Just wanted to let you know that La Chiusa is still as wonderful as ever.
We had lunch there yesterday - Saturday - with some friends and they (and
we) were in heaven. Dania still makes the best lamb I've ever tasted,
Massimo is still the world's greatest waiter and Umberto - well, Umberto
is still Umberto, what can I say.
Some other people had asked about La Chiusa in earlier letters as a special
place to stay - I'd always recommend it. Again, if anyone does make reservations
- rooms or meals, tell them that I recommended it. Franco, the concierge,
is my best friend in Italy and trust me, he will take special care of
you. October is already nearly fully booked.
Rates now are from $175 for the smaller rooms with a whirpool bath that
accomodates an entire Italian soccer team -to around $350 for deluxe -
and they are deluxe.
Dinner is about $80 - $100 per person plus wine, but worth every Lire.
We attended the Palio, with Franco, in Bettolle today - table races followed
by climbing greased poles and also the Palio in Toritta last week - donkey
races. They were both a lot easier to get tickets to than Siena and were
only 1500 Lire per person.
Bella Tuscany -