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Review 4520: Owner, Apartment Saverio
2bed/1bath apartment in Greve, Tuscany Chianti
April 2010, 4 days
The apartment is situated on the first floor of a three-level building overlooking Piazza Matteotti - the main Piazza in Greve.
There are five or six restaurants within the Piazza (one either side of the apartment itself), plus another three within a couple of minutes walk.
The nearest supermarket (Co-Op) is no more than five minutes away and while it does not stock every item you might need, has a comprehensive range of small goods, fresh meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables, alcohol, and basic groceries.
The apartment has obviously been renovated in the last year or two, but still retains a "rustic" feel about it.
Although located on the Piazza, night-time noise is not a problem as the two bedrooms are located at the rear of the apartment.
There is another apartment located on the floor above - the sound of footsteps from above is noticeable but not annoying.
There is a large lounge/dining room with a large traditional open fireplace the centre of attraction.
The bathroom has a separate shower and bath and, by Italian standards, is a good size.
You can view the property directly: Saverio.
The outside terrace is equipped with a table and chairs plus a large "market" umbrella. It is the perfect location to have a drink and watch the evening passeggiata.
There are outdoor dining areas for both adjacent restaurants, but these do not detract from the privacy of the apartment.
The furnishings are both comfortable and in good order. The apartment was very clean in all respects. The apartment will comfortably accommodate four people - six people should also have few problems.
The two bedrooms are large and there are plenty of windows to let in the sunshine.
Both bedrooms are huge! The master bedroom has a firm, king-size bed, which is quite comfortable. A large wardrobe, drawers and shelves proved plenty of storage space.
The other bedroom has two single beds with bedside tables, but no other storage.
There are plenty of spare blankets for the colder nights.
There is a combined meals/kitchen (with a full size four-burner gas stove, oven and dishwasher), which opens out onto a very large terrace overlooking the Piazza.
There is plenty of bench space an there is also plenty of crockery, glassware, cutlery and utensils supplied - the kitchen is more than suitable for cooking full meals.
Problems or Bonuses
No bad surprises.
Having experienced a number of apartment rentals in Italy, which are generally on the small side, it was nice to have so much room!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The apartment is rented directed from the owner, Saverio Piva, who also has a fine linen shop located under the apartment.
Saverio is a gem!
He was extremely welcoming an helpful. He assisted us with our very heavy luggage up the (steep) stairs to the apartment upon our arrival, made sure we knew where everything was located and gave us advice about the surrounding area.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If we were to return to the Chianti area we would definitely stay here again.
Apart from Greve being centrally located within the region and all of the surrounding towns easily reachable, having this apartment as our base just made things so enjoyable.
I can't think of one negative aspect of the apartment.
The apartment's listing on the website is accurate in all respects (although it doesn't mention the washing facilities).
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