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Sleeps:
2
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
15436
Nearest Town:
Staggia

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Vecchio Borgo - Piccola

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Overall:
This was my second visit in five months! I love it!
Enjoyed Most:
Setting.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Yes.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you're there in September, bring mosquito repellent!
Directions:
No. I used my phone

Barbara, September

Overall:
It was relaxing and our hosts made us feel very welcome.
Enjoyed Most:
We enjoyed eating and relaxing in the gazebo outside our apartment.
Surrounding Area:
It is beautiful and we enjoyed visiting some nearby towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was the nearest town and it would be difficult to walk there.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a GPS and use coordinates (not addresses) to find where you want to go.
Directions:
It was necessary to use a GPS in the area.
Check In Out:
Check in and check out was very easy.

Debbie, June

Overall:
Very relaxing, peaceful, great hosts.
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful setting on a very well kept farm.
Enjoyed Least:
WiFi only available in 1 area.
Surrounding Area:
The rolling hills and surrounding farms and vineyards.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia, yes--but not recommended to walk due to the narrow roads.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring coffee and sugar, the local Coop in Staggia is well-stocked. The steak restaurant in Staggia was very good and their pizza looked much better than the pizza shop by the Coop.
Directions:
We used a Garmin GPS with a European map. The only way we found our way around was by using the GPS and Latitude/Longitude coordinates that were on the properties website. I also used Google maps and copied the coordinates for each place we wanted to visit.
Check In Out:
Very quick.

Greg, June

Overall:
It turned out Vecchio Borgo was nothing like I expected. In fact, it was nothing short of absolutely excellent. We stayed for a week in the middle of a month-long vacation in three countries in Europe, and it was - by far - the best part of our trip.
Enjoyed Most:
So many positives, but the best part of staying at Vecchio Borgo is being hosted by the Tosi family. Claudia - who speaks excellent English - is the primary contact, and is experienced and competent in making you feel welcome. Simone, the cousin, (whom I understand is the Winemaker) speaks some English, and is willing to jump in and help with anything you might need. Rudy, Claudia's husband (and a full time farmer), says in English "eets OK". But that's enough to know he is able and willing to do what it takes to make your stay comfortable and fun. While we were there, he worked all one day in the field, then spent the evening grilling sausages for all the guests for dinner. Get the idea that staying at Vecchio Borgo is like being part of the family?
Enjoyed Least:
Not much to not like. Minor things like limited WiFi access, and no in-room telephone. But really, don't you take a vacation to get away from that stuff, anyway?
Surrounding Area:
Vecchio Borgo is almost halfway between Florence and Siena. In ancient times, the powers that were in those two cities fought over control of this territory. Consequently, many small villages built walls and other fortifications to protect themselves from being taken over. There are many towns and villages to visit with great architecture and culture to see. And the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nearest small town is Staggia. It is about a mile away, but you take you life in your hands by walking along the road to town. Roads are narrow, and Italian drivers are not shy.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you are cooking for yourself, the local Coop grocery stores in Staggia, and in nearby Poggibonsi, provide excellent foods and other necessities. The availability of fresh foods and produce in Tuscany means that eating in or out will be a positive experience.
Directions:
It should be obvious that you need to drive to Vecchio Borgo. Unless you read Italian, a GPS is invaluable.
Check In Out:
We stayed in 8 different hotels during this vacation - most of them Marriott or Marriott-affiliated places. Check in and Check out at Montalpruno was as easy or easier that any of them.

