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Review 1522: Le Torri, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
April 30, 2005, One Week
Le Torri is located in the country near Montespertoli. The area is quite beautiful ... hilly and green, and the road which approaches the property is lined on both sides with cypress trees. There are other properties scattered around the countryside, however, Le Torri felt private, and none of these properties felt too close. It is difficult to dislike any part of Tuscany, but we thoroughly enjoyed the area.
There is a small village just down the hill with two small grocery stores. We walked into town nearly every morning, and though the markets were small, it was adequate for our needs. We ate breakfast in our apartment each morning and made one dinner there. There was one restaurant, Buzzanca, in this town. We ate there twice. The staff was wonderful. One the second visit, the owner gave us a complimentary appetizer!
Le Torri is housed in a historical building. Gabriele and his family live on site, and we found the entire property to be in excellent shape and well taken care of. There is a road which passes by, however, it still felt very peaceful and quiet. There were 9 apartments in the one building, and ours was very clean and comfortable.
We noticed Gabriele's mother and father working on the grounds each day. There is a lovely pool and barbeque area, however, none of it is private. Everything outside is shared. We were on the go every day so did not spend much time on the property.
All furniture was in great shape, and the apartment was very well kept and clean. Everything was comfortable, although there was only one sofa in the living area in addition to wooden chairs at the table. It was fine for the amount of time we spent indoors.
The queen sized bed was very comfortable, the bedroom was spacious, and the furniture lovely and in great shape. There was one bathroom which was adequate for our usage ... very modern and spotless.
The kitchen/living area were contained in the same room. There were two of us, and the space was more than adequate for our needs. There were enough pots, pans and etc. for the little cooking we did, and the quality was good. We cooked one full meal and had no trouble doing so.
Problems or Bonuses
Le Torri is family run. Gabriele (son) handles most everything. He was very pleasant and helpful during the planning but somewhat reserved during our stay. Upon our arrival, he gave us a rushed tour of our apartment and speedy instructions. At times, we felt we were inconveniencing him with our questions. It would have been nice to see more of his family. The arrival dinner was a nice buffet included in the price. It was held outdoors in quite an informal manner. A more intimate, organized dinner might have been nice and allowed guests to get to know one another better.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Gabriele speaks very good English. This was an excellent value! Le Torri is well kept, clean and very reasonably priced. Gabriele has an excellent web site, and he responds promptly to any email requests. We paid less than 600 Euros for the week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would recommend this Le Torri to others. In fact, we may stay there again during February of 2006. We will be attending the Torino Olympics and plan to visit Tuscany afterwards. During the winter, Le Torri will rent by the day, and the price is amazing! I, usually, don't like to stay in the same place again ... I enjoy trying new things ... but Le Torri was nice and is such a good value!
Things to do in this area
Le Torri is in a great location. It is 20 some miles from Florence, and it is possible to drive a short distance to catch a bus into the city. We drove all over and were able to visit Vinci, Arezzo, the Chianti towns, all of the small towns near by, and even ventured as far as Montepulciano and into Umbria. It depends on how much moving around you want to do. There are many options.
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