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Podere Le Manzinaie
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Sydney
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“Rufus is the best!”
Reviewed 22 May 2008

We had a wonderful week at Le Manzinaie in May 2008. We chose the Rose apartment and it was just perfect for the two of us, well furnished, clean, spacious, nicely decorated, and on our arrival we found some food already stocked in the refrigerator and a bottle of excellent local wine for us to enjoy. Overseas travel is not just about seeing different places, but also about meeting the people who live there. Our hosts, Fiore, Mariza and Alice, made our stay at Le Manzinaie an unforgettable week. Fiore has created a beautiful garden to walk around, with various casual areas. After a day of busy touring around the local towns, it is a fabulous place to relax and the swimming pool is beautiful. Mariza’s bubbly personality and her cooking lesson on one of the nights during the week, with the other guests, was a night to remember. Alice’s management of the booking, touring information, restaurant advice, maps and hints, and her linguistic skills, were invaluable. Le Manzinaie is located a short distance from Montepulciano, and within easy reach of many other towns in the Tuscany area – a handy base and a great place to stay. We highly recommend it.
Oh, and of course we shouldn't forget Rufus - the not so fierce guard dog - and Fiore's best friend.
Neville & Jill Pinkham, Sydney, Australia

  • Liked — Friendly relationships with owners
  • Disliked — Nothing - we thought it was great.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2008

We stayed for a week at Podere le Manzinaie in late April, 2008. We have never before experienced owner/operators of the calibre of Fiore, Marzia and Alice. The warmth of their hospitality, their helpfulness with all things and general care about their guests' welfare were outstanding. They obviously love their lifestyle and this is reflected in the artistic decorations in the units and the detail of the furnishings. One or other of them was always there to answer all questions, give advice, make reservations, provide printed directions, offer cups of cappuccino, and even arrange payment at the bank of a parking ticket! The beauty of the Tuscan countryside goes without saying, but special mention should be made of the grounds and gardens at Podere le Manzinaie, continuously, lovingly tended by Fiore. A very happy place and a wonderful, seredipidous find for us! We would love to return one day.

Stayed April 2008
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Reviewed 11 May 2008

We are two couples from Massachusetts who have traveled together many times and we all agree on the beauty and comfort of Le Manzinaie, and perhaps more importantly, on the generosity, warmth, hospitality, helpfulness, joy, openness, and the rare human connections of our hosts, Marzia, Fiore, and Alice. We were greeted by the effervescent Alice and Marzia upon our arrival at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night. We'd gotten a bit lost on our way from Rome (If you make a right turn immediately upon leaving the A- 1 Autostrada, and then follow their on-line directions you won't get lost!). Alice spoke to us in her wonderfully Italian accented English and showed us to our "new" home, La Villa Viole, showing us the special faucet in the kitchen for drinking/cooking water, as well as the thermostat for the heat that we would need at the end of the day and upon waking each morning. There is a 2+ euro fee per hour, but well worth it, and with the price of oil these days, we understood their need to have clients pay for their own heat! The bedrooms were large, the king beds extremely comfortable, with a good solid mattress, and there was plenty of closet space. It was wonderful to be able to unpack completely for the 2 week stay. We appreciated the screened window and our door to the outside with a curtain to keep out any flies. They change the sheets once a week, and the towels twice a week, perfect, and they also do a good cleaning! We asked for an extra pillow in the morning and it was there when we got back in the afternoon. The kitchen is very well equipped with all the necessary cooking utensils including a colander and a juicer, which we used almost every morning for delicious fresh-squeezed blood orange juice! The refrigerator was stocked with cheese, prosciutto, eggs with the deepest orange yolks I'd ever seen, and milk, and a basket with packaged rolls, bread, and jam to get us all going before we could do some shopping, as well as a bottle of an unlabeled Montepulciano rosso wine from a winery who supplies Fiore with wine, all free of charge. The room you enter is a combination living room, dining area and kitchen space. There is a couch, but we needed to pull out the dining room chairs if we all wanted to sit in the living room, which was a rare occasion since we preferred being outdoors on the plastic chairs and moveable table. Having one more comfortable chair in the living room would be a plus.

Le Manzinaie is a beautiful property with peonies and deep purple irises in bloom in mid-April. There are fruit trees in a small orchard, and Fiore and Marzia were planting vegetables during our stay. From what I understand the fruit and vegetables are offered to their guests. Our villa was surrounded by thick green shrubs, which gave us privacy. Each morning we looked out towards Valiano and saw a beautiful sunrise over the hill of that village across the fields next to our house. We could not pass Fiore without his asking if we wanted, "Caffè, cappuccino, vino, grappa, limoncello?". I had a cappuccino one morning, and it was delicious.

