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Review 1144: Terrapille, Apartment


Review by philip from CA

apartments on a farm near Pienza, Tuscany South


2004, 4 days


Heartbreakingly beautiful. Just below Pienza, along a private "white road" with pheasants, situated on a hillock with views that are simply breathtaking and everything you could imagine about Tuscany. Our apartment was private and looked over olive groves and towards Pienza on the hill, and castles lit at night ... oh my ... we were so fortunate to be here ... only a few other apartments, never saw anyone else. The thick walls kept us cool in the day and warm at night, in the traditional Tuscan way. But, oh my, my Slow Travel friend ... this was a dream come true ...

Nearby Amenities

Pienza is just up the hill ... a drive, about 5 minutes ... but a special one. No cars. We liked Pienza for restaurants and wine and cheese for our enjoyment at Terrapille. A Coop is just beyond the Centro. Centrally located, we took roads in October with NO cars at all in October 2004, visiting La Foce, Montecchiello up the road, Montalcino and San Antimo, Bagno Vignoni.

The House/Apartment

Historical stone Tuscan building. Recently renovated and very well done. Very clean. Apartment with kitchen. About 4 other apartments. Superb breakfast room.


OH MY GOD!!! the setting is spectacular, shared pool, with spectacular views. Lucia showed us the herbs for cooking. Private patios and shared areas. In this spot you could not feel crowded.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Clean. Not top style, but very good. At this price (90 Euro a night) it was a bargain). Not cluttered with peoples effects ... I like that ... these apartments are meant for holiday rental.


Very clean. Modern clean bathroom. Bedroom was comfortable and clean. Good size.


Everything we could want. We cooked and never lacked anything, down to a strainer for pasta to a jug to de-cant wine. Most satisfied.

Problems or Bonuses

The kind of place you thank your good fortune for being in. It breaks your heart, the place is so wonderful, and Lucia is so wonderful. Leaving it is like leaving a loved one ... you have very emotional feelings about the place.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Lucia was so nice and helpful, so earnest, she made us a wonderful breakfast and could not have been nicer. When in Pienza and Montecchiello, when people asked where we were staying, when we mentioned Terrapille, ... they all said "Ah Lucia..." and made a kissing movement with their mouth and hands. So she is well liked in neighborhood (she is young, met her mother too)... Anyway because one of us spoke Italian, things went great, dear Lucia hugged us and gave us a gift of grappa in a fancy bottle and said the nicest things when we had to leave for Rome.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Stay in a heartbeat. This will be a slow travel favorite, I am sure.

Things to do in this area

Southern Tuscany, in the best central spot with views all around.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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