Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2079: Terrapille, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Pienza, Tuscany South
June 2004, 4 nights
The location is out of this world beautiful. It's alone on a hilltop with gorgeous views of Pienza to the North and Mt.Amiata to the south. You could easily walk to Pienza or to Monticchiello. Great location for day trips to nearby Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Quirico, Bagno Vignoni, Monte Olivetto, San Antimo.
As I mentioned above, you could walk to Pienza but it would probably take a good 20 minutes. You would want to have a car to be able to adequately explore the area. Several good restaurants in Pienza and then there is the much lauded La Porta in Montecchiello.
It's a beautifully restored medieval farmhouse. I'm guessing that there are maybe six apartments. The apartments do not have kitchens. I believe that all are just bedrooms and private bath.
Very nice outdoor sitting area between the two buildings. One building contains the apartments and the other is the family home with dining area. The pool was great to have during the midday heat. We went out each morning, returning after lunch to laze by the pool, reading and swimming. Then back out each evening for more exploration and dinner.
It was very clean. The furniture was satisfactory. Seating was not a problem. The dining area easily accomodated all of the guests.
Beds were very comfortable. The bedrooms were not large but certainly adequate. We had no complaints with the bathroom.
No kitchens as far as I know.
Problems or Bonuses
Lucia and family were friendly and warm. We had a problem with Alitalia losing our baggage; Lucia made several calls to Alitalia to help us out.
On our last night, Lucia's mother cooked. She made pici (delicioso!) and also served a duck freshly killed from the farm. Apparently she overheard me talking to Lucia about food and I mentioned how I like duck. (My daughter was horrified that my comment caused the death of a duck she probably saw waddling around the day before). It was alot of fun to eat a home-cooked meal and drink local wine with the other guests.
Myself and the kids also enjoyed the homemade (or locally bought) pastries each morning. My wife wasn't so keen on italian breakfasts.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated extremely well. Because of our Alitalia problems, we arrived in a deserted Pienza in the middle of the night. Lucia met us (it was probably 3 AM) and guided us up to the house; that's great service! Lucia spoke very good English and she is exactly the kind of person that you want in this business. I was very suprised to read the other Terrapille review on this board; it was quite negative. I wonder what happened since we had an entirely different experience and the other guests that we encountered all seemed to love the place as we did. I wonder whether Lucia was there at the time.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, 100%, without any hesitation. We would love to stay at Terrapille again and I expect we will some day.
Things to do in this area
It's Southern Tuscany. Read all about it all over this website.
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