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Review 1902: Italian Journeys, Vicolo Ruga


Review by B. DuPree from NC

2bed/1bath apartment in Montalcino, Tuscany South


September 2005, 2 weeks


Vicolo Ruga is in the village of Montalcino just off the main street, Via Mazzini near the little park in Piazza Cavour. Since it is on a side street, it is very quiet. While it doesn't have a view of the valley (unless you stick your head out of the kitchen window) it does overlook the window boxes of the lady across the street. The apartment is well located near the free parking lots of the village.

Nearby Amenities

You can easily walk to anyplace in the village from Vicolo Ruga. We strolled throughout the village several times a day.

The House/Apartment

Vicolo Ruga is in an old building, but the apartment is completely and tastefully renovated. It has a large living room/dining area/kitchen. There are two bedrooms and one bath. Since the apartment has been recently renovated, everything is clean and attractive. There is another apartment in the same building.


There is no outside sitting area, but, as I said above, it is very near the town flower garden.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is in good shape and comfortable. The living area has a small sofa and a coffee table. A chair to provide additional seating in the living room would be helpful.


One bedroom has a queen bed and a large wardrobe. The bed is very comfortable. The wardrobe held additional blankets and pillows. The other bedroom has twin beds. In the central hall there is a large chest with a number of drawers for clothing and toiletries. The bathroom has a shower.


The kitchen is well equipped with pots, pans, a coffee maker, dishes, and wine glasses. It has a cooking range with oven and a large refrigerator. We had no problem preparing meals there. There were salt, pepper, and some coffee in the kitchen when we arrived. The table seats four people. The apartment also has a washing machine in a little laundry room off the living room.

Problems or Bonuses

We were pleasantly surprised with Vicolo Ruga. Previously, we had stayed in another apartment that we loved in Montalcino and were afraid we'd be disappointed. We weren't. The brightness and cleanliness of Vicolo made up for the lack of a view.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Isabella and Luigi are wonderful to work with. Unfortunately, they were on tour when we were there this time, but Alessandro, their representative, speaks excellent English and is very helpful. Vicolo Ruga is better than it looks on the website.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Absolutely! In fact, we're planning to stay there again this year.

Things to do in this area

Montalcino is well suited for visiting all the wonderful little towns in southern Tuscany. We love them all, but I must confess that we once spent a week in Montalcino and went outside the walls only twice.

We've never had a bad meal in Montalcino. Our favorite restaurants are Taverno del Grappolo Blu, Sciame, Il Moro, Il Grifo and our favorite place for breakfast as well as afternoon caffe breaks, Bar alle Logge. We also highly recommend Taverna di Barbi on the Barbi wine estate on the road to Sant'Antimo. And, don't miss the "nocciolo" at Why Not.

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