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Appartamenti al Poggiolo
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We stayed at Appartamenti al Poggiolo twice, in June 2012 and in June 2013, altogether four weeks, when we were studying Italian at Il Sasso, the nearby language school (5 minutes' walk). From the very beginning of our first contact by email we got the impression that these people weren't just doing their job but were really keen on arranging everything to suit us in the best possible way. The first time we had to put off the stay because of illness but everything turned out to be perfect once we'd arrived. During the four weeks we got to know the family, all five members, but mostly we were in contact with Margherita, Giorgio and their son Giacomo. They are most helpful and warm people, which was shown especially when I had to go to hospital this June and the family helped a lot with the arrangements.

We agree on all the superlatives the former writers have used when describing these apartments. We stayed in Borgo A, which is in a different building from the Giardino apartments. I fell in love with this small apartment at first sight online because of the beautiful furnishing and especially because of the loft with a skylight. We didn't really need the loft but I think it would be an ideal place for two teenagers to stay in. For small children the stairs may be a little dangerous. This apartment also has two luxurious bathrooms (with the best showers we've ever experienced). There is a view to the street only from this apartment but there is a nice narrow balcony on one side and you can just squeeze in two chairs and sit there in the evening and watch people walking down the street. The street has a "monument" just under the balcony: a very old red Fiat seems to be permanently stationed there.

We have the fondest memories from Montepulciano and the Borgo A apartment and hope to return one day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Thank you for sharing the superlative opinions on our place, expressed by former comment-writers! And how brilliant it was to put the accent on the loft with the skylight, as “an ideal place for teenagers to stay in”. It may be just a coincidence… but we have recently had among our guests a family with twin girls aged 10 who simply adored that window on the roof, bringing the stars and moonshine just over their beds…!

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We spent 5 nights in apartment Borgo B. It was homey, cozy and perfect for the two of us. Our experience was pleasant, from the time we began correspondence to the moment we (sadly!) left. All our emails were answered promptly and with detail. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Margherita and Giorgio. They spent plenty of time showing us the apartment and making sure we were comfortable. The next day, Elena and Dominique, stopped by to say hi and let us know they were available (just across the street) if we needed anything. Even though this is self-catering, it's reassuring to know that assistance is available it you need it. They even gave us one of the informative Montepulciano map/guides they publish. On 3 of our nights, we cooked dinner. There was nothing lacking in the kitchen. It's worth the trek to the larger grocery store but the small markets in town do have a nice selection. Also, we were initially hesitate about making the reservation because, unlike the other apartments, Borgo B does not really have a view. However, we started each day, sitting next to the open bedroom window, drinking coffee and listening to the sounds of the street. This is one of the best memories of our stay. We really didn't want to leave and hope to someday return!

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Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Thank you, you pointed out an interesting aspect of the difference between our Giardino apartments and Borgo apartments. It is true that these last, where #B is included, do not have a view over the countryside. But the atmosphere they offer has a particular, although different kind of charm, made by the total immersion in the urban life of our small town: voices, neighbouring, short walking distance to/from practically anywhere, and more opportunities to chat with local people. Ideal for students of the Il Sasso language school, which is located barely few steps away from the Borgo Apartments!

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

These apartments in Montepulciano are a wonderful spot to stay for a trip to Tuscany. You will be in a great place for planning day trips. The town becomes busy in the daytime, but in the evening, when the day trippers go, it is lovely and peaceful.There are great restaurants and it may be wise to reserve at the more popular ones. Even so, if you walk around you will surely find a place serving something delicious and walking the hills of Montepulciano will help you earn your dinner!

The owners' website is a perfect and most helpful representation of the apartments. You can see photos of each one, the layout of the room/rooms and the prices. They are available but not intrusive.

Private parking behind a locked gate is available, so you can leave extra things in your car without worry.

Our apartment, Borgo B was perfect for two. Take note that this is an apartment, not a hotel, so you may think about stocking up on a few provisions before entering town. The mini marts in town are pricey and there is a convenient supermarket near Sant' Agnese church.

Our studio apartment is quite comfortable...great wifi, heat (ac too if you need it,) washing machine (no dryer), hair dryer, iron. I would love a couple more towels!

Would I rent here again? In a heartbeat! So...when are you coming? Should we wait for you? ;)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

“Wonderful” is a most appropriate word for defining your comment. Lots of info, lots of praises… and one mistake: no a/c - not really needed, in buildings with thick stone walls - but just ordinary fans. As to towels, we esteemed that 3 towels x person x week (one large bathtowel, one standard, and one small) would be sufficient; but we accept your demand for more, and we’ll give you more on your next visit!

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Reviewed 1 October 2013

My girlfriends and I stayed in Appartamenti 2 "Giardino" for 2 weeks as we attended Il Sasso school.It was fantastic,great size,great location,the gardens are beautiful.I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

What a brilliant description, in only two lines. And what a smart selection of the points to be recommended - size, location and atmosphere - for which the adjectives that have been used are “great” and “beautiful”. Synthetic and at the same time highly appreciative. Thank you!

