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Sleeps:
5
Single Bedrooms:
1
Double Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
18414
Nearest Town:
Barberino Val d'Elsa (Chianti Area)

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Overall:
Enjoyed the villa and its location in the small town very much.
Enjoyed Most:
View and location.
Enjoyed Least:
Small kitchen.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful scenery and structures.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Tavernelle in Val di Pesa was walking distance away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Several good restaurants and pizzerias in Tavernelle, just ask a native.
Directions:
Location of the parking area, if you have a car, is a short distance away from the villa. You have to call and arrange for someone to open the gate and get the keys to the property and gate.
Check In Out:
Just call and someone will meet you shortly.

Richard P, May

Overall:
Great experience overall. Hard to find in the dark, but several calls to Cecile, the ever-helpful property manager, enabled us to navigate to the right spot. The apartment was clean, comfortable and welcoming. The setting is charming, and we particularly enjoyed the little grocery store just a few steps away, where the kind proprietor helped us get cheese, bread, wine and other delectables, then threw in some delicious cookies gratis. Having a wonderful restaurant just another few more steps away made that first night's stay so convenient for us. We would go back there in a heartbeat.
Enjoyed Most:
Even though we were in the middle of the old village section of Barberino Val d'Elsa, we found it to be remarkable private and quiet. The location was perfect for the many day trips we took to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and the Chianti wine region.
Enjoyed Least:
We did not expect just a toaster over, and had brought ingredients to cook a traditional Christmas cake and some cinnamon rolls, but we managed to improvise. Too bad my wife did not realize the temperature readings on the oven were in Centigrade the first time she tried to cook. And next time we'll know not to run the dishwasher the same time as the toaster oven. I speak a little Italian, but trying to describe a power failure over the phone to Cecile was a stretch. Fortunately she came over quickly and showed us where to reset the main breaker.
Surrounding Area:
The rolling country side was beautiful, even in the late fall with all the grape and olive harvests complete. Some mornings the fog ensconced the hilltop towns in the neighborhood, adding an extra dimension of mysteriousness to the antiquity.
Nearby Events or Locales:
As I mentioned above, we were in the center of the old section of Barberino Val d'Elsa and within walking distance of a small grocery store and good restaurant, and not far from the town library, where we went to access WiFi. A washer at the other apartments was also within walking distance, if you didn't mind carrying a load of wet close up a steep hill on the return. No dryer, and if you can't get your clothes to dry in the apartment; there is a coin-operated laundry not too far from the library (driving recommended).
Tips or Restaurants:
We found the Italian version of Costco in Poggibonsi (Coop), 2nd Poggibonsi exit driving south to Siena, follow white arrows, and had a blast stocking up on all kinds of wonderful delicacies for dinner in the apartment, plus a few necessities we'd forgotten to bring.
Directions:
Used a GPS, but it could not handle the narrow streets and tight turns through the old part of town to get us to the apartment, and kept landing us at the wrong place. We ended up calling Cecile, who navigated us back to the rental office, then followed her to the apartment.
Check In Out:
Cecile is wonderful. Could not ask for a better person or a better process.

Isaac, December

Overall:
Overall, it was a very good experience. We really enjoyed Cecil, our Property Manager. She was always eager to answer our questions and to be helpful. She made phone calls for us and let us use her computer for emails. And a bonus: she speaks French, which is also my first language
Enjoyed Most:
I really liked the proximity to places we wanted to visit, like Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano.
Enjoyed Least:
The property was perfect. There are gorgeous gardens and a very clean pool. However, we rented the apartment in the center of the village of San Barberino. We had a little table to eat outside on the balcony, but it was not big enough for the four of us to sit down.
Surrounding Area:
Walking distance to 2 great restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee bars. Very quiet, charming town.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Tavarnelle. It's about 2 kilometres on a paved trail on the side of the road.
Tips or Restaurants:
If coming with small children, stay on the property itself--not the 2 apartments in town. We had to walk to the pool on a street before entering the property.
Directions:
We didn't use a GPS. We rented a car in Florence and it took us less than 4o minutes to get to Barberino Val D'Elsa. We used directions from the rental car agency.

Linda, June

Overall:
Fantastic. You can get the quaint old Tuscan town experience and the countryside experience all rolled into one place. Library Internet connection, restaurants, market, all within 100 feet of the front door, and phenomenal views of the Tuscan countryside from the balcony.
Enjoyed Most:
The manager was great. She was attentive, charming, knowledgeable and really cared about us and our experience. When we encountered an unexpected medical problem she was invaluable in securing assistance, going out of her way to help us out.
Enjoyed Least:
The living room area was fine for us but if we had had five it would not have had enough seating. The Church bells were annoying at times. The satellite had 600 channels - only one of which was in English - BBC world. Bring plenty of books!
Surrounding Area:
The location was central to everything we wanted to see. Siena 30 minutes, Florence 30 minutes, San Gimignano 25 minutes, the Chianti vineyards 20 minutes, and after a hard day sightseeing you could roll into town and eat at an excellent restaurant. Most restaurants do not open until after 7:30, so eating in visited towns was somewhat impractical. Fifty feet from your front door the house wine was out of this world.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Barbarino. You were in the old town with cobblestone streets and a great ambiance. The pool and the parking were in fact only two hundred meters from the villa down a steep hill. Nice walking trail through olive groves to the next town of Tavernelle.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurants were as advertised. Two great ones nearby. A super restaurant and a pizzeria where the service was awful and the owner rude, but the food was good...'pesky foreigners upstairs!!' Bring a portable DVD player and some DVD's for some late evening entertainment especially for the first few days when you are jet lagged and not sleeping through the night yet.

