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Please help us choose a place to stay!

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Please help us choose a place to stay!

After much research and consideration, we have narrowed our choices down to the following. Any input, suggestions or recommendations are appreciated! Thank you....

Laconda Amarosa- http://www.amorosa.it/ Siena

Castello del Nero- http://www.castellodelnero.com/ Chianti

Tenuta di Ricavo- http://www.ricavo.com/filosofia-e.htm Chianti

Poggio Piglia- http://www.poggiopiglia.com/ Macciano

L'Andana- http://www.andana.it/en/l-andana Grosseto

Castel Monastero- http://www.castelmonastero.com/en/ Siena

Villa Bordini- http://www.villabordoni.com/ Chianti

Villa Fontelunga- http://www.fontelunga.com/index.html Arezzo

Villa La Massa- www.villalamassa.com/en/18/the-hotel.aspx too close to Florence I think since we prefer to be in the country.

Villa San Michelle- villasanmichele.com/web/ovil/villa_san_miche…

Villa Borgo Santo Pietro- http://www.borgosantopietro.com/en/#/1_0_0 Chiusdino

Castello di Vicarello- http://www.vicarello.it/ Grosseto

Castello Banfi Il Borgo- http://www.castellobanfiilborgo.com/ Montalcino

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1. Re: Please help us choose a place to stay!

Oh for heavens sake, at those prices any of them would be amazing. Whether you would experience traditional Italy is another matter but that is your decision.

Stick a pin in the map.

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Lynn, it is a splurge trip for my husband's birthday. The plan is to rent a car and drive around Tuscany exploring, getting lost, and eating/drinking for 4 straight days. I know they are nice places and the hope s we will find the neighborhood gems in our travels... Do any of the above places fit the bill of "traditional Italy"?

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3. Re: Please help us choose a place to stay!

All of your choices are beautiful properties. Do you know what you want to see? I would chose the place that would allow easy access to the towns and villages you would like to visit. Once you decide which area you'd like to focus on it will be much easier to pick a property. So pick an area, Florence, Chianti, Siena etc, then look for a hotel.

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4. Re: Please help us choose a place to stay!

I did come across as a bit rude. Apologies.

They really are all very beautiful as you would expect from the type of hotel groups they belong to. I imagine the Alain Ducasse one would be great for the food, the Castello Banfi for the famous Brunello wine.

The point is they are all absolutely stunning so you won't go wrong with any of them, hence "stick a pin in it".

That said, my personal preference is for places in a town so you can wander easily at night, have a drink without worrying about driving home on unfamiliar roads, be able to poke into places and see the town when most tourists have gone home, find a different restaurant for the different nights. Staying on a beautiful estate like these may mean you are more isolated from these experiences but I am sure it will have a charm all its own.

Make sure you have an international driving permit (from AAA) and know that they are strict with drinking and driving.

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5. Re: Please help us choose a place to stay!

I have toured the castello banfi borgo a few times. It is lovely and their brunello is not bad either.

However the nearest "town" is San Angelo Scalo. While it's one of our favorite places in Italy it not a traditional hill top town. However we pay 60 euro a night there at the B&B , which is a wee bit less then Banfi

The plus part of that area is ease of getting to the rest of Tuscany. An hour or so drive away from Grosetto/Coast or Montalpulcino/Pienza or Siena.

20 minutes from Montalcino/ San Antimo.

We day trip to Umbria/ Assisi as well. This year we are driving south to Orvieto 2.5 hours.

The drives are lovely and scenic

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6. Re: Please help us choose a place to stay!

Lynn, no worries.

I know I must seem very scattered but I am really having a hard time wrapping my head around the layout of the Tuscan countryside, proximity of towns to one another, driving distances, etc. I compiled the above list from recommendations from friends, articles from Travel & Leisure, Jet-setter properties, and other on-line sites. The options are endless but I want to make sure that we have an authentic experience, albeit in an upscale setting. ;) Also, we only have four days in Tuscany and I do want to have time to relax , breathe and not cram too much in.

I am beginning to think that Chianti might be our best bet in terms of what area to stay in. I gather it is close to both Siena and Florence but also not far from Rome (where we will spend the last two days of our trip). The two properties near the coast are magnificent, but a little far and I gather the Ducasse property is stunning but not really "authentic Tuscany".

What are your thoughts on Chianti as a place to call home-base for 3 days/nights? It sounds like there are a lot of places to explore within the area and no shortage of restaurants, hill towns, wine. I also think we could drive to Grosseto one day, which also sounds lovely.

Someone suggested to me that upon arrival in Rome, we take the train to Florence, see the city, spend the night and then rent a car the next morning and head towards the countryside. I know my husband only wanted to stay in one place, but I think the above plan is good, especially since we'll be jet-lagged when we arrive.

Ok, more info to go on this time, I hope and maybe a bit clearer about what I'm looking for. Thanks...

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