Trying to make a Tuscany Hotel Choice


May 12th, 2003, 07:30 PM
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Trying to make a Tuscany Hotel Choice

I'm trying to decide between the Relais Vignale in Radda or Castel Bigozzi in Strove.

We plan to travel from Florence and then stay 2 days before heading to Orvieto.

Any opinions?
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May 14th, 2003, 08:20 AM
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Hi - I was hoping someone with first hand information would reply, but not yet so I'll pass on a friend's impression of Relais Vignale. Ordinarily I wouldn't comment without first hand experience but I really trust this person's judgement and we did stop and tour Relais Vignale and regretted not staying there.

It's a lovely hotel and the dining room is reportedly excellent (my friend, who is a fine cook, raves about it).

Hope this helps (a bit!)

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May 14th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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Partly this depends on what you want to see. If you are interested in getting a feel for the Chianti countryside, Radda is a better spot, or perhaps something in Castellina. If you are just seeing San Gimignano and Siena, then you seem to be in between them in Strove. I have not been to either hotel, but am booking the Relais for my own trip later this year. I have not heard of the other place.
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May 14th, 2003, 09:20 AM
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Scates, I did not stay at the hotel in Strove, athough I believe we had a lovely dinner there. We stayed twice very near Strove in a farmhouse stay. Strove is not even a town, really, so you will be quite isolated there. On the other hand, you are well situated in beautiful countryside with easy access to San Gimingnano, Chianti country, Siena, and the lovely towns south of Siena like Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano.

If you want to be able to walk out in the evening near your accommodation, Radda might be better. But if you will be mostly day-tripping and returning after dinner, then Strove is a little farther south and more convenient to southern Tuscany.
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I prefer the Strove location to see more of Tuscany--unless you are really into Chianti. I have had good client reports on that property.
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