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Review 52: Colle Lungo, Apartment


Review by Jean from Michigan

apartments on estate near Castellina, Tuscany Chianti


October 2001, 1 week


Colle Lungo is an agritourism located just outside of Castillina in Chianti. It consists of 11 apartments, most having just one bedroom but a few have two.

We were greeted warmly by Tony, the owner, when we arrived. Each time we saw Tony or his wife, Mira, they seemed genuinely interested in us and how we were doing. Upon our arrival, we were given a tour of the facility including the pool, the laundry room, the honor bar, the lounge/TV room, and the free phone. (There are no phones in the apartments, but they provide a phone and allow free use for local calls.) We were also given a nice booklet that Tony and Mira had written that had lots of local information in it. This included restaurants, parking advice, and even day trips. We found this to be extremely useful.

Our apartment was immaculately clean and, although it was small, it was adequate for the two of us. (When we reserved our apartment, the only one available was the smallest one.) There are screens on the windows which was a plus for us on nice cool nights. The kitchen had all of the basics we would need, and everything seemed to be in excellent condition. And, most of all, the bed was very comfortable.

Most of the other guests were Americans, and some of them were traveling together in a group. This appears to be a place that caters to couples rather than families; I saw no children while we were there. The woman who works in the reception area is British and so is Tony, so all communication at Colle Lungo seems to be in English.

The primary reason we chose it was its location. We also liked the fact that there was someone there who spoke English in case of an emergency.

There are several paths on the property, and Tony encouraged us to wander anywhere we wanted. There are a couple of paths that lead into Castillina, and we took one of these one day to walk into town. Itís a very scenic walk and takes about 30-40 minutes.

The only drawback for us would be the access to outside seating. Each apartment is assigned to an outside seating area. In order for us to get to ours, we would have to go out of our apartment, down a flight of stairs, and walk around to the other side of the building. Along that side of the building, there were 3 or 4 small terraces, each belonging to a different apartment. We never used ours because it was rather awkward to get there, and it was not at all private. Other apartments had terraces or seating located immediately outside their door. If we return to Colle Lungo, I would request one of those.

We truly enjoyed our stay at Colle Lungo. The hosts and other guests were very friendly and helpful. The setting is beautiful, the accommodations were comfortable, and we loved their Chianti. We would definitely go back, and we recommend it to others.

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