When owners, Enrico and Angela, left the big city in search of a hotel of their own, they came armed with a wealth of hotel experience and a dream. They found what they were looking for in Semproniano, in the Maremma region of Tuscany. Locanda La Pieve sits in the shadow of the 12th century Pieve church in the heart of this small town and was already a small hotel, but one in need of fresh energy and new love. Enrico and Angela infused it with both, turning it into a truly lovely country inn, where the memory of a stay here will linger.
The eight rooms are each uniquely furnished and include all the expected comforts and services of a much larger hotel. The difference lies in the intimacy of the overall atmosphere and the welcoming hospitality of the owners. And this is where their vision and personal dream have been satisfied. They had envisioned a hotel where they could devote themselves to their guests, offering a place where visitors could simply relax in an unhurried atmosphere, leaving their everyday cares behind.
Enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine in their cozy sitting room is a good place to start, or perhaps a good book in hands while sitting on their sunlit, flower-bedecked terrace. Breakfast is simple, wholesome and inviting with freshly made ricotta and honey or preserves, a colorful fruit salad, cereals and pastries. Our dinner, expertly prepared by Enrico, included a trio of Tuscan appetizers, a pasta course, main course, and dessert. The typical pici all’aglione, with its flavorful sauce won out, but the whole meal, from start to finish, was superb. Their wine list is generous and made up of wines from small local producers.
Semproniano makes a good base for exploring the diverse Maremma countryside: in Saturnia, take a dip in the natural sulphur springs that maintain a 37° temperature year round, or drive along the sun-dappled road through chestnut groves that line the drive to the summit of Monte Amiata. Admire the della Robbia works in the church in Santa Flora, or visit Pitigliano, where a vibrant Jewish community once flourished.
Then come home to Locanda La Pieve. Life is slow and gentle here. Take your time.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Locanda la Pieve
Via della Società Operaia, 3, Semproniano ~ Tuscany, Italy
Locanda la Pieve ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson