We have stayed with Carlo and Emanuela before but this is our first time in this new apartment. The apartment is a great size. Large bedrooms and wonderful views out over the pool and valleys to the south. There are a lot of steps up to the apartment so it may not suit those with disabilities or the older amoung us.
The apartment was spotless and well presented. There is only a small couch in the kitchen/dining/sitting area but we utilised a chair from one of the bedrooms so it was fine. It came with all the items you could need including a dishwasher and washing machine.
The pool and outside area are great. It was so hot that we spent the mornings at the poolside and then relaxed in the afternoon after enjoying an Italian inspired lunch of bread, salads and excellent salami and cheese with lots of fruit!
The best thing however was our hosts. They again made us feel so welcome and Carlos parents were there always with a smile and a wave. Simply charming.
This apartment, as all the apartments Carlo has, is well worth a visit. The accommodation is excellent, the location ideal for exploring this beautiful part of Tuscany and the people remind me of those I remember when holidaying in Italy as a child. Try it; you'll love it!
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I'm writing my review before the end of our holiday in Italy, because I think this is such a special place and I want to share it with you so if you're thinking of a holiday in Tuscany and haven't booked your accommodated yet, then please seriously consider this. Second year to visit CSG and staying in Carlo & Emauela's new property Casa Titta - Similar in style to Casa Verbena where we stayed last year, and again oh so tastefully and comfortably furnished, and absolutely spotlessly clean. 3 bedrooms (2 doubles, very comfortable beds & a single ) a living/dining/open plan kitchen great place for the family and friends to come together. Again Carlo's lovely mum Anna was on hand to welcome us and his dad Renzo - two of the loveliest, kindest people you will meet. Casa Titta is located on the other side of the house to Casa Verbena and has the most spectacular views over the pool and beyond that for miles over the hills of Tuscany - I can't quite describe just how wonderful it is except to say I'm happy to sit for hours on our balcony just watching the changing light at various times during the day and evening. CSG is a small village on the way to San Gimignano and is close to so many wonderful Tuscan towns and villages - Volterra, Siena, Radicondoli, Monteriggioni, further afield to Florence, Pistoia, Lucca. it has the obligatory shop that sells everything, two local bars and one of the best restaurants we've come across in our many years visiting Tuscany - Tre Archi (but I'll review that separately). There are also a number of other restaurants a short drive away that we have yet to try, but another gorgeous Tuscan town, Casole D'Elsa is just 20 away with an abundance of good restaurants. So this is the perfect place to explore every facet of Tuscany and come back to a beautiful apartment, relax by the pool surrounded by the Tuscan hills and just enjoy the peace and quiet. The Malandrini family will make you feel that this is a home away from home. Carlo is always on hand to sort out any problem, even supplying a toaster for me, the Coeliac, so I can toast my bread, and extra fans when needed - but they are very circumspect and don't invade your privacy. So if you're thinking of Tuscany and you want to be central to visit all those wonderful places, but yet have somewhere that's private and where you can relax at the end of a long day walking around Tuscan towns, then this is the place to be. I can't recommend it highly enough.... come and see for yourself!
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