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Sleeps:
8 - 10
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
7
Type:
Villa
Property #:
17413
Nearest Town:
Badia Agnano

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Podere della Fraternita

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Overall:
Very nice villa in a good location. Hosts were very helpful and easy to work with.
Enjoyed Most:
Very clean nice villa in an excellent location.
Enjoyed Least:
Limited space in bathroom bathrooms.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It is a substantial walk with steep hills. Not recommended.
Tips or Restaurants:
The local restaurant in Badia Agnano was excellent.
Directions:
Our GPS got us to Badia Agnano OK. Roberto met us in town and took us to the villa which was very helpful.
Check In Out:
It would be very helpful if there were more than one gate key pod. We had six people with two cars so had to coordinate entry times.

Charles, October

Overall:
Wonderful! We enjoyed it very much. Ah, this is my idea of Italy! Our two weeks at Podere della Fraternita were perfect. The villa was more than spacious for three couples and was immaculate and comfortably furnished with a table large enough for a dozen people. Roberto and his wife were wonderful. One of our guests needed to go to the hospital emergency room, and Roberto was there to take him within ten minutes! We loved the privacy of the villa . . . it is in the country a mile or two from Badia Agnano (a small village) and our magnifcent view from the patio was olive trees, vineyards and hills. So beautiful. We spent a lot of time out on the patio and around the gorgeous swimming pool on the warmer days. This is a really outstanding property with four bedrooms, six well-appointed bathrooms and spacious living areas. Five stars all around!
Enjoyed Most:
Its tranquil location, the pool, the view and the owners who were so accommodating.
Surrounding Area:
We really enjoyed the quiet countryside. We also liked the very small towns short distances away. Civitella, an ancient little town set on a hilltop, was no more than 20 minutes.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It could be within walking distance but it's a steep walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
For dinner out, we would highly recommend Antico Portale in Capannole, about 5 minutes away, and we had wonderful dinners there three times. Two others, not far away, that we really enjoyed were the L'Antico Borgo in Civitella Val di Chiana (15 minutes) and Osteria dei Vignaioli in Pieve a Presciano, only a couple of miles away. I can't recommend L'Antico Borgo enough the first course of gnudi and main course of duck breast were to die for!! The Osteria serves a GIGANTIC t-bone, enough for four people! But their filets were excellent too. Fabulous.
Directions:
Perhaps find Badia Agnano on Google Earth before leaving home. It would have been helpful if we knew how to put GPS coordinates into our rented automobile. Ask at the rental company how to do that before leaving the rental lot it would have really helped us!
Check In Out:
Check in and check out were so smooth with our gracious hosts!

Dianne, September

Overall:
Superb. The podere - which, we learned, means hilltop farmhouse - is elegant, relaxed, and Italian. The views are stunning in all directions. The podere is thoroughly upscale without any pretentiousness. For one week we all felt like we truly lived in Tuscany.
Enjoyed Most:
The several comfortable outdoor sitting and eating areas. We enjoyed dining outside in large and small groups, morning and afternoon swim in the beautiful pool and the friendliness and hospitality of owners Roberto and Donella. Location was perfect for day trips to the hill towns and nearby cities, Florence and Sienna.
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing we would change.
Surrounding Area:
Best days were spent in Montepulciano, SanGimigianoand Siena. Roberto recommended a small nearby restaurant in Ambra where we loved the antipasti, the stone walled courtyard, and the owner's hospitality. No tourists but us when we were there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bucine. We did not try to walk. It's very hilly and we saved our walking for daily activities.
Tips or Restaurants:
The podere is very well stocked. We didn't need to bring anything and didn't use/wear some of what we did bring. (Leave dress-up clothes, jackets, ties and heels at home.). We brought and used several adapters for hair dryers already in the house and for our cell phone chargers. The podere has a an upstairs WiFi router that only works upstairs. Instead of a rented GPS, for one car we rented a portable router from the car rental agency and used it with the cell phone GPS. We used the portable router in the car and also at one of the covered patios. It saved our international data usage and also provided WiFi for the entire downstairs and pool.
Directions:
We drove easily to Bucine then drove home in circles trying to find the road to the podere. The taverna owner where we stopped for lunch called Roberto who picked us up in town and we followed him up the hillside to the podere.
Check In Out:
It was easy.

Fern, June

Overall:
Had a wonderful time at Podere della Fraternita. The owners, Roberto and Donella, could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. Even drove down to the village to meet us when our GPS said we'd arrived, a couple kilometers short of the destination! Plenty of room for 8 adults to relax and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Enjoyed Most:
Location views of the countryside, vineyards, and olive tree grove.
Enjoyed Least:
Shower (at least in our room) was a little small. But didn't spend a lot of time in there, so no big deal.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful country charming town (although did not spend much time in town.) Reasonable proximity to the wine tasting areas we wanted to visit.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnono. You probably could walk there, but we didn't.
Tips or Restaurants:
Did not dine locally, other than to have pizza delivered one night after a full day of wine tasting.
Directions:
We did use GPS. Need to note that the property is about 2 kilometers past the town center, which is what the GPS will take you to if you set it for Badia Agnono. Just keep going through the little neighborhood and into the country; property will be on your left after the olive grove.
Check In Out:
No, it was fine.

Bill, November

Overall:
We had a wonderful time at the villa. It is very centrally located so we did day trips to some of the hill towns in Tuscany during our stay. The villa is large and comfortable, the outdoor spaces are amazing. Roberto was very helpful in suggesting places to see and restaurants. We had a wonderful meal on our first evening that was prepared by Roberto's wife.
Enjoyed Most:
The views, the tranquility, the ability to be together with our friends.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were on the firm side.
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed walking to Badia Agnano. It's very steep coming back, but doable (we were a group of fit 60 year olds). We had dinner at a very good restaurant in Badia Agnano (Roberto can give you the name) and there was a nearby winery that was amazing. I can't recall the name, but it was within 15 minutes of the villa. It was family run and for 15 Euros we not only got wine tastings, but they fed us an amazing lunch! It was a highlight of our trip.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town is Badia Agnano, which is about 2K from the villa. Steep hill on the way back, but doable if you are in decent shape. There's a good restaurant there, but I wouldn't recommend walking home after dark as the road is very narrow and windy. There was also a little shop/bar where we stopped for ice cream bars a couple of times.
Tips or Restaurants:
Best restaurants were the one in Badia Agnano and one in Civilitta (about a 20 minute drive to this small hilltop town). I don't remember the names of either, but Roberto could tell you. The house is very well equipped, but WiFi is a little spotty and slow.
Directions:
We had no trouble finding the property with GPS.
Check In Out:
Roberto and his wife are lovely people. They will help you with pretty much anything you need. They left us some pastries in the refrigerator on the first day, which were delicious and gave us a beautiful keepsake when we left. They are a class act.

