La Rocca family
Nicola is an 80-year-old man in tip-top shape. He is the family’s backbone. Every morning, whether It’s rainy or sunny, you can find him walking through our property. Great seller with a strong personality and naturally optimistic. He is creative and full of initiatives. His greatest satisfaction is seeing all of us working together in the same farm. Nicola and his wife Anna who, after working for many years in the countryside today is a full-time grandmother, are Federico’s parents. He is our Chef and runs the farmhouse with his wife Marianna. He’s humble, generous and always in a good mood. Ardent supporter of politeness, patience and hard work.
Quirino and Antonietta
Quirino was Nicola’s brother, the other founding member of our farm. They had their own tasks and responsibilities: Nicola was in charge of public relations and negotiations while Quirino was responsible for agricultural production. He used to employ the most innovative and sophisticated machinery in order to facilitate the work. His wife, Antonietta is a modern grandmother of five who prefer to keep working in the countryside rather than enjoying her retirement. You can find her picking vegetable in our kitchen garden, cutting grass or trimming flowerbeds or in the kitchen making pici pasta and baking cakes for our guests.
We call her “our handywoman”. She has one son and two daughters: Alessio, Elena and Alessandra.
Alessio is the youngest even if he’s 40 years old. When he was a child he was the family little brat, always looking for trouble and spiteful. Luckily he has grown up and today he’s one of the most serious persons in our farm. He constantly repeats this sentence: “I always get the worst jobs”. Of course this is not true and we make fun of him. He’s responsible for selling our products, supported by our restless Nicola, who believes that his grandson is still “too young” to work alone. We remind you once again that Nicola is 40 years old and he has also a beautiful daughter, Giulia, and a lovely wife who always supports him, Claudia.
Then there is Elena, our “clockwork”, always on time and accurate. Her best weapon is her professionalism. For many years she was in charge of the HR department, she organized tasks and she found the material we needed. Then, unfortunately, for health-related reasons, she had to give up on the manual labor and she joined the back office staff. Actually, this task is not something new to her because she used to help her sister Alessandra taking care of paperwork in order to support her. Elena, unlike her brother Alessio, is a half-empty glass kind of person but the results she obtains always exceed our expectations.
Last but not least, Alessandra started working in the countryside a long time ago. Then she took the opportunity to work in the back office replacing Nicola. So, she started taking care of the administrative part of the farm. She is a friendly and always smiling person, meticulous as the role she plays. She is also in charge of the HR department, task that as we already said is not easy especially in such a dynamic workplace. That is why her sister Elena’s help is an important professional and moral support not only for her but for the farm itself.
Like any family there are ups and downs, thanks God we have learned how to communicate with each other and compare our positive and negative opinions. Well, you can rest easy because happy moments go for more. Even if we see each other and eat together every single day, we cannot miss our family Sunday lunch.
Guess how many people are we? Well, 14!
What can we say...? We are looking forward to hosting you in order to share with you what we do best.
They say about us: our guests' reviews
We stayed for 4 nights along with my husband at Podere La Rocca in July. It’s a charming, very well maintained and looked after place, where attention to details can be seen in each and every corner of the place. Lovely designed rooms, views overlooking the wine yards and jacuzzi available in your bathroom will make your stay very enjoyable. There is a restaurant, where the head chef is also an owner of the place, therefore he always makes sure your stay will be tasty and unforgettable. The location of the place is great, as within 30 mins by car there are many places to visit, such as city of Montepulciano, city of Siena, city of Pinza, or Assisi little bit further down the road, although absolutely worth those couple of minutes more.
We wish we could have stayed here longer! The good feelings began even before we left home! Marianna was great to work with making the reservations and finalizing our stay. A few days before we left, she sent an email inviting us to a lunch in the vineyard, which sounded lovely, which we immediately accepted. Upon arrival, Julia greeted us and we began our vineyard tour, which preceded the lunch. It was so informative, and we were pleased to have a tour by the winemaker, especially since we caught a harvesting day. Afterwards, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch among the vines. It was a relatively small group, which was nice, and chef Frederico kept the food coming! The lunch was accompanied by their wines, which were delicious.
Our stay at Podere La Rocca was everything we hoped for and more. From a gorgeous, spotless room to amazingly delicious meals to a lovely, relaxing pool in a beautiful setting, we can't wait to go back. Marianna was attentive and helpful before and during our stay and gave us great recommendations. Frederico is an extremely talented chef and we enjoyed our meals (both breakfast and dinner) here immensely. We also took a pasta cooking class which was so fun and so delicious! It was hard for us to want to leave the property because it was so relaxing but the location made it a wonderful place for us to visit the many hilltop towns in Tuscany. We also loved the wine and wanted to bring it home with us!
Nestled in the Tuscan countryside, Podere La Rocca sets a high standard for comfort and relaxation. The rooms are wonderful, the views beautiful and hospitality that says, we’re glad you’re here. The owners and staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating . Breakfast was a great start to the day with breads, meats, cheeses, cereals, fruits etc. Schedule a dinner or two while you’re there. The location, only a few miles from Montepulciano make La Rocca a perfect base to explore Tuscany. Outstanding experience.
We were delighted with our five nights at Podere La Rocca, and wish we could have stayed longer! All the staff were warm and welcoming and went above our expectations in every way. The farm stay rooms and gardens are beautiful and immaculately maintained. Fred prepared mouth-watering breakfasts and dinners every day using local ingredients. Melika and the other restaurant staff were more than helpful and friendly. The location combines peaceful surroundings with convenience to key hill towns of Tuscany. One example of being cared for was when we had an issue with our rental car from Florence. Fred, Luca, Karin and Marianna willingly used their local knowledge and time to help resolve the problem. We highly recommend La Rocca!
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