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“Heaven in Tuscany”
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Podere Casanuova
Reviewed 1 June 2011

My boyfriend and I spent five nights at Podere Casanuovo - it was absolutely amazing!
If you're driving through Tuscany for a few days this spot is a great location as well - we had no trouble getting to Siena, Pisa, Volterra, Chianti and of course San Gimignano.

If you're looking for a peaceful, beautiful setting with a traditional Tuscan feel then this is highly recommended. You won't want to leave! We enjoyed cooking our own pasta dishes as well - the kitchen it well equipped for this sort of thing. The farmhouse is also perfect for lounging around during the day - you feel like you have the property all to yourselves!

Thanks Lucia for a wonderful stay! It was an absolute highlight of our 2 month Europe adventure!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

We (me, dh and dd (4)) had a brilliant four Day stay in the Ruber apartment. Lush green grounds, well apointed apartment, beautiful views and surrounds. We followed the instructions after we picked up our rental car in la spezia and the Podere was easy to find. Be prepared for the long windy rocky driveway - all part of the charm. Great central location in Tuscany with access to many hill towns and sienna and Florence not far away. Only disappointment for our dd is that pool doesn't open until 30 May. Def will stay again if in Tuscany.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

we enjoyed the best days in Tuscany! Wonderful location, two minutes from San Gimigniano and from major sites: Volterra, Siena,... Wonderful apartment and gardens. Great swimmingpool for the whole family.

Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
Thank teresa083
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

Converted farmhouse with spacious, sympathetically-restored and decorated apartments in a calm setting with views over the rolling Tuscan landscape. Good pool. Helpful and friendly staff. Pets welcome. 2km from San Gimignano. Day trips to Siena, Florence and Pisa all do-able by car.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nick_888_Geneve
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

If you are looking for a truly Tuscan looking farmhouse that has been completely renovated and offers apartment style accommodations that overlooks the countryside, you've found the place. We rented a car in Florence and drove to San Gimignano where the Podere is located 2 km from the city. The owners Lucia and Giampiero have put lots of thought, quality, and $$$ into making the Podere a comfortable and peaceful experience. The house was completely refurbished between 2000-2002 and then they started work on grounds. With a sunken swimming pool, gardens and orchards that are enclosed within a fenced property, the entire complex is perched on the side of a hill with a view that stretches for several kilometers.
We stayed in The Violaceus, their smallest apartment, set up as a bachelor with it's bedroom, kitchen counter and table/chairs/TV all in the same space. They also have 2- bedroom apartments. Our room and bed were very comfortable and the bathroom, though tight, was very clean. They provided a CD/DVD player in the room as well. The kitchenette was functional with 2 gas burners, half fridge with very small freezer, toaster, coffee percolator, pots/pans, dishes...there was also salt/pepper/sugar/olive oil/balsamic vinegar/dried pasta, all left behind by previous renters. We replaced the sugar and added some dried spices to the shelf. Outside our room was a covered patio made of tiled floor and terracotta roof with vines growing down a corner pillar. It was a spectacular setting for our breakfasts and dinners. After a day of site seeing, we'd come back and enjoy a beer or glass of wine along with a plate of antipasto, followed by a quick pasta (all bought from the local Coop store in San Gimignano). Lucia was on site every day and helped us with directions and suggestions on where to visit. She was always available and so helpful, a wonderful hostess. I really enjoyed my conversations with her about life in Tuscany. We took daily trips that included San Gimignano, Montalcino, La Pienza, Montepulciano and the perfect Mediterranean seaside town- Porto San Stefano.
We've decided we'll be back and stay here again. We'd love to visit during the fall to experience the harvesting of the vineyards and olives.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2010

I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Podere Casanuova. Lucia and Gianpiero are very discreet, yet always at your disposal hosts. The house is perfectly located away from the main road, a few minutes drive from Sangimignano, and I thought very practically located for Firenza, Sienna and many beautiful small Toscan towns, and of course great shopping malls. The house is very pleasant, very clean and you can get your peace and quiet whils sitting on the terrace or by the pool which is very clean and a very nice size. Just like I said at the begining: I am going back this year!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank cvekiZagreb
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

One of the reasons we chose this Podere for our stay in San Gimignano was because of the excellent reviews we read from this page. True enough, the place was how the others described it here. Podere Casanuova was a beautiful beautiful place. One could see an expansive view of the Tuscan Hills almost all around the compound. The gardens were very nice. There were several nooks where you could have a picnic, read a book, or merely sit and enjoy the air and the scenery.

We rented the Viridis Apartment. We had a nice view of the hills in all the windows of the house. One morning I woke up very early to catch the sunrise. The scenery from our bedroom window was like a painting. It was soo beautiful, almost enchanting. The apartment has 2 very spacious rooms, with 2 Toilets and Baths. We felt very comfortable in the apartment. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed for cooking, even down to the small things such as cooking oil, rice, herbs, etc (some were probably left by previous tenants). We ate almost all our dinners at the apartment for we would always look forward to going back after spending much of the day exploring San Gimignano and the nearby towns.

The compound was very accessible by car, from San Gimignano. It was only about a 5minute drive away (rough road, but we didn't mind it). There was free covered parking inside the compound.

Lucia was the perfect host. She was very charming and very helpful.

We had a great stay at the Podere Casanuova. It made our trip perfect. We are so looking forward to going back there again.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Orange88
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Address: Loc Montauto, 53036, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
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Ranked #55 of 107 Speciality Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range: £91 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Deluxe apartments in a restored 17th century farmhouse on the outskirts of the medieval Tuscan town of San Gimignano. ... more   less 
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