Randon, June

Overall:
It was excellent. The property was exactly as advertised and our hosts were exceptional!
Enjoyed Most:
Great location, nicely sized for our group of eight adults and very comfortable.
Enjoyed Least:
Internet reception to the property was variable - sometimes it was good and occasionally it was very poor.
Surrounding Area:
Very pretty and peaceful location.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano, not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Plug adapters - there aren't many outlets in the rooms if you have multiple devices to charge. We had a chef in to teach us a cooking class one night, and our hosts catered a traditional Tuscan meal for us on our last night there - both were fantastic!
Directions:
Driving directions were just fine. We had a GPS as well but it was very clear.
Check In Out:
Our hosts were there to greet us with a warm reception and and made us feel very welcome. Same thing leaving - terrific hosts!!

Douglas, October

Overall:
Terrific.
Enjoyed Most:
It felt authentic! Lovely stone villa quietly nestled amdist wine vineyards and olive groves.
Enjoyed Least:
Spotty Internet connection.
Surrounding Area:
Tranquility.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nadia Agnano--not really within walking distance.
Directions:
Used a GPS.
Check In Out:
Very easy check in and out.

Alan, October

Overall:
It greatly exceeded my expectations and I expected a lot. The house is beautiful, spacious and well furnished. There is more than ample places and space to relax. Bathrooms are everywhere in the house, plenty of comfortable places to sit outside and ample parking. Roberto is a gregarious, happy person who you can rely upon. His English is okay and his willingness to help was an added benefit. I inadvertently left my Amex card at a shop in Montepulcino. One of our group who was competent in Italian called the shop to see if they had the card, but could not make out the shop owner's comments. I called Roberto, who was always available, and asked if he would call the shop. He did so immediately and resolved the issue within minutes. A great guy. We hope to return to Italy some day and I'd definitely return to this villa again.
Enjoyed Most:
The covered outdoor patio and the view.
Enjoyed Least:
Lack of a shower curtain resulted in a wet bathroom floor. TV didn't work.
Surrounding Area:
The area was rural, quiet and the people were ALL exceptionally friendly. I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of very good restaurants around us as well as wineries.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano, but although it was within walking distance, my car had to be left in first gear going back up to the villa. We usually grocery shopped at the Co-op store in Bucine or a small store in Ambra. Ambra has a GREAT bakery just south of the village on the left.
Tips or Restaurants:
We left business cards from the restaurants we liked that were nearby and the one in Badia Agnano was very good as well. Ask Roberto for names, he knows them all. We all brought a small supply of plastic baggies, but only used a handful. Although some in our group brought toilet paper, the house was fully furnished with it. Be SURE to buy some groceries on the Saturday you arrive to cover your needs on Sunday. Most restaurants are open for dinner on Sunday's as well. Don't expect to have a Keurig coffee pot. The "American" coffee brewer didn't work and the Italian pot was too small, so we bought a large Italian style pot that helped us and left it at the villa along with a milk frother. There was left over laundry and dishwasher detergent so we didn't need to buy any initially. There is no electric clothes dryer, just a small drying rack. We bought some rope and ran a line outdoors to dry things faster. Each door to the outside has its own, separate key because the locks are not universal ones. There is only ONE fob to open/close the entry gate, so if your group travels in separate cars, be careful about whether to close the gate when someone leaves. There is a gas station just north of Badia Agnano. Fair prices, but not open on Sundays. If you have the Google Earth app, you can see the location of the villa, relative to the town and you can do "Street View" through Badia Agnano to get your bearings. You can spot the villa from "Satellite View" by looking north of Badia Agnano and look for the pool with 12 circles on each end of the pool. The internet accessibility is spotty, so don't expect 24/7 access. DO NOT rent a large car or minivan. DO NOT! You will have a hard enough time on the narrow roads with a small four-seater. However, make sure you get. Fiat 500 or stronger to handle the hills. Don't be concerned about finding good wine. We tried MANY different types and wineries. They were ALL delicious! All the cheeses we bought locally were, too.
Directions:
DO NOT travel without a GPS. It is an ABSOLUTE necessity! And don't think you can rely upon the car rental map. THEY DO NOT PROVIDE THEM!!!
Check In Out:
Pay Roberto the courtesy of letting him know if you will be late in arriving or change the time of departure on your last day

Larry, September

Overall:
We had an extended family holiday at the villa and it was marvelous! We all went on day trips to Assisi, Pisa and Arezzo, the teenagers nearly lived in the gorgeous swimming pool, the baby contentedly and happily crawled over all of the tiled floors, the young adults enjoyed a day of winetasting, grandma and grandpa rested and enjoyed the terrific scenery. We sometimes cooked (kitchen equipment was limited) and ate out. One night we had a wonderful Anniversary dinner prepared for us in the villa by 'Forever Toscana' (Antonietta and her sister, Antonella). We enjoyed the 'La Chiave dei Sapori' restaurant in Badia Agnano and also tried restaurants in the cities we visited. We did grocery shopping at the Coop Supermarket in Bucine. It was a marvelous holiday in every way!
Enjoyed Most:
The privacy, views and pool were everyone's favorite things.
Enjoyed Least:
The minimally equipped kitchen was sometimes a challenge. Especially frustrating was the slow American-style coffee maker. Otherwise, we managed pretty well with what was there.
Surrounding Area:
This is a gorgeous area and every way one looks is a beautiful view. Those who wanted to explore did so, those who just wanted to relax, did that. It was close enough to 'major attractions' to provide delightful day trips.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We did not try to walk to Badia Agnano (as others have noted, it has an intimidating hill climb!). Some rode bicycles up hill to another little town (but no services there). Bucine is the nearest town for shopping.
Tips or Restaurants:
We brought a pepper grinder, Mrs. Dash seasoning and should have have brought a salt shaker (there was a box of salt there). Pre-shopping at a dollar store was very useful! Zip lock bags were helpful. Also used lots of plastic garbage bags, since you tote out your own garbage (to Badia Agnano) and it is sorted as to glass, paper, plastic, etc.
Directions:
We had GPS and it was a life-saver! We would have been lost as we got into Badia Agnano. Directions could offer the alternative route would be to go past the Farmacia and ATM, then turn right.
Check In Out:
Checking in and out was smooth and easy. Roberto was ever so helpful and accommodating. Since we had to leave early on Saturday morning, we did all the checking out the night before we left.

