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Food_for_thought Jul 23rd, 2010 11:15 AM

Tuscan Agriturismo
 
We are planning a vacation to Tuscany in the summer of 2011 (late June to mid August) and are interested in staying at an Agriturismo for up to 1 week. Idealy we would like a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment somewhere between Siena and Florence for two couples and Mother-in-law (ages 50 - 80). We would be flying in to Rome and taking the train to Florence and renting one or possibly two cars. Interests are food, wine and possibly golf. I have read that weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday. We would prefer to go in late June (my wife is a school teacher) rather than the hotter months of July and August. I've looked at several locations via the web but most won't let you filter for 3 bedroom , 2 bath. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also whether A/C is necessary in late June or early July. Thanks.

michele_d Jul 23rd, 2010 11:36 AM

Hi Food_for_thought,
We very much enjoyed our stay at Fonte Bertusi just outside Pienza last year. We loved the location.

http://www.fontebertusi.it/eng/price...s-rooms-bb.asp

There are several individual apartments. They are in an old Tuscan farmhouse. Some are one bedrooms and some are two bedrooms. The owners are fantastic and the breakfasts are unbelievable.

Enjoy your trip,
Michele

bobthenavigator Jul 23rd, 2010 11:40 AM

Here is a good start--if you want Chianti:
http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/list.asp?r=Tuscany Chianti

zeppole Jul 23rd, 2010 12:35 PM

I think if you haven't tried google searches for "agriturismo florence golf" that might net you the most possibilities. Some of the areas around Siena are protected from development, precluding golf courses, where around Florence -- which can be quite beautiful -- the topography and the zoning have allowed for 18-hour golf courses. And of course this is the heart of Chianti wine country.

For instance here is one with 3 double bedrooms in Chianti:

http://en.agriturismo.com/farmhouse-...p?inserztabs=0

And here are the pictures of a photographer who stayed there two years in a row:

http://mpcphotos.smugmug.com/Topside...74822921_vcoiT

http://www.mpcentanni.com/Topside/It...08164454_Y7QG8

Also, here is just one agriturismi that I found by using the search terms "agriturismi Florence three bedrooms"

http://www.soledelchianti.it/en-chianti-florence/villa/

This one is in your target area with air conditioning, but I don't know how far you'd need to drive to a golf course.

http://en.agriturismo.com/farmhouse-...ni-d-arbia.asp

You should see if you can find current reviews on Tripadvisor and other places for any agriturismo that seems to suit your needs. One thing you will find if you peruse Tripadvisor reviews for this year is that people who booked many very popular agriturismi complained the agriturismi were hot because of this summer's bad heat wave, even some agriturismi that did in fact have air conditioning. If your group really needs air conditioning, you should dig through Tripadvisor reviews for "specialty lodging" in towns around Florence and Siena -- and if people said they were happy with the air conditioning this year, see if you can find enough space in that agriturismo to suit your needs. You might consider renting an apartment and an independent room.

Good luck!

Food_for_thought Jul 27th, 2010 06:32 AM

Thank you Bob and zeppole. The slowtrav.com website has a lot of info and I was able to search for 3+ bedrooms.

We are also thinking of taking a cooking class with Jeff Thickman outside of Florence. Have you heard of him?


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