Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 854: Fattoria di Poggiopiano, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Fiesole, Tuscany Chianti
30 April - 6 May, 2004, 6 days
In the countryside, but only 7kms from Florence and Fiesole. Attractive and quiet small farming community. Town of Girone is 1 km from property, where it is possible to get a bus into Florence (it departs every 15 minutes, takes about 15 minutes to reach the center of the city).
Would recommend a car, but it would be possible to walk the 1 km to Girone where the bus stop is. Nearest small shops and restaurants are in Girone as well.
This is a typical old farm building that has been nicely converted into several apartments, there is an additional small outbuilding, that contains 2 small apartments. There are 7 apartments total. The property is well maintained.
There are a couple of seating areas, which are available to all. There is a medium sized above ground pool, with many loungers and shade provided by trees.
The furniture in the studio was limited due to the size of the space, it included a table with 4 chairs, a small coffee table and a wicker armchair.
The king size bed was quite comfortable. The single room was typical of most homes, with terracotta flooring throughout and thick stucco walls. The bathroom was good size, with a shower corner that did not drain as well as it should have, leaving most of the bathroom floor wet after use.
The kitchen was fully equipped for eating and cooking for 2-4 people, the corner included an undercounter refrigerater, a two burner cooktop and a sink, the counter space was quite limited. The cooking space could be used by one person at a time, given its size.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Mauro and Elisabeta were wonderful hosts, available just up the road at their farmhouse. Booking was done directly with Mauro. Both Mauro and his wife speak English, Mauro quite fluently. Their website accurately shows their property.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Given the responsiveness of the owners (especially in helping me out when my luggage was delayed by 3 days), the proximity to Florence and Fiesole and the value for money, I would recommend this rental.
Things to do in this area
Fiesole is an interesting town often overlooked by people visiting Florence. In addition to the fabulous elevated views of the city of Florence, there are several interesting properties worth noting: "Le Balze", is a property now owned by Georgetown University, it has a small and very attractive garden with "to die for" views of Florence, that can be visited by appointment.
Similiarly, the "Villa I Tatti" is now owned by Harvard University, can be visited by appointment only, has a wonderful garden and in addition a free tour includes a visit to several rooms filled with art work collected by its previous owner, noted art historian Bernard Berenson. The "Villa Gamberaia" has wonderful extensive gardens, with some unusual features and another different and fantastic view of Florence, there is a fee for visiting this garden.
Restaurant of note in Fiesole, "Cave di Maiano", there is also a good gelateria a short distance from the restaurant. A visit to all of these places would be best with a car but could be done by bus and with some walking.
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