I Girasoli is owned by Associazione Italiana Sclerosis Multipla (AISM) the Italian branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society so 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.
Tuscany is a city and a garden at the same time; it is 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 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.
I Girasoli has been designed with particular attention to helping 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.
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 allows 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, an accessible bathroom with a fixed shower chair, and a hand-held nozzle.
There are 10 bungalows, 9 of 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 an 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 a 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 immersed in the aromas of the countryside. These spaces are also suitable for business meetings and conventions.
A large gym equipped for sports 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.
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 emphasizes 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.