Località Le Guanciole, Valsavignone 52036 Pieve Santo Stefano (Arezzo)
On the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, the farm Le Gualanciole is immersed in the Natural Reserve of the Upper Valley of the Tevere-Monte Nero, at 950 meters above sea level, in a point from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the Tuscan Apennines.
The context in which the structure is located offers its guests a pristine nature, populated by animals typical of the place, such as wolves, wild boars, deer, and hawks, as well as unique floral species.
The farm covers 76 hectares, partly used as a forest and partly as a garden with meadows and pastures rich in biodiversity, a nature trail, a lake and a resting area for horses at the service of the Horseback Trail that connects the Casentino Forests to Sasso di Simone.
The farmhouse, recently renovated, was an old farmhouse belonging to several families of farmers and breeders.
On two floors, there are eight rooms, each with private bathroom with shower, satellite TV and a large wardrobe. All rooms, with exposed beams and terracotta floors, have been furnished with wrought iron beds and wooden furniture to recreate a rustic but elegant style.
There is also a hostel room, with three bunk beds, for a total of six seats, with a wardrobe made to measure with six cells, to ensure everyone's space, and a private bathroom adjacent to the room.
The entire structure is covered by free wifi.
Every morning, upon waking up, guests are greeted by a rich buffet with homemade products, from tarts and other sweets, to jams and organic extracts. During the beautiful days you can have breakfast in the outdoor tables, which overlook directly the Park of the Gualanciole.
The old barn has been skilfully transformed into an elegant restaurant, with parquet flooring and high stone walls, where you can have lunch or dinner with local dishes combined with excellent Tuscan wines.
The homonymous Gualanciole Pass, which is located just above the structure, has a crossroads of 4 paths that lead to many destinations: the Park of the Casentino Forests, the Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, the sacred hermitage of Camaldoli and the Springs of the Tiber. The CAI00 path that walks along the Apennine ridge of the Pass represents a stretch of the ancient Via Romea Germanica that connected Saxony to Rome.
Starting from the farm you can make excursions on foot, by mountain bike, by motocross and horseback to immerse yourself in an unspoiled nature rich in history, culture and charm.
The staff of the farm is available to advise on the most suitable routes for everyone, to organize horseback riding in collaboration with a riding school in the area and to prepare a regenerating packed lunch for those who want to enjoy the day in the woods. And when you return to the farm, those who wish can stop for a snack in the shade of the old Sam, ancient Cerro monumental right next to the lake, or for an aperitif on the terrace.
For art lovers, a few kilometers away are Anghiari and Citerna, medieval towns of Valtiberina rich in corners and beautiful views, considered two of the "most beautiful villages in Italy", or Sansepolcro, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca.
With a few more km you can also reach Arezzo, with its old town full of open-air treasures (among the most famous, the wonderful cycle of frescoes "The history of the old cross" by Piero della Francesca, in the Basilica of San Francesco) and its ancient streets, also set of the famous film by Benigni "Life is beautiful".
Inform the agriturismo of any animals at the time of booking.
Owners will be held responsible for damage to property and persons.