Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 70: TuscanHouse, La Vigna
2bed/1bath house near Palazzone, Tuscany South
October 2000, 2 nights (we had to leave early)
La Vigna is a small house on an estate just outside the town of Palazzone, in southern Tuscany. It is mid-way between Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni, two wonderful towns (a 15 minute drive to either town).
The house is on the upper level of what used to be a farm building. The lower level is still unrestored. The house is about 500 square feet (similar to the apartment we had in Spello). It has no phone, but does have a TV. You enter into one large room with a fireplace and living area at one end and kitchen at the other. The kitchen is beautiful and even has a small dishwasher, but it is a somewhat awkward layout for cooking big meals. The stove is on one side of the room and the sink is on the other side. The table in the middle serves as your counter space until you are ready to eat. The sink is beautiful - made from stone - but is small. The kitchen is very well equipped and even has a kettle and drip coffee pot!
The living room and bedrooms are nicely furnished (one bedroom with a queen size bed, the other with one single). The bathroom has a good sized shower.
The views from the house are spectacular and the house is situated where a vineyard and woods meet. You can walk into Palazone in maybe 15 minutes. They have a caffe and a restaurant (but they were closed when we were there - they are being renovated), and two grocery stores. You can do some nice walks from this house either into Palazone and then around that area, or up the white road to the small town of Fighine. This is a quiet corner of Tuscany with not much traffic. It is a 15 minute drive to the Fabro entrance to the autostrada (exactly 15 minutes - we timed it). Part of the drive is on dirt roads, but the roads are good. We drove from this house to the Rome airport in 2 1/2 hours, including driving in heavy fog for half the trip, several stops at Autogrills and some morning rush hour traffic around Rome.
Zak says this is their "honeymoon cottage" - nice and private. There are a couple of other vacation rentals on the estate, but La Vigna is further down the road away from them and the main farmhouse. There is a nice swimming pool shared by all the houses. This is a very cute place and I would happily stay here again. The location is not as "central" as I recommend for a first-time Italy traveler, but if you have stayed in Chianti and now want to see more of Tuscany, this is a great location. Some first-timers who don't mind driving long distances each day may like this rental because it is close to the autostrada. However, I think you would be better off to see the area close by and do less driving.
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