Great places in Italy

I've been dragging my feet on writing this, because we stayed at so many wonderful places and ate so many wonderful meals. However, I realize I'm starting to forget, so I'll just get on with it. If I remember other places later, I'll just add another posting.

Marina di Massa: Hotel Matilde is the reasonably priced hotel of your dreams. I have never before experienced such hospitality. Pretty room, bathroom with every amenity you can imagine, an immensely bountiful breakfast, including a huge choice of fresh fruits. Best of all are the family who own it. They are so kind, helpful, and friendly. They recommended Ristorante Peniche. We liked it so much, we went back our second night.

Massa Marittima: Hotel Duca dei Mare is also very reasonable. Our room was very clean, decent size, and had a private patio. The breakast is good, with many choices. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. Example: After a tiring morning excursion, I asked one man (the owner?) about driving and parking in the upper city, a very steep climb. He tried to think where we could park and then just offered to drive us. There is a restaurant connected to the hotel, where we ate one night. It's not fancy, but it was filled with locals having a good time. We had good seafood starters and shared a tasty pizza. Again, all personnel were extremely welcoming and friendly.

Anghiari: Ristorante Nena was very good. Food nice, and service efficient. We ate on their streetside outdoor deck. It was very pleasant and fun to see the world go by.

Buggiano Castello (near Collodi): Hotel La Piana is really a b&b, with just 8 rooms. It's a dreamy place, with beautiful rooms and grounds. The breakfast is very nice. They recommended a restaurant 5 minutes down the road, where we had a nice meal. I can't remember the name.

Sansepolcro: Hotel Palazzo di Lluglio (sp?) has very nice rooms and pretty grounds. We were offered a cooked breakfast, but opted for just the good array of cold items. The family who owns it are very kind and helpful.

Forte dei Marmi: Hotel Regina is a bigger place than we usually choose, but the service was very friendly and personal. Our room was well-furnished, including extra big towels for use with the jacuzzi, located on a deck a few steps down the corridor. Fine breakfast.

All of the above have swimming pools, which looked nice. However, it was too cool for their use.

Dolceacqua: B&b Le Gemme is another example of the extraordinary hospitality you can find in Italy. The room was very pretty. The owner, Bettina, makes some of the breakfast items, herself. She offered eggs, meats, and cheese; but we were content with the sweet items. When I inquired about laundries, she offered to do ours herself, at no extra cost, because there are no laundries in the town. Restaurants Viassa and Casa e Bottega both provided us with very good meals.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
5742 posts

Thanks for posting this. Since these are places that don't get written about much, these reviews are very helpful for anyone going there.