Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2768: Easy Reserve, Palazzo Rosadi
6bed/6bath villa near Monterchi, Tuscany East
May 5-12, 2007, 1 week
What a location! This estate is located near the Umbria/Tuscany border and perfectly situated to visit both regions. You are only 45 minutes away from Assisi and Perugia and about the same for Arezzo which is the gateway to Tuscany. Trains are available in Arezzo to reach Florence, Siena and many other locations.
The villa is totally private with a private pool. The setting is serene with fantastic views of the Tiber Valley and Monterchi. There is a separate building with a ping pong table.
The area was more that we expected and/or hoped for. We got to know the nearby store owner who took care of us every day. He gave us free wine and espresso every time we went in (don't expect this). His name is Marcello and we miss him already.
It is possible to walk to town or to the store but it is more of a hike than most people would want. It takes about five minutes by car to reach the town which has everything you need. We went into town in the mornings for croissants, espresso, and other necessities.
The building is an old historical estate that has been in the family for a long time. The ping pong table is in a building that used to serve as a watch tower. The house has heavy wood doors and shutters and they bolt from the inside for security (none needed though). The shutters work so well there is no light in the bedrooms unless you leave them cracked open so if you want to sleep in this is the place for you.
The lawn and lower pool areas were absolutely perfect for a relaxing sit with a good glass of wine. They both overlook the valley and nearby town. There is also a balcony that overlooks the same scene and the yard and pool.
The estate is totally private and exclusive to your group.
The pool is lovely although it was too cool to swim in the first of May.
The furniture was very nice and perfect for a villa in Italy. There was plenty of comfortable furniture for a large group. We had nine people and the property can accommodate several more.
We are very particular about beds when we travel. In fact we often take our own pillows when we go. The beds and pillows at Palazzo Rosadi were great and everyone slept well every night. The bathrooms maintain an old fashioned look, yet have everything needed. If I remember correctly, they all have showers.
The kitchen was very efficient and had everything needed for any kind of meal or food storage. Everything was in good condition and met all our needs. The only draw back was that the coffee pot was too small for our group. We had a lot of heavy coffee drinkers. The upside was that it gave us a great excuse to go into town to get espresso and pastry in the morning.
Problems or Bonuses
We were all surprised that the property was so much better than we expected, and we expected a lot. I was really worried after all the anticipation and expectations for months (over a year), that the property would not be able to live up to its description and pictures. It far exceeded all our dreams!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency met all our needs and provided all the information.
Rosado (the owner) was absolutely fabulous. He gave us information on restaurants, towns, and places to visit. When one of our party became ill Rosado sent a private physician to the villa to take care of this person. The cost of the doctor and medicine was less than what I pay with a health plan.
The owner is a great person and a wonderful host.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would not stay anywhere else, other than Palazzo Rosadi. We loved the owner, the store owner, the people of the community, and the location/region. We hope to go to Tuscany again and Palazzo Rosadi will be our home away from home.
Things to do in this area
During our stay we visited Arezzo during the street market (first Sunday of every month), Florence, Cortona, Assisi, Castiglion Fiorentino, Gubbio, the monastery at Sansepocro and many other lovely places. Rosado will give you a list of great restaurants and suggestions on anything you want.
He suggested a small back country road to Castiglion Fiorentino which has views of the Cortona valley and the town that are fantastic. If you visit Gubbio (near Assisi) be sure to take the lift to the top of the mountain for killer views. You stand in a steel basket to get to the top so it might not be for the faint of heart.
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