Tuscany, in autumn, is amazing. Thanks to the colors of the landscapes, mild temperatures and a lower influx of tourists than in the summer months, the fall season proves perfect for spending a few days in the beautiful Val d’Orcia, which at this time presents itself in a new light.
October and November, in fact, bring with them the ideal atmosphere for visiting stone villages where time seems to stand still and enjoying the many seasonal specialties, between festivals and superlative events such as Eroica, the most famous vintage bicycle race, or the Crete Senesi White Truffle Exhibition.
Locanda in Tuscany – romantic Luxury Country Resort in Val d’Orcia
An obligatory stop in Val d’Orcia is Locanda in Tuscany – Luxury Country Resort, an ancient farmhouse around which only the golden color of wheat in its different shades can be glimpsed. The 9 rooms and suites of different types are a whole set in nature and flaunt carefully chosen hues and furnishings to give harmony and relaxation to the stay: a muffled atmosphere that takes you back in time while winking at modern comfort.
Rooms are located on the main farm or in the quaint outbuilding, which was once the storage area for the iconic “hay bales.” Divided into five categories (Deluxe, Superior Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Superior Grand Deluxe, and Suite), they turn a vacation into a dream, where you can rejuvenate at three hundred and sixty degrees, embraced and pampered by the rolling hills plowed and made unique by the colorful declinations granted by the light.
The ultimate in romance is a dinner at “Mozart’s Tavern,” the restaurant of Locanda in Tuscany – Luxury Country Resort.
The food and wine offerings are a symphony of culinary pleasures and contaminations with cuisine linked to the Tuscan tradition, characterized by a unique directness and orchestrated by chef Tina Aigbovo Pinzi.
Born 43 years ago in Nigeria, Tina Aigbovo Pinzi moved to Italy, choosing a small village in the province of Siena, San Casciano dei Bagni, to settle and start her family.
Curiosity about Italian cuisine came with the birth of her first son Stefano, who between baby food and smoothies allowed her to experiment with the basics of cooking and discover the excellent products that that land offered. Tina learns to cook with respect for tradition, with hard work, just as it used to be done, “stealing with her eyes” and working alongside the cooks of some typical restaurants between Radicofani, Chianciano Terme, Fabro and the Maremma.
Today Tina holds the position of chef at the restaurant “Taverna di Mozart,” where she creates traditional Tuscan dishes, complementing them with a touch of natural and personal elegance. His cuisine fully reflects the style of Locanda in Tuscany, which houses the restaurant: his dishes are an all-around exaltation of Tuscany, from the choice of raw materials, selected from the excellence of small Tuscan producers, to the respect for the availability of local products according to the seasons.
“Mozart’s Tavern” ties its message to the luxury of genuine old-fashioned flavors in a dynamic space for lunch, dinner, and drinks.
The restaurant was made out of the old barn, which has remained intact.
The dishes offered reflect the leitmotif of the facility, favoring precisely the territoriality: Tuscan pasta and spelt, homemade pici made with local flours, organic and practically km 0 meats (the beef comes from the farm in front of the Resort), extra virgin olive oil produced directly by the owners of the Inn in Tuscany.
The wine list is a selection of natural Tuscan labels from winemakers who do not rely on large-scale distribution, in line with Amore Toscano, the project created to enhance regional wealth by supporting precisely local artisans and producers. The wine list highlights the distance from the winery of production to the resort: thus there are wines 13 km away, 25, 30 or 40 km away. Entertaining is the Cocktail proposal, which revisits popular drinks in a regional key.
Definitely striking is the possibility of also using the location for some Private Dining among the Resort’s cornfields (if the season permits) or in front of the scenic outdoor fireplace on the patio adjacent to the pool, an original way to celebrate a special occasion such as a marriage proposal, anniversary or birthday wrapped in magical allure.
The “Taverna di Mozart” restaurant in Val d’Orcia is also open, by reservation, to outside guests, and the entire venue can be rented for private parties (it can accommodate up to 60 people).
The surprises of the Tuscan autumn
Among the surprises that the Tuscan autumn holds, many festivals with typical products: among the many excellences, the most renowned is the Exhibition of the White Truffle of the Crete Senesi in San Giovanni d’Asso November 11-12 and 18-19, 2023, combining the food and wine and cultural sides with a trip on the Nature Train from Siena to San Giovanni d’Asso through the Sienese hills that separate Chiusi from the Val d’Orcia.
For sportsmen and women, right around Locanda in Tuscany, here is the route of L’Eroica, the historic and exciting vintage bicycle race: a great sporting event to experience even out of season for an intense workout, but also to reach the most scenic spots in the Valley.
And to end your stay on a high note and take a piece of Tuscany with you, Locanda in Tuscany also offers an authentic experience of the area: cooking classes during which you can prepare delicacies to treasure in your home pantry.
Case Sparse Moro Fiacchi, 13 – 53023 Castiglione d’Orcia (Siena)