Virginia, June

Overall:
It was a beautiful and spacious villa. The swimming pool was very welcome after a day of sight seeing. The views of the grape vines and olive trees were beautiful.
Enjoyed Most:
It was peaceful and very private.
Surrounding Area:
Close enough to enjoy day trips to other cities, such as Arezzo, Siena, Florence, and Montepulciano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was within walking distance, although an upward climb on the way home. We walked to a lovely restaurant for dinner 3 nights--Ristorante la Chiave dei Sapori. The staff there was extremely nice and the food outstanding.
Tips or Restaurants:
Ristorante la Chiave dei Sapori in Badia Agnano. Groceries in Bucine. Wine tours through Suite Retreats and De Gustibus.
Check In Out:
The property managers were friendly and helpful.

Ellen, June

Overall:
Four couples had a wonderful time here. The weather was great in early April. We enjoyed the outside although the pool was covered. We knew at the time of booking that the pool didn't open until May 1.
Enjoyed Most:
The four bedrooms, each with their own bath.
Enjoyed Least:
We only used the living room area one evening. It was too small with not enough seating for 8 people.
Surrounding Area:
We visited many hill towns and most were less than an hour drive from the villa.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It is within walking distance and some of our group walked there one day. There were no restaurants and only a VERY small grocery there so we mostly drove though it.
Directions:
Directions were fine.
Check In Out:
The owners were terrific and very friendly and our check in/check out processes were smooth.

Catherine, April

Overall:
We had a great stay. Beautiful setting, quiet, great pool (but it was too cold to use it), very spacious, the kitchen is complete with everything you need for all your meals, lots of seating, great WiFi, and the owners and their family are very friendly and accommodating. We were presented with gifts on arrival and when departing. Wonderful people.
Enjoyed Most:
What a beautiful serene setting. The spacious rooms made this villa really feel like a home.
Enjoyed Least:
Because of the rural setting there are very few restaurants in the area. Plus the few restaurants there have limited days that they are open. It was cold and damp for our stay (the weather in October is variable) so we had wood delivered for a nightly fire for an extra charge but decided not to have the heat turned on, as it would have also been an extra, additional charge.
Surrounding Area:
All the small beautiful towns. The entire Tuscan area is very picturesque.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano, which is a very small town; it would have been a long hilly walk to town, but doable.
Directions:
Strongly recommend a GPS.

Terry , October

Overall:
We had a great time.
Enjoyed Most:
It was away from busy areas.
Enjoyed Least:
It was away from busy areas.
Surrounding Area:
The area was beautiful and good restaurants were easy to find.
Directions:
Our GPS worked fine. It is a must for all local travel.
Check In Out:
The owners were terrific. No problems coming or leaving.

Nick, September

Overall:
Paradise! We can honestly say the property was actually better in person than in the photos! The villa was spotlessly clean, very well appointed with plenty of amenities both indoors and outdoors. The pool was delightful. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms all new and completely renovated. Such little touches as a welcoming gift of toiletries was also much appreciated. The hosts were warm and most accommodating. This property is a 5 experience in every way.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the beautiful view of the hillside. We loved the villa itself for all the wonderful rooms and the comfort we enjoyed. It is located in a very quiet tranquil area and affords the clientele the opportunity to rest and relax in a magnificent setting. We would recommend this villa to friends and family and hope to return to the villa ourselves in the future!
Enjoyed Least:
There is nothing to report here. The property is gold!
Surrounding Area:
We loved the fact that we could take our car and explore the various towns. We were within an hour or so of Siena, San Gimignano, Cortona, Asissi, and we took the train in to Firenze. The roads were all very well maintained and well signed.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano and yes, one could walk but we took day trips every day to various small hill towns so we never did walk into town. It's downhill but a return trip would be taxing unless you are quite physically fit.
Tips or Restaurants:
Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes for storing food items would be helpful. We could not find a teapot so hopefully the owners could provide one but we managed just fine. Bring your own teabags if you like a specific type of tea. We did as we like to drink tea more than coffee.
Directions:
GPS is an absolute necessity! We called ours GINA and she directed us in and out of all kinds of places!. It is worth every penny invested and I would say don't leave the car rental place without one!
Check In Out:
Owners met us on time. It was very easy to check in and to check out. They are delightful people who could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It was a stellar experience!

Carolyn, June

Overall:
Idyllic location, peacefully situated in the countryside with views of olive groves and vines. Property was immaculate and tastefully decorated. A true Tuscan experience! Cannot think of a property I have enjoyed more, would love to return again and again!
Enjoyed Most:
Every room was wonderful, clean and had every amenity needed. The views from the terraces and pool area were magnificent. Each bedroom was spacious and had its own bathroom which was a great bonus. There are even outside bathrooms at the pool! Pictures do not do this place justice!
Enjoyed Least:
Loved everything!
Surrounding Area:
Within driving distance of many must-see locations. We took train from Bucine to Florence otherwise we drove everywhere. Grocery stores were a ten minute drive. Property was private with stunning views!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was the nearest town, and too far to walk unless you are really fit and willing to walk up hill. It is a very short car ride, however.
Tips or Restaurants:
Eat in sometimes, enjoy this amazing property. Past reviews commented on the need to bring knives etc. We did not need to do so as there wasn't anything lacking and the kitchen was a joy! We loved Cortona and Assisi. Property is on the wine route which is another fun day excursion.
Directions:
We used a GPS and did not have any difficulty .
Check In Out:
The owners are wonderful, warm and very accommodating. They were there to greet us and arranged a check out to suit our needs. You can buy their own olive oil and wine which is great and they gave us a beautiful parting gift to treasure.

Catherine, June

Overall:
Loved the villa property! The owners were very accommodating, easy to work with, and recommended places to see and where to eat. They are very nice people.
Enjoyed Most:
Loved the house and that every bedroom has its own bathroom. Loved the huge dinning table, the pool, and the view. Loved it at night with all the outdoor lighting.
Enjoyed Least:
Property was wonderful but the weather was not good.
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed the town at the bottom of the hill (Badia Agnano). By the time we left we'd grown very comfortable with the butcher, grocers, etc. Went to the next closest town to get our bulk groceries (Bucine). Loved the restaurant in Capannole.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was the town at the bottom of the hill. Walking down the hill would be fine but back up the hill would not be so easy.