Sherman, May

Overall:
We would love to go back to Vecchio Borgo! Claudia, the daughter, who manages the property, speaks perfect English and could not have been more cordial or helpful during our stay. Her husband, Rudy, and her parents were extremely friendly and seemed very happy to be sharing their beautiful home and property with their quests. We loved the fact that it is also a vineyard and winery, producing their own brand of wine, and we were there during the harvesting of the grapes! My husband and another quest both had birthdays on the same day while we were staying there; Claudia and her family provided a wonderful birthday dinner for them and included all of the quests staying there. It was a very special experience for all of us!
Enjoyed Most:
There are so many things! The property is beautiful, with a swimming pool and many outside areas to enjoy. Each individual apartment comes with it's OWN outdoor gazebo area with table, chairs and candles--all with beautiful views and a great place to have your morning coffee or evening wine/antipasti! The apartments are charmingly decorated and very clean. The kitchen was spacious, had nice appliances and was well stocked with all the essentials for cooking, eating, and drinking. There is a wine cellar where guests can go at any time to get a bottle of one of the several wines they produce there. Guests simply sign the sheet when they take a bottle (an honor system) and pay for what they drink when they check out. The price of the accommodations is a very good value based on the property itself, the experience of staying there, and its location in Tuscany.
Enjoyed Least:
The only negative for us was the size of the shower. It is only big enough to stand right under the shower head. However, it was not that big of a deal considering all of the other positives to staying there.
Surrounding Area:
The immediate area surrounding Vecchio Borgo is absolutely beautiful. It is up on a hill with spectacular views and surrounded by grape vines and olive trees. Staggia is small, but has a few restaurants and small stores within a few minutes' drive. Within a few miles is Poggibonsi, which is much bigger with many restaurants, a very large grocery store (COOP) and anything else you would need to get. The location is perfect for visiting Tuscan hill towns, Siena, the Chianti region, and even Florence.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. It was only about a mile away, but the road is narrow with cars driving fast on it, so it is really not safe to walk into town. Also, the villa is on the top of a hill (beautiful!) and not that easy to walk up to for the average person.
Tips or Restaurants:
Claudia recommended a restaurant/pizzaria in Staggia that was very good and we went there twice--Trattoria Della Rana. Very close and easy to get to.
Directions:
The directions in your information packet were excellent and we used them to get there. We found out later that the GPS only works if you enter the city of "Poggibonsi" and enter "Monte Al Pruno" as the street. Hope this helps.

Art, September

Overall:
It was great. The owner was very hospitable.
Enjoyed Most:
Great locations for us, beautiful property in itself, and it was easy to get to and find.
Enjoyed Least:
The tennis court was not maintained.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful and well maintained, great location.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia- not really walkable because of the narrow curvy roads, but time-wise it was within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa had everything. We were advised to bring way too much stuff that we did not need in the end. The kitchen is fully stocked. you do not need coffee filters, condiments, towels...they have it all. What they do not have you can buy in the big PAM store 10 minutes away.
Check In Out:
Very easy.

Cindy, June

Overall:
I would definitely stay again. The walks in the vineyard and olive groves in the evening were just wonderful - so were the fig trees we found.
Enjoyed Most:
This was a lovely place, the view was gorgeous, the accommodations were very good and clean, and the grounds were just beautiful. The owners were also very hospitable and cooked us dinner one night - just lovely
Enjoyed Least:
There were several apartments on the property and there were children in some of the apartments. Their idea of quiee and mine is a bit different.
Surrounding Area:
Tuscany is beautiful. We took beautiful drives, ate at fantastic restaurants and picnicked in the country side. What could be better
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia - yes you could walk, but a bit far.
Tips or Restaurants:
No one should come to this area without going to Poggio Antico in Montalcino and Ristorante Badia a Coltibuono - superb.

Jennifer, October

Overall:
Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality.
Enjoyed Most:
The view, the olive trees and grapevines, the pool, our Gazebo sitting area, the stone barn and stone fence. We were welcomed warmly and treated well. We liked having wine or olive oil to purchase. We liked being able to walk back and see the grapes being picked. We liked being able to do laundry. We liked our cake. We loved the planters and the fig trees, pomegranate trees, lemon trees, etc. We liked the cats and the lizards. All in all very charming.
Enjoyed Least:
The front door lock. We managed to lock our selves out. Also, there was a coffee maker, but we drink tea. Would have liked to have a teapot and tea kettle.
Surrounding Area:
Chianti trail. The castles, museums. Very close to drive to Siena, Florence, Volterra, Monteriggioni.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Yes, you could walk there, but we had a car.
Tips or Restaurants:
Il Piccolo Castello in Monteriggioni. Excellent restaurant in old monastery at Badia ai Colti Buono.

