Nature, peace and relax: accomodation along the Via Francigena

Relais La Costa

Looking for a unique accomodation in Tuscany?

If you love nature, peace and relax, I can suggest you an amazing place not far from Siena and Monteriggioni: the “Hotel Relais La Costa”. This place will make you feel as you were real inhabitants of the Tuscan countryside but within the comforts of a luxury, design hotel.

This is an innovative concept of hospitality born in Italy in 1980 and called “albergo diffuso”. Diffuso in Italy indicates that the rooms of the hotel are spread over a wide area such as a village or a town, where also other people normally live. For this reason, you often have the chance to sojourn in small, historic Italian villages and town centers off the usual tourist track.


Relais La Costa is a Historic Residence: a timeless place between the ancient and the modern where history meets nature and tranquility. In this place, I felt like a princess in my beautiful room with a relaxing hydro massage and a wonderful view on the hills.


Dawn seen by my window

I loved so much the atmosphere of this stone building located on a hilltop and immersed in a forest. Here, you can taste the real essence of the Tuscan countryside. I have a nice memory about my romantic veranda on the side of my apartment; a precious place to enjoy the landscape and have a break from chaos. It is the ideal experience to discover the genuine welcome of a place and be part of the local life! I can’t forget to say that our dinner was fantastic!!!

My veranda

The second place, I would like to describe is near San Gimignano and it’s a lovely Bed&Breakfast called “La Fornace di Racciano”. It’s a typical Tuscan country house which maintains the typical features of the past. I like very much this place with a large flowery garden, an old bell tower and very nice apartments with an amazing view on San Gimignano. Near the structure, there is also a nice restaurant, “Trattoria Borgo di Racciano” where you can taste the traditional tuscan cuisine.  I highly recommend this place because the staff is very kind and the atmosphere is homely.

La Fornace di Racciano

This kind of buildings is useful to promote heritage and safeguard the local identity and the revival of the ancient traditions. It is a new kind of sustainable development with a special care for our culture.

My nice vintage room

I let my photos speaks to describe these two special places.

The view from our garden
The tuscan countryside during a storm



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