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... is truly beautiful, in the middle of the mountains. The room was very nice, spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast...
... special with some boasting vast circular jacuzzis in the bedrooms with circular beds! Not cheap but welcome in the summer...
... be a salad if you feel like it, in the cool of the breakfast room whch in winter must be terrific with the fireplace. We...
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Edith wrote a review Aug 2019
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We had a wonderful stay in il Cardo. The location is truly beautiful, in the middle of the mountains. The room was very nice, spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast very good and the hosts were very warm and friendly. I absolutely recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Michael L wrote a review Jul 2016
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A very good pool and friendly service. The rooms are a bit special with some boasting vast circular jacuzzis in the bedrooms with circular beds! Not cheap but welcome in the summer heat. Decent breakfasts. Needs professionalism but welcome in the Anghiari hotel desert in summer.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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michelangelo wrote a review Jul 2015
Italy140 contributions75 helpful votes
Three days holiday in this place during the current heatwave in Italy were absolute bliss. Maria Pia and Franco were warm and helpful hosts, their limited English making our time there even more authentic in a Tuscan paradise of bucolic beauty. Comfort was excellent, breakfast a delight on the terrace, the pool was our haven during the day! We decided not to sightsee as it was so hot and the pool was the best place to be. Better than any overcrowded seasisde resort! If you book, you can have a candlelight dinner on the terrace, very romantic and lunch can be a salad if you feel like it, in the cool of the breakfast room whch in winter must be terrific with the fireplace. We didn't have one, but massages are also available. We can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All are quiet, ours was just a few feet from the pool, Bosso, excellent bed and good bathroom too.
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Rebecca B wrote a review Jan 2015
Florence, Italy16 contributions6 helpful votes
I'll never forget my first glimpse of Il Cardo. As I turned down a country lane bordered by vineyards and sunflower fields, I saw a lovely ancient farmhouse nestled in a hamlet from a thousand years ago, with a dreamy vista of the Sovara Valley beyond. I knew in an instant I had found a corner of paradise in Tuscany. A warm welcome from Il Cardo's owner, Maria Pia - and the beginning of a wonderful friendship - awaited me. I've been back many times. I've brought friends and have recommended Il Cardo to others, knowing they, too, will experience the soul-stirring beauty of Tuscany here. The farmhouse has been beautifully renovated, preserving its ancient character. Il Cardo has recently added new rooms and suites that feature such amenities as whirlpool hot tubs, fireplaces and kitchen facilities. Guests take a complimentary breakfast in the charming dining room or, in warmer weather, on the terraces with gorgeous views. Maria Pia's dinners and cooking classes (pre-booking necessary, at additional cost) are not to be missed. Il Cardo offers a lovely sun-bathed pool, spa services and free wi-fi. Maria Pia is a gracious hostess who is happy to suggest itineraries suited to your interests, including wine-tasting, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Il Cardo is a few minutes by car from the ancient hill town of Anghiari, one of Italy's most picturesque villages where the legacy of Old World artistry is still very much alive. Just ask Maria Pia - she knows many of the local artisans. It's best to visit this area by car to fully enjoy the magnificent scenery that inspired Renaissance painters centuries ago.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Traveled solo
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Patricia E wrote a review Aug 2012
Nyack, New York38 contributions44 helpful votes
In this day and age, when everywhere you go seems like everywhere you’ve been, with the same boring brands in every modern mall or supposed reclaimed historical site, it almost feels as if the “real” anything exists only in the imagination, lost to your ability to experience it, forever.
Well, take heart, for here at Il Cardo Resort, near the town of Anghiari, the real Tuscany still exists. Far away from tourists, crowds--and bad restaurants filled with people who only care if it looks authentic, never mind the taste—is a wonderful respite. From the moment Maria Pia meets you at the door to the moment you drive away, eyes fixed on your rearview mirror, you will experience Tuscany in a way many people only dream of.

This is the kind of review that is hard to write, because I fear by sharing it, I will ruin it.

Il Cardo is everything you might want in a wonderful place to make the center of your exploration. In this cozy B&B, run by the fabulous Maria Pia, you will find comfortable rooms and apartments, an inviting swimming pool and an atmosphere that is pure Tuscany: friendly, warm, from the heart.

The week that we stayed at Il Cardo—high season, August—we were the only non-Italians present. Maria Pia took great care to help us plan any number of adventures, beginning with Sunday dinner at a nearby osteria. Go to Tavernelle, to La Pergola, she said. See Francesca, she will feed you. But be careful to only eat a bit of what she brings at the beginning, because it will keep coming.

And so it did, antipasto, primi, secondi, contorni, espresso, all of it in a dining room filled with Tuscan families, grandparents to babies, having their Sunday meal. A bottle of the house vino rossi was a perfect accompaniment. The service was spectacularly friendly, again, even though our Italian was nearly non-existent. No noses turned up at tourists, just the warm, inviting graciousness that makes Tuscan dining even better.

The hospitality continued through the week, with Maria Pia organizing wonderful one-on-one tours with local (and renowned) artists Gianfranco Giorni and Elena Merendelli, as well as the luxury fabric retailer Busatti, whose original factory is still here in Anghiari. We toured the tiny factory led by Mr. Busatti himself, whose passion for fine fabrics shows in the quality of his products. Be aware, I’m not talking “tourist” tours here—these are opportunities to talk with artisans about their work and their lives.

Maria Pia also suggested wonderful day trips to amazing locations, including La Verna, where St. Francis journeyed for his meditations, on one of the most spectacular mountaintops imaginable and Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of the artist. As the wind whispers through the trees in this ancient walled village—tiny, tiny, you can’t imagine how small—you are struck with how creativity can flourish in a world of only natural distraction.

And then, the cooking classes. We learned how to make four different dishes. The highlight of both sessions was the meal that night, with Maria Pia and Franco, on their patio, under the Tuscan moon. Great food, great wine and Franco’s very own vin santo...glorious!!

Il Cardo Resort is made up of two buildings with several rooms and apartments, some with small kitchens, all of them with some kind of outdoor eating space. Breakfast is served every morning in the main dining area. This is self-service lodging, by the way, so Americans looking for the maid to come through every day should be aware that it will not happen. Clean sheets and towels are available whenever you need them, however. The rooms are generously sized, with wonderful décor and very comfortable beds. Though there is no other food service (other than a continental breakfast or dinner by Maria Pia, available by prior arrangement), Anghiari boasts some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. I can honestly tell you, as a New Yorker used to really wonderful dining experiences both cheap and expensive, the restaurants of Anghiari are right up there.

Our favorites, in the area:
Osteria La Pergola (in nearby Tavenelle, rustic dining)
Per Bacco (Anghiari, fine dining)
Da Alighiero (Anghiari, fine dining)
Bar Pizzaria Baldaccio

Finally, do not hesitate to contact Maria Pia in advance of your stay, to set up any number of wonderful itineraries, including biking and horseback riding. And make sure to take advantage of the hot stone massage done by the fabulous Rafalla, one of the very lovely people who make Il Cardo SO special.

Il Cardo is a jewel. Enjoy your stay!
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Date of stay: August 2012Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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