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Review 4784: Politian Apartments, Apartment #1
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
September 11-18, 2010, 8 nights
We recently stayed in this beautiful apartment in the hill town of Montepulciano. The apartment is on the second floor of a typical Tuscan town house and has wonderful views of the rolling valleys and vineyards below. The view is unforgettable, especially in the early morning when mists wreathe the surrounding hills.
The apartment is on the main street of the town, however is quiet as it ends in the little church of Santa Maria dei Servi. Many cafes, wine and specialty stores and restaurants are a stroll away. The main supermarket is at the other end of town, as is the bus station and both are walkable within 25 minutes of so.
The apartment is lovely - a mix of warm woods, terracotta floors, lamps, books, music CDs and paintings. We settled in almost immediately. The french doors in both the sitting room and bedrooms give leafy views of the countryside, and the kitchen doors look out to a nice garden below. There are perhaps another three or four apartments in the building; we met another tenant only once as we were heading up the stairs.
The setting is extremely quiet and parking is easy on the street below. This street carries a little foot traffic and local cars come and go, but it is essentially peaceful and safe.
Apartment #2 has, I believe, access to the garden. We were very content with our beautiful views. The sitting room has a small table that is a very pleasant space to enjoy wine and food while looking out.
The apartment was clean, cocooning and extremely comfortable. Plenty of comfy seating, both in the kitchen and sitting room. The central hallway has storage cupboards with an airing rack, iron and so on. Jazz CDs, lots of novels and guidebooks were great to enjoy with a glass of Montepulciano Nobile.
Very comfortable (albeit firm) bed and large bedroom, again those views are marvelous. A light, airy, large bathroom with washing machine and clothes line outside the bathroom window. Bliss. Shower and usual Italian amenities!
Kitchen had a stove-top, oven, lots of utensils, spices, jams, oil and vinegar. Wonderful for preparing meals and prepping, as there is plenty of space. We particularly enjoyed having access to fresh basil and parsley from the window-box! All appliances are modern and in good order; there is also a small dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
All good surprises. Very comfortable apartment, helpful and unobtrusive owner who was very quick to respond to our WiFi problems (we had a couple of hiccups connecting to the network). Giacomo is a delightful landlord who has an obvious enthusiasm, knowledge and enjoyment of his house and the town of Montepulciano.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
As stated above, Giacomo was prompt, ready to accommodate our requests (particularly as we found we needed to extend our stay) and very pleasant to converse with. We arrived in Montepulciano at about 2pm and Giacomo met us, gave us a quick rundown of the apartment and surrounds and was always on hand if we needed him via email or mobile. We appreciated this very much. The apartment rates are extremely reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, absolutely we recommend the Politian apartments. We are already planning to return with friends who would also love the apartment and surrounds. We had an idyllic and relaxing time in Montepulciano.
A bit of advice - we found we didn't really use our hire car. Like all hill towns, navigation is somewhat difficult with one-way streets and tight corners. Our car sat most of the time parked below the apartment. Local buses visit Siena and Florence. Taking a train to the Montepulciano station (which is about 5kms outside the town) and catching a taxi would be far more economical and practical, unless you enjoy the driving or want to visit the smaller/out of the way places. Montepulciano was large enough to keep us local for our week long stay; we enjoyed visiting the Thursday market, exploring the town and trying the local wine and Pecorino cheeses. Next time we'll attempt some of the hiking trails and manage with local buses and trains.
Things to do in this area
We loved walking everywhere. The church of San Biagio below the town is lovely. The restaurant of la Grotta opposite San Biagio was our favourite place to eat; great food, elegant surrounds and attentive service. We also enjoyed La Gamba di Gatto for pure theatre! Let the owner tempt you with different wines and olive oils.
Try the local pasta, pici, with wild boar sauce. The Pecorino from nearby Pienza are delicious, especially with the local honey and pears.
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