Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1372: Politian Apartments, Apartment
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
April 2005, 1 week
The apartment is located in a large 3 story palazzo on the top of the hill in Montepulciano. We loved the location -- we had a beautiful view, and being on the top of the hill meant we were in the quieter, less touristed part of the city (so parking was always easy). Still, we were only a 2 minute walk from our favorite restaurant, Acquaquetta, and a 5 minute walk from Caffe Poliziano, where we got our morning cappucino.
Easy walk to restaurants, caffe. We drove to the grocery store, but you could certainly pick up basics at smaller alimentari that were much closer.
The building is an 18th century palazzo. It was extremely quiet -- the only thing that ever woke us up were birds chirping in the garden in the morning! I'm not sure how many units are in the building -- perhaps 6? Giacomo and his mother each have an apartment on the ground floor. I met another person renting a 3rd floor apartment (like ours). I believe there are 2 more units on the second floor.
There is a shared garden, which looks like it will be lovely once everything gets into bloom. No pool.
Everything was clean, and all the rooms were well-furnished. The only thing it didn't have that I would have liked is a couch, but the chairs in the living room were very comfy. The dining room table sat 4, but extra chairs could have been brought in the from the bedrooms.
The beds were just fine, and the bedrooms themselves beautiful, with amazing views of the valley below. They were well furnished, with new linens and bedspreads, and a big four poster bed in the master bedroom. Extra blankets, pillows, and towels were in the hallway armoir.
The bathroom looked to have been newly renovated. It was very clean, and there was plenty of hot water. The shower was a bit small, but had great water pressure. We had no problems with the plumbing. The towel heater was great, especially as the weather was unseasonably cold and wet during the first part of our trip.
The kitchen was great. The sink had two basins, and there was a large, practical dishrack overhead cleverly concealed behind a wooden cabinet which made doing the dishes very easy. The stove had four gas burners -- wonderful! We didn't use the oven, but it appeared fine for basic cooking. There was a mini fridge which actually held quite a bit. We cooked dinner for three several nights, and never had any problems.
Problems or Bonuses
Despite reading the glowing reviews, looking at the beautiful photos on the website, and having a very friendly exchange of emails with Giacomo (the owner), I wasn't prepared for just how wonderful the apartment would be. We had some bad weather, and I got sick for a few days, and this place was really a haven for us. The fireplace was a great (unexpected) bonus.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Giacomo treated us like friends -- we felt very well taken care of. He sent us a map and info about Montepulciano before we arrived, and even made us dinner reservations for the first night as we were getting in a bit late. He gave us plenty of advice on things to do and see, and was very available to answer any questions we had. When the entire top of the hill of Montepulciano ran out of water, due to a problem with the pressure in the aquaduct, he did all he could to help us, and offered to give us bottled water for cooking and washing!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes! I'd stay again in a heartbeat.
Things to do in this area
Perfect base to see a wide variety of things. We drove out to the Maremma one day, to Umbria another, and had plenty of fun in the immediate area.
Go to Aquaquetta -- great hearty food that won't cost you much at all.
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