Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1855: Owner, Podere Felceto
villa near Panzano, Tuscany Chianti
November 2005, One week
This lovely home is at the bottom of a long, winding unpaved road in the middle of a vineyard. It is located in Panzano which is 50 minutes from Florence and conveniently located for quick day trips to wonderful Tuscan towns and restaurants. Panzano is very country, but has a small town square with a market, newspaper shop, a GREAT butcher, an active bar, and a few restaurants.
You must have a car for this rental for groceries and getting around. I would reccommend staying in Greve if you want to take the convenient bus to/from Florence and other towns.
The building is not historical, but has wonderful views and "feels" so Tuscan. The owners can rent the building as whole (5bed/5bath) or close off the top floor for a 3bed/3bath. It has wonderful amenities - a huge kitchen and dining room table, lots of guide books and chairs. Podere Felceto would be wonderful for large families or a group of couples on holiday.
There is a wonderful, private sitting area and pool.
There was plenty of good furniture.
One single bed proved to be a little "hard", but the rest were fine. The bathrooms were plentiful and pleasant.
We cooked breakfast every morning and did cook a few other meals. Everything was of good quality.
Problems or Bonuses
My family stayed in early November and the house was a little cold. The owners gave us a bit of scare with a story about some vacationers running up a $700 heating bill, so we payed a lot of attention to the heat (to my mother's chagrin).
As it turns out, we were only charged about $15. We here shocked that it was that low (and we wonder if the meter was working properly). My advice for the cold months - use the heat as you like, but check the meter after 1 day to gage how much you are using.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are wonderful and treated like old friends. Their English was fine and they gave us great advice. The place was as advertised. My father paid for our off-season week - I believe it was around 1,200 Euro for the 3bed/3bath version of the house.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely come back - it is a great location for taking leaisurely day trip to the Tuscan country side.
Things to do in this area
Our day trips included Siena, Castellina, San Gimignano and Florence (an easy bus ride from the "bar" in downtown Panzano). We had terrific meals in Greve(Ristoro Di Lamole), Castellina (La Torre and Tre Porte), Siena (Guido), and our favorite - near Panzano (Trattoria Montagliari) - see my restaurant review.
In downtown Panzano, you HAVE to stop by the "Butcher of Panzano" - he is a character and famous throughout the region.
We also did a wine tour at Castello Verranzano with Gino Rosi. It is a very interesting tour that included a nice lunch and wine tastings - 40 Euro/person. It starts daily at 11:00am and start to finish take about 4 hours. Personally, I liked their olive oil better than the wine, but it is a fun day.
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