How one feels about Il Bacio depends a lot on your priorities. If you want a modern place with modern amenities, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you’re looking for a rustic, authentic Tuscan experience—with great scenery, classic old stone houses, great wine (yes, they produce their own wine, not just grow the grapes), a very caring and friendly family, and a memorable experience—this could well be the right place for you.
Il Bacio is the sum of so many wonderful attributes it is difficult to know where to start. The location is wonderful. It is in rolling hill country with vineyards, olive orchards, and centuries’ old stone houses dotting the landscape. It is a mesmerizing landscape that I never got tired of looking at. The grounds around the house and farm buildings is immaculately groomed with flowers, bushes, etc. The 12 by 6 meter salt water pool is the center and focus of this idyllic corner of nature. The salt is not enough to sting your eyes, but enough to make you buoyant. During dusk I would float on my back with no effort while watching the bats swoop and dive and eat the mosquitoes and other insects. That meant no mosquitoes to bite me.
Our apartment (we stayed in Legnaia) was simple but clean, pleasant and functional. It has terracotta floors and stone exterior walls. Even during 90 degree days we could shut the windows and stay comfortable, and then open them up again in the evening to cool down the apartment. We slept with the windows open and slept well. The beds were very basic, but comfortable. Both bedrooms had chests of drawers that were adequate. The rooms are too small for a sitting chair or desk.
The kitchen, dining area, and sitting area are all in one medium size room. The dining table seated four. There was a wicker loveseat for two in the dining area. The kitchen had a four burner gas stove and a microwave, but no oven or toaster oven. There was a small full-size refrigerator/freezer, but no dishwasher. But it was sufficient that we cooked all our dinners in the kitchen. There is an old style drying rack in the cupboard next to the sink.
The bathroom has a shower stall, toilet, bidet and sink. It is small but functional.
Although the apartment is quite small, one bedroom and the dining room open up onto small terracotta patios with arbors providing shade above them (but no roof to provide shelter from rain). Since there was very little rain in August, we sat outside a lot. One patio had seating for six and the other had seating for two. The larger patio faced the pool which was about 60 feet away, so it was very convenient to walk over to the pool.
Franco and Sonia, the owners, are delightful, as is their son Daniele who gave us the tour of the wine cellar. They gave us free samples of several wines which ranged from very good to excellent. For an American, the prices were a great deal given that I am used to paying US prices which by definition including shipping, import duty, and so on. We would have bought a couple cases if we could have brought them back to the US, but airlines no longer let you bring hardly any wine on board. Many Europeans load up their cars with Il Bacio wine. Lucky them.
The farm has a dog, several cats, two donkeys, and who knows what else. All are a welcome addition and not a nuisance at all. The entire farm provides a deep sense of serenity and harmony between man and nature. This is a very special place, lovingly cared for. Yes, it would be nice to have larger apartments with more amenities, but it was a tradeoff I was more than happy to make. I will never forget the week our family spent there.
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