La Collina is a small family driven bed and breakfast located in Bibbiena, località Farneta. If you have never heard of these places don't worry. Maybe the town Poppi with the beautiful castle Castello dei Conti Guidi sounds more familiar. Well, Poppi is just a few chilometres from here.
The bed and breakfast is located in the middle of a beautiful nature with a panoramic view which includes the before mentioned castle of Poppi. If you get up early in the morning you can see the castle slowly appearing in the mist. I was there with my camera as you can see below!
You find the bed and breakfast in a beautiful old Tuscan stone house from the 18th century. The place has 3 double rooms which all have private bathrooms, an apartment and a single room. All the rooms are furnished with beautiful old Tuscan pieces. The house also has a little common area where guests can enjoy the company of each other in the evening while drinking a glass of local redwine by the large fireplace, read a good book or maybe watch some tv.
Outside the house is surrounded by a large green area with table and chairs and the place even has a little swimming pool, where children and adults can cool of in the warm summer months.
In the morning breakfast is served according to local traditions but taken into consideration that many guests are foreigners who prefer a more substantial breakfast compared to the typical "cappuccino e cornetto" that Italians usually have. Therefore you can enjoy a rich buffet of homemade cakes, cheese, charcuterie, bread, eggs and much more of course accompanied by lots of Italian coffee.
Even though La Collina is perfect for a short weekend stay you can easily stay here for longer periods, since the location is perfect for exploring Tuscany. From here you can take day trips to visit Arezzo, Siena and Florence, but there are also several things to see in the immediate area such as the Zoo park for European fauna in Poppi, The Sanctuary and Monastery of Santa Maria del Sasso, Palazzo Dovizi, The national park of Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterone Campigna and several other places.
Prices are definitely very reasonable. A double room + breakfast costs from 55 to 70 euros per night.
Via Centro Farneta 12. 52110 Bibbiena (AR). T. +39 3471918991 www.bblacollina.com