Be a traveler not a tourist

You’ve done Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and all the famous splendors of Tuscany. Or you simply like to take the road less traveled. Then read on for suggestions on exploring the wonderful region of Tuscany beyond the usual itineraries and destinations.

Don’t go to Chianti – go to Casentino Valley.
Stay with us at Villa DeiMori  LaMassa


Casentino is the valley below Mount Falterona, between Emilia and Tuscany, along the course of the river Arno. Inhabited since Paleolithic times, it belonged to the Etruscans and the Conti Guidi who built several castles, from which they dominated the area in the Medio-Evo . Unlike Chianti and its rolling, soothing, picture-perfect hills, Casentino is fresh and green; it’s a secluded valley where locals have been living isolated through the centuries. This is reflected for example in a pure fully colored Italian or in the robust yet simple cuisine, based on wheat and cornmeal flour, olive oil, pasta and pecorino, leek, onions, farro and barley.

Don’t miss

- Bibbiena and its Museo Archeologico, beautiful Romanesque churches and cosy medio-evo-feel village;
- Poppi, an ancient town in a strategic position whose importance grew during the Medio-evo
when after the Campaldino battle it became the headquarter of Florence governor. Visit the Castello dei Conti Guidi, which overlooks the whole valley, and the beautiful walled village.
- Strada in Casentino , an ancient hamlet ideal for a climb up to the Castello San Niccolo. Not to be missed the beatiful inner square with the loggia for the covered village market.

- Stia and its unique square with central fountain and lateral shops under the arches.Inside the town of Stia, whose origins date back to the Roman age, we can admire the Porciano Castle, the Church of St. Mary delle Grazie and the Florentine Palagio
- Casentino Forests National Park -  At the heart of one of Europe’s largest woodsy areas  Parco naturale delle foreste casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna  One of the largest forested areas in Europe, the Casentinesi Forest National Park is located between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and it has a surface area that extends from Monte Falterona to the Mandrioli Pass. On foot, on horseback or by bike, visitors can enjoy an excursion network that stretches for over 650 kilometers.

A particular feature of the property is that it is for two to six people yet is not part of a complex. there is a high degree of privacy. We have had hundreds of satisfied guests from all over the world and we have a house book full of appreciative comments. DeiMori La Massa proves very popular and we recommend early reservation. This property usually ‘sells out’ – we have guests who regularly return. In Autumn we normally start taking bookings for New Season.

Villa has got 3 bedrooms completely detached from each other and all connected to one or two living rooms to make the whole upper floor attached to the pool, driveway and the jacuzzi area
Gym, sauna and washing room are downstairs where the owner/butler/gardener/pool-boy lives.

The villa can be rented for :
6 people ( the whole premises, the whole private villa with services )
4 people ( the 3rd bedroom can be rented to other 2 guests on a weekly self catering or B&B daily basis )
2 people ( the 2 other bedrooms can be rented as a holiday-home by the week or one or two bedrooms can be rented on self catering or B&B daily basis )

12m solar heated swimming pool in extensive grounds with fabulous views.

Dinner at La Massa

Staying at La Massa always (hopefully) means having a wonderful time, relaxing, interesting and plenty to see and do.

For many people, food and wine is a central feature of their stay in Tuscany, the wonderful ingredients, the wineries, the olive oil produced  on the doorstep.  Here at La Massa, we are right in the middle of wonderful food supplies and we like nothing better than sourcing the  very best for you and preparing a special dinner here on our wonderful La Massa Terrace.  The dinner will be complimentary if you book directly with us  on our web-site.

We can do this for two to five or even six people and we charge a very reasonable figure per person which is generally around €25.00.  This includes a  dinner (or lunch) of several courses with our well appreciated La Massa House wine and typically this will include the following:

  • A selection of appetisers with pre-dinner aperitif
  • Antipasti – perhaps a selection of local cooked meats, cheeses, crostini etc
  • A pasta course – often fresh with a variety of sauces
  • Main course – perhaps peposo – a rich and peppery florentine meat dish
  • Cheese course – served with interesting Tuscan relishes
  • Desert – often the famous La Massa pavlova
  • Selection of digestifs

Prior to dinner we always discuss particular likes and dislikes of the party but the final menu will tend to depend on the following:

  • What is in season – we see that it is essential to buy and serve food which is in season
  • According to shopping – we always look for the best quality ingredients.

We would love to prepare dinner for you – this is always a very popular event.

Water mills within the valley

Stia, Fam Bucchi 0575-582680 • 338-1007610.

– MULINO GRIFONI (produttivo)
Pagliericcio, Castel San Niccolò Fam. Grifoni 0575-572873.

Castel Focognano, Fam. Bardelli 0575-597465 – 339-3231870

Raggiolo, Ortignano Raggiolo.
Fam. Giorgini 0575.514042 • 347-1111508.
Comune Ortignano Raggiolo 0575.539214.