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Review 5469: Politian Apartments, Apartment
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
October 2012, One week
Politian Apartments is in a centuries old palazzo inside the walls of Montepulciano. The apartments are on the second floor (third American) and the building is on the street that becomes the main street of the town. The building is attached to those around it, but there are no buildings opposite and, in fact, the rooms have a spectacular view out over the Val di Chiana through floor-to-ceiling french doors. Although on the main street the area is not noisy, and it is less than a five minute walk to Piazza Grande, and the rest of the city is within easy walking distance (keeping in mind that this is a Tuscan hill town and there are some steep streets).
There are mini-groceries within a ten minute walk. The Conad supermarket is another ten or so, at the foot of the town. There is a low cost public shuttle for those who need or want it. There are restaurants and cafes within this ten minute distance, including Caffe Poliziano, with great ambiance as well as what I consider to be the best coffee in all of Italy.
The building is historical, and has been in the Stuart family since the 19th century. It is indeed peaceful and quiet, as it is outside the business area of the town. Politian at present has four apartments available.
The apartments have use of an outside private terrace and garden. The Stuarts are in the process of converting an outbuilding to become a solarium, and are also working with the city to restore and plant an adjacent area with native vegetation. The outside areas area shared. There is no pool.
The antique furniture is in good condition and has interesting detailing. It was comfortable and the apartment was clean and neat. There was adequate seating for four in both the living room and the dining area.
The bed was comfortable and nicely appointed. The second bedroom also looked nice and not at all less nicely furnished than the master. We did not use the second bathroom but it appeared perfectly adequate. The main bath was quite nice.
The kitchen was large enough for two people or more to be working in it, and there were adequate dishes and cookware, all of acceptable quality. We did cook a number of full meals in it with no problems.
Problems or Bonuses
We had stayed in another part of this building on a previous trip, and also put our son and his family in this apartment last Spring. In addition, we were sharing a visit with friends who had stayed here before, so there were no surprises, but it was really nice to come back to the location.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with Giacomo through the Politian web site. Giacomo and his sister Maria both speak English and go out of their way to help any way they can. The reality of the apartment and its spectacular setting absolutely reflect how it looks on the web site. We paid €480 for the week in October.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I absolutely would and will stay in this apartment again, and highly recommend it. It is good value for the price, in an excellent location, with spectacular views, and operated by warm and caring people.
Things to do in this area
Montepulciano is in an area rich in history, architecture, art, music, food, and wine. Our favorite cafe is Caffe Poliziano. We really liked the food at Del Conte and also enjoyed A Gambe di Gatto (though the host can be a bit tedious with his loonggg presentations). We have spent eight weeks or more on three different "stays" in Montepulciano, so obviously we like the area. Pienza is nearby, as is the "other" wine town of Montalcino. Siena is an easy drive, and Firenze can be reached in a little over an hour. But there are many other smaller towns nearby that have much to offer, and it is also possible to visit nearby wineries or take cooking classes. Le Logge is another great restaurant, and Il Sasso is a language school in town with a worldwide reputation.
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