Our Walking Holiday Accommodation in Tuscany
Welcome to Agriturismo Il Rigo
- Relax at an exquisite Italian Agriturismo in a classic and dreamy Tuscan setting
- The beautiful Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Warm, welcoming and unassuming hospitality – extensive local info
- Exquisite food and stylish en suite bedrooms – and a winetasting welcome
Our base in Tuscany is Il Rigo, an Agriturismo comprised of two exquisite farmhouses, Casabianca and Poggio Bacoca. Both overflow with charm and enjoy a stunning and tranquil location. We are in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, thanks to sustainable local development and endless natural beauty. It is the starting point for numerous itineraries by foot, bike and car with easy access to the historic towns of Montelpulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Montichello and Bagno Vignoni.
Il Rigo is owned and managed by Matthias and Luisa, who strive to make your stay special with their lovely hospitality touches and attention to detail. Amongst her many creative talents, Luisa is an award-winning pasta chef and she takes good care of the kitchen. She also offers cookery classes and pasta making demonstrations. Whilst Matthias spends time in the surrounding fields as a farmer, he is also quick to serve you a spritz or a glass of wine at the bar. Il Rigo has been passed down several generations of Luisa’s family and you will also see her parents, Lorenza and Vittorio, pottering about the estate taking care of this and that. And if you want to know anything about the local wines, just ask Lorenza!
Together they have all made Il Rigo a beautiful place to stay and relax, stylishly furnishing the bedrooms, each with its own warm colour themes, embroidered bed linen, antique furniture – and light, airy en suite bathrooms.
The two farmhouses at Il Rigo are 600m apart. There are delightful views of the countryside from their rooms and from their pretty gardens and terraces. In their elegantly furnished sitting rooms, you can relax and help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee. Casabianca is the main farmhouse. This is where we host Office Hour and enjoy dinner each evening. With 10 bedrooms, it is an old stone building, full of character and carefully preserved to reflect its original structure and layout. One of the walls has a coat of arms dating back to 1572 when it belonged to the Hospital Santa Maria della Scala. In the courtyard is a wood-fired oven where the family make bread. At the front of the house you can sit under a vine covered pergola with a relaxing drink and enjoy enchanting views. Poggio Bacoca is a typically Tuscan terracotta farmhouse with 7 bedrooms, originally built in the 1930’s for families working on the estate. Named after the apricot trees that used to grow around it, it sits in a panoramic position at the top of a hill facing Casabianca.
Whilst we are confident you will find Il Rigo to be gorgeous and relaxing, the biggest highlight of your stay might just be the food. Each evening Luisa provides four courses of traditional Tuscan food, which you can enjoy in the good company of other guests and our own hosts in the dining room of Casabianca. Stand by for the famous local speciality pasta known as pici, served with garlic and tomato sauce, not to mention panzanella, saffron rabbit, Luisa’s special roast pork, almond biscotti, chocolate salami and many more outstanding dishes. Luisa’s ingredients will always be ‘in season’ and will include fresh local produce and organic products with herbs, fruit and vegetables from the gardens. It goes without saying that an excellent and complimentary local wine is provided at dinner.