Our week-long Italian road trip was coming to an end. From our busy week in Venice and Rome, I wanted to end our vacation on a relaxing note, so I booked an agriturismo in Tuscany at Fattoria La Capitana. This authentic Tuscan agriturismo is easily one of our favorite Italian vacation stays. I’m convinced staying at an agriturismo, like Fattoria La Capitana, is the way to truly experience the heart of the Tuscan countryside, and I’m here to give you my review.
Agriturismo at a Glance
An agriturismo is simply a farm stay, offering accommodations and immersing guests in the authentic Italian countryside life. It’s a place to relax, slow down, and enjoy the Italian farm life, the land, and the food grown on the farm. Often, the farm is still a working farm and may be owned by the farmer. For more on what an agriturismo is, I’ll be writing a separate blog post and will update this post once it’s complete.
Our Stay at Fattoria La Capitana Agriturismo
Before I dive into our agriturismo stay, let me briefly describe our drive through the Tuscan valley on our way to the farm. The excitement set in as we passed several beautiful farm homes nestled on the land of the rolling hills of Magliano in Toscana during our drive through the windy Italian countryside on the last leg of our road trip. Springtime in Italy was just beginning. We were lucky enough to see the buds on the grapevines, the cherry blossoms slowly flowering, and the green rolling hills and cypress trees of Tuscany. Our week-long vacation was coming to an end, and a stay at an agriturismo in Tuscany seemed like the perfect, relaxing finish to our Italian road trip.
The rain welcomed us earlier in the day during an excursion through a neat Italian city after departing Rome. Still, surprisingly enough, the sun was peeking through the clouds. As we passed several tall Cypress trees along the gravel driveway, a farm tractor came driving down, away from the house. A view of the huge farmhouse came into our sight. After seeing the Airbnb photos of part of the house, I hadn’t imagined it being this big and quaint! It was beautiful!
Check-in was simple. We immediately felt at home. Our host, Giuliana, and her colleague exuded that warm Italian welcome, almost like we were family. We knew we were staying in an agriturismo that would seem like a heavenly retreat, and it was. Giuliana showed us around, provided information about the farm, and showed us to our Airbnb.
The farmhouse, La Capitana, dates back to 1797 and is evident above one of the stone doors in front of the home. A historic farm in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany in Italy, this farm was originally a cattle farm until after 2000, when the farmhouse was transformed into an Agriturismo. In addition to being an agriturismo, it continues to be a working farm, producing wines in the region and Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced by the centuries-old olive trees on the property.
Today, the farm consists of the main Villa that can accommodate 18 guests, plus five fully restored apartments. The backdrop for the farm showcases the rolling hills of Tuscany and Cypress trees along with grapevines, olive trees, and a view of the coastline of Italy (only less than an hour’s drive to the ocean). A pool overlooking the striking scenery of Tuscany sits on the property alongside a perfectly manicured green lawn, ready for warm weather gatherings.
Fattoria La Capitana is located in the heart of Tuscany in the countryside of Magliano in Toscana. It is situated on a hilltop overlooking a dramatic view of the Tuscan hills and Maremma coastline. The nearest medieval village is Magliano in Toscana, but there are several Tuscan towns and cities that are easily a day’s trip away, which I’ll share more about in a bit. The property is not on the main road and is about a 15-minute drive to Magliano in Toscana.
We booked two nights on one of the property’s two-story, restored apartments through Airbnb. The price for the apartment was slightly more than I had budgeted for, but it was still reasonably priced (with breakfast included). Additionally, it was close to the Tuscan coast, where I wanted to be. I’m sure in the warmer months, the price is slightly more.
The apartment was perfect for my family of four. The upper floor offered a massive bedroom of two twin-sized beds, an extra bed, and a bathroom with a shower. The ground floor included the living room, dining area, small kitchen with gas stove, oven, fridge, and an additional bathroom with a shower. While the girls slept on the upper floor, the pull-out couch (which was already put together for us as a bed) worked perfectly for my husband and me and was quite comfortable.
