Once we were off the Noordam, access to a place to work on the computer became more difficult. We had decided to spend a few days in Rome then head out to Tuscany for at least a couple of nights before flying home.

We had feedback from people who had stayed there that the Palazzo Brandano in Tuscany was a quiet peaceful place to stay and was well situated on the hillside of a small town and offered a tremendous view.

We booked a couple of days there and as we were driving into what appeared to be a very small community we wondered at our decision making process asking ourselves if we had done enough questioning.

Near the end of a long, very narrow passageway, not much wider than the car we saw the sign. It was nice enough but was small and not at all ostentatious giving no perception of quality.

We were quickly greeted and our luggage was moved ahead of us to the room we were assigned.

There are only 11 or12 rooms in this Palazzo but they are really striking and all the people were very nice to deal with as you might expect from a small family run property. Interestingly they are not of Italian origin but speak it fluently.

There is a very nice dining room but when the weather is warm everyone seems to prefer the outside with its view and decor of its own.

We had easy access to the tourist cities and prefered to return each night to the Palazzo Brandano for dinner.

I have no hesitancy in following those before us in recommending them to you.

Their website is http://www.palazzobrandano.com/