We had the Il Cipresso apartment for one week in July 2013. It turned out we made the right choice in all respects.
Inquiry, reservation and payment were handled professionally by Andrea (owner & manager). He was there to welcome us on arrival day. He is knowledgable about the area and his recommendation for a beach day in Vada was spot-on.
The location is great: Florence, Pisa, Volterra, San Giminiano, Siena, and the beach can be reached within 1hr 15min. As per Andrea the Chianni area is rather 'new' to Tuscany travelers.
The village of Chianni is 20min away but it's worth going. There is a typical Italian Bar which serves good Cappuccino and tasty pastries for breakfast. Head to the small grocery store nearby to do your shopping. The owner there is quite a character and you can taste all the wonderful cheeses, prosciuttos, etc. There are some good restaurants as well. Go for the Chianni red wine.
We found the people in this area to be genuine and it is somehow still authentic Italian. You don't come across signage in English or German.
Due Ponti is well kept and very clean. Its a true family place and very children-friendly. Even at full capacity the place doesn't seem busy. The apartments itself are fully equipped. I can't think of a single piece of kitchen equipment I missed and we used the kitchen lot. Everything is in good condition and works. Cleanliness standards are very high. Although it was hot while we there the layout of all apartments allow for the breeze to go through and as such indoor temperatures were ok. All apartments have outdoor seating areas with their own bbq. Wifi is available in the reception area and worked well throughout our stay.
Due Ponti is also suitable for people who don't have children and come looking for tranquility and peace. The compound is very large and 6 families on it don't bother each other.
We can highly recommend Due Ponti. We are first-time Tuscany visitors and will be back.
ps. Head to the chapel for prayers
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The antique structure has been restored following the the most classical Tuscan architectural design including the stone facades and rustic furnishings. The four apartments located on the ground floor, Primavera, Estate, Autunno, Inverno, all have private entrance, direct access to the garden, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a living room and sitting-room,bathroom,double and twin bedrooms, and all the comforts of home like TV,sat, washing machine and heating. On the 2nd floor we have the new andspacious apartment "La Rocca" which has a well-lit mason-made kitchen, a relaxing sitting-room, a large dining-room and three bedrooms each with private bath. Also on the 2nd floor we have the new mini-apartment "Il Cipresso", 2 bed spaces with private entrance from external stairway, one bouble bedroom, bathroom with shower, sitting+dining-room area with kitchen corner. ... more less
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