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Review 799: Owner, Il Cassero


Review by janmendel from GA

apartment, sleeps 2, in Lucignano, Tuscany Chianti


March 2004, 5 days


Lucignano is one of the most beautiful hill villages we've ever seen. The accomodations were wonderful. The rooms are located in the guardhouse that is part of the wall of the village and are large with cotta floors and beam ceilings. The kitchen was small but functional for meals. There is a lovely courtyard to sit on when the weather is warm and we had meals out there a couple of days. The house is filled with gorgeous antiques and also some etruscan artifacts found on the property by the owner's grandfather. Lucignano itself is very well situated in Tuscay - 30 minutes to Siena and 20 minutes to Cortona. We were able to day trip from there to Pienza, Montepulciano, Arezzo, Montelcino and Greve in Chianti. The owner is wonderful and very helpful. We'll definetely be staying here again and again.

Nearby Amenities

There are two markets, three cafe bars and multiple restaurants all within easy walking distance - just inside the village walls.

The House/Apartment

The building was built in the 1600's and is in excellent shape. It has a tower attached to it that was built in 1300. I think there are four total apartments.


There is a lovely large court yard that is shared among the guests but it is walled off from the street and village. We saw other guests but had a real sense of privacy in the garden. There is a pool that is down the hill from the apartment.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture in our apartment was in good shape and comfortable. The bed was very comfortable (we slept 15 hours the first day we were there) and it was very clean.


The bathroom was large and clean and the hot water was ample.


This kitchen is small - a kitchenette really but was sitll very usable for cooking a light meal.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We will definetely stay here again. The room was perfect for us and we loved being in the village. The location was just perfect for dray tripping around Tuscany. The owner and his wife are wonderful, salt of the earth people. This accommodation is a bit rustic - no central heat and air - but the radiators worked just fine and our room had a working fireplace and two doubled-shuttered windows looking out over a street in the village. It wasn't too noisy or too busy. And the town has bells which are rung in the morning - we just loved it!

Things to do in this area

Siena, Montepulciano, Montelcino, Pienza, Arezzo, all of Chianti are within an easy drive - no more than an hour. In Lucignano the Civic Museum and church are beautiful, there are lots of shops (clothing, kitchen stuff, gorgeous pottery, a news stand) two grocery markets, three coffee bars and numerous restaurants. The restaurants were awesome - our favorites - Il Gocchino and La Rocca I'll write restaurant reviews about.

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