Susanne, June

Overall:
We loved being in Tuscany. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The house and grounds were beautiful and well cared for. Roberto told us the history of the original occupants and some of the local history which made us appreciate it all the more!
Enjoyed Most:
Having bathrooms for each bedroom was very nice. The layout of the house was great. Plenty of room to relax and read. The large table for dinners was especially nice. The pool was beautiful, too bad the weather didn't cooperate for us to use it.
Enjoyed Least:
It was very rainy for most of our stay and not knowing what the unit price of the heating would be we were very thrifty, which resulted in our being very cold most mornings and evenings. Had we asked more questions we could have used more heat to stay warm.
Surrounding Area:
We all loved looking at the vineyards and cypress trees and the hills in the distance. We drove to Bucine for groceries and to catch trains. And we drove up to several monasteries and villages not far from the villa.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The smallest town was Badia Agnano. It was a long walk downhill and wasn't something we all tried because of the walk back up. Easy access by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you are using the trains, buy your tickets at the newsstand on the corner above the Coop grocery store in Bucine. The ticket machine in the station doesn't work and there are no instructions as to where to buy tickets. Bring warm clothes if it's the rainy season. We ate at a great restaurant called Portola Antica (suggested by Roberto). It was darling and the food was good and reasonable. Also the meat market in Badia Agnano had really fresh chicken and different kinds of pastas.
Directions:
We used a GPS and probably would have had difficulty finding it without it.
Check In Out:
Roberto and his wife were there when we came in and they graciously showed us the house and gave us all kinds of info that made our stay more enjoyable. What lovely people!

Patti, June

Overall:
Three couples had a wonderful week. Weather was not ideal, but even with that, it was a lovely stay.
Enjoyed Most:
Loved the pool, olive trees, and poppies. The views of the hills with castles in the distance was most charming.
Enjoyed Least:
It was a tad dark in the bedrooms, but not a big deal. We loved our time there.
Surrounding Area:
We loved the wine tasting, food, shopping in the markets, and catching the train and riding to Florence. Lovely time.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Anagno. Yes, you could walk if walking uphill is within your fitness level. Some members of our group walked to town.
Tips or Restaurants:
We ate at a restaurant in a nearby town that the owner reccommended. It was wonderful and moderately priced. We loved shopping in the small town nearby, especially the meat market.
Directions:
You need to have the longitude and latitude. There is sign outside of the gate, so you will know you are there.
Check In Out:
Robert and his family were so warm and welcoming. We were leaving early in the morning on our last day, so they came the night before and made check out very easy. Very delightful family.

Mary Gene, June

Overall:
Very nice. Enjoyed the owners and the property was nicely located.
Enjoyed Most:
The size and the fact that each bedroom had it's own full bath. There is also a full bath downstairs.
Surrounding Area:
The openness and the ease of access to many sites.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It's not too far but is a very steep return to villa. Would need to be VERY fit to want to walk it.
Tips or Restaurants:
Villa was very complete. As for restaurants, ask Reberto (the owner)--he had excellent recommendations.
Directions:
Take a GPS and use the coordinates provided.
Check In Out:
The owners are wonderful to work with.

Gary, June

Overall:
It was certainly one of the most memorable trips of my life due in large part to the beauty of the villa, the amazing countryside and the enchanting atmosphere created by Roberto and "the sisters".
Enjoyed Most:
The common areas were so beautiful and inviting that we spent most of our time there enjoying family. The kitchen was very usable which made us feel very much "at home".
Surrounding Area:
The countryside was as, if not more, beautiful than paintings of Tuscany. Many lovely towns to visit.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano; we could walk there though the hill back to the villa was very daunting. Maybe if we were younger!
Tips or Restaurants:
We loved two restaurants in Montevarchi, Ricardo and Daniella's and Uvaspina. Very different from each other but both delicious. We also loved going into Badia Agnano in the morning and finding the bakery van. Not to be missed but if you get there after 9:30, you'll miss some of the best bread you've tasted in your life.
Check In Out:
Both were very smooth. Roberto made us feel very comfortable immediately. The parting gift was a charming surprise.

Susan, May

Overall:
A most memorable and pleasurable experience. One we will not soon forget. A beautiful and well maintained property with wonderful common spaces. We all truly felt at home here and would love to be able to return in the future.
Enjoyed Most:
The common spaces were inviting and had ample space for our party of eight. The kitchen was well stocked with what we needed to create many wonderful, communal meals which we enjoyed indoors and out. The views from the veranda and pool were breathtaking.
Surrounding Area:
There were many small Tuscan hill towns to visit and we were in fairly close proximity to Florence and Siena.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was the nearest small town. It was within walking distance though walking back would have required walking up an very steep hill.
Tips or Restaurants:
Check out the bakery van in town every mornining before 9:30 for some of the most wonderful, tasty fresh bread of your life.
Check In Out:
Easy! Roberto and the "sisters" were lovely and we really enjoyed out parting gift.

Susan, May

Overall:
We had a wonderful time. This property is beautifully restored, with one part of the floor over 1000 years old. Everything works well, and the owners are top-notch hosts, making sure that everything is satisfactory for their guests. Couldn't ask for a better experience!
Enjoyed Most:
The building itself is comfortable and has numerous sitting areas with various views outside. The views are magnificent, combining vineyards and olive groves with long-distance looks across the valleys to mountains - or at least quite formidable hills! Idyllic place to relax and enjoy, particularly with a glass of Chianti made from those grapevines.
Enjoyed Least:
Finding it was a bit of a challenge. Badia Agnano doesn't appear on any maps we could discover and even with a GPS in our rental vehicle, it took a long time to get to the property. And Italian road signs don't help a bit, but then they never have!
Surrounding Area:
It's very much Tuscan countryside, with tiny villages hidden away in little valleys, and some towns perched on top of nearby mountains. Civitella is a good example of a town not far away and it's a must see, although not covered in any tourist literature we saw. Well worth the short trip, even with its rather hairy drive up the switchbacks and into the town.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnanno is closest and not within walking distance, really. You could do it, but it would be a good hike and you definitely need a vehicle there anyway.
Tips or Restaurants:
You begin renting on Saturday afternoon, and there's not much open for groceries on Sunday, so stock up on the way in. There is a small grocery (and good restaurant) part of a campground in nearby Capanole, and there's also a really great, high-end - and not particularly expensive restaurant - further down that same road. It's called the "Antique Door" (in English) and it's highly recommended. There's another excellent restaurant in Bucine, just a little further away from the property, and a railway station there you might want to use to get to Florence. Also, a Co-op grocery store you'll need.
Directions:
We did use a GPS, but the navigation was not very accurate and got us lost a lot. Bucine and Capanole are keys to finding Badia Agnano, with a note that, as you approach the latter, there's a sign for Via Pancrazio--that's the one you want. It will take you through that very small village to a piazza where you'll turn right and proceed up the hill. Ignore the sign on the right side of that road which seems to say, "Do Not Enter". That's not what it means. It means, "No Parking". We got fooled, and the owners were called by the locals to come and get us. A bit embarrassing, but very funny. And apparently it happens often.
Check In Out:
Both absolutely simple. The owners were there to check us in and take our deposit, and they were there again at check-out time to give us back the deposit and collect the keys. Really, really nice people, and we'd all love to go back to the same place again someday.

