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tuscany inn or hotels for september babymoon

Aug 3rd, 2009, 11:14 AM
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tuscany inn or hotels for september babymoon


My wife and i are expecting our first child in december. We are very excited and want to take one last vacation before the baby comes and we are heading to tuscany.

We are looking for a great place to stay that has good food and a location where we can take day trips to a variety of places.

We are going to be there for about 8-9 days and ideally might stay at a high end place on the very end of our trip (400 per night or something like that) and something more moderate (200 - 300) on the majority of our trip.

We are looking for it to be a fun and relaxing trip, we would like a place with a pool and a great view. My wife would love something that had more of a farm like feel to it but we would look into all suggestions.

Thank you very much for your help with this adventure
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Aug 3rd, 2009, 11:24 AM
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With your scenario, I would opt for Locanda San Francesco below. A fav that is more upscale but not on the list is Locanda Amorosa. I like these loactions better:


A. RURAL LOCATIONS: All have parking and good food options nearby

1. Relais La Saracina www.lasaracina.it 230 to 300E
Fabulous country home near Montepulciano—helpful owners

2. Cretaiole Agriturismo http://www.cretaiole.it/ Good value for families

3. Terre di Nano www.terredinano.com 100 to 155
Both rooms and apartments at rural Agriturismo near Monticchiello

4. Hotel Pescille www.pescille.it Good value at a rustic hotel only 3 km from famed San Gimignano with great views---100 to 130E

5. Fattoria Tregole www.fattoria-tregole.com 110E to 180E
Has both B&B and apartment accommodations. Near Castellina in Chianti

6. Agriturismo apts. near San Quirico— www.poggiolo.info/ About 110E

B. IN-TOWN LOCATIONS: For walking convenience to shops & ristorantes.

1. Palazzo del Capitano www.palazzodelcapitano.com 130 to 180E
Very nice small hotel in center of San Quirico—perfect location to explore.

2. Vecchia Oliviera www.tuscany.net/oliviera/ 130 to 180E
Nice 4 star hotel at the gate into lovely Montalcino---has pool.

3. Palazzina Cesari www.montalcinoitaly.com 80 to 110E
Lovely small B&B in heart of Montalcino—great value—2 night stay minimum.

4. Locanda di San Francesco www.locandasanfrancesco.it 180 to 200E
New boutique B&B in a lovely location in Montepulciano—great reviews !

5. Palazzo Ravizza www.palazzoravizza.it 130 to 180E
Very nice & popular hotel in Siena with parking.

6. Fattoria Vignale http://www.vignale.it/eng/ Four star hotel in Radda in the heart of Chianti. About 230E for double
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Aug 3rd, 2009, 11:54 AM
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thank you bob, i believe i saw some of these on another posting that you responded to.
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Aug 3rd, 2009, 12:42 PM
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Bob seems like he has some really good ideas! I too have a favorite spot when I just want to relax, enjoy the countryside, and swim....I assume you'll be in a car right? Anyway, a friend of mine just got married here and it was absolutely fantastic! Plus they can organize fun things like olive oil and wine tastings, and eating well is definitely important with a baby on the way I loved it here, and I'm sure you would too, plus it's actually surprisingly affordable for what it offers: http://www.italiancollection.com/en/Le-macchie.html

Check it out!
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Aug 3rd, 2009, 01:18 PM
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Congratulations on the baby and I'm sure you'll find someplace lovely. I'm only posting to say that in Italy (where I live) a great many people serve and eat unpasteurized cheese, and of course on farms. Unpasteurized cheese can pose special risks to pregnant women and pregnancy, so a bit of awareness is in order. Sorry for the down note, but you might want to google brucellosis. The risks are considerably higher in more southern parts of Italy.

Ciao! September is a beautiful month to come to Italy.
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Aug 3rd, 2009, 02:54 PM
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La Bandida chould be perfect for you-

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Aug 4th, 2009, 06:16 AM
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have you stayed at la bandita? i had also looked into villa bordini, il falconiere and il borgo. any thoughts on those?
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Aug 4th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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I have not stayed at La Bandita but have seen the property. It is in a beautiful location and the reviews I've read have all been very positive. I prefer the location of Il Bandita to the locations of the other options you mention.
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Aug 4th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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Always pick location first in Tuscany. Decide what you want to see in Tuscany before you decide on where to stay. I too prefer the Bandita location--or most on my list--to the places you mention.
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Aug 5th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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any other suggestions? still looking. thanks for the help
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I'm going to disagree with the advice to "Always pick location first in Tuscany. Decide what you want to see in Tuscany before you decide on where to stay." I would suggest that you decide what you want to experience in Tuscany -- which, in Italy, is sometimes a different matter from sightseeing. Many tourists in Tuscany, especially American tourists, prefer car-centered trips, where the object is really about getting in the car each day and driving to "hit" a lot of different towns, mainly to shop and sightsee. Then location matters more than the local food, etc.

But there is a different kind of Tuscan experience, where you go to an agriturismo or farm stay, or a very well-appointed castle-type relais, have someone cook for you every day, and only occasionally get in a car to go touring. Otherwise you relax and enjoy the Tuscan life. Not all these places are upscale, but people who stay there find them memorable:





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