Anne, September

Enjoyed Most:
The property is a very well-kept and well-situated property. We most enjoyed the outdoor aspects of the property; the views were beautiful in every direction. There are ample outdoor seating areas where we savored our morning coffee as well as sunset glasses of the vineyard's own wine. We also walked freely in the vineyard, lounged by the pool, and played tennis.
Enjoyed Least:
We were disappointed with the indoor living area, with just two chairs in the kitchen. Then again, the price was very reasonable and what the unit lacked in indoor space was compensated for by outdoor space and by the rest of the property.
Surrounding Area:
The property provided a great jumping-off point for visiting some of the towns around Tuscany. We visited Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Pisa. We had already spent several days in Florence, so we did not go there, but could easily have done so.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia Senese was the nearest small town. While it is within walking distance, we did not walk because of the narrow, curving road. Staggia has a Coop grocery store, pharmacy, and a few restaurants. We didn't find Staggia to be a place where we wanted to spend time, other than to stop in the Coop, so we chose to dine in other nearby towns or to cook at the property. Within a short drive was Monteriggioni, where we enjoyed several dinners. Monteriggioni is a charming hilltop town with several very good restaurants see below.
Tips or Restaurants:
1. Bring or buy extra towels for the pool. It is true that you are only given one bath towel per person for the week the towels and linens are not laundered during your stay. 2. Do eat in Monteriggioni! We ate twice at El Fuerte I think this is the name of the three restaurants at the far end of the square, this is the one on the left. The three-cheese gnocchi with truffles and the wild boar were very good, as were various of the toasted breads. We ate once at Ristorante Il Pozzo. This was also very good. My husband had one of the best and biggest steaks of his life there. 3. If you go to San Gimignano, you may want to dine at Cum Quibus, Via San Martino 17. Most of our day in San Gimignano we felt surrounded and overwhelmed by tourists and shops, but we had a very good, relaxing meal here.
Directions:
The directions provided by Rentvillas were very good. Still, our stress levels were significantly reduced by bringing along a portable GPS unit. We rented one from Auto Europe. A little bit of a pain to pack an extra thing, but worth having while exploring.

Laura, September

Overall:
Yes!!!!, Keep this property on the list as we will return to it on our next voyage to Italia.
Enjoyed Most:
Tutto va bene!!!!! Everything was fantastic! The open areas to dine outside and gather for any occasion were great. Walking through the vineyards and groves of olive trees...and the Vino!!!!!
Enjoyed Least:
Niente' Nothing bad to report
Surrounding Area:
Everything was easy to get to and the scenery from atop of the hill at the Villa was awesome. The road were well maintained, and access to the Autostrada was easy.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town is Staggia. They have a Coop market there, so you can purchase groceries. There's another Coop in Poggibonsi which is 7 kilometers away and it's bigger and has a better produce ion. Poggibonsi is where you can catch the train to Florence, Siena, Pisa etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
The only suggestion we have is to give yourself a full day just to stay and soak up the beauty of the Villa and its surrounding grounds. Soak up the Tuscan sun by the pool.

