Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2123: Le Manzinaie, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
May 2006, 1 week
We just returned from our fifth trip to Italy and had the most wonderful stay ever at Le Manzinaie just outside of Montepulciano. We decided to book the property because of the wonderful reviews on the internet. All the reviews were right on. The property is beautiful and peaceful. We rented a two bedroom, two bath apartment. The accommodations were comfortable and well appointed. There are real window screens on all the windows and ceiling fans in the bedrooms and kitchen/sitting room area. The beds were great, the bathrooms had hairdryers and jacuzzi jet tub/shower setups. There was a mid-week towel change, which has not happened at other properties we've stayed at. The kitchen had enough pots, pans, plates, etc. for us to cook. We had breakfast in every morning and even cooked dinner two nights during or stay. Each unit has it's own little garden area with a table, chairs and umbrella to dine al fresco if you choose.
Upon arrival we found that the owners had stocked the kitchen with some staples to get us going: bread, jam, butter, eggs, ham, milk, water, juice, coffee, tea, crackers and a bottle of wine. We were also given an itinerary packet that contained information about neighboring towns and places of interest, a map of Montepulciano and recommendations for restaurants.
Marzia, Alicia and Fiore could not have been more helpful or wonderful, from helping us make dinner reservations, lending us their umbrellas during a rain storm and even helping us to retrieve our camera that was left in a restaurant one night. They are real people who make you feel like you are friends. They even hosted dinner two nights during the week we were there for all the guests staying at the property. The food was delicious and the evening was so much fun.
You need a car, but it was the perfect location for exploring many towns and cities in both Tuscany and Umbria. During our stay we visited the Abbey of Sant'Antimo which is south of Montalcino, Pienza, Montelpuliciano, Assisi, and Orvieto. We could have easily visited many other places if we had more time. There is a small train station in Montepuliciano Stazione (Le Manzinaie's official location) that goes to Siena and Florence. Chiusi (which is only about 15-20 minutes away) has a larger train station where you can catch a train to almost anywhere.
We were sad to leave our new found friends and cannot wait to return to Le Manzinaie.
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