Don, May

Overall:
Most enjoyable.
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quite, and in general the property was clean and well-maintained.
Surrounding Area:
Beauty and the history. Also area restaurants and grocery centre. We visited several small communities in the area and found them friendly and steeped in history.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It was within walking distance but for seniors it would be challenging to do it both ways.
Directions:
We used GPS. It was helpful--if it was working!
Check In Out:
Very smooth and friendly. Owners were very helpful.

Kenneth, May

Overall:
Overall, I LOVED the property itself: so much history there. The surroundings were lovely (what one would expect from being in Tuscany) and the owners very friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything.
Enjoyed Least:
I had the bedroom where there were two steps to the bathroom. One suggestion I would make would be perhaps to put a colorful tape along the two steps, as a reminder.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful.
Check In Out:
The owners were very friendly.

Fran, May

Overall:
One word Wonderful. Our hosts were helpful in orienting us to the property, making reservations for us at nearby restaurants, and then staying out of our way so we could enjoy our stay. It was great to be able to enjoy the local wine and olive oil, and we found an excellent market nearby with locally produced meats and cheeses that made eating in a pleasure.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was casual with the right touch of sophistication, making it a very comfortable and cozy place to stay. It was an easy place to share with a large group--easy to gather as a group but also find private spaces. Though we had no children in our party, it would be a great place for groups with kids of different ages, because they could find their own spaces to claim as their own. The building was nicely appointed, and offered plenty of pleasant surprises, including the two full-bath cabanas located off of the covered patio near the pool.
Enjoyed Least:
Do not try to get there without a GPS device, a car, and a skilled driver. Luckily, we had one each of the first two, and multiple drivers. This is not a place to spend time on foot visiting nearby towns. If you plan to do serious cooking, bring good knives with you.
Surrounding Area:
The beauty and quiet of the area, combined with the wonderful location, made this a great place to stay. The train in nearby Bucine took us both to Florence and Arezzo for sightseeing during our stay, and the location was convenient, with a car, to so many places for sight-seeing.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano is in walking distance only if you are walking to town--down hill. Even the most physically fit among us would not choose to make the walk back up to the villa a second time after doing it once. The market just outside of town was wonderful, with selections of locally-produced meats and cheeses. We selected the villa because we knew we would drive for most of our sight-seeing or take the train in nearby Bucine, and it was perfect for that.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found two fantastic restaurants within ten minutes of the villa Osteria Dei Vignaioli in Pieve a Presciano was our all-time favorite, with Antico Portale suggested by the owners in nearby Capanolle as a family-friendly runner-up. Ziplock bags came in handy for all kinds of things, and even though we visited at the end of the season, we would have been happier if we had some bug repellent.
Directions:
Please note that I don't know what we would have done without a GPS.
Check In Out:
We had a great experience. The owners showed us around on check-in, including a visit to the winery (with samples) on the property. Check-out was equally pleasant. The owners were helpful overall.

Nicholas, October

Overall:
This villa surpassed our expectations and then some. The location was just great, in an area with grape vines and olive trees. The property was in a location where no other homes could be seen except across the vally. The owner, Roberto, and his wife greeted us with open arms and helped to get us settled in. The villa itself had large bedrooms, each with it's own bath. The kitchen and the great room were also large with a huge fireplace. We just can't say enough about this property. It has everything: a nice size pool, a great location, and a beautful setting.
Enjoyed Most:
The locaton and the property itself. All our dinners but one were eaten at local restaurants in the area. We ate where the locals ate and had fantastic meals and wine. Most of them were within 20-minutes of the villa. The one night we did eat in we had a cooking class held by Matisse--a good chef from whom we learned. We highly recomended this villa and the services of Matisse.
Enjoyed Least:
We traveled for two weeks in Italy with two other couples, staying at many local hotels before our week in this fantastic villa. Truly we can't find anything to dislike about this property or location. I must add that we have visited Italy many times before.
Surrounding Area:
Our day trips from the villa took us to many wonderful towns and villages; we found that the people in this area could not help us enough and were very warm.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was the nearest small town. It is down the hill approx 1.5 miles. Unless you are in tip-top condition we feel it is a long walk up hill. However, there are many other towns within a short driving distance with shopping and nice local restaurants.
Tips or Restaurants:
This villa is well-equipped. I feel some sort of guide booklet on how to operate the appliances would be helpful, however.
Directions:
We did have a GPS with us and could not have operated without one.
Check In Out:
It was very easy. I might add that the owner gave each of us a nice parting gift.

Paul, October

Overall:
Beautiful venue, location is perfect. Property manager delightful and very personable.
Enjoyed Most:
View--villa was beautiful.
Enjoyed Least:
No chopping knife, but we managed.
Surrounding Area:
Badia Agnano, had small market and gas station. You need a car--it's 30-minutes to a larger grocery and more amenities.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano is an uphill walk; our group didn't attempt it. It's a 5-minute drive to a bank machine, gas station, market, pharmacy, and pizzeria.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owner made reservations for us at Antico Portico--it's about 15 minutes away and the service and food were wonderful.
Directions:
GPS is a must; coordinates almost almost got us there. Locals knew the location of villa.
Check In Out:
Owner was very casual and friendly, very easy.

Valerie , September

Overall:
Absolutely loved this place. The setting was wonderful. The owners were delightful and gave us a very warm welcome, and were readily available to assist us. It was a huge place, with everything you need for comfort. Free wi fi was available and the signal was usually good upstairs. There were 3 rooms with 3 King beds, a room with twin beds, and 2 sofa beds, both away from the lounge room. Overall, there were 7 bathrooms, and a huge swimming pool. It was just fantastic!
Enjoyed Most:
The setting. It was well-appointed, and basic supplies could be obtained in Badio Agnano. Although a little tucked away, it was a good base for exploring Tuscany. The friendly owners were really helpful to us.
Enjoyed Least:
It was a winding road to the motorway, but being away in the hills with peace and great views was worth the little drive in and out.
Surrounding Area:
Stunning scenery. The position is good for visiting Cortona, Sienna, Assisi, Florence, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It was only 2 km away, but the walk is very steep.
Tips or Restaurants:
Badia Agnano was not on our GPS. Try Civitella and follow signs from there. When you reach the centre of Badia Agnano you turn left when you hit the "no entry" road sign and go up the hill. The property is 2 km on the left. We arrived from Australia, having been awake for nearly 50 hours. We became lost, as the town was not on the GPS. The owners came and rescued us, and we were so grateful!
Check In Out:
They were just so helpful, it was amazing.