Leo, October

Overall:
We loved it. Claudia checked us in and out. She was great. The pool is very clean and well kept. We had a mix of weather - from gorgeous sunshine to chilly and rainy. We really hope to go again next year. We loved Tuscany and especially this property.
Enjoyed Most:
The apartment was small but very well equiped and very clean. Claudia and her family were very nice and attentive. We received a new set of towels and new linens half way through the week which was a pleasant surprise. They also made us a nice fruit torte. The place is incredible with amazing views. Since we didn't have a living room, we made use of our private terrace area to relax in the evenings. The tennis court was very good.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing really. We can't wait to go there again, but we'll try to get a larger unit with a living room.
Surrounding Area:
Location! Only 35 minutes to Firenze and 20 minutes to Siena. Montalcino and Montepulciano are also less than an hour away. Also, if you like driving, you'll get to drive on some amazing twisty roads through the Chianti mountains.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia is the smallest locality but you really need to got to Poggibonsi if you need a large COOP grocery store to buy food. Monteriggioni is a hidden small town up on a hill with an amazing restaurant - Il Ristorante Castello Piccolo. You need a car.
Tips or Restaurants:
It was a good idea to buy some food stuff prior to arriving on Saturday afternoon as everything is closed on Sunday unless you go to Poggibonsi in the early morning. The apartment was very well equipped. There is an American coffee maker and filters and a traditional espresso maker. So bring your coffee! Everything else was there. If you like shopping, go to the Prada outlet and the DampG and Gucci outlets, all off the A1 southeast of Firenze.

Dana, October

Enjoyed Most:
The owners were very warm and helpful as well as an outstanding property.
Enjoyed Least:
The shower.
Surrounding Area:
It was very close to so many wonderful towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
Babbets

Phil, September

Overall:
This vacation was memorable. I hope to be back next year. Once you go, you don't want to leave.
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quiet was so relaxing. Just to sit on the patio at night with a glass of wine made the vacation wonderful. The caretakers Claudia, Rita and Franco were so nice. On arriving they gave us a bottle of wine from their vineyard and it was excellent. So were the other wines and the Vin Santo! On another day they knocked on the door with a homemade fruit torte. They couldn't have made us feel more welcomed. It was like we were family. The kitchen was great to have so you could cook your dinner if you didn't feel like dining out. Each villa had their own private area to enjoy. So we had dinner outside a few nights. They also had a grill in case you wanted to barbeque.
Enjoyed Least:
Our apartment didn't have a screen on the windows. I noticed that the upstairs apartments had them. The bugs however weren't that bad when we were there.
Surrounding Area:
The area was so nice and the people were extremely friendly. San Gimignano was so close, as was Siena. Also, theChianti region is right there. If you get a chance go to Lucca . It was a wonderful town. Pisa was about two hours away. Visiting the towns were great day trips and and gave you time to get back to villa to relax by the pool before dinner.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was Staggia. You really did need a car to get around. They did have a small supermarket , the Coop. If you travel a little further to Poggibonsi you can go to the SuperCoop. They had everything there!
Tips or Restaurants:
You don't need to bring a thing. The apartments are fully loaded. You share a washer with the other guests. Great restaurants in Staggia are Babette and La Corte del Goloso. Both are close by. If you like fish go to Babette and just have the chef bring you out food. It was wonderful. The gnocchi at La Corte del Goloso just melted in your mouth. If you go to Trattoria della Rana in Staggia just order the pizza. If you are in Florence go to I Due G Double G's. It was right by the train station. Amazing.
Directions:
Directions were good. You really had to pay attention. to the road signs.
Check In Out:
Rita checked us in and she was so kind. Claudia then checked up on us the next morning. They were wonderful.

Mary, June

Enjoyed Most:
Everything. It exceeded our expectations in all respects. The central position, the peace and quiet. The warmth of the family and the thoughtfulness that they have put into this group of apartments, giving each its own outdoor space and privacy.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing
Surrounding Area:
The farm property itself.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia is about a 10-minute walk away.
Tips or Restaurants:
The appartments are very well set up and furnished, so some things we brought, we didn't need. In addition to nearby restaurants mentioned by others, our find in Chianti was Ristoro Lamole, in Lamole, near Greve. Perhaps it was the day, the mood, and the view but it was great food with great service.

