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Trip Report Montepulciano apartment review - "Annex" apartment (Politian apartments)

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Accommodation review - Montepulciano
“Annex” apartment – Politian Apartments
http://www.politian.com/en/annex.html
also at http://www.apartmentsinmontepulciano.com/en/

Who: Family of 4. DH and I and our 2 boys, Alexander (4) and William (2)
When: Final 8 nights of May 2015
Cost: 700E for 8 nights, no additional fees for cleaning, etc.

Last year, we spent several nights in one of the four original Politian apartments. Loved Montepulciano, loved the apartment, loved the kind and helpful owners… and so on. This year, although I contacted Giacomo and Maria in August for a late May rental, the Politian apartments which would have met our needs were already booked. Giacomo suggested the Annex apartment next door, owned by his cousin Antonella (and managed by her along with him and his sister Maria).

The Annex apartment was absolutely lovely. It’s furnished in a more modern way (fewer antiques – not a bad thing for our crew!!). It had two nice sized double bedrooms with comfortable beds. One of the rooms has a large walk-in closet?! The first I’ve seen in Italy in eleven trips! It also had two nice bathrooms, a large and open dining/sitting/kitchenette area, and a small “studio” room down the hall with a foldout futon bed and TV (we used this room as a playroom for our two boys). Kitchen had oven, gas range, fridge, and freezer (no microwave or dishwasher – not a problem for us). Assorted coffee makers, toasters, etc. There is a washing machine just outside the unit.

The garden in the back is beautiful. Understatement of the century. From it, it is possible to access the main Politian apartments. This was perfect for us, as my parents were staying in one of those. The entrance to the main apartments from the street is a different door (and different key) than the entrance to the Annex. Not a problem to go between the two buildings easily though if you just go through the backyard garden terrace!

Parking is the only small hiccup, as there are limited permits for parking on the street just outside the apartment. There is however, a large city lot just a few minutes downhill from the apartment. White marked spots are free, blue marked spots are paid (around 12E/24 hours, I think). We never had a problem finding free (white) spots. It’s perhaps 3 minutes downhill to the lot, maybe 5-6 minutes going back uphill depending on how much the grade slows you slow down . I could only see this being a challenge for those with *very* limited mobility – our 4 yr old son has special needs (his gross motor skills are affected) and he did just fine. You can definitely park just outside the building temporarily to load/unload luggage.

Location is great. Inside the old town but at the periphery – i.e., quiet! Very walkable to all the cafes, restaurants, museums, churches, etc. Our favorite café for the morning is Café Antico Poliziano. Not too overrun by tourists if you get there before 9am. The barista memorized each boy’s favorite hot chocolate concoction and cookie/pastry within a couple days – she’s start prepping their orders as soon as we appeared at their doorstep. Our favorite lunch/dinner restaurant was Trattoria Cagnano yet again (same as in 2012 and 2014). Fabulous people, good and reasonably priced food. We really got to know the family as we dined later a couple evenings when my parents babysat the boys. The day following one of our long conversations, they pulled Alexander (our 4 year old) into the pizza kitchen and helped him make and cook his very own pizza. Highlight of the trip for him, a child who works harder than any person I’ve ever known with 40+ hours of therapy weekly.

Overall Thoughts – we will definitely, definitely return!

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