One place or two in Tuscany?

Feb 7th, 2006, 01:08 AM
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We have rented an apartment in Villa Ciccolina for next Easter. I've never been there but it seemed to me a nice place and a good location to explore the Val d'Orcia and Cortona and Arezzo. Maybe part of Umbria too.
A fantastic B&B in Chianti is La Locanda (Volpaia, Radda in Chianti). We stayed there three years ago and would like to repeat.

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Feb 7th, 2006, 09:40 AM
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I spend the entire month of May in Southern Tuscany every year, and all in one central location. I use it as a home base and travel around to all the hilltowns (large and small.) I have moved around in previous years nd simply find the packing and unpacking frustrating. I take a day-bag and hit the road, returning when I feel like it.
Check out for VERY reasonably priced apartments that are each quite beautiful. The location is perfect, the town small but with good restaurants, etc, and very simple to drive in and out of. (if you have ever driven in and out of,say, Siena you will understand why this is important!)
My travels in all of Tuscany have landed me in Monticchiello, on the edge of the Val d'Orcia near Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni, Siena, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, etc.
Use the money you'll save on accomodations to enjoy some reasonable but fantastic meals & great wines.
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Feb 7th, 2006, 09:49 AM
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Oh, and since I forgot, distances in a car are short. You can see Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Bagno Vognoni, and Montalcino in one day if you want, and you can actually walk from Monticchiello to Montepulciano & Pienza.
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Feb 7th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Elaborate on LeMaribelle. Which apt do you lease and what exactly is parking like, shops, f places to eat?
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Feb 7th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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>>you can actually walk from Monticchiello to Montepulciano & Pienza.<<

Those are breathtaking walks - both the scenery and your huffing & puffing from the uphill climb to these latter two towns.

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Feb 7th, 2006, 07:41 PM
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NonaGrumpy, please do elaborate on this place. looked at the website and it looks great. which apartment? is it quiet? is there nice garden? is breakfast included? is there parking?
any other info appreciated.
we'd be in july -- think it would be too hot without a/c or problem with mosquitoes?
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