Marzia and Fiore have worked extremely diligently and carefully to transform an abandoned property into a beautiful, comfortable space, always adding something new. They've just completed the dining room and kitchen behind the newest villa, Iris, and we had the first cooking class in that space. There were only 5 of us "cooking". A man from British Columbia and I learned how to make tagliatelle from scratch. Marzia had set up little mounds of flour, set out eggs and salt, and taught us how to work the dough and then pass it through (many times!) a hand-turned pasta machine. What a great time we all had. Our friends and the other guest made Tiramisu, working with Alice. We had all of our culinary accomplishments for dinner, along with a delicious sauce, veal, salad, and wine, made and offered to us by the family. The following week, when there was a full house, we all were invited to another dinner with pasta, many barbecued pork courses, salad, and dessert, as well as wine, grappa, and limoncello. The generosity of this family is incomparable. On another late afternoon, they organized a visit to a beautiful small winery just outside of Montepulciano, the Tana Gatto Winery, run by Susanna and Roberto, and for a fee of 15 euros per person we were given a tour of the winery, simultaneously translated by Alice, and a wine-tasting with sliced sausage and cheeses. The setting with views of Montepulciano was worth the fee!

Alice and Marzia were always ready to give us preprinted papers with instructions on how to go to many towns and villages. Fiore even told us to go to the beautiful church, San Biagio, just outside the walled city of Montepulciano, and to clap our hands standing just below the dome in order to hear a unique echo. Fortunately there was no one else in the church when we arrived to follow through on the experiment!

Marzia and Fiore also told us about the market in Montepulciano on Thursday morning, and about the annual huge market on May 1st. I have to admit to being prejudiced about the extraordinary markets in France. The ones we saw in Italy were much smaller and filled with stalls selling cheap clothing, shoes, house wares, etc., not particularly interesting. The stalls selling vegetables and fruits were fabulous, however, and I wished for more. The tomatoes we had in April were extraordinarily sweet and juicy and tasted like pure tomato essence! Strawberries were also in season and were wonderful. What is not to be missed at the markets is the porchetta, roast pig! We bought several pieces of Pecorino cheese, different kinds, and were hooked. The best we bought at a cheese "fattoria" called Cugusi, just off the road between Pienza and Montepulciano, with views that are extraordinary. They sell a Pecorino which is similar to a gorgonzola and it was delicious.

Le Manzinaie is located within an hour or a little more of many wonderful walled cities, including Pienza, Siena, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, Cortona, Arezzo and the two related towns to see Piero della Francesca’s works, Monterchi and Sansepolcro. We spent every day out exploring Tuscany and felt that our two weeks was not enough! We never got to Chianti, we spent one hectic day in Florence and my birthday in Lucca, a truly beautiful town (and flat!!!!). Everywhere else we climbed stone stairs, hills, streets. We were stopped by the crowds in Assisi, not able to make our way to see the Giotto paintings in the church because of the thousands of people visiting over the long weekend of April 25th, independence day. We were moved by the bricks on the walkway going from the town of Assisi to the parking area (amidst olive trees!), with names of the victims of 9/11. There was no apparent signage, but we recognized some of the names as those of people we knew and realized what all the named bricks were. Very moving. Le Manzinaie is close to Umbria and Lake Trasimeno is barely 25 minutes away.

For meals, we cooked in just a couple of times, making big salads, and drinking some good local wine. One night we decided to buy some bistecca fiorentino at the butcher shop< Macelleria Fabio< in Montepulciano Stazione. That night Fiore made a fire in the barbecue with wood he’d cut and he cooked our meat! Our favorite restaurant was just minutes up the road in Valiano, Trattoria Guastini (Telephone 39 0578.724006 , with extraordinary maialano (roast pig), and pear and pecorino ravioli in a walnut sauce, great service, run by a husband and wife with 2 more people working in the kitchen. We ate there twice and tried for a third time, but it was fully booked. We also enjoyed La Loggetta in the opposite direction in Gracciano, barely 10 minutes from Le Manzinaie for delicious pizza, wonderful pici (special Tuscan pasta) with duck and then with hare (lepre) in its sauce. Our first night we had dinner in Montepulciano Stazione at Da Renato, where we had our first pici, which we thought was wonderful until we tasted it at other restaurants! Another wonderful evening meal was in Montepulciano at A Gambi di Gatto, up high on the Via dell’Opio nel corso, 34. This was another husband/wife team who were phenomenal. We were the only ones there in the 6 table restaurant on a Monday night. Emanuel presented us with 5 wines to taste before ordering, and then 5 olive oils to choose from. Laura, the chef was very imaginative and creative in her 12 crostini/bruschetta appetizer plate. We had a culinary lesson as we ate and talked with Emanuel. Another strong recommendation. We do not feel the same way about Ristorante L’Angolo in Acquaviva, also close by. The food was good, but certainly not great and the service a bit distant. Alice and Marzia made quick phone calls for us to reserve tables for meals, always very willingly and as though it weren’t anything extra for them to do. When we returned from Lucca ( a two hour drive) on my birthday, we found a local specialty, a plum cake baked by Marzia on the table in our kitchen with a card that Alice had made to celebrate my birthday.

Don’t expect to have access to their computer in the office. They do need it for work and it was often down because of the connections. It’s easy to go to Montepulciano and pay 3 euros for a half hour of internet connection at your leisure at the internet shop on the main road, on your left, going up the hill as you enter the city.

