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Looking for advice on staying in Monteroni d'Arbia

Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 07:02 AM
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Looking for advice on staying in Monteroni d'Arbia

We are planning a family trip to Italy in June. We wanted to spend part of the trip in Tuscany or Umbria. We found a farmhouse 7 miles south of Siena in Monteroni d'Arbia. I'd love to hear from someone familiar with Monteroni d'Arbia Is it charming or is it modern?

I'd also love feedback from anyone who has stayed at the agriturismo we're considering. It goes by two names: Agritrurismo San Fabiano and Casa dei venti.

(The other locations we're considering as alternatives for this part of the trip are Spello, Torgiano, and Lucca--very different, I know.)
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 08:49 AM
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I would like that location to explore south Tuscany. It is in the area known as Crete Sensei and is quite scenic. Have fun, and do not miss the Abbey at Oliveto Maggiore.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 09:08 AM
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Charm can be in the eye of the beholder, but if you look at Monteroni d'Arbia in the streetview mode on maps.google.com, it's not very old. It looks like any number of small Italian towns that were established after WWII. It does have train service which might be convenient for going to Siena, and the location is great for lots of exploring in Tuscany.

Torgiano and Spello are great locations for exploring most of Umbria, and Spello is often called one of the most charming villages of Italy.

Many here love Lucca, but after two visits I'm still unmoved. It's location is only really good for NW Tuscany, but you might find its train service convenient for going to places like Florence, Pisa and perhaps the Cinque Terre.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Jean, Yes, I couldn't find charming pictures or descriptions of Monteroni d'Arbia and it made me worry that it might not be the dreamy spot I was envisioning.

The option in Torgiano we're thinking about doesn't have air conditioning. Any input on whether that's a problem or not? Thanks!
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There are many beautiful agriturismi in lovely locations in southern Tuscany. Do you want to be within walking distance to a town? If so, you will limit your options. But, If you don't mind being a 5 minute drive or more from a town, you will have a wide range of choices.

Have a look at my favorite place to stay, Fonte Bertusi, located just 5 minutes outside of Pienza and very central for exploring the landscape and nearby villages and towns. I love the location, property and the hosts.

http://www.fontebertusi.it/eng/

In Umbria, this is my favorite place to stay-

http://www.lecasegialle.it/

AC is not needed in an agriturismo. The walls are usually so thick that the heat does not get in.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 01:23 PM
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>>>Monteroni d'Arbia
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 01:53 PM
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It absolutely depends on the exact location of the property.

We rented just south of town on the ridge 3 miles towards Murlo. The view and the immediate area were stunningly Tuscan. However, as someone posted above the town itself is on the SR2, fairly busy and not how you would usually imagine a Tuscan town. It is generally modern and functional, I would think twice if the property is close to the centre of the town.

Buonconvento is further south and a better bet.
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Keep all the wonderful feedback and ideas coming! This is so very helpful. Thank you
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 04:12 PM
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lewis5, my rule is that you either (1) pick the property that appeals to you and explore what's within a reasonable distance or (2) pick the places/things you want to see/do and identify a property that is geographically central to those places/things. So, what's your priority: the property or the sightseeing list? It might also be helpful to know how many people, how many bedrooms and how many euros.
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