Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 450: RRClarke, Panini
large apartment on a farm, Tuscany West
July 2002, 1 week
Villa Panini was on top of a very large hill, A bit hard to find but worth it. The views are stunning, very peaceful. There were other farm buildings as it was once a little hamlet.
You have to be organised to stay here. There is a little town nearby with a very good pizzeria. If you take the main road it is only 10 mins. The shops close for siesta 12 ish to about 4pm.
The building is about 500/600 yrs old and was quite impressive. In Tuscany people kept there animals downstairs while they lived above so it is interesting. We were above and the italian family lived downstairs. There was another family in another apartment on the side.
Outside was absoloutely wonderful. We had a great garden on a slope with a great swimming pool which we couldn't get the children out of. At the end of the garden there was a lavender field, which looked and smelled fantastic, hills, trees, fantastic. There is a barbecue and a patio with ample seating.
Some of the furniture was amazing, old Tuscan. Some was very basic. The apartment was very clean when we arrived. We were a party of 4 adults and 3 children (ages 11,9 and 3) and there was plenty of room. We made up our own beds which we didn't mind as I think the people were showing us the sheets were freshly laundered.
The bedrooms were very comfortable. The bedrooms the adults used were gorgeous with original floors. The bathroom was alright. It all worked. There was a seperate toilet off the living room/dining room which was a bit basic.
The kitchen was a bit basic, although there were loads of pots and dishes, and a kettle which is unsual for Italy. My friend who was with us is a chef and cooked up a storm. She said the kitchen was fine.
Problems or Bonuses
It was a bit of a shock when we first arrived, as this place is a working farm. As we live in London we're not used to chickens, sheep etc. but I would say it was a bonus, the children loved them. It is very rural but I think it did us the world of good being away from it all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I found the agency very helpful. The people who lived there were great. We had unusual storms and had a very funny day trying to hang out washing with the Italians trying to help us, nobody understanding each other. There was one lady who stared at us at first but became friendly. I found out she had never left the area! They were also lovely to the children.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend Panini. We loved it, Some of it is basic but it doesn't matter. We love Italy and normally go to Amalfi etc. but we are planning to come here again. The children had a fantastic time. I think it could be a bit lonely for just 1 child but if there are 2 then perfect. The only other thing is they need a child gate at the top of the stairs and to get your shopping enroute before you arrive.
Things to do in this area
We went all over Arrezo, Urbino, San Marino, an Aqua park in Rimini, all around the surrounding area which is lovely. The second week we stayed near Sienna and did all that area.
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