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Montalcino: Agriturismo: Il Ferraiole

Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Phone: 0577.835796

Reviewed by: jeffrey james from Canada, review #663

When: July 2004

A horrible experience. I encourage others to avoid this place.

As an agriturismo we weren't expecting a three star hotel, but to be gouged like a couple of rookie travellers was shocking and disappointing. The rooms were of a nice size actually, but with no sound proofing whatsoever (my grandmother could have easily kicked in the bedroom door). We had to wait for the owners to turn off their television set at night before we could get to sleep.

We didn't expect a full western style breakfast in the morning, but we had been in Italy long enough to know what to expect. What we received was a basket of leftover bread from the night before and some apricot jam. And that was it. We were hiking, so some sustenance in the morning was absolutely essential, but no pleading or cajoling could get us anything more. That I am allergic to apricots just added insult to injury.

We had asked about a take-away lunch the night before and they'd readily agreed. We were more than a little disappointed when our packed lunch turned out to be the same stale bread from the evening before with three thin slices of salami. And that's it. We were shocked when the woman running the establishment charged us 5 for each sandwich. The most expensive sandwich I have ever eaten and it was by far the worst.

Needless to say it was a horrible day of walking. She gouged us for all she could get and I highly suggest the place should be avoided at all costs. Try La Locanda which is nearby.

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