Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4387: Le Casine di Castello, Il Nido
studio apartment in Castelmuzio, Tuscany South
29 August - 12 September, 2009, 2 weeks
We spent August 29 through September 12, 2009 in the charming “Il Nido” apartment at “Le Casine di Castello” in the medieval village of Castelmuzio, Italy. Two weeks is definitely not enough time to fully enjoy this area of Tuscany.
We had read many reviews before booking our visit and it’s rare to find everything exactly as others reported, but in this case it was. All the other reviews described the quaint apartment and it’s lovely furnishings, so there’s no need to repeat them.
Our apartment was very well equipped, very comfortable and the small garden area was lovely and private. The apartment even included a four burner real gas stove with two Italian coffee pots and a starter supply of wonderful Italian coffee - a great start to every day! The bed was comfortable and bedroom very pretty. Bathroom was wonderful, large and a big walk-in shower with door. It contained antique furniture and decorations that were very nice. and it was clean.
We would simply tell you that you can believe everything you read about this charming place.
We cannot say enough about Isabella and her concerns for her lodgers. She has thought of everything to make your visit perfect in every way. She has many different activities planned if you choose to participate. Any activity that Isabella was leading was tremendously informative. She is very passionate about the Val d’Orcia area you are in. You will learn more from her discussions than from any guide book. Isabella speaks and writes very good English. There is also a wealth of information in the books she has prepared for her guests to use.
Don’t miss Isabella’s tour of the family owned Romitorio, which begins with her insight into the people of the area in a way that explains the culture and history of an interesting and deep rooted way of life. The tour of the Romitorio includes artifacts of medieval, Etruscan and even earlier occupation of the site.
Before you begin the Pici making class, she even gives you a nice background of pasta making. The meal that followed was wonderful. Making the pasta, then eating it with new friends at long wooden tables while enjoying a glass of their own wine, is truly a Tuscan dream.
The Val d’Orcia is to us the most beautiful area of Tuscany, and, of course, all of Italy. There are so many charming hill towns all around to be explored and delightful meals to be enjoyed. We had never eaten black truffles until this trip and we can’t wait to return for a month in Il Nido and Il Cielo next fall to eat them again at “La Bottega delle Crete Osteria.” in San Giovanni d’Asso.
This was our fifth trip to Italy and never have we felt so safe in our lodging. We would be happy to share our experience with anyone interested in staying here. If you have ever thought of traveling here, stop thinking and do it! With Isabella’s help you will have the trip of your dreams.
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