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Review 399: Pie di Costa, Apartment

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Review by Libbie from NC

5 apartments on an estate in Montaione, near Florence, Tuscany Chianti


When

March - April, 2002, 3 weeks

Location

Pie di Costa is located very near the tiny ancient hilltop village of Montaione, about 45 km. south of Florence. It is an old farmhouse that has been very tastefully converted into five apartments. It is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and the views in all directions are lovely, very Tuscan. It is very quiet, but less than a kilometer from the village with all necessary stores and restaurants.

Nearby Amenities

One can walk to the stores and restaurants in the village, however it is quite a climb, as Pie di Costa is sharply downhill from the village. There is a nice small market in town once or twice a week.

Within easy driving distance to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Cortona, Assisi, and very near San Gimignano and Volterra. In the next town, Castelfiorentino, 6 km. away, one can catch the train to Florence very easily.

The House/Apartment

There are five apartments, all very recently created in an older building. They were designed and built and furnished with excellent taste. I was in four of the five apartments and all were top quality.

There is a separate laundry room. Heating, if required, is optional and involves an extra charge, but works very well.

Garden

There is a lovely large lawn around the house, with bar-b-que grills, a large patio, beautiful plantings and flowers. Each apartment had a private outside sitting area, some large, some small. There is a very nice pool, open from Easter on.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartments were immaculate. They are furnished to a very high standard. The furniture is very high quality, and there's more than enough for everyone.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds and baths are very comfortable. Lovely freshly ironed sheets are provided each Saturday for those staying over.

Kitchen

The kitchen was at least as good as mine at home. The pans and utensils were first rate, and every (Italian-cooking) possibility had been considered. The largest apartment has a fireplace with cooking grill in the kitchen.

Problems or Bonuses

The best thing about staying here is the host family! We truly felt we made lasting friendships with Filippo, the young owner/manager, and his mother, Nila. Also involved is the charming Paola, Filippo's lovely sister, and an old family friend, Roberto, who speaks no English and loves all Americans. These people made us so at home, did really kind favors for us, were the most welcoming and hospitable people we met on our long journey. I cannot overstate their hospitality and the comforts of their apartments.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I found this apartment on the web. Filippo Bracci, the owner/manager, speaks excellent English. I note that the rates are not currently posted on the website. These apartments were very affordable by Tuscany standards.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

My husband and I cannot wait to return to Pie di Costa. We went for two weeks, stayed for three weeks and hated to leave then. We really thoroughly enjoyed everything about this place.

Things to do in this area

There is an excellent small hotel in Montaione (its name I've forgotten) with a very good restaurant. We ate there only once because we usually wandered off each day to visit one of the many Tuscan cities and towns nearby. We were here on Easter, which we spent in Siena. In three weeks we made five trips into Florence on the train. We saw all the highlights of Tuscany from this location. It was our first trip there, so we had lots of sights to see. Montaione itself is quite interesting, and makes a real effort to be attractive and helpful to tourists.

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