Maureen, September

Overall:
Podere della Fraternita exceeded every expectation we had. It has everything: olive groves, vineyards, mountains, valleys, lovely house, thoughtfully and tastefully furnished. Thank you and your excellent staff for making this all possible. Just as I could not have asked for a better rental, I could not ask for nicer service from you all.
Enjoyed Most:
We have nothing but praise for Podere della Fraternita, an enchanting villa. We loved the old stones (many from the original buildings, we were told) used in the walls. A sparkling clean pool, cleaned weekly, with comfy lounge chairs and a cabana for shaded reading. We loved having three terraces to choose from. My favorite--off the kitchen and main room--overlooked one of the olive groves and vineyards. A lovely place for breakfast, for another cup of coffee, a glass of wine and some cheese before dinner, or just a quiet moment. The terraces above the pool (one roofed, the other open) made every evening meal a delight. Four nice bedrooms--each with its own bathroom--with comfortable beds and soft and luxurious linens. (Fresh linens were delivered at the end of the first week.) Plus three more bathrooms on the main level! As there were eight in our family, that meant absolutely no bathroom contests, ever! The two full bathrooms outdoors on the terrace above the pool were extremely convenient. The washing machine was a real plus. As every day was hot and dry, our clothes dried quickly on the terrace. We had no problems with internet access; phone access was a bit erratic but not a problem for us. This was an ideal spot for our family: Five adults, ages 28 - 70, and three children, ages 18, 16, and 10. We could be together or enjoy a quiet place alone. Rave reviews from everyone. The kitchen itself was a delight, though I sometimes wished for my own knives, etc. But it was thoughtfully supplied and once you remind yourself that you're not at home, all was well. I appreciated the large number of glasses, cups, and dishes. Plenty for everyone. Our hosts were charming, welcoming, accessible, and completely non-intrusive. They showed us how everything worked, helped us understand the best ways to go to Rome and Florence by train from nearby towns (so fast, so clean, so much fun, and no parking worries!). Told us about the monthly antique fair in Arezzo, so we spent our first Sunday there, recovering and enjoying ourselves while waiting for the rest of the family to arrive.
Enjoyed Least:
Driving directions, for those of us foolish enough to think because we're addicted to maps, we could find the villa without a GPS! I will never again attempt this sort of expedition, however, without a good night's sleep first; in other words, I would build in a recovery day at the end of my flight before the automobile adventure.
Surrounding Area:
We did not find the village of Badia Agnano terribly charming, but that was of little consequence. Arezzo and Budine (both great for stocking up on groceries) were close and enjoyable. (The COOP in Budine sold an English-language self-published guidebook that was helpful and educational. I recommend it)
Tips or Restaurants:
What an ideal way to enjoy Tuscany! We visited hill towns in the mornings, enjoyed lunch wherever we were (there is no bad food in Tuscany!), ended up with a little more sightseeing/shopping and paused for the obligatory gelato. Then the drive home, made shorter and better by the promise of that sparkling pool and a couple of hours of floating about in it before we considered making dinner. Five of our family left on Thursday, so the remaining three of us ventured out to Perugia and found it in the midst of a music festival, meaning music everywhere, a marvelous museum, and a delicious lunch. Plus the chance to see parts of the buried city upon which today's Perugia stands!

Letha, July

Overall:
We were extremely pleased with the villa. I must admit that we were a little apprehensive about renting for a month but the villa met all of our expectations.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was clean, the bedrooms all had ensuite batrooms and the design of the outdoor facilities was great for entertaining. The pool was always clean and very popular with our kids and grandkids.
Surrounding Area:
The location was excellent. It is close to a small village where you could get some supplies but was only a ten-minute drive from Bucine where there is a Coop. Many dining options within a ten-minute drive.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was a 15-minute walk downhill and a 25-minute walk uphill. No problem if you are used to walking. Good dining at Cesare but you need to make a reservation. Limited shopping but good for things you might have forgotten at the Coop.
Tips or Restaurants:
We were told to bring towels but Roberto (caretaker) provided as many as we needed. Remember there is no English-speaking TV but if you need to keep up then bring an iPad. Telephone reception was poor but manageable and the villa does have WiFi which proved to be very helpful.
Directions:
We used GPS and drove from Florence airport. No problem. Called Roberto when we were on the way and he was waiting at the villa.

Ken, June

Overall:
Very positive. The villa was what we hoped it would be, not only meeting our needs but a place to really enjoy. The owners were very responsive to requests and questions we had. The owner speaks really good English which was very helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
Very spacious, roomy, and just a really nice property. We had 8 people and it never felt crowded. The property was in the middle of an olive and wine vineyard. Had a great porch and terrific pool area.
Enjoyed Least:
Was difficult to find the first time.
Surrounding Area:
Again, being in the middle of a working olive and wine vineyard.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was about 2-3 kilometers from the villa, but it was too steep to walk there and back. We did our grocery shopping in a larger town, Bucine, about 8 - 10 kilometers away.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owners suggested a really good restaurant about 6-7 kilometers away, "L'Antico Portale". Ask for Laura! Really varied menu and good food.
Check In Out:
The owners met us on arrival and spent time going over all the details of the villa. They were very gracious and most helpful the whole time we were there.

David, June

Overall:
Wonderful relaxing vacation close to many beautiful towns and in a gorgeous location.
Enjoyed Most:
The view, location, number of bathrooms, and the owners.
Enjoyed Least:
Would be nice to be walking distance to a town, especially one with a restaurant and store open more than a few hours a day.
Surrounding Area:
Plenty of fascinating small hill towns in the area.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano and San Pancrazio. Walkable if you are ok with hills
Tips or Restaurants:
Be sure to visit Civitella delle Val Chiani and eat at Antico Borgo.
Directions:
When using GPS, use the latitude and longitude coordinates since street and city names are spelled a dozen different ways.
Check In Out:
Owners were very accommodating.

Joe, May

Overall:
Excellent location from which to enjoy the beauty and ambiance of Tuscany. Close enough to all the major sites, nestled in a peaceful, unhurried Tuscan village and surronded by unknown gems that surprise and delight. Nearby towns provide a convenient and "fun" shopping experience (Lack of Italian language skills is no problem as pointing, gesticulating, and smiling prove adequate to any communication challenge.) The property itself is clean, with essential modern conveniences yet clearly Tuscan with its beginnings going back a thousand years. Roberto and his family are responsive to your needs, very friendly and completely transparent.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, ambiance, convenience and the owners.
Enjoyed Least:
Loved it all.
Surrounding Area:
It is peaceful and incredibly beautiful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano which is within walking distance--but for elder folks the hilly terrain could be an issue.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cell service with my carrier, Verizon, was poor. In Badia Agnano there is an excellent restaurant on the street leading to the parish church. Had two meals both 4 courses, including desert and 4 hours. Excellent and good value. Drop in in the afternoon before it opens and discuss what you might want as a main course.
Directions:
Directions fail within about a kilometer of property because Podere has no address recognized by GPS. Friendly folks helped, mostly by pointing. Having a car is essential, as is GPS. There is an Avis agency at the train station in Arezzo which is very convenient if you are planning to train from Rome. Be sure to specify auto transmission if you are not an Andretti.

