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Review 823: Politian Apartments, Apartment 1


Review by Charley/Betty from CA

apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South


April 2004, 1 week


See Ann from Hawaii's review - Review 743 - which we agree with.

The large apartment is on the third floor of a 18th century palazetto. On the slope of this hill town, the living room and bedroom have a wonderful, unobstructed view of the valley and hills, and the kitchen has a garden view, so it's quite private. Located at the end of the main walking/driving route through town, access is good, but there's little traffic since most motorists park outside the old town. We always found parking on the street outside the apartment.

Each room has a radiator, which are controlled by a central thermostat.

Nearby Amenities

This is located at the north end of town, while most stores are a 10-minute walk away. The owner recommends two nearby restaurants, Osteria dell'Acquachetta and Quatro Venti. The town grocery store, Conad, is at the other end of town; there are a couple of tiny grocery stores in the old town.

The House/Apartment

Giacomo Stuart, whose family owns the 18th century palazetto, rents another apartment in the building. We rented apartment 1. Family occupies many of the other apartments.


There is a shared garden in back of the apartment. Outside on the street there are benches and shade trees overlooking the countryside. No pool or balcony.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The wood furniture is old/antique with much wood inlay. Two comfortable sofas in the living room; plenty of chairs. No TV.


The wrought-iron, queen-king bed was comfortable.


The kitchen and bathroom were renovated a few years ago. There's a 5' high built-in refrigerator. The gas stove requires manual lighting. No microwave.

Problems or Bonuses

The view is even better than the pictures! Swallows darting around at dawn and dusk.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Giacomo Stuart, the owner, is friendly and speaks English, but he is frequently out of town, since he works near Siena and takes vacation in the winter. We saw his mother more often. She doesn't speak English, but she's patient and nice, so we were able to communicate with her

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We'd stay here again and recommend this to our friends. The price is reasonable. We enjoy apartments: the kitchen gives you eating flexibility, and having a living room is good when you wake up in the middle of the night and read. The town people are friendly. There are only two ways into the old town, and we got lost trying to find the apartment. We asked an elderly couple for directions, and the man got into our car and directed us to the apartment -- without speaking a common language.

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