When I travel as a tourist, I usually choose a hotel that is purely functional: comfortable and quiet, so I can get a good night's sleep; and centrally located so I can maximize tourist time. This means that in Italy I usually pick a 3-star hotel located in the center of a city.
But then I discovered the Locanda Dell'Amorosa while working as a tour guide with Butterfield & Robinson. This hotel is extremely comfortable and quiet, and is in a great location for exploring rural Tuscany, but I didn't want to leave the hotel!
The Locanda is located at the top of a small hill, just outside of the town of Sinalunga. A long, cypress-lined driveway brings the visitor to the courtyard, filled with flowers and small nooks and crannies, which brings the urge to just wander and explore, or sit and enjoy – but not to leave and be a tourist! The outdoor pool area is gorgeous, with views overlooking the Tuscan hills. The food was excellent when we were there, and the service – as you'd expect for a hotel accordingly priced - was superb.
Tuscany is small enough that you can get around pretty easily and see quite a bit in one day. But stay at the Locanda, and plan to do half of what you'd otherwise do – it's worth it.
"We had a wonderful trip! We did so many amazing things and experienced many wonderful places yet never felt like..."
"We thank you so much for all you gave us, guided us to, arranged for, and detailed for us. Not..."
"We are in love with Venice and the Dolomites. The ski adventure was amazing and beyond anything we could have..."
"Absolutely everything that you planned went off without a hitch. Every tour, every restaurant, every train and activity came through..."
"Thank you again from all three of us for your help in planning such a delightful trip. I know that..."
"Madeline carefully planned a fabulous, personalized 19 day itinerary (Lake Garda, Dolomites, N/S Tuscany, Rome) that enabled us to be..."
Join our mailing list to get the free Driving In Italy eBook
Check out the Travel Expert Network where you’ll find Certified Travel Experts™ like us ready to plan custom bucket trips for you all over the world!
Visit the Travel Expert Network →
Subscribe to our newsletter.