Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1505: Parker Villas, Bellamora
villa sleeps 10, near Palazzone, Tuscany South
10 - 18 June, 2005, 1 week
A very private and roomy house located in a small village (Palazzone) in Southern Tuscany. There is a long winding driveway from the road to the property. There are two homes on the property and a large pool. The location is in the middle of a vineyard and olive grove. We didn't find out until the end of the week, but there's a little path from the property through the "woods" (small trees) right into town ... about a 5 minute walk.
There are two "alimentari" or grocery stores. One at the beginning of town that is a little larger and open more hours and a smaller one in the "center" of town that has a nice selection. There's a nice restaurant "Il Pozzo" in town that serves a nice pasta dish unique to the area - Pici (pronounced "peachy"). The Tabaci is on the road out of town. You catch the train in Chiusi, about 20 minutes away. You can park all day for free in a parking lot at the top of via G. Mammeli - it's a left turn directly opposite the train station, about a quarter mile up the road. An easy, 10 minute walk.
The building itself is old, stone and cool inside even during hot days. There are no screens and you can open the windows early mornings and afternoons, but you need to close them in the evening
Nice sitting out by the pool.
Everything was good. It's not the "Ritz" but it was clean and comfortable.
The bathrooms were adequate for the job. 3 showers. One in-suite bath. The rooms were large enough.
The kitchen was fine. There's a fireplace and firewood outside. I would recommend picking up some matches or a small lighter prior to or shortly after arriving on the property.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises other that the stove lighter not working. Also, this is a working farm, so the owner leaves you a bottle of his most excellent wine and a bottle of delicious olive oil as a gift.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency representative in Italy, Viviana, was excellent and very accommodating. She speaks English and was very patient and informative.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If we wanted to see Rome and Florence and not get stuck in a city, this place is nearly ideal. You're about 1/2 way between both with convenient train schedules to either city. It was great to have a place to come home to and unwind. You're close enough to a few other places, Arezzo, Siena, etc. but pretty far south in Tuscany. Pisa is about 2 1/2 hours away by car. You absolutely need a car.
Things to do in this area
San Casiagno dei Bagni is about 15 minutes away. There's a natural hot springs there; you can soak your feet, but nobody swims in it. The town itself is gorgeous, has a great gelatoria, pizzeria and restaurant "Daniella", all owned by Daniella. The view, the food and the service are great. Fonteverde is a comercial hot springs that is really nice to visit.
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