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Agriturismo La Bruciata

Agriturismo La Bruciata

Our May/June journey to Tuscany was highlighted by a week’s stay at La Bruciata near Montepulciano. This family-friendly agriturismo is recommended in Rick Steve’s Florence and Tuscany book, 2018 edition. It is run by Laura Duchini and a few more generations of her family - both her mother and children help operate the accommodations and food preparation. The agriturismo is an actual, working farm - producing wine, olive oil along with most of the ingredients that end up on the table for dining. There are now two buildings - the second one being added just as the pandemic hit - with very comfortable rooms with kitchens and one or two bedrooms. There is a pool and hammocks to relax away your stay at La Bruciata. Laura will provide cooking lessons and can arrange for local tour excursions such as wine tasting at one or more of the many local wineries. We discovered that she has boundless energy - and patience.

We had an unpleasant trip to Rome from San Francisco via Munich the day airport staff at four major Italian airports decided to go on a 4 hour work strike - the day we were traveling to Rome. Our flight out of Munich was canceled and we were rebooked on an impossible-to-catch flight that we missed. Long story short, we were put on a flight to Rome the next morning and were assured our luggage would follow us to Rome but it didn't. We arrived at La Bruciata without anything except our rental car. So now, back to Laura…..

She spent so much time - several times a day calling for us to help track our missing luggage. It had eventually gone to Rome but, instead of using a courier to bring it to us, the airline sent the bags to Florence. Laura spent an hour or two the first couple of days we were there calling the agents, who have a total of two hours per day open to the public. She was never able to talk to a human but was persistent in her attempts to get through. We eventually drove to Florence ourselves and retrieved the bags in the back of a huge warehouse at the Florence airport. But Laura - she would always have a smile on her face when I had a question and would gladly help even when she had a million other things to do - what grace under pressure!

Laura and her Mom provided meals with so much love and care - creating breakfasts and dinners using farm fresh ingredients that made our mouths water. In the morning, there would be 8 different types of freshly prepared juices from her pears, apples, plums, etc. Unfortunately, my wife had developed allergies to garlic, onions, mushrooms and a gluten intolerance so Laura prepared second batches of breakfast and dinner menus specifically for her - again with a big smile on her face. The wine she and the staff produce was stellar and held its own against other local Vino Nobile’s of the region.

La Bruciata will be a repeat for us when we return to Tuscany. Even with our stay having an unfortunate start to it, Laura and her beautiful family created the perfect fairy tale ending to a wonderful visit to the land that is Tuscany.

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Thank you for your recommendation. La Bruciata sounds wonderful and something I've noted. I'm sorry about your travel travails but I'm glad it all ended well.

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Nice to hear of a great experience with a specific Agruturismo. We always enjoy staying at them and getting the personal attention.

Sounds as if you learned a lesson about missing bags. We never check luggage. I once had to stay 2 days in a cheap Atlanta Airport motel waiting for our bags that had my car keys in them. Lesson #2--make sure the wife also has a set of car keys with her.

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Always assume that checked bags will not arrive with you and pack everything you must have in your carryon-toiletries, medicines, a change of clothes, car keys, in a beach destination, shorts and swimsuit.

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This agriturismo sounds perfectly lovely. Thanks for telling us about it, tucking this recommendation away for further reference!

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Duckandrun, thank you for this recommendation - Laura certainly went the distance for you all ! Thanks for letting us know about what sounds like a wonderful place. I am so sorry about your baggage issue - glad it worked out in the end.

We had the most wonderful time at Agriturismo La Bruciata. The accommodations were roomy and comfortable, the setting was gorgeous, the welcome was warm, and the breakfasts and dinner we had were fabulous. Virtually everything provided for breakfast was homemade or locally sourced, and Laura and her mother provided us with an amazing dinner one night that was one of the best meals we had in Italy. Our only regret was that we were only there three nights - I'd love to go back and spend more time.

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My wife and I and our two upper teenage children stayed at La Bruciata in July of this year, and we totally agree! The very nicest people, the food was amazing. Loved the swimming pool, and our family room was very spacious and comfortable. A great location for exploring the beautiful Tuscan countryside and hill towns (for goodness sake don't miss charming Pienza!) and or course tasting the outstanding wines of the area. Laura and her family were wonderful, I can't recommend this charming place enough.

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Thank you for this detailed review. I am looking for an agriturismo where we have the option of meals in the evening. This sounds perfect. Looking for Fall 2024.

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My wife and I cannot fully put into words about our stay at La Bruciata last March/April. From the moment we exited our car we were welcomed by Laura with a smile. We were treated so nicely during our week there that each day felt like we had just arrived and pleasantly greeted. Laura spent a great deal of time with us on sightseeing suggestions, and troubleshooting several challenges we had navigating through the Tuscan countryside. The food prepared by Laura and her Mom was delicious and authentic as was the wine and olive oil produced at her agriturismo. My wife’s coffee preference was prepared for her at breakfasts and the dinners. Our stay at La Bruciata was a perfect fit with our hopes for our trip: seeing the sites we chose, tasting the region’s food and wine, and meeting its people. Our stay was central to a truly cultural experience. We recommended it so much that a family member is going there in March. Thank you Laura and La Bruciata! We hope to be back soon!

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Does anyone else find it odd that all these glowing reports are written by different posters that this was their first and only post? Sounds like some of the reports on TripAdvisor

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Re ncangelose's post, I have a bit more information behind the scenes. It does not appear likely that these one-off accounts are spam. Aka I don't have reason to believe they are illegitimate.

However, continued unsolicited reviews are a risk to the business being reviewed, this forum, and those who have spent time posting here. Read more about how we moderate such an issue here:

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/psa-new-forum-members-and-posting-unsolicited-reviews

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RE ncangelose reply - I am the original author of this post. True, it is my first post in this forum. I was asked by Laura Duchini from La Bruciata to write a review. And, if you look back at those who posted replies, you will find only one that this was their first time to post. I must admit your reply came out of left field and you are definitely wrong that these are pumped up and insincere posts. I did copy a portion of this review and posted it to TripAdvisor at Laura's request.

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Actually, there were three respondents (seashell, brunello, and davidson) whose first and at-the-time only post was on this thread recommending this agriturismo.

One of them has since made another post, so they show up as a poster with two posts. But they as well definitely only had this post when I first saw the three nearly consecutive one-post posters' posts.