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Lodging in Southern Tuscany for 5 with gorgeous views?

Lodging in Southern Tuscany for 5 with gorgeous views?

Oct 15th, 2010, 03:02 PM
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Lodging in Southern Tuscany for 5 with gorgeous views?

Well I just booked an apartment through Palazzo Foscarini in Venice for the 5 of us traveling in June. There is a husband and wife and their adult daughter and two adult women. With the exception of the daughter we are all high-school friends who are in our 50s. We are heading to Tuscany after Venice. We will rent a car and would like to stay in the Val d'Orcia area for three nights. My husband and I have stayed at Locanda di San Francesco in Montepulciano and LOVED it but I know it would be less expensive to stay in an apartment or agritourismo (sp?). Can anyone recommend one that has the amazing views that the Val D'orcia is know for. I prefer being in or near to a town. Thanks!!!!
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Oct 15th, 2010, 04:18 PM
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Look at the Politian apartments in Montepulciano. He has 2 of them and should be big enough for your gang--one has 2 bedrooms. We will be there in mid-May as well---2 couples who are also High School friends. Very reasonable.
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Oct 16th, 2010, 07:40 AM
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Thank you, bob. I always trust your advice. Anyone else?
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Oct 16th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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I've stayed at Montorio....amazing views. It's located just outside Montepulciano with views onto San Biagio.
http://www.montorio.com/

Bob's recommendation looks wonderful too.....I have a question. How close can you park at Politian?
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Oct 16th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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I always stay at the agriturismo Fonte Bertusi-

http://fontebertusi.com/eng/

The location, just 5 minutes outside of Pienza, is perfect. The views are incredible (great sunsets!), the hosts lovely, the property has plenty of shade, and the apartments all have a private patio. The breakfast, served in the breakfast room with a view, includes plenty of homemade products. You may need 2 apartments.

I think you will enjoy staying at the Palazzo Foscarini apartment in Venice. I've seen all three apartments (and have stayed at one, many times) and they all have plenty of space, are well located, and are nicely furnished.
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Oct 16th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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Re: Politian parking. You can park on the street right outside the entrance to the apartment building--it couldn't be closer. The stairs up to your apartment are the only challenge but easy enough.

We love the views!
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Oct 16th, 2010, 01:04 PM
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Zoe- Yes, I booked the Palazzo Foscarini (Ai Pugli) based on your advice. Thank you. Anyone else have any good ideas for Tuscany?
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Oct 16th, 2010, 01:35 PM
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rbnwdln,
Take a look at La Crociona http://www.lacrociona.com/
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Oct 16th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Good prices just outside San Quirico:
www.poggiolo.info/
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Oct 17th, 2010, 01:52 PM
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Several good choices, Thank you! Anyone else?
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Oct 17th, 2010, 05:11 PM
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rbnwdln,

I have spent many weeks in the area and although I have not stayed at any of these, I have bookmarked them for possible future trips (that is, if I can break my happy habit of Fonte Bertusi). I have checked out all of the locations and feel they are are well located.

http://www.santamariapienza.it/index.php?lang=ing

http://www.agriturismocasalpiano.it/index.html

http://en.agriturismo.com/farmhouse-...pio-pienza.asp

http://www.cretaiole.it/index.en.php
(Excellent location)

http://www.terredinano.com/pages_eng...o_toscana.aspx

http://www.lafonte.toscana.it/2006/ita/
(Excellent location)

http://www.agriturismosangallo.com/ENG/home.html

http://www.tobruk.it/agriturismo.php?lingua=en
(Incredible views and a beautiful property- my #1 pick for a future trip)

http://www.casafrati.toscana.nu/
(Well priced)

http://www.lupaia.com/location.html
(A beautiful B&B located in the valley below Montepulciano. It may not be right for your group but perhaps another trip)

http://www.lafoce.com/
(Beautiful apartments/houses/villa/property- very special and perfect for a group of 5)

http://www.lacasadiadelina.com/index...t&id=9&lang=en
(A small, lovely B&B located within the small, lovely town of Monticchiello)

http://www.lemaribelle.it/intro.en.php
(3 apartments located in Monticchiello)

If none of the above works for you, consider searching these two websites-

http://www.cretedisiena.com/english/

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals...cany/valdorcia
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Oct 17th, 2010, 05:47 PM
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I second zoecat's recommendation of Fonte Bertusi. We had a wonderful four-day stay there in late April of this year. My only minor disappointment was that the linens, both bed and bath, were worn and very basic. The grounds are wonderful; the views sublime; the breakfast excellent; the host and hostess warm and accommodating; the rooms spacious. I would return without a second thought. PJK
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Oct 17th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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Zoe - Wow! Thanks. I will check out your suggestions. The Poggio Tobruk looks wonderful. Have you seen it?
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Oct 17th, 2010, 11:20 PM
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I have stayed at Il Poggiolo (Bob's suggestion above) three years ago with a friend and we loved it. Indeed it is just outside the gorgeous little town of San Quirico (you can walk it) and several of the 111 apartments of varying sizes in this place will suit your needs. Gorgeous early morning views from the windows and a very lovely and caring caretaker at the place. I higly recommend, good prices too.
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Oct 17th, 2010, 11:21 PM
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Oops, that should read 11 apartments, not 111.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 06:22 AM
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I have seen Poggio Tobruk. It sits high on a hill with an incredible view of the Val d'Orcia. It faces west, so sunset views are of the valley and not the setting sun. It is 5 minutes from nearby Castiglione d'Orcia and a 10-15 minutes from Quirico d'Orcia. The mile road up to the property is a well maintained white (dirt/gravel) road. You can sit by the lovely pool and enjoy views of the countryside.

I still like the views from Fonte Bertusi better because of the sunsets. La Fonte shares the same views as Fonte Bertusi.
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