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Review 2121: Appartamenti al Poggiolo, Apartment
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
March 2006, 1 week
The location of this apartment is perfect for people who want to travel aound Tuscany by car or just have lots to do within walking distance. We could walk out our back door and be in a beautiful garden with a beautiful view, or we could go out the front door and be in the town.
Many restaurants, shops and stores are within walking distance. We found basic supplies nearby, but drove to a larger grocery store.
This beautiful old building was recently renovated into four apartments with great attention to detail. The apartment we rented had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
We were there in early spring, and the other apartments were empty so it was very quiet, but because of the location I would suspect that it is always quiet. The website for these apartments is excellent! It has blueprints for each apartment and beautiful pictures of the rooms and the views. The views from the bedroom and living room are breathtaking!
There is no pool, but there is a lovely garden in the back that was just beginning to show signs of growth. One day was quite warm and we found lawn chairs and sat outside. This is a shared area, but we had it all to ourselves. I hope that someday we can return and see the garden in full bloom!
The furniture was in good shape, but the couch was a bit worn. We were happy to have an area where we could all sit together and plan our next day's adventures.
The rooms were clean, comfortable and nice to return to at the end of the day.
We were concerned about having enough room for our three adult children. This apartment gave us all enough privacy and space. The two bathrooms were actually quite large, each had a shower and hairdryer, and we just loved having the heated towel racks! Better than home! The beds were comfortable, but some of us thought the pillows were too hard and some thought they were too soft. We should have figured this out in the beginning of the week and switched!
The kitchen in this apartment is downstairs which was a plus for our family because my husband liked to go downstairs very early, open the back door, make some coffee and enjoy some solitude without worrying about waking the rest of us. While we only cooked breakfast and a few simple meals (I was on vacation!), there seemed to be enough good quality utensils to make a gourmet dinner if one were so inclined.
Problems or Bonuses
One of the best things about these properties are the owners. They are so warm and welcoming. We had a really hard time finding this place, and they talked us through on the cell phone. We had to pick up our children at the train station in Chiusi (30 minutes away), so they made dinner reservations for us and then escorted us to the restaurant. I wish we could have spent more time with them.
This place is very hard to find the first time - get good directions - but it is easy to get to once you know where you are going.
A word of caution: Do not park in the bus station parking lot on Thursdays. We did (in spite of the signs in English warning not to!) and out car got towed. We met a very nice polizia and got to learn a new word "autoficina". But it all worked out well, and now we have a great story to tell!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented directly from the owners and communicated by e-mail with Margherita who speaks and writes perfect English. Again, the website for this property is excellent, and what you see is what you get.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We highly recommend this apartment and hope that we can return there soon ourselves. I guess it is important to note that there are stairs in the apartment and that the streets of Montepulciano are steep as they are in many Tuscan towns.
Things to do in this area
We did a great tour of an organic vineyard that we arranged at the office in the Grande Piazza. The second part of the tour was about making olive oil but would have been better if it was the time of year to make oil and the equipment was actually working. One of our favorite restaurants was Osteria dell'Acquacheta. While there are many things to enjoy in Montepulciano, we had a rental car and took day trips to Siena (saw a soccer game), Florence, Assisi, Perugia and Pienza.
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