Rod Pat, October

Overall:
Montalpruno is extremely convenient to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and so many other places. The owners were just as accommodating as could be. Upon arrival, they presented us with two bottles of wine and one day we returned from a day of exploring to find a home-baked torta on our table. The apartment was very comfortable with a well appointed kitchen. The place itself is beautifully kept, on top of a hill with very nice views all around. All in all, a wonderful experience.
Events or Locales:

The Duomo in Siena has astounding marble floors that remain covered all year except in September. We were there on Oct 1 and managed to see them. Worth a look if you're there that time of year.
Tips or Restaurants:

Il Torre in Castellina in Chianti had fabulous ribollita! Brush up on your Italian food vocabulary, you might get some surprises otherwise!

September

Overall:
Very nice property with pool, tennis, sitting areas.
Enjoyed Most:
Top of a hill, with a great view. Wine & Olive oil (made from grapes, olives, sunflowers grown on the property, which is a working farm). Owners live on the property and were super nice people. Near Chianti wine country, Sienna, San Gimignano, Monteriggione, Colle di Valle D'Elsa, and other Tuscan towns.
Enjoyed Least:
Our unit was a little small, compared to the other units, but still very pleasant.
Surrounding Area:
Other than Poggibonsi, the nearest large town, the surrounding countryside was beautiful. Typical Tuscan rolling hills with hilltop towns, etc. 15 minutes by car from Siena. We found excellent restaurants in San Gimignano and Monteriggione.

Geoffrey, September

Overall:
Great place! Provided us with everything we needed. Great people and location. Highly recommend it.

Pam, June

Overall:
The views, the rooms, the people who ran the villa--all were wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
The location: central to sidetrips to Siena, San Gimignano, etc. The pool and grounds.
Enjoyed Least:
Hmmm...Maybe the apt could have been a little larger.
Surrounding Area:
The countryside, Siena, Volterra, Monteriggioni--the villa was ideally situated so that trips half a day long or longer were easy to do.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Many, as mentioned above.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurant in Monte Riggioni was excellent.

Joseph, June

Overall:
The villa was well appointed and just what we expected.
Enjoyed Most:
The scenery, the wine room and the gazebo.
Enjoyed Least:
That there were no written suggestions for outside activities, that would have been helpful.
Surrounding Area:
It was very quiet but there were amenities a short drive away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Siena was very easy to get around and it had some beautiful architecture. I found San Gimignano to be the most entertaining and managable city we visited, just go after the tour buses leave around 2pm.
Tips or Restaurants:
Go to the COOP in Poggibonsi for cheese, meat and bread. Get a bottle of red from the wine room and enjoy the sunset in the gazebo. We had the best meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner in San Gimignano. There are a few restuarants with gardens over looking the hills. I would suggest finding one for dinner at sunset.

Scott, May

Overall:
The location is great. The property is about 1/2 mile from Staggia, where we could go to a small grocery store and the bakery. Siena was about 15 minutes away, San Gimingno was 30 minutes away, Florence was a 30 minute drive home.
Enjoyed Most:
I liked the property itself. It's incredibly beautiful and is surrounded by lush green fields. The agriturismo is a working vineyard. We enjoyed watching the workers train the grape vines, work on drainange, etc. The owners are very friendly and gracious.
Enjoyed Least:
I really liked the hosts, but I would have appreciated their knowing a bit more about how to get places, where to park, etc. They spoke very little English.
Surrounding Area:
The rolling hills around Montalpruno are so very beautiful. I also liked all the little hill towns which were close by. The town of Staggia, 1/2 mile away, has a castle. Also, they have a local soccer team that plays there. I liked going to the bakery every day. Another favorite was walking the vineyard itself. We did a 30 minute walk on the property at least twice a day.
Tips and Suggestions:
I wouldn't go to Volterra -- instead I might investigate south of Siena. Great restaurant find in Col de Val d'Elsa, Il Molino. Incredible gourmet meal in an old restored mill from the 1800s, at an incredibly low price.

Kathleen, March