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Review 1371: La Crociona, Apartment


Review by Pat and Henry from KS who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments on an estate near Montalcino, Tuscany South


March 2005, one week


La Crociona is a beautiful agriturismo located in the village of La Croce, about 3 km from Montalcino. I have stayed here many times so I am familiar with all the apartments and the local area. There are seven apartments including a studio type and a two bedroom. The bedrooms have comfortable beds, armoire, dresser, and nightstands. The living room/dining room has couch, TV, lamps, table, chairs, and hutch. The kitchen has a half size refrigerator, stove with four burners and oven, and plenty of cupboards. The bathrooms are larger than most hotels in Italy and very clean. There are hairdryers and heated towel racks but no tub, only a shower.

There is no breakfast at La Crociona but there is a restaurant in the village and the owner of La Crociona, Fiorella, occasionally has cooking classes. The farm produces Brunello, the top wine in Italy, as well as grappa, Rosolio, vin santo, and honey.

The farm is a family affair with the children, Barbara and Roberto in their 30ís, always on site. Barbara and Roberto speak pretty good English and the mother, Fiorella, speaks excellent English. The parents of Fiorella are also there on occasion but speak no English, but speak Tuscan Italian with no slang, just like Americans are taught in school.

Montalcino is a beautiful hill town with everything you need. There are enough restaurants to last several weeks without repeating yourself. There is a castle, museum, artisan shops, hospital, wine bars, supermarket, food shops, tourist office, bank, bakery, bars, cleaners, take out pizza, churches, and just a wonderful town to stroll through.

There are plenty of interesting sights to see within a half hour drive, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Sant Antimo, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Buonconvento, Murlo, San Quirico díOrcia and many smaller towns. In an hour and a half you can be in San Gimignano, Volterra, or Orvieto. Since this is one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany the drive itself is scenic and a pleasure.

Depending on the apartment and the time of year and the stay prices range from about 80 euro to 100 euro a night. They rent by the night and by the week and donít require the week to start on a Saturday. I have stayed here so often the family and I are very good friends and I will answer any questions about the farm or area. E-mail me at hschulte47@yahoo.com.

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