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Review 176: Travel-Italy.com, Pitigliano
4bed/2bath house in Pitigliano, Tuscany South
6 - 13 October 2001, 1 week
Pitigliano is a medieval Tuscan hill town in the Maremma (south-west Tuscany). As the town rises from the tufa rock one can hardly distinguish where the cliff face ends and the buildings begin. Our house was situated in the centro storico (historical centre) down some steps to a small cul-de-sac. All of Pitigliano is very picturesque and almost completely untouristed.
Restaurants, grocery shops, wine shops, butchers, etc. all within 2-10 minutes walk from house.
The building was very old and included ancient wine cellars and oil storage rooms accessed through an internal staircase. The house was on three levels with two bedrooms and a bathroom on each of the upper levels. It was in good order throughout.
There was a private outside sitting area cut into the cliff, with a barbecue and rustic seating. A bit rough and the lawn needed mowing but adequate. No pool.
Furniture was comfortable, in good condition. Seating for eight in the dining room and two large sofas in living room. The house was clean, particularly the bathrooms, but slightly dusty elsewhere. We were so delighted with it that it didn't matter. Floors were terracotta brick worn to a soft patina and some of the furniture was antique. Fluffy towels and tea towels supplied.
Beds were firm but comfortable. Main bedroom had TV. There were two double bedrooms on the 2nd level both with wonderful views over the valley. One had a tiny balcony and steps to the street. On the third level one bedroom had double beds and the other had a single bed with pull out bed underneath. There were full good sized bathrooms with bidets on both levels.
The kitchen was extremely well equipped. There was no microwave but we didn't miss it. We loved cooking in this kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
We were told that we needed to bring toilet paper, salt pepper, dishwashing liquid, etc. but they were all supplied, probably by the last tenants, although the caretaker who was extremely helpful, brought an extra supply of toilet paper.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The onsite person was was very good. We had a problem with the electrics on returning home one night and Enrico had an electrician around at 9 am next morning. Problem fixed! He had limited English and we had limited Italian but we managed to make ourselves understood.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes we would definitely recommend it to friends and would most definitely stay here again. A little bit of dust didn't really matter and the kitchen and bathroom facilities were spotless. Being a typical medieval town parking was outside the old city walls but still only a brisk ten minute walk away and free! I believe there was some parking just inside the walls but you had to compete for it - it was pay parking and you only saved a couple of minutes walk. The washing machine was fairly antiquated but did the job once we learnt to use it. No dryer but lines on a covered terrace outside the kitchen and below in the garden area.
Things to do in this area
There is an excellent restaurant in the square beside the Duomo and another near the city walls near the museum which is build into the tufa cliff. There is an interesting little gift shop in the Jewish quarter where you can also find the best bread shop in town.
The area is notable for its Etruscan remains and the coast and the little island of Monte Argentario (reached by causeway) are less than an hour away.
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