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Antico Podere Marciano
Trondheim, Norway
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4 reviews
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“Dream Place”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This is just like i pictured Toscana. Country house with great view, great service, nice cosy bar in the main house with a big fire place.
We stayed for nights and spent our time exploring several of the nearby wine yards or lay by the gusthouse nice swimmingpool.
They have dogs at the gusthous that they have loose at night because of wild boars, because of this you may hear some barking during the night.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Antico Podere Marciano in late May. We were travelling by car from Cortona and, since we were passing through Castellina, we decided to call in at the Tourist Information Office there. This was to check directions to Podere Marciano since it is located on unsealed gravel roads that did not show up on our GPS. However, the Tourist office was not particularly helpful and instead we used the directions from the Podere’s website. We found the turn-off from the main road and after 3 or 4 kilometres arrived at our destination. When one gets off a main sealed road it is always good to get reassurance that one is heading in the correct direction and, in this respect, there is room for improvement here. Despite this minor criticism, the Podere Marciano is a great place to spend a few days. It is certainly isolated but this is part of the charm. The Chianti area is much more hilly than we expected. The Podere is quite high up and the views over this part of Tuscany are breathtaking. From this location we could see the towers of San Gimignano in the distance.
Frederica, the owner with her husband, was the perfect hostess. One evening we had an excellent dinner at the Podere and this provided an opportunity to get to know some of the other guests. Frederica suggested various attractions in the area including the Castello di Brollo (recommended) and a personal conducted tour and wine tasting at the nearby Castello della Paneretta, a family run vineyard and winery. This was one of the highlights of our time in Tuscany.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stayed in Antico Podere Marciano in May this year, we had 2 rooms. 1 for us with a baby and 1 for our friend. Our room was beautiful, with stunning view! Our friend room was also lovely, both had balconies. We drove in when it was getting dark and weren't really sure if we were going the right away as we weren't expecting a dirt road. But when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised! The location was fantastic and we could see the towers of San Gimminano in the distance. We felt really looked after. The only downside was dinner, were were expecting a home cooked meal instead we got a meal provided by a catering company. It was bellow average. So on one of the other nights we got some wine, cheese, antipasto etc. and had it in the room/on the balcony which was beautiful. Overall we would return again!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Federica G, Proprietario at Antico Podere Marciano, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Hello and thank you for having chosen to spend your Tuscan holidays at Antico Podere Marciano, in Chianti.
I'm sorry you didn't get the chance to try our home made dinners, which we regularly prepare. It happens rarely that our cook needs an evening off and therfore have to replace his home made dishes with a dinner prepared by our catering service.
Our main objective is make our guests live an authentic Tuscan experience and hope we'll see you during your next trip to Tuscany.
Kindest regards
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Spent 3 nights with one dinner. The views especially from the pool are really great. Dinner was good though a little expensive with a very good wine list. Breakfast without eggs but apart from that very good with everything you need.

Getting there is not as easy, but finding a quiet place at the very center of everything will remain a challenge. Be careful when driving home at night. When we got home from castellina, we had to break several times because of animals on or along the street.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Federica G, Proprietario at Antico Podere Marciano, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear Guest,
I would like to thank you for having spent a few days at Antico Podere Marciano and for having shared your experience with other travellers.
We do our best to offer our guests a top quality service and very fresh food which we buy on the local markets on the same day of the dinner and prepare expressly to serve a really genuine and very much cared for dinner.
I would like to welcome you once again at our B&B if you plan another trip to the Chianti region in the future.
Yours sincerely
Federica Giacobbi
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Nicely done B&B, helpful and friendly staff clean rooms and beautiful views. The breakfast was plentiful and good, we also had one of our dinners there and it was also very good. The weather wasn't great while we were in Tuscany but they helped us find things to do, cooking class at a nearby winery, hiking excursion etc... All in all a very pleasant stay. My only real gripe is that it was simply too long a drive from the nearest towns, that said it's seclusion may be a positive for others.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Federica G, Proprietario at Antico Podere Marciano, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Dear Guests,
Thank you very much for your helpful review of our location Antico Podere Marciano.
I'm glad you enjoyed the place, the dinners and the service offered by our staff. Yes, no doubts that the place is a bit off the beaten truck..the positive side of this is that you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets and views.
Hope I'll see you again if you ever be back in the Chianti region.
Youurs sincerely
Federica Giacobbi
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights and I can only say that the place was out of this world. The owner Federica has designed the place to tick all of the boxes. Truly rustic with beautiful interior design and highest quality in every way. We arrived on a motorbike after a very long day but were made very welcome. The place is a couple of miles down a dirt track but don't let that put you off. A 5 star experience. We will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Federica G, Proprietario at Antico Podere Marciano, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Dear Patricia and Richard,
Thank you very much for having shared on Trip Advisor your experience at our location Antico Podere Marciano in Chianti.
I'm glad you totally appreciated our efforts to make it a special placewhere both the staff and I have particular care for details and where you can enjoy a very warm and familiar atmosphere.
I really hope you'll be back sometimes in the future and you'll be more lucky with the weather, so that you can enjoy the infiinity pool.
Kindest regards
Federica Giacobbi
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We spent a wonderful stay in Antico Podere Marciano. We had a very romantic suite with a balcony. The place is decorated with a lof of love and we felt very welcome. We will come back! Frederica, thank you very much for this beautiful stay, which we will nerver forget.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Federica G, Proprietario at Antico Podere Marciano, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Dear Guests,
thank you for sharing your travel experience at Antico Podere Marciano, in Chianti, on Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important for us. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at our place and you truly appreciated our service.
I hope I'll see you again in the future, if you have plan to spend another vacation in Tuscany.
Yours sincerely
Federica Giacobbi
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Property: Antico Podere Marciano
Address: Localita Marciano' 1 | Barberino val d'Elsa, 50021, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Barberino Val d'Elsa
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Number of rooms: 7
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