Where to stay: Summer in Tuscany

Old Feb 14th, 2005, 07:54 PM
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Where to stay: Summer in Tuscany

Howdy fellow travelers,

My wife and I (late twenties) are going to Italy for 17 days in August. (Unfortunately, we didn't really have any option but to travel in August.) In between a couple of nights in Venice and a week with another couple in an apartment in Rome, we're spending a week driving around Tuscany.

We're looking for a single place to stay for the week -- priorities are: reasonable price, reasonable access to lots of the towns in Tuscany, scenery/setting, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary [Note that our main unusual "preference" is that we're not aiming to see Florence during this week.]

My two current frontrunners are:

-- Essiccatoio at Calboccia (http://www.calboccia.com) - great vistas, highly recommended here, border of Tuscany and Umbria.

-- Colle Lungo - vineyard in the Chianti region - highly recommened at slowtrav.com - more central to Tuscany. The smaller apartments are comparably priced to Essiccatoio.

Can anyone comment on these two places, or suggest alternatives? As you see, we're thinking places outside of cities, though we'd be open to suggestions to great places inside towns/cities as well.

thanks in advance!
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Old Feb 14th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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Hi, Lee. We stayed in a lovely agriturismo last October. The front door opened to a fantastic view of the Chianti valley. We had a full kitchen but there was a really nice little restaurant in San Polo nearby.

The place is called Podere Albereto and their web address (with photos) is http://www.greve-in-chianti.com/holiday-homes/albereto

You can also find them at the Greve-in-Chianti town web site. They are adding a brand new in-ground pool this year. It's an olive farm and they gift you with wine and olive oil. Trinidad also brought fresh eggs one morning.

It is close to all the Chianti hill towns. Trinidad speaks Italian and Spanish and her husband speaks Italian and English. They are utterly charming and the place is beautiful. It is very reasonable for the accomodations. We had a wonderful time there.
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Old Feb 14th, 2005, 08:44 PM
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What is a agriturisimo, like a gite?
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The above is a wonderful vineyard about 3 km outside Montalcino. You will
need a car but there are many little towns very close (within a half hour)
Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Sant Antimo, Monte Oliveto
Maggiore, Buonconvento, Murlo. The driving is easy and the food and wine in each town is special. If you want more information e-mail me.
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Old Feb 15th, 2005, 06:11 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, I"ll take a look at them both. Any other suggestions are still, of course, welcome!

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Collelungo is a fabulous choice. My last visit was autumn 2002. You will be situated perfectly for visiting the Chianti towns, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni. My husband and I made one long daytrip to Montalcino and San't

Collelungo is a lovely, well managed agriturismo and is only a couple of miles from Castellina in Chianti - several excellent restaurants to choose from. For other suggestions, take a look at the DivinaCucina website - I never visit Florence or the Chianti without Judy's restaurant recs.

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