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Review 293: Poggerino, La Canonica
apartments on estate near Radda, Tuscany Chianti
June 1 - 8, 2002, 1 week
Poggerino is a couple of kilometers outside Radda in Chianti. It is up a steep gravel drive off a rural road with stunning views of the vineyards. The apartment is in a building with one other apartment. Poggerino has four apartments/houses in all. The location was very quiet and peaceful, but only 5 minutes from Radda. This area was a good base for day trips.
We didn't walk to town for groceries or shopping, but it could be done, as it is only about 3 km. We did see people walking along the road, but there is steady traffic, so we drove in to get groceries at the small Coop. There are several other food shops, and a range of restaurants, from simple pizzerias to more up-scale restaurants in hotels. We loved the Sandy cafe on the corner just outside the walls for morning coffee and for checking e-mail on their computer.
The apartment (2bed/1bath ) is in a large 2-story 14th century stone building with a chapel at one end (unused). The first floor was not renovated. Our apartment was one of two in this building. Even though the other tenants had two pre-schoolers, we never heard them because of the thickness of the stone walls. The building was recently renovated, and the outside and inside are lovely. There is a feeling of freshness and coolness as you come up the stone steps to enter. The living room, kitchen and dining room are to the right off the central hall; the bedrooms to the left.
The apartment has a private outside area on a lawn which is enclosed with flowering shrubs and trees. There is a table and chairs and recliners. This area overlooks the vineyards, but the view is blocked by the greenery. Just to the side, there is a small bench which does have a great view. The property also has a swimming pool, which is up a rustic flight of stairs at the top of the hill. The pool area is surrounded by gardens, and has a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.
The furniture suited the apartment perfectly. The rooms are very large, with red tile floors and beams above. The living room had a large very comfortable couch, two matching chairs, a coffee table, sideboard, and small side table. We spent lots of time here with our maps spread out planning our next day's drive. Each room has several large windows. The apartment was very clean. The dining room adjoining the kitchen had seating for 4. We loved looking out the large window here while we were eating.
The beds were comfortable and large. The bedrooms are big and have windows with beautiful views (no screens). The furniture was simple but tasteful: a large wardrobe in each bedroom, bedside tables with lamps for reading, and dressers with lots of drawers. The bathroom is the largest I've ever had in Italy. Tile everywhere, big bathtub with hand-held shower, large sink, plenty of shelf space for toiletries. Again, a great view out the window -- the lights of Radda at night.
The kitchen is built in along one wall of the dining room. The sink, drainboard, and cooktop are all in one line, with the small refrigerator just to the left. The kitchen is separated from the dining room by a waist-high dividing wall, which we used as a serving surface. There is an oven. We didn't do any complicated cooking, and there is not much room for more than one person to work.
Problems or Bonuses
We loved this place, and hope to return. We especially liked the spaciousness of the rooms, the location, the grounds and the pool. The owners, a sister and brother, are very helpful and friendly, and speak English. Benedetta oversees the apartments and her brother is the winemaker.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend this place, especially to travelers on a budget, as it is very reasonably priced. The apartment exceeded our expectations in every way.
Things to do in this area
From here, we took day trips all over Chianti, and drove as far south as Montalcino. My limit in the car is about 2 hours each way, and this worked. Radda has a great pizzeria, Da Michele, which is located below the Sandy cafe, accessed by a dirt road beneath the town walls. This was some of the best pizza we had on our trip. Our most memorable meal was at Osteria Alla Piazza, outside Castellina. Sunday lunch there was 3 hours of pure pleasure!
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