Additionally, a tv was provided in the living room area that included Italian Netflix. Wifi, towels, and linens are also included. The host also offered us bottled waters when we arrived and afternoon coffee.
While the apartment is perfect, there are a few cons that I would like to point out. If you have small children, the stairs to the upper level can be steep and narrow. I recommend being careful as you descend the stairs. A safety lock gate is available for those wishing to use a barrier for the stairs. Additionally, hot showers need to be quick to conserve hot water for other family members. Other than those two cons I can think of, the apartment was perfect.
One of my favorite features of the apartment, perhaps the entire farmhouse, was how intricately decorated it was to give guests the feeling of staying on an authentic Tuscan farm. Additionally, as you walk outside the yard, you’re welcomed with several views of the beautiful Tuscan landscape and property.
Safety-wise, although the agriturismo is further out into the country and 15 minutes from the nearby village, I felt we weren’t in a heavily trafficked area and felt safe staying there. During the day, the staff is always available for questions. The property’s caretaker is close at hand for any issues during our stay at night.
Things to do on the Property
With the start of the Spring season in Italy, it had been raining off and on during our trip; I was concerned about not being able to enjoy the area. However, the weather cooperated to some extent. We found FattoriaLa Capitana had plenty to do on the property, from walking and exploring the olive trees and vineyards to admiring the chickens and horses on the property and the landscape. We were free to roam and explore the property as we pleased.
Additionally, a pool was also available but sadly not heated during our visit in the early spring season. A game room is open for guests to use that consists of a pool table and tons of board games. An outdoor Bocce ball, playground, and soccer field are free for use. Since we were staying during the early Spring season, there wasn’t much offered during our visit for activities. However, in the warmer season, more activities are provided for guests. Find more here and here.
Fattoria La Capitana is a perfect location for nearby day trips. Situated on a hilltop 250 meters above sea level, overlooking the dramatic backdrop of the rolling green hills and the coast, I specifically booked our stay at La Capitana for its location in Tuscany and proximity to the Maremma National Park and its beach. We took a day trip to the beach on our second day, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. You can read my write-up for that here.
In addition to being close to the beach, don’t miss visiting the charming Tuscan cities and towns nearby, such as Pitigliano, San Galgano, Sovana, Talamone, Montalcino, Siena, and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Thermal Baths of Saturnia is also one not to be missed. You can find my write-up for that trip here.
Fattoria La Capitana offers a restaurant on the property. The restaurant offers a farm-to-table concept, using food grown from their garden. Our family ate at the restaurant on our first night, and since we were the only guest for the evening, we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Debora, our fantastic chef, cooked a fabulous meal of zucchini pasta, succulent lemon chicken, spinach, homemade bread, and lemon cake to finish the night off. We were so full from the delicious dinner we had leftovers for the next day.
For the most part, dinner is optional at the farm restaurant. The menu is fixed. It is not included in the price for the stay; the cost for adults was around €27, and for children, it was less. We liked the option that the apartment we booked also included a working kitchen, so we utilized our second evening to cook our own meals.
Breakfast is included in your stay. Breakfast consisted of cereal, coffee, yogurt, salami and cheese, bread, honey, and more, a typical European breakfast. Breakfast is offered in the dining area of the restaurant.
As mentioned earlier, the farm is still a working farm. The Agriturismo produces local wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight from the grapes and olive trees on their property. You can find their olive oils and wines for sale at the farm, we bought a few to take home with us.
Fattoria La Capitana Website Here
Airbnb link, here.
Address: via della Capitana, 1, 58051 Magliano in Toscana GR, Italy
Parking: Free on-site
Phone: +39 335 619 7404
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stay in Tuscany, an agriturismo is the way to go; and Fattoria La Capitana is one you should consider booking. This was our family’s first agriturismo experience, and it won’t be our last. Fattoria La Capitana boasts beauty on a Tuscan hill and is the epitome of a true Tuscan farm stay. I don’t feel like I stayed at an Airbnb, but more so, a relaxing family Italian farm and the host makes you feel like you are a part of the family. It was the perfect ending to our weeklong Italian road trip.
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