SpanocchiaIf you looking to enjoy a family vacation under the Tuscan sun, then look no further than the Villa at Castello di Spannocchia. This wonderful Tuscan property, which could easily receive the Frances Mayes seal of approval, makes for an idyllic, agriturismo holiday. Located just outside of Siena and in close proximity to Florence and the Chianti wine region, Spannocchia is also perfectly situated to allow for day trips and exploration of the region.

The rich and influential family owned the Villa at Castello di Spannocchia from the 15th century until 1924, when it was purchased by Italian aristocrat, Delfino Cinelli. Today, the property is part of the Spannocchia Foundation and Associazione Castello di Spannocchia, created to continue the educational and research activities on ecological and cultural history of the property, and the current owners/managers are descendants of Cinelli and the 3rd generation of this Italian-American family to live there.

Guests have the option of booking nightly stays in one of the seven rooms in the Bed & Breakfast located in the Villa or renting one of the farmhouses by the week. We choose to stay in a farmhouse and couldn’t have been happier with Casa Dami.  There was more than enough room for my family of 4 in the spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house, which and offered magnificient views of Spannocchia’s vast olive grove and featured a cozy eat-in kitchen, and an arched loggio where we enjoyed several alfresco meals.

There are also a number of shared spaces which guests staying in the villa or the farmhouses have access to, including a living room and library, the terrace where guests can enjoy views of the vast Spannocchia property and a glass of wine with the other guests before dinner and a pool where you can splash around and cool off on those hot, summer days.

A number of tours and classes are offered through the Spannocchia Foundation, demonstrating its commitment to cuisine, culture and the environment, many of which are family-friendly, including a pasta workshop, olive oil tasting, wine production tour and tasting, and an historical tour of Spannocchia.

Spannocchia is a working farm, and there are countless animals on the 1100-acre property, much to the delight of my 8 and 10-year old daughters. Some of their favorite activities included the Cinta Sense Pig Tour, where they got to admire the newborn cinta, playing with and giving names to the 20 (already named) cats that live on the property and spotting cows, chickens and donkeys as we wandered around Spannocchia.

The villa and farmhouses of Spannocchia are open for visits from March 1 – December 1.

Monique is a globetrotting wife and mom who doesn’t just want to travel the world, but wants to run it too. A native Californian, Monique has lived in Europe for more than a decade, using it as a launch pad to travel the globe with her family. 

Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary accommodations from Spannocchia. I was not asked to express any particular point of view, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are all my own.