4.19.2013

L'Orto di Panza in Tuscany

Last September, we had no plans for our final 5 days in Italy.  On the day of my birthday, we scrambled to find a place where we could escape from Rome.  After a frantic search on TripAdvisor, from the floor lounge of my favorite hotel in Rome, I found an amazing deal for a four-person suite at L'Orto di Panza.  It included a kitchen/dining room/living room, two bedrooms, and two baths.  I booked it immediately and we rushed to Termini to find a train headed that direction.  Talk about last-minute!  After a lengthy trip to get there (there is only one taxi driver that serves the entire Montepulciano train station and surroundings and it was a Sunday!), we arrived at the beautiful grounds.  We didn't have a rental car and after my mom mentioned that it was my birthday, the owners offered to take us to their family restaurant 30 minutes away!  The restaurant was a beautiful, rustic Tuscan eatery and I enjoyed delicious Tuscan wine and food specialties- like pici.  Everyone, including Elena, Sandra, and Massimo, at L'Orto di Panza made it such a special day for me, and I am grateful to them! 
One night we bought groceries and made pici for dinner.  We enjoyed it on our patio as the sun came down. 
Our breakfast spread every morning included fresh fruit, baked tortes, yogurt, and everything one could ask for.
Alfredo, the resident dog, liked to watch us eat on the patio, and would occasionally sneak in when our door was open to grab a shoe (or two).

L'Orto di Panza is located at Via San Saba, 10 in Abbadia di Montepulciano

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