Bosco Della Spina
I stumbled upon Bosco Della Spina by means of a happy accident. I last minute had to book a reservation close to where I was, which was in Tuscany where there wasn’t a city in sight. A little under an hour’s drive from Montalpulciano, we found an AirBNB close to where we were. So, we booked it and in less than fifteen minutes we were pulling into the tree lined parking area at what was the only commercial business in Lupompesi. There were no shops, no stores, no restaurants. Before checking in, we decided to take a little walk around town in hopes of finding something to eat (this was before realizing Bosco Della Spina had some of the BEST FOOD we would have in Italy).
We wandered down side streets and alleys and after a while started to feel like we had stepped through the twilight zone. We saw maybe one other person, walking from their car to their apartment. Other than that the town seemed completely empty. We had just reached the edge of the South side of the town when out of nowhere it started down pouring. Despite the sun and the butterflies and the warmth, it was pouring. We waited it out under a nearby tree and after about ten minutes the rain slowed and eventually stopped. The sun was just starting to set and cast a misty glower over the rolling hills, illuminating fragile spider webs between the trees.
After a few moments of taking in the beauty we remembered the truly important part of our walk, we were absolutely famished.
Normally I start these hotel reviews by talking about the hotel itself, and trust me, there is plenty to say about this place. But I will never forget the food. When we did finally check in, we were happy to find that there was an on-site restaurant that served breakfast (included), lunch and dinner. We took our bags to our room and quickly hurried back downstairs. We didn’t see any other guests but we caught a glimpse of two young men in the kitchen, one who promptly came out to take our order.
I ordered the first white wine I saw (typical) and ordered mushroom risotto. Two things to note here. I have never had risotto before. And I was so absorbed by how delicious my food was I have absolutely NO IDEA what my boyfriend ordered. It was one of the best things I have ever eaten. I ate as much as I could before sitting back and taking a look around. Half of the restaurant is all windows, some of which look out onto the terrace which is seats on one of Tuscany’s signature rolling hills. There is a large fireplace in the center of the restaurant and modest decor that made you feel like you were home again.
When we came down for breakfast the following morning, we found we were not alone for once. There were a few other couples seated around us. I was waking myself up with a cappuccino when we were slowly brought out various breakfast pastries, FRESH out of the oven. Flaky croissants, plump fruit, and some kind of pastry with chocolate on one side and Italian cream on the other. I have seen pastries like this before in America but none that TASTED like this. I don’t know what is up with this Italian cream but I dream about this damn cream. And the chocolate was real chocolate. The perfect bittersweet kind that perfectly complemented the sweet pastry dough it was wrapped in. I have had plenty of creams and custards but nothing compared to this pastry. I could only eat one but you can be DAMN sure I wrapped the rest of those up in napkins, stuck them in a box and brought them with us on the rest of our journey.
A BRIGHT IDEA: During my next stay at Bosco Della Spina, I plan on trying to coordinate with the chef and inn keeper to perhaps put together a picnic basket lunch for us that we can take out into the Tuscan countryside. Might be a good idea for others to ask about as well?
There are a few different room types, but since we were only staying for the night we opted for one of the smaller options on the second floor. A big comfy four poster bed facing shuttered windows, a small kitchenette, a very interesting laid out bathroom with a large shower, but best of all was the window. In the center of the living room wall that faced the side of the inn that drops down into the Tuscan hills, was a giant brick lined window. We didn’t really discover just how much we loved this window until early the following morning.
We took a shower, cuddled up under the comfy blankets and fell asleep early. Still suffering from jet lag, we woke up the following morning around 4:30am. We wandered into the living room area and could see the fire few rays of the sunrise illuminating the far off hills. We grabbed a few blankets and climbed onto the brick windowsill. We sat there together in silence, taking in the beautiful view, the misty morning haze, the sunrise that slowly cracked gold along the horizon. We watched a storm roll in and out in the distance and slowly watched the small Italian village around us come to life. It was the most relaxing and peaceful morning I have ever experienced. And for that reason, I cannot wait to go back.
TIP: Make sure to ask for a top floor room so you can get the best view! And don’t forget a swimsuit!
The next morning, being fully rested, we were able to explore the grounds a little more. We had breakfast early so the sun was still making it’s way above us when we walked down the stairs through the tunnel of ivy that led to the terrace. There was a large outdoor seating area with a gazebo like structure made out of vines and ivy. If you walk past this area, parallel to the drop off that the property is situated on, you will come to a beautiful infinity pool. It was too cold to swim while we were here but if you swim up to the edge it looks right out over the hills. It’s a stunning view if you can’t tell from the photo. I could easily spend a few hours perched on the edge of this pool on a warm Summer night, watching the sun’s glows fade and the fireflies move in.
Book This Hotel If you’re looking for relaxing accommodation near some of Tuscany’s most popular areas with beautiful views and excellent food. Bosco Della Spina is suitable for all traveler’s but would be especially appealing for couples or honeymooners.
Rooms Starting at $63*
*price based on current exchange rate