Services & Facilities

We provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities for both business and leisure travellers, catering to every need and ensuring the maximum level of comfort and convenience for our guests during their stay at Macinella.

Forniamo una gamma completa di servizi e strutture per i viaggiatori d'affari e di piacere, catering per ogni esigenza e garantiamo il massimo livello di comfort per i nostri ospiti durante il loro soggiorno presso Macinella.

On request, you can visit the small and traditional ancient wine cellar, while listening to the stories of the owners, which are linked to traditions and to local knowledge, genuineness, and originality of the region, and while tasting our typical Tuscan products. As Eating and drinking are two essential and distinctive features of the various people all over the world, the dishes and the local products can help us knowing the distinguishing peculiarities of a particular place.

Lounge by the swimming pool and take in the spectacular views of surrounding hills. The swimming pool (6 x 12 metres, from 1.50 metres to 2.30 metres deep) poolside furniture offers a pristine spot to read a book, enjoy a drink.

Open from May 1 to September 30.

What is the best way to marvel at the wonderful Tuscan landscape? Book a hot-air balloon flight and admire the most suggestive landscapes of the Florentine Chianti, of the area around the city of Siena, of the Val d’Orcia, and of the ancient Etruscan area of Volterra! The take-off area is only a few kilometres far from Barberino Val d'Elsa.

A small football field, also suitable for playing badminton, or volleyball, is at our guests disposal. If you wish, you can also play archery in a suitable place. There is a ping-pong table, and you can hire bicycles or motor scooters for making interesting excursions. In Poggibonsi, there is a well-equipped tennis club, and you can reserve the tennis court to play or learn how to play tennis.

Not far from our place it is possible to book guided horse riding trails around the surrounding hills, also at night, by moonlight, which are also suited for beginners.

Those who love walking will find a wood of 4 hectares inside the estate with two paths between the two row of cypresses, which can be reached in a few minutes. You can take long or short strolls in easy paths, having a rest in one of the many shady and cool areas. A big table is at your disposal for picnicking or reading. On request, you can take with you a large basket. Then, if you are lucky, you could meet squirrels, roebucks, hares, and doves in their characteristic natural habitat.

If you are wishing to spend a whole day relaxing and caring for your body, you can go to Rapolano Terme (Siena), not more than 40 minutes far from the city by car, where you can find thermal baths: “Terme San Giovanni” and “Terme Antica Querciolaia”, which are placed in the charming and characteristic landscape of this area of Tuscany called “Crete Senesi”. The surrounding territory and the pleasant sensation you will feel while bathing in the curative spa water will give you the opportunity of taking an enjoyable, salutary, and regenerating bath in the hot spa water.

Both of the thermal baths have a wellness centre and it is possible to ask for special and personalized therapies. They also have a restaurant, and a park with thermal baths, whether sheltered or not, with changeable temperature from 25° - 26° to 37° - 39°.

Open to all-comers, with lower prices for families.

All-day opening.

As the owners come from an old local family, they can easily introduce you to cities and towns, small villages full of masterpieces, local history and traditions. They can suggest things to do, or they can directly take you to the most interesting places to see. The resort is located in a strategic position for reaching the most important areas of interest in the region: the cities of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca (the most attractive cities in Tuscany), important historic sites such as the Abbey of San Galgano and the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, or medieval villages such as Certaldo, Colle Val d’Elsa, Moteriggioni, Castellina in Chianti, Radda, and many others. If you want to go shopping, the neighboring city of Poggibonsi will offer you all the opportunities. They can also suggest typical restaurants, festivals, events, and local markets. Moreover, remember that for making daily excursions, the cities of Florence and Siena can be reached by train, or by bus, as you can find the station in Poggibonsi (5 km far from our resort). However, they place themselves at guests’ disposal for any request or question, so that your stay will be as pleasurable as possible.

Our building is available to qualified teachers who want to use it for doing:

  • lessons of herbal medicine
  • painting lessons
  • singing lessons
  • dancing lessons
  • yoga lessons
  • cooking lessons

Also the guests who wish can attend the lessons.

The tower of Macinella dates back to the Longobards (or rather to the 11th century). It is a very important historic site in the town of Casaglia. It was carefully renewed and, as the saffron is grown in the surrounding territory, it was bone of contention between the two factions of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Moreover, in the Middle Ages, King Manfredi and his army stayed here for a period of time. The tower has still its original loopholes which were once used for seeing enemies. The squared stones witness the fact that the town of San Gimignano was an ancient strategic place used for defence and control over the territory. It is possible to make an appointment in order to visit the Tower.

Enjoying the beauty of the surrounding landscape from the top of a big cypress will be, for those who wish, a unique and unforgettable experience! You can organise a magical meet by having a romantic candlelit supper on the majestic tree in a very particular and fascinating framework. Also at disposal for relaxing and sunbathing in an intimate place.

The painter Gloria Forti opens her art studio to the guests who wish to see and learn her techniques and admire her paintings. In this well-equipped and well-lit studio, surrounded by vegetation and olive trees, drawing, painting, or sculpture lessons can be organized for small groups. If you wish to express your creativity in each artistic field, you will be supported and you will find good advice visiting the art studio. If you are an art teacher and you are wishing to organizing a course with your pupils, you should get in touch with the artist.

Enjoy cooking in the sunlight! The guests who request will receive precious advice for cooking in the open air. In a few time you will learn cooking every dish you would like to know, by cooking them easily and in harmony with the nature and the traditions of Macinella.

For celebrating intimate and romantic events in a suggestive frame, and thanks to the experience of the owners, you will have the unique opportunity of spending unforgettable moments with your family and friends. A small amphitheatre, and a barbecue can be used in an enchanting landscape and its surrounding hills overlooking the towers of San Gimignano.

There is a conference room next to the 11th century Tower, which can accommodate about 50 people. It is perfect for meetings, workshops, courses, stages, for introducing new books, and so on. The Tower is also used by non-profit cultural organizations. Inside there are a projector, a screen, an office and a library. Outside a small amphitheatre located next to the Tower is also at our guests disposal.

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