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Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

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Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

My wife and I will be in Italy for our first time and will be spending a week in Tuscany the last week in Sept with auto and would like some recommendations for a Romantic countryside vineyard apartment/villa/farmhouse in the mid to northerm central area such as lower Chianti area but are totaly open and need to make some reservations soon.

Would like to be central located so we can do some hill town touring as well as vineyards etc.

Looking for moderate or Moderate plus cost.

All your help will be appreciated

Frank

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1. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

You are pretty late to expect to have your pick of the best, but you might try these:

Three in Chianti:

1. The Villa Lecchi. http://www.villalecchi.com/ Lecchi is a tiny, tiny village that will not appear on some maps but does appear on Via Michelin. From Florence take the RA 3 (fast highway) South, just past Poggibonsi take SR 2 South to Staggia, in Staggia take the Lecchi-Staggia road North about two miles to a poorly marked right turn to Lecchi which is perhaps 200 yards up the road. The Villa is on the right as you drive into Lecchi.

This place is well situated for visiting Siena, Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignana and other areas of western or central Chianti. The Villa is very attractive with lovely rooms and ==>> the most stunning views we have seen anywhere in Italy. There is no elevator, and the climb to the top floor may be demanding (but worth it if you get one of the "tower rooms"). There is an on-site family operated restaurant that we thought was fabulous.

2. Borgo Argenina http://www.borgoargenina.it Just off of the road from Siena to Gaiole in Chianti, S408, again the last turn is poorly marked. It is roughly half way between Siena and Gaiole. It is within a short walk from the tiny village of Monti which shows on the Michelin map. This place has, unfortunately, been discovered - reservations well in advance. It is an idyll of scenery and tranquility. There are numerous restaurants within a reasonable drive. Good location for touring southern Chianti, Siena, Cortona, Arezzo, perhaps Montepulciano.

3. LaFerrozzola, http://www.laferrozzola.com, this is the home vinyards of the LaCastelina wine brand. The same people own the hotel in Castellina, at Squarcialupi Plaza. It is convenient to visit anything in Chianti, and from the house to Castellina, is either a stiff 12-15 minute walk uphill through the vinyard, or a 3 minute drive. Castellina is a delightful little town, only moderately touristy, nice restaurants, fabulous gelato shop (perhaps the best we have ever visited in Italy). The unit that we stayed in is what they call Iris T1, pool, two bedrooms, lovely, clean, comfortable, quiet. Lovely views from the private veranda in back of the apartment. We have never stayed at their hotel in town but I did tour a few of the rooms and use their bar service - it appeared to be quite nice.

La Castellina makes about 6 or 7 different Chianti blends. I found it interesting to taste and compare. Their premier blend is called Squarcialupi Reserva, and I think it is the best Chianti I have ever tasted.

and one in Umbria but very close to Tuscany:

1. I Capricci di Merion in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, http://www.capriccidimerion.it it is just on the Northern tip of Lago Trasimeno, very close to Tuscany border, at the eastern edge of Chianti and about ten miles South of Cortona. My wife says this is the most romantic place we have ever been in Italy (or anywhere else). Excellent location to visit Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Deruto or many other areas of Northern/Central Umbria and Southeast Tuscany. Very attractive (moderately expensive) restaurant on site, but also easy to get to more casual, less expensive restaurants in Tuoro sul Trasimeno or Passignano Trasimeno. Take the main road into town, SS416 North, near the northern tip of Lago Trasimeno, off of either RA 6 or SS75bis, when you get to the little town center at the top of the hill, ask for Capricci di Merion, again the last turn is poorly marked.

We loved all of these.

One more point that might be helpful: we have found that the web sites for Italian accommodations are always good, fair representations of what they actually have to offer - with the exception of one hotel in Florence.

Good luck, get busy!!

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2. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

Thanks for so much detail on locations. I think I may have misunderstood what moderate was. I am going to stay somewhere for a week and was thinking around 700-800 euro for a week.

Thanks for the info.

Frank

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3. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

strongarm, look here on TA vacation rentals: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VRACSearch?geo=187899&q=Pisa%2C+Italy&manager=&inDay=4&inMonth=9%2F2010&checkIn=dd%2Fmm%2Fyyyy&outDay=11&outMonth=9%2F2010&checkOut=dd%2Fmm%2Fyyyy&searchAll=true&bedrooms=0

and directly contact the owners for their best last minute price...the pisa-lucca area should be less expensive in that time...

i think you'll find what you're looking for!!

enjoy

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4. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

Yes, definitely follow Sylvia's advice. I frequently contact owners to just tell them what we need and what we want to pay, and frequently get some kind of accommodation. Sometimes not, but no harm in asking. I have never had an Italian owner take any offense because I asked.

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5. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

Thanks for the responses. Wish us luck.

Frank

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6. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

roadgard, i'm an italian owner and i like very much when people directly contact me...and depending on the timeframe, weather and number of people i may also do special discounts...that's the opinion of a lot of other holiday home owners...we like that people know our villages and towns and telle other people...and if i do 50euros discount, i've one more friend!!

cheers

silvia

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7. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

Sylvia,

thank you,

that is a very encouraging comment.

Road...my friends call me Road

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8. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

Il Passo degli Ulivi http://www.ilpassodegliulivi.it

Poggiolungo http://www.poggiolungo.net

Not quite in a vineyard but a lovely place Lo Scopetaccio http://www.scopetaccio.it

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9. Re: Romantic countryside appartment/villa in Tuscany

hi,

We use this site when looking for apartments/ villa's.

http://www.tuscany-accom.com/ which comes under - http://www.italy-accom.com/

EM.

Edited: 06 August 2010, 01:31
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