Romitorio di Serelle is situated in the municipality of Barberino Val d’Elsa, less than an hour away from Florence. A handsome old stone building surrounded by the peace of rural Tuscany, it has been converted into elegant self-contained apartments which look across to the verdant hills of Chianti. It is located at the centre of an area that encompasses a myriad of routes winding through vineyards and ancient villages; the picturesque little town of Castellina in Chianti, one of the best stops on the wine and castle trail, is only a short distance away from Romitorio di Serelle. Other attractions in the vicinity include Montepulciano, Montalcino and San Gimignano, renowned for their wines and architectural jewels, such as the Montalcino Fortress and San Gimignano medieval towers. Also within easy reach is Florence and its historic, cultural and artistic heritage: Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Basilica of the Holy Cross, the Baptistery of St John, and the medieval towers rising above the roofline of the city are only some of its innumerable attractions. Similarly, within an hour of Romitorio di Serelle is Villa di Poggio Imperiale, one of the splendid Medici Villas which are dotted around the Tuscan countryside, and the walled city of Siena with its famous square.
From its favourable position amidst the hills of Tuscany, Romitorio di Serelle offers a quiet, elegant setting for a relaxing holiday. The old stone farmhouse has been carefully restored to preserve its original materials and create luxury, comfortable apartments. Sleeping between two and nine people and fully self-contained, they are ideal for couples, families and groups of friends, who will love the solid wood antique furniture and the exposed wood beams on the ceiling; every beautiful detail of the design has been chosen to recreate the original country interior, but without sacrificing comfort. Every apartment is equipped with a convenient kitchen corner, TV, safe and mosquito nets; a fireplace and a private patio area, with table, chairs and umbrella, grace some of the flats. A large outdoor pool completes this unique property and provides great enjoyment to all its guests.
Besides the advantages of its position between Siena and Florence, right in the heart of Tuscany, Romitorio di Serelle can count on its restaurant menu of delicious local specialities to give its guests a truly unforgettable holiday. The spacious Taverna del Romitorio, with its dining room and terrace, is open only for the guests of the house; sitting comfortably in the country style wood furniture, surrounded by the exposed stone of the well-preserved walls or by the scenery of the hills, they are served the best kind of peasant food, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Ranging from dishes of boar meat and traditional Tuscan soup known as “ribollita”, to vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, the choice is mouthwatering. Among the Chianti hills a well-stocked cellar is a must; in fact Taverna del Romitorio offers the finest local wines, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. But the owners also pride themselves in stocking a selection of less well-known wines, niche products of long-established and new vineries alike. Romitorio di Serelle is a place for all seasons, and Roberto, Lorella and Marco are always ready to welcome their guests.