and on a staggered basis, when the first course is almost ready, they are shown to table in the dining room. A touch of old-world elegance rarely experienced these days, which also allows the kitchen to function more smoothly. Breakfast is a lavish buffet spread including a real rarity these days: freshly-squeezed orange juice!

Only negative: although advertised as a free service, the WiFi doesn’t work reliably. Not a negative, but just to note: The evening we were there, all the other guests were also foreign visitors to Italy. We left wishing we could have stayed for two/three days instead of just one.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brad14
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We had spent 3 wonderful days with my wife in this hotel under the care of signore Protti and his kind and friendly staff.
It was the overall relaxing atmosphere created for us by the owner which we really liked.
The place, the people, food, wine, breakfasts, dinners all memorable.
The place is special. Hotel is standing on a small hill overlooking a valley leading to Castiglion Fiorentino and surrounded by mountain range reaching to 800m. We came to Tuscany to do some bicycle touring and we enjoyed the most of it here. We made medium length rides of around 60 km on quiet and scenic roads which lead us to ancient city of Cortona on the first day and to Castiglion Fiorentino on the second. Climbing 4,000 m in two days :). On the 3rd day we took a car to discover Cortona and Montepulciano stopping at Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wineries – Podere Le Berne was our favourite.
Always returning to San Pietro to end the day with a dip to the pool and enjoying the romantic candle light dinners. Our favorite was the specialty of the house – risottos, preceded by sweet & sour vegetables – do not miss this one. Wine list was rich and Le Berne was our choice. Homemade biscuits with desert wine as a dessert – hmm good.
Although this was our first stop on our bicycle holiday in Tuscany continuing later on to Grosseto, Florence and Chianti region, it was the most charming of all the places.
We will surely return.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Petr H
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