Second time winner.. , of "Best Bed and Breakfast in the World" - Casa Portagioia is an elegant yet relaxed country retreat in Tuscany – somewhere between a country hotel and your best friend’s home. It is a place where you can relax, take time to reflect on your travels and to be energized and enthused in to seeing more of the wonderful places Tuscany (and Umbria) have to offer. Whether you plan to try some Pecorino from Pienza or some of Tuscany’s famous wines or discover the antiquities of Arezzo, the treasures of Cortona, Montepulciano and Siena or the tranquillity that is Assisi – or a day trip to Florence - (an hour by train) - Just a few of the ideas to contemplate whilst you sit back and relax by our heated swimming pool enjoying the changing Tuscan vista that surround Casa Portagioia. Casa Portagioia offers 5 guest bedrooms and 2 suite apartments, all with luxury bathrooms. Four of the bedrooms and both apartments benefit from air-conditioning. Our accommodations are fresh and inviting. For a Tuscan country B&B you’ll find everything ‘just so’ from our comfortable orthopaedic beds to the modern bright bathrooms to the lovely views of the gardens and surrounding Tuscan hillside. Breakfast can be quite a perilous activity. You might find yourself sitting on our terraces for hours on end – taking in the views, sipping a fresh cappuccino when you had planned to be on the road discovering more than just our beautiful valley.
5 on April 01, 2012
I have read the previous reviews and can only advise that you MUST believe that this is the most enjoyable, beautiful place to be. Marcella and Terry are exceptional hosts and whatever you ask, they will accomodate or find a way to make things happen. We were fortunate to have them escort us to a wonderful restuarant and have an amazing dinner and birthday celebration. Thank you so much for a most incredible visit. Patricia Keefe USA
5 on June 01, 2009
We want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa Portagioia. As nice as the villa is, getting to know the hosts and enjoying your wit and conversation put this vacation 'over the top'. The whole experience was an important part of our trip to Italy and Tuscany. In the first place, the location, surroundings, construction, furnishings, beauty, restfulness and dining not only deserve a 5 star rating - it should be a 5+ or even a 6 (in our judgment). But over and above all those positives, Terry and Marcello were most gracious, thoughtful, informative, helpful and entertaining hosts we have ever encountered. There is no question that we will never forget the week at Casa Portagioia; but more than that we will remember Marcello and Terry for the extra special touch they provided to make our stay complete
5 on February 11, 2009
We spent our 25th wedding anniversary with Terry and Marcello at Casa Portagioia and loved every minute. Between Terry's absolutely spot on Brit humor and warmth and Marcello's fabulous cooking and warmth...we felt right at home. The wine cellar is superb and the dinners spectacular, whether outside on the patio overlooking the olive grove or inside in the very inviting dining room. We planned to stay a week and stayed 10 days...and were still sad to leave. The grounds, rooms, pool...all were wonderful. The beds were memory foam and we never slept better. Thank you Terry and Marcello
5 on August 19, 2008
On our arrival at Casa Portagioia in July of this year we were met in the car park by Terry who greeted us with "we were not expecting you until Wednesday" we said "this is Wednesday" that's all right then was his reply. This was just the start of a wonderful 4 days full of humour, great food (Marcello's fabulous scrambled eggs at breakfast and the dinners he cooks twice a week), together with excellent wine all linked to the best B & B you are likely to find anywhere in Europe. The Tuscan setting with views to die for make for the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. Terry and Marcello are the best of hosts, nothing being too much trouble to make your stay so enjoyable. We plan to return next year for longer.G and V
4.0 on January 29, 2008
Finding a place to stay in a foreign country is never easy, especially when you find the property on the internet, do not have personal recommendations, and tend to be somewhat picky to boot! Thus, we arrived at Casa Portagioia with high hopes but ready for anything. All I can say is that this wonderful bed and breakfast exceeded our expectaions in every way. The property is located in southeastern Tuscany, not far from Cortona. It is a little bit of a drive (about 10 minutes) off the main road and nestled in a beautiful valley. The room was very spacious, immaculately well kept, and had beautiful views. Our hosts, Terry and Marcello, were consumate professionals. They made it all look so easy despite the hard work involved on their parts to make our stay as comfortable as possible. They were full of great ideas for touring around, made reservations at any restaurant or museum, and catered to us in every way. Breakfasts were incredible......assorted cereals, eggs, breads, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee prepared any way we liked, and more. Marcello cooked dinner one evening and we were very glad we were there for that. The food was excellent! It was a magical night. The property is overflowing with flowers, is also immaculate and the pool was absolutley beautiful. It is very likely that this was the best B & B we ever stayed in and would highly recommend it!!!
