After reading William B. Whitman's article on Gargonza, Italy ("An Ancient Tuscan Village Transformed for Guests," Nov. 15, 1992), my wife and I visited this restored 13th-Century Italian village/hotel/archeological project. It was as charming and interesting as reported.
Gargonza is conveniently located in the rolling hills close to Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto and provides a respite to the traffic, crowds and hustle of those Tuscan/Umbrian cities. The famous Chianti wine country is nearby.
We were so delighted with the beauty and historic feel of Gargonza that we altered our plans and managed to spend two extra evenings there. Anyone with a sense of history should stay in one of the cottages or a room in the inn within the walls. Contact Azienda Castello di Gargonza, 52048 Monte San Savino, Arezzo, Italy; tel. 011-39-575-847021, fax 011-39-575-847-054. ROBERT W. McCALLUM
Palos Verdes Estates