Francis, May

Overall:
Fantastic.
Enjoyed Most:
The wonderful outside areas and the great room where we had a chance to eat together and relax.
Surrounding Area:
The exquisite beauty of the countryside.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano is the nearest town; it is not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The unit was well furnished with everything needed. Americans usually use wash cloths, and they are not furnished.

Charlotte, October

Overall:
Very good. The property was outstanding.
Enjoyed Most:
The living quarters.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing bad. Had trouble finding it with GPS. Asked in town for directions.
Surrounding Area:
The beauty.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano is the nearest town; it isn't within walking distance.
Check In Out:
Owners are very nice!

Stephen, October

Overall:
This villa deserves a 5 star rating...it couldn't have been any better. We enjoyed being there so much, we hesitated to go out and explore the area. The villa lacked nothing and we had a wonderful experience. Will come here again!
Enjoyed Most:
The villa provided space for everyone. Rooms are big, bathrooms are modern, outdoor patios and scenery were delicious.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful Tuscany! Everywhere we looked, the scenery was breathtaking...area around the villa was quiet and restful. The villa is in a perfect location for day trips to Siena, Arezzo, and the hill towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano is the closest village. It is a steep trek down and back up again. Some energetic members of the family walked.
Tips or Restaurants:
As previous visitors mentioned, zip lock bags, dish towels, paper products, and good, sharp knives.
Directions:
We had a GPS and used the coordinates. Took us right to the entrance!
Check In Out:
Roberto and his wife were there to greet us and wish us a safe departure. Wonderful people.

Rita, July

Enjoyed Most:
The location. You could drive to most major towns. The view was beautiful and the kids just loved the swimming pool. You could even drink the wine made on the property.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding towns. We enjoyed Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and other nearby towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Needed a car to get to town. Friendly people in this town and a great place to get supplies.
Check In Out:
Owners were very friendly and could speak English

Deanne, July

Overall:
My husband and I travelled with our 2 and 4 year old, my mother, and aunt, and the house was fabulously suited for all. Loved the privacy of the individual rooms and the charming, large public spaces.
Enjoyed Most:
Kids loved the pool. We loved the patio for eating and the beautiful and peaceful view.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen. We love to cook and went to many local markets and stores to buy fresh produce, meats and pastas. However, the kitchen lacked a few things. The owner also came in a few times while we were on day trips to check on things. He closed windows on the 2nd floor. Editor's Note: There was a storm during the client's stay, and the owner closed the windows and brought a table inside the house.
Surrounding Area:
The location was absolutely perfect! We did many day trips and never spent more than 1-2 hours getting to so many wonderful places.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. Very steep walk down to town. Coffee on the patio was much more enticing than the idea of walking home.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owners seemed a little concerned about our small children around the pool and stairs...understandably. However, I could not have dreamed of a more perfect place for kids! Plus, the kids loved all of the lizards and the olive trees to wonder around. They were amazed to see how the olives grew just in the two weeks we were there. I would plan to eat out more than we did. Note - if you are allergic to cats...there is a neighborhood cat that chooses the outdoor cushions to cozy up on. Lastly, close the windows before you go on day trips or the owner will come and do it for you...
Check In Out:
Check-in was fine once we got there...check-out was very nice and easy. Roberto and his wife had a very thoughtful parting gift for us which I still use and enjoy everyday!

Amanda, July

Overall:
We really enjoyed the villa. It suited our holiday plans and there was plenty of room for the eight of us. The grounds, the pool, and the view were outstanding! The dinner and decorations prepared for us by the owners for our 25th anniversary were amazing!
Enjoyed Most:
The rustic Tusca atmosphere and the fact that each bedroom had its own bathroom was great.
Enjoyed Least:
Perhaps the occasional centipede. Would like to have had a clothes dryer to go with the washer because we had some rain and it was hard sometimes to get our clothes and towels dried.
Surrounding Area:
The vineyards, the view, the peacefulness, and scenery.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. It is within walking distance because it is only 1km, but it's an uphill walk all the way back to the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would recommend a GPS! We had a rental car but the villa is somewhat remote and we got lost a few times when we went away sightseeing. La Lacarda is a good restaurant in the vicinity of Ambra-Bucine, about a 15-minute drive.
Directions:
We went beyond the meeting point recommended by the owners to get groceries in Arezzo because it was Saturday evening and the stores were closed on Sunday. When we tried to find our way back to the meeting point we had difficulty and the language barrier on the cell phone made it more challenging. We didn't have a GPS!
Check In Out:
I think the check in day should be any day but Saturday so you can get groceries the next moning without problem.

Darryl, June

Overall:
Absolutely perfect. I would change nothing.
Enjoyed Most:
The views and the peacefulness.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing
Surrounding Area:
The location was perfect for touring all the towns and areas we wanted to travel to.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was within walking distance with a nice up hill climb back to the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
Choose this property as it is wonderful. It had everything that was needed for a comfortable, peaceful and grand vacation. We were most happy eating meals at the property.
Check In Out:
The owners were wonderful and gracious. We just needed more help finding the property.

Anne , June

Overall:
We spent many hours in advance of our rental reviewing many listings attempting to find the absolute perfect villa and I am overjoyed to say that in this particular case the reality now only lived up to the billing but well surpassed it! Podere della Fraternita was a dream come true.
Enjoyed Most:
Located atop a hill with wondrous views and completely secluded, the villa was a great place to "get away from it all" and relax. The interior rooms were very nice, but we especially enjoyed the many outdoors areas overlooking the pool, surrounding hills, and the vineyards and olive groves. The villa was stocked with the owner's own locally produced wine and olive oil which we enjoyed drinking and cooking with ... it was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Enjoyed Least:
Finding the villa from the Autostrada was a bit challenging the first day, but well worth the effort!
Surrounding Area:
Our villa was very centrally located for many excellent day trips. Florence, Siena, Arezzo, and Monte San Savino all wonderful cities to explore were all very nearby and Assisi was only about an hour and a half away by car. The owner suggested a very good local restaurants for the nights we ate out and there were many local vineyards to explore for wine tastings.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The small town of Badia Agnano is only about a mile away and had three or four nice markets from which we were able to find fresh meats and vegetables to either cook or grill.
Tips or Restaurants:
We used the outdoor grill a couple of times, but be sure to buy some fire starters from one of the local markets. If you make it to Siena, I suggest eating lunch at La Torre just behind the the main building in Il Campo ... it was one of the best meals we've ever had!
Directions:
Our rental car was not equipped with a GPS, but we were lucky to run into a very friendly local who was going our way and led us to the nearby town of Badia Agnano. I suggest finding the property on Google maps and scouting out your route ahead of time or have a good GPS.
Check In Out:
Upon our arrival, the owners were extremely friendly and made us feel very much at home. Roberto recounted some very interesting stories about the history of the villa and the surrounding area.