I got teary leaving those 3 dear people, a family so easy to love and so easy to admire. We’re trying to figure out a way to go back again. I recommend Le Manzinaie to everyone coming to Tuscany. We look forward to going back in late October/early November when the weather will be beautiful again and the crowds in Florence and Assisi, much thinner!

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

We knew Tuscany would be beautiful in the spring, but we never expected our hosts at Le Manzinaie would be so extraordinarily thoughtful, attentive, and generous. Other reviewers have said that Marzia, Fiore, and Alice love their work, and they do - and it's authentic, not an act to drum up business. Ask for clean towels and they appear in minutes; request reservations at nearby restaurants or distant museums and you find a confirmation on your door; show up at the office and Fiore offers you a cappucino or a glass of local wine; say yes to having dinner there and enjoy home-made pasta and freshly-grilled meats; express interest in meeting other guests (or, in keeping to yourself) and your wishes will be honored. Every gesture is made with warm smiles and hearty laughs.

Rooms are tastefully decorated with Marzia's personal touches - not luxurious, but extremely comfortable. Location is excellent for driving (once you master the small and winding roads) and for taking the train to Siena or Florence.

We were at Le Manzinaie for two weeks and could not possibly have been happier. If you go to Tuscany and want quiet, warmth, and easy access to some of the best parts of the region, you'll want to stay here.

  • Liked — owners' personal touches
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 January 2008

We had a wondeful stay at the Podere Le Manzianie in May 2007. The hosts were so gracious, the accomadations were very very comfortable. If we were missing something or had any questions Alice was there the next minute at our door to explain it. We stayed in 2BR apartment and it was very convenient with all the modern features.

Alice provided us with a map of the area and a sample itinerary once we arrived, helped us in picking places to visit etc. Our second day, they invited over for dinner with the other guests. We had a wonderful time and Fiore had coooked an amazing meal.

We had visited the hilltowns around montepulciano while we were there and left for florence after a few days. We did not want to leave for florence but wanted to stay over at Le Manzinaie for the reminder of our stay.

Would definitely go back there again, may be next year and would not stay at any other place but here.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 November 2007

I had been concerned that Le Manzinaie would be removed from the rolling Tuscan hills, located as it is in flat farmland east of the A-1. However, we were delighted with its location and setting and relieved to have a stretch of straight road after driving the winding and hilly ones all day sightseeing. Le Manzinaie is indeed a refuge, a haven of lovely tranquillity with gracious surroundings and hosts, who could not be more generous. I look forward to returning in warm weather, to enjoy their pool and garden. What you give up in long views is more than made up for by the peaceful, accessible oasis they've created here in the middle of a cornfield.

Couple of petty details:
The don't offer wireless internet, but dial-up in your room, for a rate/minute, and I couldn't get my Macbook's internal model to work, for some frustrating reason.
If you need to wash some clothes, the nearest laundromat is many miles away. You can do it in your sink and hang them on their line.
Breakfast isn't included. They do stock your room and fridge with coffee and other things to last a morning or two, but then you'll need to replenish it yourselves.

We discovered Trattoria Guastini, a wonderful little restaurant in the nearby tiny hill town of Valiano, 2-3 K east, right on the main (only) road. It seems to be run by a husband/wife team, with her the chef. Charming dining room, great terrace, wonderful food.

  • Liked — Beautiful spcaious rooms, gracious hosts, lovely family dinner
  • Disliked — No wireless internet
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 November 2007

We stayed at Le Manzinaie from October 9-13, 2007. This was our first holiday in Tuscany and hopefully not our last. The warmth and hospitality given to us by Marzia, Fiore, and Alice during our stay was truly genuine and so appreciated. We arrived as stranieri and left feeling as if we were a part of their family. They have done a beautiful job restoring their property during the last eight years and it is just exquisite~~~with loving attention given to every detail. From Marzia's beautiful painting and perfect design of each apartment and villa to Fiore's talented craftmanship throughout, and Alice's excellent help and gracious attention, we immediately felt truly welcome and right at home. The dinner they prepared for us and their other guests on our first night was just delicious and a marvelous time was had by all. We feel very fortunate to have found Le Manzinaie~~~and so very blessed to have shared time with our hosts, three of the most sincere and caring people we have ever met during our travels. Marzia, Fiore, and Alice, we wish you continued happiness and success with your Italian paradise~~no one deserves it more! We are so grateful to you for helping make our holiday one that we will always treasure and remember. To those of you searching for a place to call home in Tuscany~~~look no further. You will not be disappointed. Make your reservations now. Sincerely, Bill and Carol USA

  • Liked — The owners and the beautiful property
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Podere Le Manzinaie
Address: Via Lauretana Nord 31, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 76 Speciality Lodging in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday farm Le Manzinaie is located in Montepulciano, Tuscany: a wonderful base for exploring Southern Tuscany and Umbria. The property is composed of fully equipped self catering apartments and independent villas, a swimming pool set in a large garden, gazebo, barbecue and parking. The accommodation are completely hand-decorated and embellished by trompe l'oeil to offer the guest a refined, cosy and exclusive atmosphere. ... more   less 
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