5 on January 29, 2008
Casa Portagioia--where to begin? Our magical week began when we drove up the long tree-lined drive to the beautifully restored Inn, and we breathed a sigh of relief. We were graciously met by Marcello who showed us around and ushered us into our beautiful room (with a complimentary carafe of wonderful brandy) and made us feel so welcome. My husband and I had just driven from Florence via the scenic route through rain and a hail storm and we were ready to drink in the beautiful setting and relax. The room was decorated simply and beautifully and each day we eagerly awoke to the sounds of country life (or not, depending upon whether we chose to close the shutters). They even had soft water to shower with-what a luxury! At that time of year, on a few occasions, we were fortunate enough to be able to have our breakfast outside on the patio overlooking the gorgeous gardens and catered to by the amazing and amusing Terry and Marcello. They freely provided an abundance of good suggestions to us as to what the area had to offer and we ventured forth every day to a new and exciting Tuscan experience, with restaurant recommendations in hand. Marcello is a wonderful cook and we very much enjoyed his lovingly prepared meals on the only two separate occasions that are offered during the week. It turned out these were among the best meals we had during our entire 3 week stay in Italy! It was indeed the highlight of our honeymoon and we could not have chosen a better location to explore this beautiful section of Italy. Thank you Marcello and Terry, missing you both - already!
5 on January 29, 2008
Spending two weeks at the casa was sheer bliss, relaxation and joy. Three of us tavelled from Australia to stay with Terry and Marcello and it was a wonderful experience that we are going to repeat in 2009. From the 6 star accommodation, the relaxed atmosphere and welcome we received, to the quiet of the setting, it was 'Heaven on Earth'. To be able to wander around and do simply nothing if you wanted, to being advised and encouraged to wander out and see the area, Terry and Marcello were wonderful hosts. I cannot say enough about Casa Portagioia, except simply BOOK yourselves in, and be pampered and cared for by two wonderful people. Marcello's special evenng Dinners were exceptional cuisine, and one I will always remember, and look forward to coming back to in 2009. Whenever we hear someone is travelling to Tuscany, we say you must stay at Casa Portagioia. See you soon Terry and Marcello, may 2009 come soon. Cheers Rev Fr Wayne Davis
5 on January 29, 2008
My wife and I stayed here for a week during a month long Europe trip. Casa P was by far the winner of all the B&Bs we stayed during our month overseas. The owners are exceptionally hospitable and helpful. Their local knowledge was extensive (reservations, directions, tips, must see spots, food, wine). It is a picturesque Tuscan setting. Since the owners speak English, this is a great place for Americans. Our time there was memorable and we plan on going back the next time we are in Europe.
Our rooms are tastfully furnished with a combination traditional Tuscan antiques and modern amenities. You can view a video of the accommodation at www.tuscanbreaks.com. Four of our guest bedrooms have air conditioning whilst the other, a garden room which is naturally cool - and have the benefit of a semi private terrace and garen area. Each room offers splendid views of the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Nightly Rate: EUR 170 - EUR 170
We have 2 apartments: Funghini and Andreocci. Each tastefully furnished and with air-conditioning, central heating and satellite television. The apartments include fully fitted kitchens (dish washer, microwave, stove, toaster, coffee maker etc etc) and wood-burning stoves. The upper apartment has its own private terrace with wonderful views of the valley.
Nightly Rate: EUR 200 - EUR 250
Countryside, Small town, Village, Wine country
Florence, Italy (FLR-Peretola) 36 miles
By Car: from Rome (head North)or Florence (head South) using the Highway A1 and take the exit for "Monte San Savino". (You may wish to set your trip meter at this point). After paying the toll charges, at the main road turn right heading for "Castiglion Fiorentino" (SP39). Follow the signs for "Castiglion Fiorentino". At the "T" junction (4.4km), turn left towards "Castiglion Fiorentino". At the traffic lights (5km), go straight on and follow the road towards "Castiglion Fiorentino". After entry to "Castiglion Fiorentino" passed the CoOp market on your right(14.4kms) at the “T” junction, turn right towards "Cortona". At the third set of traffic lights (16.1km) (past the AGIP petrol station on right and just before a Q8 petrol station on the left), turn left heading towards "Polvano". Then take the second turning (17.7km) on the right (by the church) signed "Pieve Di Chio". After reaching "Pieve Di Chio" (22.5km), continue driving for about 700 meters you will see 2 large pine trees on the right and after these, a small bridge, our entrance is just on the bridge to the right. Continue along the road and bear left following the cypress tree lined road toward the house and car park.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Cortona Tuscan Sun Festival, Arezzo Palio, Castiglion Fiorentino Palio, Art and Ceramics Courses, Wine Tours, Siena Palio, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn
BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Pool, Secretarial services, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi , Laundry Services, TV Facilities in English Language
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool
Terry / Marcello
Buffet Style Breakfast
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , By Request
Anything, But Absolutely Fresh!