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Chiusa dei Monaci

Via Molinara 43/A, , Rooms: 4 / Opening dates: Mid-March – Mid-December from € 80 - to € 100

La Chiusa dei Monaci is located in Tuscany, and more precisely in the Terre di Arezzo, an area which is famous for its production of Chianti dei Colli Aretini and is traversed by the Wine Route that takes visitors on a celebrated wine tasting tour.  After a 10-minute drive one is in genteel Arezzo, an historic city where Roman, medieval and Renaissance buildings still stand proud; from here the “Reclamation Trail” or “Sentiero della Bonifica” starts.  This path is accessible on foot or by bike, which can be borrowed from La Chiusa dei Monaci, and offers a way into its marvellous surroundings. The property is also conveniently situated to reach Anghiari, Cortona, Sansepolcro and Poppi, precious little towns of the rich Tuscany, which are respectively 20, 30 and 35 km away.

La Chiusa dei Monaci owes its name to an ancient watermill built in 1150 and to the monks of the convent of Sts Flora and Lucille who lived and worked there.  In order to set the mill paddles in motion and turn the millstones, they had diverted an arm of the canal known as the “Canale Maestro della Chiana” which flows 4 km from Arezzo; today this small section of the canal still runs under La Chiusa dei Monaci before emerging again a little further away.  In the 1930s the mill was acquired by the family of today’s owner who carried on the traditional miller’s trade till recently, playing an essential role in the local community. In these parts of Tuscany nature is wonderful: the ashen heron, the white ibis and even the deer inhabit this magical place. Inside La Chiusa dei Monaci the atmosphere is equally charming, and Cinzia, who owns and manages it, has wanted to ensure that the natural environment is not harmed by choosing to heat the water by solar panels and photovoltaic energy, for example, or collecting rainwater for certain uses  And for those who want to explore the territory, Cinzia has plenty of advice and suggestions.La Chiusa dei Monaci is a two-storey building ; cotto tiles on the floors, wood ceiling beams, exposed bricks and stone create a warm, attractive indoor space.  In the cold winter mornings a log fire in the fireplace of the living room and a deliciously rich buffet breakfast welcome the guests, fitness equipment is also available to everyone. The house is surrounded by a luscious lawn and garden that visitors can admire whilst sitting on the porch that runs along much of its length.

The four rooms of this unique B&B are furnished with iron wrought beds and impeccable taste, in the Tuscan country style.  Named after artists and masters native of Arezzo or of the neighbouring towns, they all enjoy beautiful views: the Piero della Francesca looks out over the stone bastions of La Chiusa dei Monaci; from the Michelangelo and the Giorgio Vasari one can see the garden and the new Mill that replaced the ancient one at the end of the 18th c., while the Guido d’Arezzo has access to a private patio and a little garden.  The minimum recommended stay is two nights.