Hi, I was wondering if anyone has stayed at Agriturismo Cretaiole in Tuscany with teenagers. If so, how was it? It gets fabulous reviews, but I am concerned about no pool and what teenagers will do in the evenings. It seems like there is a little more focus on adults and young kids. Would somewhere within walking distance to a small village would be more appropriate? Any opinions on Cretaiole for teenagers and ideas for evenings in Tuscany/Umbria with teenagers would be appreciated. Thank you - Lisa
If you go in June through August period, I would definitely recommend a pool, and not just for the teenagers. Yes, there isn't much to do at an agriturismo in the evenings other than eat and sitting around in the property. But of course you can always drive to the closest town at or after dinner for some action. Is it a big group traveling together or just your family? If it's more families with kids traveling together, they can entertain themselves (at the pool).
Agriturismo Crociana has a pool and a hot tub. It is about five miles from Montalcino and driving distance to many Tuscan hill towns. We stayed for a week and loved it.
We loved Agriturismo La Crociana in the summer of 2012. We didn't have teens with us, but we think ours (ages 12, 15 & 17) would be happy there. In addition to the pool & hot tub there is a tiny restaurant with very good local cuisine about 200 yards from the agriturismo. And the Brunello wine made by the owners of the agriturismo is great.
We stayed at Il Mulino di Quercegrossa, in the vineyards about 5 miles north of Siena, with our late teen daughters. I read about it on another travel board and decided to give it a try. It was fantastic. Not one pool, but seven, including a " river" and a waterfall. Very nice place to spend a few hours on a hot afternoon. We spent our evening in Siena, which was only ten minutes away. They loved that too. ( and so did we.)
La Crociona http://www.lacrociona.com/ is only about 1.5 miles from Montalcino, it took me 20 to 25 minutes to walk it.
I don't understand why you would travel all the way to Italy, with TEENAGERS, and choose to stay on a farm? My kid would be miserable! Definitely stay near a small village if you MUST be out in the boonies but wouldn't it be more fun to stay in a town/small city? Maybe I am not getting something but it sounds no fun to me.
I'm not sure what your teens like but...we (ages 50+) stayed there at the same time as a three-generational family from California was there for a family reunion. If yours are foodies, I think they'd enjoy They had a 13-year-old and younger sibling with them. Bike-riding, hiking, room for kicking s aoccer ball, and wide range of videos and books were what I recall available that teens might enjoy. I believe the owners' son would be in his teens now as well. Pienza, other than restaurants, didn't have much at night as I recall. San Quirico d'Orcia(6 km)did have a nice outdoor restaurant/bar where we watched World Cup soccer. http://www.cretaiole.it/family.en.php gives a little more info; hope it helps-we absolutely loved it.
If you ask my kids about the best part of our 3 week vacation in Italy they'd both tell you without hesitation it's the lazy afternoons spent at the pool in Tuscany. Cretaiole looks very pretty but wouldn't make the cut for us as it lacks the pool. Mind you, if you're travelling outside the June-Sept period it would still be a great choice.