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Review 4343: Il Poggiolo, Casa Colonica


Review by Michael J from NC

2bed/1bath apartment near Montevarchi, Tuscany Chianti


October 18 - 24, 2009, 6 days


Il Poggiolo near Montevarchi is a marvelous country villa on a quiet hill only 10 minutes drive from town. We stayed in Casa Colonica (2bed/1 bath) converted farmhouse that far exceeded our expectations.

The downstairs was roomy (living, dining, ample and fully equipped kitchen, and comfortable sitting area) with spacious two bedrooms on the second. The views were magnificent and delightfully secluded.

The owner, Sara, was amazing and a delightful host. She helped with dinner suggestions, directions, and guidance on taking the train from Montevarchi to Florence (even providing local information on best places to park near the train station for free!). There is obvious pride and attention to detail from Sara on every aspect of your visit. From the moment I first contacted her through our departure, she could not have been more responsive or accommodating.

The owners live on the property and available if you need something, but otherwise you get the feeling that you are in your own home in this incredible setting! I was traveling with my wife and two adult daughters and all of us were thrilled with the accommodations. We found (at Sara's suggestion) great restaurants in Montevarchi and nearby Mercatale as well as the local food coop all of which was within an easy 5-10 minute drive. In addition, access to the A1 Autostrada was an easy drive north of town (less than 15 minutes) that helped with all our daily excursions to Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Montalcino, etc. We took the train to Florence from the station in Montevarchi (highly recommended).

The views and quiet beauty of Il Poggiolo are precisely what we were looking for on our first trip to Italy. If you are looking for a comfortable home as a base for your tour through Tuscany yet also want a local town that has all the amenities your could want - Casa Colonica at Il Poggiolo is the place! We will definitely be going back and highly recommend it!

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