The Tenuta Del Fontino is a beautiful property. Over 1,000 acres complete with lake and horseback riding. We stayed next to the main manor house in what looked like an old barn that was restructured into rooms. Our room(s) were huge. We had a nice little kitchen with dining table and a large and airy bedroom with four poster bed. Almost everything was white. The people at the hotel were very nice as well. Our only disappointment was the food at the one dinner we had there. The breakfasts were very good with ample choices.
We went into the dining room in the manor on the second floor. And we were addressed in German. It turns out that everyone in the hotel except us and a single Italian woman were Germans! We proceeded with the five course dinner. Now I should say, when I read TripAdvisor the people raved about the food. So, first we saw the hoards of Germans falling on the salad bar...What? salad bar? Where am I? We've lived in Germany and I saw it was a typical German style salad except for the cannelloni beans. These would figure often into the rest of the meal. Next course was a large piece of toasted bread with cannelloni beans. They had a bit of rosemary in them but overall a very bland dish. Next we had a pasta which was shaped like very short macaroni. Served in a broth that I swear was cannelloni purée with....potatoes!!! Again, super bland. Finally we got a very thin slice of roast beef in a bit of gravy. It was obviously a cut meant for long roasting and it had been. It was tender to the point of falling apart. Five pieces of boiled potatoes (more potatoes!) accompanied it. The roast was strongly reminiscent of Sauerbraten, a German dish. We Skipped dessert. It was maybe the worst meal I've ever had in Tuscany, which is known for good food.
Our single woman table mate told us she was on a two day getaway from her husband and family and their business. They own a restaurant and hotel in the Livorno area. So, seeing as she was a cook we asked her about the food and she assured us it was an authentic Tuscan meal. I am still in a state of shock. As an addendum, after we got home I described the dinner to my Italian teacher and she, too, said it was pretty typical Tuscan food. Funny, I've been there a lot of times but never disliked the food before. Maybe, since I've always eaten in decent restaurants I would not get typical food Tuscans eat at home which was probably what the set, five course meal was more like. The food was properly prepared so if you like traditional Tuscan food you may feel differently than we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tenuta del Fontino, a family-farm hotel with a horseback riding school and a modern winery, Massa Marittima Toscana Italy We invite you to spend a great holiday in our antique family-farm in Tuscany. La Tenuta del Fontino is located in the town of Massa Marittima, just a few miles from beautiful Accesa lake, which supplies water to our property and private lake. The property covers 700 hectares, of which about a quarter are fields, meadows and olive groves. Moreover, we own 16 hectares of vineyards - our pride and glory. The rest of our land is covered with the Mediterranean bush. We offer you a vacation in the true and authentic environment of Italian countryside, where you have a chance to taste the excellent Italian cuisine and hospitality based on a true family atmosphere and a high-skilled service. We offer beautiful rooms and suites, a rich continental breakfast buffet, a huge garden, a swimming pool with a magnificent view, a horseback riding school, an open-air breed of Tuscan pigs named Cinta Senese, our wines, tranquillity and countless attractions - all this and much more is waiting for you ! The sea is only 15 minutes away by car: Follonica received "The Blue Flag" award for the last 14 years, thanks to its well-maintained beaches with uncontaminated and clear waters. Vicinity of our hotel are the so-called Metalliferous Hills, where the mountains reach 1000 meters. In this vast area there are many fantastic trails and paths, to go on a walk, on horseback or mountain bike. And finally, an ice cream or an aperitif on the famous square of Massa Marittima, one of the most beautiful in Tuscany. And then you understand why, who has been here once, comes back again. ... more less