Joseph, May

Overall:
We enjoyed our stay very much. The owners were delightful, warm, helpful, and very friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
The view was amazing and the outdoor areas were spacious and beautiful.
Enjoyed Least:
It was a good distance from most places we visited.
Surrounding Area:
The mountains and wildflowers were awesome. The small towns near us were charming.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnana was about 1 mile - an easy walk there, but uphill all the way back.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring garbage bags and dish towels. L'Antico Portale was a great restaurant and only 5 minutes away.

Carol, May

Overall:
We had a wonderful experience. The owners couldn't have been more accommodating.
Enjoyed Most:
The house was lovely and the view magnificent. It was centrally located, so all of our little trips were easy.
Enjoyed Least:
The phone service was almost nonexistent and there was no Internet service. Editor's Note: The owner has confirmed that there is now free Internet service at the villa, and the cell phone reception is fine. May 2011.
Surrounding Area:
The town of Arezzo was easily accessible and very interesting. The little towns of San Pancrazio and Civitella had wonderful vistas and restaurants,as well as sad histories from WWII.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was not really walkable,but had a marvelous restaurant called Luna Lu.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurant above and the restaurant in Civitella called Antico "something," were both excellent. Nothing is open on Sunday so shop on Saturday when you arrive.
Directions:
We arrived by taxi,and the driver spoke with the owner,so it made it very easy. Otherwise we used GPS.
Check In Out:
No problem. We were welcomed by the owners and presented with a bottle of wine and some sweets. When they realized we had nothing for breakfast, they came back with coffee and juice and some food. We checked out the night before our departure the owner brought Prosecco to celebrate our good trip.

Claire , October

Overall:
We had a wonderful time and the villa was amazing. Very clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend it.
Enjoyed Most:
The owners were as lovely as the villa. The view could not have been better.
Enjoyed Least:
The only problems were small: the American coffee maker did not work, and because of the damp spring weather, a change of towels mid week would have been nice.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owners showed us a restaurant nearby where the Tuscany T-bone steak was out of this world, along with the pasta dishes.

Christine, May

Overall:
It was a very enjoyable week. The house was very clean and the owners were helpful without being intrusive.
Enjoyed Most:
It was nice that each bedroom had an en suite bathroom. The large dining table was very nice, as were the sitting areas outside. There were plenty of places for our entire group to gather comfortably.
Enjoyed Least:
Access to one bathroom was via a step-down entry. The people using it had to be careful.
Surrounding Area:
It was picturesque and colorful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was the closest town but it was not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring soap,food storage bags, and washcloths if you use them.
Directions:
We met the owner at the highway exit, but one couple used a GPS and found it all right.

Knettie, October

Overall:
It was a fantastic week for 6 adults and 3 young children. The property was the highlight.
Enjoyed Most:
Hard to specify one thing but it can be wrapped up in this ... spectacular view, pool, bedrooms with king size beds and private baths, private, and reasonable access to all of Tuscany. And helpful owner.
Enjoyed Least:
We were there in cool weather so no problems with bugs since there were no screens. Its very private and rural but those were pluses for us.
Surrounding Area:
It is Tuscany at its best. Spectacular views and access to several beautiful small Tuscan towns. Property even has small vineyard and olive grove.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Adia Bagnano then Bucine. Definitely need a car. Too far to walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
We ended up doing a lot of cooking in. Coops in Bucine and Montevarchi. Suggested items in literature were helpful, especially zip-lock bags, soap, detergent and basic cooking needs. Pay attention to store hours.
Directions:
We had a relative in Siena who met us in Florence so we got there on our own. A GPS with an Italy card is extremely helpful.
Check In Out:
Roberto, the key holder and owner, was very helpful and available if necessary.

Stillman, October

Overall:
Wonderful, very relaxing and comfortable. We travelled with 2 young children ages 3 and 1 and the accommodations worked well for them too.
Enjoyed Most:
The location was ideal, the views were spectacular, and the owners were fantastic! They treated us like family - our only regret is not spending enough time with them.
Enjoyed Least:
Because it's a working farm, there are insects and bugs in the area. Not a reflection on the villa itself, it's just the environment. No bathtubs, only showers, but the kids learned to enjoy them!
Surrounding Area:
Everything. Very easy to get to anywhere in central Tuscany from this location.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano was walking distance, but a long, tough hill to climb on the way back.
Tips or Restaurants:
Well furnished villa, bath and pool towels provided. Bring a GPS! Good local restaurants - Pizza Che Delizia in Bucine for good pizza, Antico Portale in Capannole for traditional Tuscan meals.
Directions:
We used a GPS - highly recommended for touring the area!
Check In Out:
The owners were lovely and very easy to deal with.

Steven, July

Overall:
The house was perfect in every way...even the pool was kept very clean by the owner's son...great location for day trips and wonderful restaurants nearby! All in all a 10 without a doubt!
Enjoyed Most:
The views from the terrace were amazing. The owner/manager and his wife were really wonderful and very helpful.
Surrounding Area:
The little village of Badia Agnano is charming and everyone in the little shops was most helpful as we speak no Italian.

Charlotte, July

Overall:
Our experience at this property has been very positive. The owners were very welcoming. They made dinner for us the second night, brought us wine from the vineyard, champagne and cookies and chocolates for my daughter for Easter.
Enjoyed Most:
The vineyard and olive trees were beautiful. It was nice waking up to birds singing. This is a beautiful property. When anything was not right, Roberto was right there to fix the problem.
Enjoyed Least:
We told the owners to live in the house for about a week, because it will help them better place the furniture, mirrors, etc. The 2 weeks we were there, it was cold and rainy, so we turned on the heat. Heating cost for 2 weeks 144 Euro. There was no land line phone. The cell phone did not work well in the house, so we had to go outside to get reception.
Surrounding Area:
Yes, it was located close to Siena, Florence and many wonderful towns within driving distance.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Badia Agnano. The house sits on a steep hill so I wouldn't really say it is a walking distance -- due to weather we did not walk but I don't think it would be an easy walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely need a car. There is no restaurant in Badia Agnano -- only a small cafe. There is a restaurant 5 minute drive away which was wonderful with wonderful staff. Also better to visit in May or June to make sure the weather will be nice. The most beautiful towns -- Siena and San Gimignano. In our opinion, Siena had the best gelato. Bring Ziplock bags and converter.

Norma, March