is located in Lucignano, Italy in the heart of Tuscan countryside, few kilometers from Arezzo, Siena, Cortona and Montalcino. The property that is 100% barrier free is composed of 51 guestrooms plus 10 cottages, 2 swimming pools (1 indoor heated pool), a tennis court, a park, a gym, a conference center and a parking lot. The professional staff at I Girasoli is also able to assist clients with limited mobility with a kind a care that makes our guests feel like at home.
I Girasoli has events, theme weekends and excursions in the surrounding area for wheelchair travelers to discover the art, ancient historical centers, restaurants and wine cellars of this beautiful country.
I Girasoli is owned by Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla (AISM) the Italian branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society, so that the entire property was planned and built with disability in mind. I Girasoli is also a member of the Village for All an Italian association that certify accessible structures.
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Tuscany is a city and a garden at the same time; its naturally kind people, its clear sky and its air is full of life and health. At the end of the 19th century Ugo Foscolo, an Italian writer and poet, described this region in his novel The Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis and still holds true today, “where the gentleness of the countryside, so beautiful that it seems to have been painted by an artist, competes with the unparalleled wealth of its villages and cities, overflowing with art and treasures.” Tuscany’s geography is a treasure chest of history and has been kept alive in this pristine condition, mirroring its rich past.
Lucignano is a small village in southern Tuscany and represents one of the most extraordinary examples of medieval architecture, consisting of multiple concentric ring roads which made it an defensive strategic designed by the lords of the time. It is recommended for travelers to visit the San Francesco’s Church, the Collegiate Church of San Michele and the Town Hall, in which there is the museum that guards the Gold Tree or Tree of Life and Love.
I Girasoli is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany, close to great cities of art such as Siena and Arezzo and not far from Perugia and Florence. Val d’Orcia is less than half an hour away, with Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza, enjoying a similar wealth of history and their traditional food and wine.
There are 10 bungalows, 9 which are completely accessible and can sleep 3 people. One cottage can sleep 4-5 people. The cottages are located in the park of the hotel and they’re composed of entrance-kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Air-condition, heating, an electric stove as well as all linens and towels are in all cottages. The kitchen offers all cooking appliances to be independent from the hotel restaurant.
I Girasoli offers 51 accessible and large guestrooms, quiet, elegantly furnished and overlooking the soft Tuscan countryside, they are all equipped with shower, telephone, mini-fridge and air conditioning. They are also designed to welcome people with limited mobility.
The restaurant offers premium quality food, with the tastiest dishes of traditional Italian cooking and, in particular, of Tuscan regional cuisine as well as other more modern recipes. The wine list includes 150 labels to satisfy the taste of wine lovers and expert connoisseurs alike.
The property offers a bar, conversation lounges, quiet corners for reading, open spaces for entertainment, meeting rooms and multipurpose rooms. In the gardens, white sun canopies and sea pines offer shade where time passes in an oasis of peace and quiet immersed in the aromas of the countryside. These spaces are also suitable for business meetings and conventions.
A large gym equipped for sport and recreational activity is onsite. There is also 1 open-air swimming pool, 1 heated indoor pool and a tennis court. But if you feel like stretching in another way, take a stroll in the gardens or follow one of the many paths in the surrounding area, leading to fascinating historical places.
I Girasoli has been designed with particular attention to help people with limited mobility, like services such as assisted bathing, modifications at the gym, and special furnishings to make everyday life activities easier during the stay.
Parking spaces are accessible and both pools are equipped with a mobile lift to help guests into the water gently. Inside the complex, all levels are served by a large lift, main horizontal routings have handrails on both sides and the main external ones are at least two meters wide and inclines are less than a 5% grade.
All the guestrooms in the hotel are accessible with bathrooms and furniture designed for those with limited mobility. The layout of the dining room and meeting room allow for ease of movement for wheelchairs.
The 9 accessible cottages have wooden launching pads and paved pathways that guide to the veranda, a large sliding door at the main entrance, accessible bathroom with a fixed shower-chair and hand-held nozzle.
Food & Wine
Tuscany is a land of great wines and food. Everything in this region brings to mind a new renaissance of food, an unchanged love for tastes, aromas and intriguing, sensual, real colors.
The area of Arezzo and Siena is home to important and rightly famous wines and rests on the crests of gentle slopes with windy roads that pass noble architecture and huge vineyards. Some famous wineries include Nobile and Rosso from Montepulciano, Brunello and Rosso from Montalcino and Chianti from Arezzo’s hills. In the same countryside the Chianine are bred and raised, which is the royal family of the cattle world with pigs also near Siena.
The restaurant of I Girasoli is considered an important part of the cultural heritage and is looked after with love and care. The cuisine is typically Tuscan and emphazies the traditional flavors and style of the region. For instance, the famous tagliata (sliced rump steak) can be tasted as well as tegamaccio (pork stew cooked in a terracotta covered dish with spices and local herbs), ribollita di pane, (vegetable soup with Tuscan bread), Arezzo style duck, pici (home-made pasta with Tuscan meat sauce) and home-made cantucci, (biscuits with almonds). The restaurant also offers innovative new dishes bringing the best out of fresh produce from the area.
The wine list encompasses selections from all regions but specializes in the most delicious wines from Tuscany’s top rated and innovated winemakers. This wine list, therefore, brings together the guarantee of the traditional value of well-known wines with the pleasure of discovering others that will be famous tomorrow.
I Girasoli organizes classes, theme weekends or weeks and excursions into the surrounding area to discover cities of art, ancient historical centers, restaurants and famous wine cellars. Classes include mini-courses in cooking, herbal medicine, wine tasting and lessons on make-up. Themed weekends, such as those entirely dedicated to wine is for those who appreciate fine wine, for professionals in the field and all those who would like to combine a passion for wine with a visit to one of the richest and most beautiful areas in Tuscany.