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stayed in apartment C for a week in July. We had selected this location based solely on Trip Advisor responses and were not disappointed. The apartment is a perfect size for two people. It is well stocked with all the amenities required to make for a very comfortable stay. Remember, this is an apartment, not a hotel, so you will require stocking items such as shampoo, toilet paper etc.

The location in Montepulciano is wonderful. Closely located to all the sites in this quaint little town that has not yet been overthrown by tourists. It also is centrally located which enables easy tourIng around the Tuscan region. Elena, Margherita and Dominique are excellent hosts-be sure to adhere closely to their directions to the apartments, it can be quite tricky. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

And we would definitely welcome you heartfully, as we are always so happy when guests decide to visit us again! Thank you also for pointing out the importance of carefully following our directions: true, the way is tricky - but only when you arrive the first time. And by the time you leave, your driving will have improved enormously and you will be as confident in our narrow streets as the most skillful italian drivers are!

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Reviewed 6 May 2013

This was our first visit to Italy and #1 on our list was to stay in an apartment for one week in one of the Tuscan hill towns. How fortunate we were to select Montepulciano and Appartamenti al Poggiolo. We stayed in Borgo Apt. D which was perfect for us! We found our way from Chiusi in our rental car to the apartment with no trouble thanks to the very detailed instructions made available to us by Margherita and Elena. That's not to say it wasn't tricky, but if you follow their directions exactly you too will find your way to the most amazing week ever! Margherita, Elena and their husbands greeted us as we drove into the parking area and then proceeded to make sure we knew exactly where everything was located in the apartment and how to use the appliances. The apartment is located on the 2nd floor and looks out over one of the narrow streets of Montepulciano. It has one bedroom and one bathroom. The kitchen, dining area and large sitting room make up the rest of the apartment. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, utensils, etc. but no spices. We will make sure we travel with some of our own next time. WIFI signal is strong. Washer was great as we traveled very light with only carry-on luggage so doing laundry was a must. No dryer in the apartment but one is available in an adjoining building. We chose to just air-dry our laundry which worked fine for us. The location is perfect. Within minutes you can walk to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and pasta from Rita at her lovely market, pastries for breakfast at the bakery down the lane or try the local wines at the many wine shops in the town. Montepulciano is a very special place filled with welcoming people who were genuinely pleased when we attempted to use our very limited Italian! The location is also perfect for day trips to other towns in Tuscany and nearby Umbria. We are already planning our next visit.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2013

How fortunate WE were, to have you select us out of the many apartments for tourists in the area… Thank you for mentioning the efficacy of our instructions on the way to our place, and for pointing out the strength of the wi-fi signal - a detail of major importance for a good number of our guests; and thank you for already planning another future visit of Montepulciano!

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Reviewed 30 April 2013

A perfect place to stay! Our 3rd year to stay in Appartamenta #1 with different family members on each trip which has left us with very special memories. A wonderful place to stay for a relaxing vacation with plentiful sightseeing in the surrounding area that I needed to return to experience more venturing further afield and adding more depth to experience this part of Tuscany.
After a 5 week winter stay in Florence on my husband's business trip a few years ago with short trips to Venice, Siena, Rome, and Pisa it was love at first sight for this area of the world. We decided that we would return some day and rent a car and visit rural Tuscany during non-winter months. I picked up a vinyl covered road map of Tuscany upon leaving the Pisa Airport for our return trip back home to the USA. I spent the next 3 years reading books about Tuscany circling places on the map that I wished to visit. Then it was to find a place to stay, some place fairly centrally located to those circled places on my map.
I found Pogigiolo on another web site before I knew about Trip Advisor. The reviews on that website and the information Poggiolo's web site convinced us that this was the place.
It is nice to stay in one place for a week or two and take short day trips by car rather than traveling place to place every day or few days. I like being able to stay in a place other than a hotel room. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room with door leading from the living room out to the owners' garden and private gated parking area which guests can park their cars. The other door from the apartment leads to a small hallway and then the door to a quiet side street in which to walk around Montepulciano.
It is very nice to have washer dryer facilities right outside the apartment door in the hallway for guests use which cuts down on the packing travel clothes.
The four owners/hosts are warm and welcoming, thinking of providing every comfort and modern convenience--WIFI, TV (though I never watched it), individual heat when needed, comfortable beds in cozy bedrooms, and a kitchen to prepare breakfast if wanted or lunch or dinner. We mainly ate breakfast in the appartment for convenience and ate out for other meals.
If you eat out it is nice to have restaurants within walking distance if you don't wish to drive after imbibing in the wonderful local wine.
I would definitely return to Poggiolo if I am fortunate enough to vacation in this area again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Margherita-Elena, Owner at Appartamenti al Poggiolo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2013

Hello again, and thank you again! For as many infos as we can provide, it never seems to be enough and more questions arise, with every new possible guest, about the town, the apartment - its location and furnishing - the garden, the use of facilities etc. That is why we always feel so grateful to those of our past guests who offer their contribution for a thoroughful description of what the Poggiolo apartments - and the town of Montepulciano - can offer to future visitors in terms of comfort and amenities. Have a nice summer!

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Address: via Piana, 17, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #62 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Montepulciano
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An old house with garden in the historic centre of Montepulciano, restored and transformed into four holiday apartments - all equipped with every modern amenity and furnished with country style charm. ... more   less 

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