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Review 3355: Gira! Italian Vacation Rentals, Monsignore 2


Review by Marty from US

apartments on an estate near Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany North


April 2007, one week


This incredible country resort is located just outside of the town of Borgo San Lorenzo, 16 miles from Florence. The estate itself is breathtaking. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and the views are amazing from every angle. The accommodations are well appointed and decorated in traditional Tuscan design. There is an intimate restaurant and wine/coffee bar with a larger, outdoor cafe area. The restaurant offers a traditional, special dinner offering every evening in addition to the regular menu. The food and service were excellent and the ambiance relaxed, yet classy.

The restaurant and estate are child friendly as well. There is a family pool and a playground area and high chairs and children's meals available. While we were guests, there were families from Sweden, Italy, and Holland vacationing there as well.

At the same time, there were also honeymooners at the resort as well. Because there is a full-service spa and an adult only pool, those who want to have a more romantic experience can certainly do so.

Nearby Amenities

We had to drive to the grocery but it was less than three miles. The town had a number of nice restaurants and two major grocery stores.

The House/Apartment

The estate had a total of 12 apartments spread out over the estate. There is also a small hotel attached to the restaurant/wine bar which had four or five rooms. We actually rented two units -- one was an adorable efficiency with a private patio and the other was a two bedroom unit with two bedrooms and two baths. Both were gorgeous and equipped for self-catering.

You can view the property directly: Monsignore 2.


Each unit had its own patio or outside sitting area. There were also several other shared outdoor sitting areas. As mentioned earlier there were two pools -- one solely for adults and one for families. They are both quite large and well maintained.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything was in wonderful shape and very clean. There was ample seating both in the living and the dining areas.


The beds were comfortable with wonderful linens. There were enough bathrooms with fresh towels daily and a supply of soap, shampoo, shower caps, sewing kit etc. The estate also provided cribs and safety gates for the little ones.


The kitchens had basic utensils and cooking equipment. However, when I needed something additional to cook with, all I had to do was go to reception and ask and they provided it for me.

Problems or Bonuses

When I feel stressed out, I just imagine myself sitting by the pool at Monsignor della Casa reading a book and occasionally looking around at the beautiful surroundings.

Also, there are large herb plants(shrubs) all over the property. When I needed rosemary, basil, or oregano all I needed to do was go outside and pick some.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I have to say that Gira! Italian Travel Villas did a wonderful job making our arrangements and providing additional information to make our trip the wonderful experience it turned out to be. I would rent from them again and highly recommend them to anyone looking for an affordable, top-notch vacation in Italy or France. The price was accurate and reasonable.

As for the on-site staff ... my 11-month old granddaughter contracted chicken pox while we were at Monsignor della Casa. The front desk personnel helped us get her to a doctor and because they were all booked up the next week, found us alternative accommodations until she was able to travel. Even before this, they did everything in their power to make us feel at home and provide for our needs including making arrangements for winery tours and offering suggestions for other sites to visits.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

If you are looking for a relaxing and care-free vacation, there is no doubt Monsignor della Casa is the place for you. I actually long to go back there again.

Things to do in this area

We ate in most evenings since we could get fresh pasta and wonderful cheeses and breads at the grocery. In the mornings we frequently went into town to have breakfast at a Gellateria that served wonderful pastries. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name.

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