Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 743: Politian Apartments, Apartment
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
October 2003, 1 week
This apartment (#1 on the web site) is at the top of Montepulciano, with a truly spectacular view from both the living room and the bedroom. Friends rented the second apartment, which has the same view from its huge bedroom (the second apartment is accessed through the first, at least for the time being, so Giacomo only rents it to friends or family traveling together). Parking is not a problem -- it's on the street right outside the apartment building. The location is very quiet -- it's removed from the "main drag" and we were never bothered by noise outside. Additionally, there was absolutely no noise from other apartments; the soundproofing is excellent.
Restaurants, cafes, and groceries are all within walking distance. The closest restaurants are within a 5-minute walk, and groceries a bit longer. In addition there's a wonderful market at the bottom of the town every Thursday -- we walked, but I think a lot of people might drive.
The building is an old "palazzetto" long owned by Giacomo's family -- it runs the length of the street and has several entrances. Giacomo's apartments are on the third floor (American) (second floor Italian-style), and there are about 3 other apartments sharing the same entrance hall, which is bright and very well-maintained.
There is no outside sitting area, just the expansive view.
The apartment is quite clean, with enough sitting/dining space for 2 couples. There is a fireplace in the living room and Giacomo supplies firewood.
The bedroom is lovely, large and furnished with an antique dresser and armoire, and again that great view. The bath has a combination tub/shower and also a washing machine, and is quite spacious.
The kitchen is usable with more than enough dishes, and fine for cooking full meals, although the lighting could be better. I think Giacomo will take care of this soon.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprise was the size of the apartment and the degree of comfort it provided -- not luxurious but extremely comfortable. And of course, the view!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Giacomo, who speaks fluent English, was there to welcome us and give us information about the town, restaurants, etc. In fact, he had even made reservations for us at the closest restaurant, l'Acquacheta, which is so popular with locals that reservations are always necessary.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again any time, as would our friends who rented the second apartment. In fact, they had previously stayed in Montalcino a couple of times, but after the week at Giacomo's, decided that they really preferred Montepulciano.
Things to do in this area
Montepulciano is a great central location for seeing what I think is the most beautiful and interesting part of Tuscany -- Montepulciano itself, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, the nearby abbeys, even Cortona. As for restaurants, L'Acquacheta has a wonderful bistecca fiorentina, cooked the old-fashioned way over an open fire. We also liked Diva e Maceo at the bottom of the town, Grappolo Blu in Montalcino, and La Porta in Monticchiello.
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