My family and I recently returned from a two week trip to Italy where we stayed for one week at the Castello di Mugnana. We had a great time and I highly recommend this place.
When we were planning our trip, for some reason our travel agent did not have many choices for staying in Tuscany (kind of unusual as there are too many to count). We looked online which can be kind of overwhelming as there are so many places. We thought staying in a "castle" would be interesting and wanted to be somewhat close to Florence. There are several types of properties like this around Greve and Sienna and we chose this as it seemed the closest to Florence. We booked thru a travel agency from Florence (holidayhomestuscany). This required wiring a deposit which was a new experience especially for the small bank where we live. After the deposit is completed, they e-mail you a packet of information with directions as well as the cell phone contact of the owner's wife. As the property is owned by a family, the full payment upon arrival had to be in euros. This was not specified in the information we received and after obsessing about this I finally called the owner's wife long distance to find out what type of payment they would accept. My wife and I were trying to learn Italian thru Pimsleur at the time and it was sobering trying to figure this out (she speaks only a little English). It was kind of a pain to carry around all those extra euros but I'm sure this is not unusual as many of the holiday properties are small and owned by individuals.
The Castello di Mugnana is located about 10 miles South of Florence in the middle of Chianti. It is out in the country close to small towns like Strada, Impruneta, Chiochio and Greve, all of which have good restaurants. There are grocery stores in Impruneta and Greve. You can get to Florence easily by car. It is more of a hassle to get to Siena as it is located between the two major autostradas heading South and it is best to head North to Florence to pick those up (you can get to them by heading East or West, but have to drive 10-20 miles on winding, hilly roads).
Upon arriving, the caretaker Alfredo gives you a tour of the place and gives you the keys. He does not speak English but we enjoyed trying to communicate with him as well as his 2 little girls who we often saw at the pool. Soon after arriving, the owner's wife arrives to go over things in a little better English. She will provide you with wine made in the surrounding area (it was very cheap and very good).
We stayed in the Imperiale apartment, which was on the main level and consisted of a small kitchen, dining/living room, kids bedroom (with 2 single beds) and a master bedroom (with something close to a queen). There were 2 bathrooms. The rooms were not super elegant but very nice. The mini fridge in the kitchen was stocked and there was a fruit basket. There was a TV in the living room that had cable so we could watch some of the olympics (in Italian). Someone comes to clean and give you new towels in the middle of the week. The apartment opens up onto an enclosed courtyard connected to a tower. The grounds were nice and there is a decent sized pool that was clean and well kept.
The last day the owner came by and gave us a tour of the remaining rooms at the Castello. He is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who did some training in the states. My wife and I are both physicians and we enjoyed meeting him and hearing about the prolonged restoration of the site as well as its extensive history.
We had a great stay in Chianti and enjoyed our time at the Castello di Mugnana.
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