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Review 2085: Italian Journeys, Saloni Uno

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Review by Judy T from CA

1bed/1bath apartment in Montalcino, Tuscany South


When

April 2006, One Week

Location

Saloni Uno is a ground floor apartment two blocks from the center of town. It was an excellent location, everything was within walking distance. Montalcino is a medieval hilltop town with spectacular views of the countryside, which I think is the most beautiful region of Tuscany.

Nearby Amenities

There was a nice restaurant, Ristorante San Georgio, directly across the street and many others a short distance away. There are individual merchants on the main street, and the Coop was about a four block walk. Only residents can park inside the walls in most locations, but we did not find it a problem to walk there and carry groceries home, especially if you bring a backpack for heavier items like bottled water.

The House/Apartment

The apartment was in a historical building with stone walls and timbered ceilings, but tastefully remodeled and decorated and had up-to-date appliances in the kitchen and bath. The apartment was very quiet. All the rooms were spacious. The living room had couches and a dining area. There was a large, comfortable double bed, an armoire for hanging up clothes and a dresser with drawers for more storage. The bathroom was huge, and even had a washing machine. There was an expanding rack outside the living room window for hanging clothes to dry.

Garden

There was no outside area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was immaculate, six chairs in the dining area, two couches and a TV in the living room.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bed was very comfortable, large bedroom, one bathroom was adequate and very elegant.

Kitchen

The kitchen was well furnished with pots, pans and cooking utensils. We cooked most of our dinners there very comfortably. You do need to provide all your own spices and staples.

Problems or Bonuses

Tourists cannot park next to their accomodations in most places in Montalcino as it is a walled city with narrow streets. There was a free parking area about a six block walk from the apartment. While it is nice to step from house to car, this was a beautiful walk with amazing vistas of the Tuscan countryside, so it was a nice way to start the day. It made one feel more of a part of the town to make that stroll each day.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The apartment is managed by the travel service operated by Isabella and Luigi Dusi. They corresponded promptly with us before our arrival and provided excellent support materials and directions to the town and apartment. They were out of town on a tour while we were there, and a young couple who own a wine shop two blocks from the apartment managed it for them. They spoke English, were very supportive and helpful when we had a major breakdown with our rental car. The apartment was even better than we anticipated. We were there in April and paid 850 which included utilities.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would enthusiastically recommend this apartment to anyone, and would stay there again myself. You do need to be in good enough physical condition to walk up and down hills to stay in Montalcino or any hill town. I also recommend that prospective visitors to Montalcino read Isabella Dusi's well-written book "Vanilla Beans and Brodo" not only to appreciate the facinating history of this town, but to get a feel for its character and the people before you go. It really enhances the experience. It was the book that inspired us to stay in Montalcino.

Things to do in this area

Montalcino is about an hour and a quarter from Siena, two hours from Florence. There are many day trips possible, some can be done by bus, others would be easier with a car. We especially enjoyed Montepulciano, Pienza, the abbeys at Monte Olivete Maggiore and Abbezia Di Sant Antimo. Chiusi has one of the largest Etruscan museums, also went to Cortona, San Quirico d'Orcia and other villages.

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