Il Chiesino B&B
I’m a big fan of small towns. I try to stay out of the main tourist hubs and get off the beaten path. I like to discover all of the little treasures that might otherwise go unnoticed. And that’s what brought me to Il Chiesino B&B. Nestled between the rolling hills of Tuscany in a little district called Montecatini Val di Cecina. It’s a charming little town that is so beautiful and so all encompassing of what I consider to be the “Italian countryside”, before visiting I couldn’t figure out why I had never heard of it before. Well, I think the main reason lies in that this beautiful little hillside gem falls into the shadow of the nearby Volterra, a much larger city. But that’s not to say that this one doesn’t deserve just as much love and attention.
Il Chiesino B&B is a modest property tucked away on a private road. There is a gated entrance which leads you down to the driveway at the back of the house. The front of the house (pictured above) faces the beautiful, iconic, rolling hills of Tuscany. Honestly, the view is amazing. It’s no wonder why that entire side of the house is covered in windows. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in that view?
The owner’s are beyond hospitable. A sweet, caring and generous couple who not only provide great food, but also tips on the area, activity suggestions, and just all around great conversation.
One morning, Chris and I laid in bed with the window open, watching the dewy morning light drip in. We could hear the birds and the soft hum of conversation downstairs. It was so relaxing, we could barely peel ourselves out of bed to go down to breakfast. But we were glad we did!
TIP: Take some time to go on a walk down down the road that Il Chiesino is located on. We took a nice little afternoon walk and made friends with a couple little lizards.
Breakfast is served in the “sun room” (I’m going to call it this) where all of the windows are. We sat, sipping coffee and helping ourselves to homemade pastries (so amazing!), breads, homemade jams, meats, yogurt and fruit. We ate our breakfast and watched the sunlight fill the valleys below us. I’m not going to lie, I had a few slices of that homemade bread. That crunchy crust… When I’m home I usually just opt for some yogurt for breakfast, or maybe some eggs. But I definitely got used to being in Italy and starting my day out with some amazing bread, delicious meat and even better coffee.
After breakfast, we went upstairs and got ready for the day. But when we came back downstairs we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave quite yet. We were excited to explore Montecatini but we were so comfortable here. We sat on the couches in the sun room and played chess, drank more coffee (I’m from Seattle, okay? – the coffee drinking never ends), and watched the other guests (only one other couple with us there at the time) stroll around the property.
Which reminds me, they had a fruit tree in their yard that we tried fruit from. Between the owners and the two of us we could not figure out what that fruit was but it was delicious! It almost look like a kumquat… But I can’t be sure. The seeds were different.
The town is smaller than most that we visited while in Italy, but it deserves every bit as much attention as anywhere else. It was calm, quiet and beautiful. Not a lot of traffic so I felt almost alone as I walked down alleys and up little hills, taking pictures and watching the birds watch me.
We had dinner at a little restaurant in the main square, I can’t remember the name of it. I remember I ordered wine that was only 2 euros a glass (a freaking steal if you’re from the states!) and we shared a pizza. The waitress looked at us like we were crazy and we couldn’t really figure out why until the family next to us each ordered their own pizzas, pastas and appetizers to share.
When we got home, the sun had just set behind the hills and darkness was starting to settle in. We walked around the side of the house to get to the front entrance and what did we see ALL OVER the front yard? Fireflies. I had never seen fireflies before in my life. It was so magical. I was a little light-headed from the wine, but I remember walking through the tall grass and feeling like I was literally in the middle of a fairy tale. You could still see the looming shadows of the hills before us, but on our own little hillside we were just swallowed up in twilight, dancing with fireflies.
BOOK THIS HOTEL IF
You are looking for an authentic Italian B&B, nestled in the Tuscan hills close to the famous Montecatini thermal spas without having to stay in the hustle and bustle of a big city. Il Chiesino B&B is best suited for couples and solo travelers.
Kayti VS the World was invited as a guest of Il Chiesino B&B however, as always, all opinions are my own
*based on current prices and exchange rates