Robert, May

Overall:
Highly recommended. The property manager helps navigate you through whatever difficulties you encounter. A well-run property.
Enjoyed Most:
Property was quiet, situated in the restored medieval village, within easy walk of a restaurant, small grocery, bar and village library where Internet access is available. Nice balcony with view of countryside for enjoying meals. The French property mananger who has lived in Italy for 10 years is an exceptional property manager -- unfailingly pleasant and helpful and fluent in Italian, French and English.
Enjoyed Least:
Kitchen was small and cramped. Lends itself to fairly simple meals.
Surrounding Area:
Good location for exploring Tuscany, being midway between Florence and Siena. In Barberino, you truly feel you're in the Tuscan countryside, away from the urban congestion of those two cities.
Nearby Events or Locales:
There's actually a paved path between Barberino and Tavernelle. But if you're going to shop at the COOP grocery, which is the main reason we went there, you needed a car.
Tips or Restaurants:
There are two restaurants in Barberino itself, both of them good. You should bring some device to ward of mosquitoes, since they get into the house when you open the windows. A minor problem in June, when we were there.
Directions:
It's tricky. A lot of winding roads. You have to get accustomed to the Italian roundabout system. We made mistakes, missed turns, but that's just part of the experience. Always leave yourself plenty of time to get somewhere.
Check In Out:
Handled very well.

Kenneth , June

Enjoyed Most:
We enjoyed being in a structure that was part of the original town. The apartment was rustic and comfortable. There was good parking though, it was downhill from the apartment with the remaining apartments of the complex.
Enjoyed Least:
The living room, while comfortable, didn't have enough seating for 5 people to comfortably sit. There was only room for 3 people in comfortable seating. Any others would have to sit at the dining room table. I realize the apartment really did not have the room so this is more for information, not a specific criticism. The church bells rang every hour on the hour starting at 7:00am until 11:00pm. It took us until the end of the week to finally start to ignore them.
Surrounding Area:
We travelled to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano. The views were wonderful from the terrace of our apartment. It was practically right on the doorstep of two restaurants, which were both quite good but require reservations.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were actually in the town of Barberino Val D'Elsa very near the church, so we were close to everything. The remaining apartments were also in the town but a short walk away.
Tips or Restaurants:
There was free laundry available which was nice, but no dryer. The apartment did have a place to put drying clothes. The kitchen didn't have an oven but did have a small toaster oven. As far as purchasing items for the house, you will need soap for dishes and dishwasher, as well as for laundry. There were no condiments in the apartment. However, there was a COOP supermarket in the next town, Tavarnelle Val de Pesa, where you could purchase all needs. There was also a nice little store in town that had great homemade breads, meats, dairy, fruit, etc, for your daily needs. The woman running it didn't speak English but was very pleasant and helpful.
Directions:
We made the mistake of stopping in the town of Tavarnelle by mistake. Fortunately we had a cell phone to call the apartment to get directions.
Check In Out:
Cecile, the manager, was very professional and gave us a receipt for our deposit.

David, September

Overall:
We can't recommend this property enough!
Enjoyed Most:
The small town of Barbarino Val D'Elsa is perfection! The location is ideal for easy access to Florence and Siena by bus and Chianti hill towns by car. The property was secure, clean and very well appointed. The property manager was delightful and kind. We loved the situation of Unit 5 in the heart of town and enjoyed going to the pool area after a day of sightseeing. We felt very much at home.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen was too small for us. The kitchen only allowed for one person at a time to get coffee or a snack. This was inconvenient, but we took turns.
Surrounding Area:
Ideal in every possible way! The views from Barbarino were some of the most picturesque. The village had everything we needed, two small markets, bank, and cafe for a morning snack and where bus tickets could be purchased. The Campaniello restautant was our favorite place to eat of all the places we tried in both Northern and Southern Italy. Cesare, the owner, was very gracious and Salvatore, our regular waiter, was one of the family and they treated our son, age 6, like their own. Visits to San Gimignano, Volterra and Montefioralle were quite simple from this locale. Greve was a bit more of a challange.
Tips or Restaurants:
Eat at Campaniello as much as possible! The markets have the best fresh bread, baked right in town and theChianti Classico from Castellina was the best we tried. The pizza place in Barbarino had good food, but poor service.
Check In Out:
Our gas usage was so small that the manager waived the cost entirely. Very kind.

Hilary, September

Overall:The property itself was very nice and well decorated. It was very colorful and comfortable.The kitchen was sufficiently supplied.
Enjoyed Most:

The balcony and the views.
Enjoyed Least:

We had to park down the hill from the complex. The church bells ring from 7am-midnight.
Surrounding Area:

Barberino is a small town but has food and wine shops and a helpful tourist information office.

September