"Montisi Magica is magical!"
Montisi Magica is magical!
Our group of six people stayed at Montisi Magica and we loved it! The house was completely restored by Ann Alexander and it’s beautiful, with a terrific kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms, and an unbelievable view from the garden. What made it all perfect was Ann’s recommendations about places to visit, restaurants for lunch or dinner, and help with reservations. We did everything she said to do, which made it so easy for us. In particular, our favorite restaurant of the entire trip to Italy was the one she suggested in Sienna. It was like having a fabulous lunch in someone’s private library, looking out onto a beautiful cobblestone street.
JOY – USA
The onset of grey skies and autumn rain, brought back memories of our wonderful trip to Montisi: clear blue skies, beautiful weather, amazing sights and fabulous food!
We very much enjoyed our stay in your lovely house: it is decorated in great taste but it is also comfortable and very spacious. We spent lots of time in your beautiful, open space kitchen as well as on the terrace.
The little market shop, next door, was perfect for our needs and they do sell the BEST freshly made pesto! We did try using our rustic Italian but their English was so much better so we stuck with that.
Thanks to your suggestions, we visited many interesting places: lovely old little towns, which, like Montisi, had their own history and charm, as well as really good restaurants; various thermals baths, towards Mount Amiata – some of the baths were rather wild, while some were more elegant but, all of them, were altogether magical.
We visited San Quirico d’Orcia, a lovely medieval town, Castelmuzio, Petroio, Pienza, Trequanda (great swimming pool and good pizzeria), Sinalunga (for the Tuesday market), Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Fillipo.
During our stay, Montisi was very busy preparing for the Giostra, their annual festival and we loved watching the various workshops, running till late in the night, getting the town ready for this event, with flags put up on every house- we’re just sorry we missed it.
There is so much more to do and see in and around Montisi but, sadly, we did not have enough time, this time round. So, thank you so much Ann, for letting us stay in your beautiful house and for all your help and suggestions, in particular, for arranging our cooking day with Alessandro, the brilliant local chef. It was our first ever cooking experience so we did not know what to expect. He was most patient and answered all our queries about the local market produce and guided us through the myriad of choices one could buy in the Sinalunga fresh veg/fruit/fish &seafood market. We were quite set on not having fish but he gently turned us around and we all enjoyed cooking the delicious salt baked sole as well as making foie gras with vin santo, tagliatelle and tiramisu, all from scratch.
We are most grateful to him for all his patience, especially with engaging the children, who, though reluctant at first, they ended up taking over the whole cooking process and felt terribly proud with the end result.
With all our thanks and best wishes,
Mike and Diane and family , France
"Giancarlo Caldesi in Tuscany"
‘Take a character chef, add an outstanding assistant & combine with six like-minded, trainee, enthusiastic cooks. Place in a warm climate in a beautiful hilltop Tuscan village & you have the recipe for a fun-filled week.
If you have any apprehension as to spending a week of your holidays with strangers, banish it as this was a truly wonderful & enjoyable experience, which provided a lot of tips from the maestro, super recipes, happy memories & a new group of lovely friends.’
Aine UK 2015
"..a bespoke service which is hard to beat.."
"“..one of the best weekends ever..”"
“Ann was absolutely brilliant helping us arrange our holiday in Florence. She found us a wonderful and affordable apartment in Florence. A beautiful place with a garden on the trendy south bank of the Arno with a charming host. She also arranged for a fantastic babysitter to help us look after our 2yr old so we could go out in the evening and enjoy the delights of dining in Florence. It was one of the best weekends ever- thanks Ann for all your help!
Amy and Max, UK”
"“..an absolutely outstanding trip..”"
|“Ann helped arrange an absolutely outstanding trip for a group of us, devoted food and wine lovers, in the fall of 2014. The transportation between restaurants and wineries was excellent. The daily excursions were exciting and first class all the way. To top it all off she arranged a truffle hunt for us followed by a fabulous lunch. Ann is a considerate and engaging hostess and I highly recommend her! You will not be disappointed by Montisi Magica!!!”
Val Shibley Canada 2014
"“We will certainly be back!”"
"“First class all the way..”"
“Paul and I had an amazing time on our trip and are telling our friends and family that it was first-class all the way and worth every penny. Everyday was an adventure and we were very impressed with the organization of the wine-tasting events, restaurants and tours. It was wonderful to have everything planned for us! We enjoyed the anticipation of where we would be dining each evening, and found each dining experience to be varied and interesting. The transportation was always reliable and the drivers drove with caution, which made us feel safe on the roads.
It was also great having you accompany us when you were able to. You were very informative and we appreciated your hospitality which you gave us in your home. We also appreciated the ‘surprises’, such as the tour of the winery above the Etruscan cave, and your generous gift of cheese which you sent home with us. Our daughter was visiting, and we cooked the Pici with the cheese, using the recipe which you had given us, and we all loved it!
Thank you again for all of your hard work in making our vacation so wonderful.”
Paul and Candace, Canada
"“She went the extra mile..”"
“We had such a wonderful time in Tuscany! Ann was instrumental in arranging our hotels (which were both excellent), selecting restaurants and organizing special tours. I have never eaten so well as I did on this tour. Ann has intimate knowledge of the area being a resident of Montisi so she knew the best places for us to visit. All details were taken care of and she went the extra mile to ensure that our vacation was a wonderful experience.”
Helen Klein, Canada