Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1190: Toscana Verde, Torri
1bed/1bath apartment in town near Rosia, Tuscany South
over the past four years, 1-2 weeks at a time
This house is in a small town with no ameneties except for a lovely abbey. Nearest shops, restaurants, coffee are 3km away in Rosia. It is located in the part of the old town wall that was the original tower, hence the name Torri. It is in a small courtyard with three other houses so while not entirely private it is quiet. I love the area, the views, walks, people are fantastic. It is very well located for exploring the western and southern hill towns of Tuscany.
See above. Rosia, and also San Rocco a Pilli (5km), have good grocery stores. Bar Pergola in Rosia is great for coffee. There is a hotel in Rosia that has excellent dinners, sometimes crowded but you can usually get in without reservations.
See above regarding the old tower. The house is only two stories high, has a single room on the main floor with a small kitchen area and a large fireplace. Upstairs there is a modern, very nice bathroom and a large bedroom with a great view to the west.
There is a small patio in front of the house but it isn't too private. The small town of Torri has a nice little (very small) park at the top of the town with benches and great views. No pool.
The house is very nicely furnished, clean and adequate. The kitchen, although small, is fairly well equipped for cooking.
Bed is wonderful and the bathroom is one of the nicest I've had.
Small but very usuable. I always cook while I'm there.
Problems or Bonuses
Antonio, the rental agent is fantastic to work with. I've become good friends with him and his wife Susanna over the years. They have invited me to thier home many times for dinner and company.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
See above. They leave the key in the door for me and sometimes I have to remind them that I haven't paid because they are very laid back. The price has been 390 euro per week in the low season, 490 euro during the mid season and 590 euro per week during high season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I've stayed here on five different trips. I love this place but it may not be for everyone. It's small and you do get involved with the neighbors (last time I was there, they left a basket of fresh vegetables, eggs and grapes on my doorstep to welcome me). It's a great base for exploring and feels very safe when I'm traveling alone.
Things to do in this area
All of the main attractions in the Siena area are easily accessible from this location. It's about 12km south west of Siena, a 30 minute drive to San Gimignano, 30-40 minutes to Montalcino, etc. I love the very tiny town of Murlo (old Murlo). There is a small pizzeria/restaurant in Murlo that I really enjoyed. Sit out on the rear patio overlooking the Tuscan hills (open from 11-2 and 7-?).
Try the homemade ravioli baked with sausage, cheese, mushrooms and tomato at the restaurant in the hotel in Rosia (can't remember the name) but it's the only hotel in the town.
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