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Review 2877: Owner, Mulino di Monteromano


Review by NTaber from NY

3bed/1bath house near Sestino, Tuscany East

The mill in early spring, photo by


March - May 2007, 3 months


The Mulino di Monteromano is in an undiscovered, unspoiled, charming corner of Italy. We were fortunate enough to stay in a restored mill near the medieval village of Monterone in the far eastern point of Tuscany, closer. The mill was located down a dirt road in a valley, set among old farm fields and a mill stream and has a beautiful view of the Apennines. My wife, our two young daughters and myself spent a three-month sabbatical in the house, and had one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

The Mill sits on the eastern side of the Apennines, and is therefore set apart from the rest of Tuscany by the mountains. The area is dotted with charming medieval villages, and about a half an hour drives from the UN world heritage site, city of Urbino. For my family the location was ideal – beautiful, historical cities such as Florence, Sansepolcro, and Arezzo were easy to visit on day trips, but we always breathed a sigh of relief to get back from the “city” and make our way down the driveway to the mill. The towns around us offered wonderful markets, Urbino’s on Saturdays, and Piandamaleto’s on Wednesdays. They served up incredible cheeses, local meats, and fresh produce. The Roman village of Sestino has an incredible bakery, a well stocked butcher and many nice shops, as well as a museum with roman statuary found in digs around the village. Everyone in the town was welcoming to us and we felt immediately at home.

The mill itself was recently renovated and charming, it has plenty of room – enough for two couples and two kids. The mill, an old stone house, was very private, the only visible building from the mill is an empty medieval tower that looks down from the hills above. At night there are no lights visible, only the stars above. The mill sits next to the large Parco di Sasso Simone, so if you like hiking, mountain biking, or just exploring in general you will love this spot. If, on the other hand, you are not comfortable in a rural environment, or if you need the hustle and bustle of a city around this place is not for you, but if you love the rolling hills of Tuscany and exploring medieval cities without bumping shoulders with throngs of tourists, give the Mill at Monteromano a try, you may fall in love with the area like we did, and find it very hard to leave.

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