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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Riparbella, Province of Pisa, Tuscany

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“Unplugged”
Reviewed 31 January 2014 for a stay in November 2013

If you are overstressed this is the place to unplug. Or, if you are looking for a romantic getaway, the heart will be inspired. Lovely walks through gorgeous olive groves and the Tuscan hills, fantastic food, olive oil and wine, what more do you need?

I love to cook and during my stay I created great Tuscan meals in the apartment, and enjoyed them while watching beautiful sunsets, and sunrises, on the deck. It is romantic even if you are solo!

The village in Riparbella, is a long walk or a 4 minute drive, has nice restaurants, cafes and great markets with everything you can possibly need. The people of Riparbella are some of the kindest I have met. Even if you don't speak much Italian, they will make you feel welcome. This is not a touristy area, so don't expect multilingual locals, but somehow, communication is not a problem. Also, the hosts at Podere Vallari, Sigismund and Ursula, speak many languages fluently and can be of assistance.

Ursula has great maps of the area and provides good recommendations on best places to visit, and is well educated on the history of the region. She is also a good cook if you are lucky enough to catch her on a day when her schedule allows lunch or dinner guests.

Podere Vallari is a working farm. I visited during harvest season, and being witness to the hard work it takes to harvest olives helped me to appreciate the olive oil I use on a daily basis much, much more.

I love animals, so I immediately made friends with the farm cats. They are sweet, but they are also smart, so if you are not a "cat person", they will understand, but if you are an "animal person", you can make a few friends, if you want, during your stay.

Here are a few highlights, suggestions and comments:
1) you must have a car
2)GPS is helpful
3)Autumn/harvest season is great weather and interesting to watch the harvest
4)Kitchen is well equipped for cooking, go shopping in the village for supplies as soon as you arrive, although there are a few staples in the kitchen so take inventory before shopping
5)Do not expect TV, or movies, etc. This place is really about getting away from it all
6)There is a stereo so bring CD's, there is a nice selection offered at the apartment
7)If you like the beach it very close and it is a nice beach, so of course visit during summer if that is your main objective. However, the beach was enjoyable during Autumn as well, although not a good time for swimming
8)Bring good walking shoes and layered clothing for changeable weather
9) If you are a cat person, don't allow the cats into the apartment, and don't feed them directly outside your door. You've been warned. :-)
10)BUGS, you are in the country, so expect them, everywhere

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Liked best: walks in the countryside and village
Liked least: insects
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Göttingen
Reviewed 11 January 2014 for a stay in October 2013

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Redwood City
Reviewed 19 November 2013 for a stay in April 2009

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Management Response
19 Nov 2013
dear Amro,
how nice to get this feedback!
Now what remains is the hope that your job or free time plans will bring you soon back to the Province of Pisa!
We shall be very glad to welcome you again!
Ursula
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San Francisco
Reviewed 13 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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New York City
Reviewed 4 October 2013 for a stay in May 2006

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Colorado
Reviewed 4 October 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Reviewed 29 September 2013 for a stay in June 2011

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