After leaving the charming central square of Greve in Chianti, you take road heading uphill out of town towards San Michele, the highest point in Chianti. The road is asphalted for the first kilometre, then the remaining 4 kilometres are typical 'white roads'. (10 minutes by car).
Turn right when you see the sign indicating “Le Cetinelle”. After 80 metres you will find yourselves facing a characteristic Tuscan farmhouse dating from the 5th century. The house is surrounded by vineyards, olives groves and woodland. It is a tiny corner of paradise only 10 minutes from the centre of the town.
Simonetta and Luca have lovingly restored this house using only original materials which render it particularly welcoming.
The Bed and Breakfast rooms are located on the first floor of the house.
There are six rooms, each with a private bathroom. There is also a dining room with a large fireplace and a kitchen. On the ground floor of the house is an apartment.
The house is surrounded by a large garden where there is a pool with a fantastic panoramic view where you can cool down and relax. There are children's toys and swings, hammocks, tables and chairs and sun loungers dotted around the garden for everyone to use.
“Le Cetinelle' bed and breakfast is 600 metres above sea level and benefits from a particular microclimate, very different from that of the valley. During the summer it is much cooler. This is the best time to enjoy the garden and gaze at the stars at night, far from the lights of the town. In the winter it is much drier and sometimes the hills are tinged with white.
Springtime is full of colour and in Autumn the wine harvest and olive picking are in full sway, and it is also time of mushrooms and sweet chestnuts.
Luca has lived at Le Cetinelle since he was a boy. He has always loved the countryside, above all the peace and tranquility.
Simonetta arrived 19 years ago, having met Luca and sharing his love of the house, they decided to turn it into their life's work, an important choice, far from the rat race!
Firstly they restored the farmhouse, then they converted it into a Bed and Breakfast, putting all their taste and care into the place to ensure that the guests feel completely at home when they arrive.
The large breakfast room has a large fireplace that is lit during the winter months, and lastly there is a kitchen where Simonetta prepares the breakfast every morning. Everyone can use the kitchen and this option is a welcome alternative to dining out.
After having spent a day touring around it is definitely a pleasure to return to Le Cetinelle and enjoy a candlelit dinner outside in the garden, perhaps next to the pool, overlooking the lights of Florence.
For guests who prefer not to cook, Simonetta and her friend Kalinka can prepare a Tuscan meal upon request. Dinner at "Le Cetinelle" becomes a convivial occasion where guests can get together to swap information and tips about what to do and see, and and make new friends with people from other parts of the world.