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Review 573: Italian Journeys, Apartment Matteotti
2bed/1bath apartment in Montalcino, Tuscany South
May 1 - 31, 2003, 4 weeks
The location of this apartment is in the historic center of Montalcino, steps away from the Piazza Popolo. The entry way was on the street, but the apartment looked into the eastern valley, below the town. It was a very quiet apartment with the interesting exception of a older gentleman who lives downstairs and sings opera to his two dogs around 8:30 am. We love the area of Montalcino and for us it was ideal to be in the center.
Never drove a car while there. All food, restaurants and wine shops are literally steps away. Within a 300 foot line we could; buy vegetables, souvenirs, classic brunello, meat, bread, groceries and have coffee in three different cafes.
The building is in very good shape with an apartment above and below the rental. The rental unit is recently renovated and everything is new.
There are three balconies, one main one off of the kitchen. These are all private. The views are from every window breath taking. We would eat our lunches and dinners studying the countryside of Tuscany. Montalcino has been called the balcony of Tuscany, this apartment is the reality. Pay attention to what is below you as well, Lily and Lola, two brick red cocker spaniels will wag their tails off in greeting every day (a treat carefully dropped would not be out of order) and do not miss the five tortises in the garden below.
All new, exceptional clean, easily enough furniture for four, although I might suggest this is better laid out for a family of four as opposed to two couples.
One major bedroom and a second sitting room that can be turned into a bedroom. Two bathrooms, one with shower, the other without. All up-to-date and modern facilities.
Good quality throughout the kitchen. We cooked heavily and found the pots and burners easily used. The refrigerator was almost full sized. Throughly enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and, during our stay, most meals were prepared by us.
Problems or Bonuses
The pictures of the view do not do justice to the reality of this apartment. Another bonus is that we were only steps from the shops and stores of Montalcino we like best. Enoteca Osteria Osticcio is only a few steps away (we shared their view) and very convenient to your ongoing education of italian wines. By the second week we could not easily get down the street without saying hello for 5-7 people who quickly recognized us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Luigi Dusi is the representative of the property. There really is no way he could have been better about the whole experience. He and his wife, Isabella were most kind in offering any information needed and were most gracious. English is a first languague, so communication is no problem although for the month Luigi pushed me on my Italian. They are both wonderful people and we throughly enjoyed having them coordinate this rental. The apartment totally reflected the information, and then they added more in the views and the people.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, would recommend anyone to this apartment. A couple would work best, although a family of four would be fine. This rental is for the traveler who wants to understand a deeper level of tuscan hilltop life. While the location is good for sightseeing other places, the real experience comes from inside the walls of the town where if you take the opportunity, you will be allowed to become an honory Montalcinese, if only for a few days. I think it is possible to find the mythical Italy of the years ago, and judging by the number of Italian tourists there other would agree. Buy your day's meal, take a cafe in the piazza, nod a hello to the shop keepers and taste some excellent brunello.
Things to do in this area
Live like an Italian in a Hilltop town. Grappolo Blu, always good, Osteria Osticcio, great for lunch and wine tasting (say hello to Francesaca and Tullio, two dear people), buy some vegetables with Laura and Lauradana and drink a cafe with Mustafa at the Fiaschetteria.
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