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Relaxing We loved it. The stunning views really made us know we were in Tuscany...probably the most beautiful part of Tuscany. Although narrow winding dirt roads made driving slow, there were some wonderful places to visit nearby. The villa was homey and spacious and comfortable. This property worked well for our group of 8 friends.
Location, stunning views, lovely huge relaxing lounge area with open fire we used as it was quite cold at times and the terrace for drinks at sunset. The colours of the walls in the changing light were SO Tuscan. Hiring the local chef twice for dinners...pre-booked for arrival dinner and later booked for final night...a great idea. Delicious, plentiful food, lovely chef (Tiziana)...table set in lovely dining room and all cleared away, dishes done...do it! Own wines for dinner purchased during the day on our travels. Views of nearby Castello Banfi, Argiano winery and numerous hilltop towns really enhanced 'living' in the heart of Southern Tuscany. The property manager (Lourdes) was so friendly and helpful...glad two of us spoke Italian though as no English spoken.
The stunning views, sunsets, serenity, truly Tuscan landscape everywhere we looked....special wineries, ristoranti, and nearby hilltop towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
No towns withing walking distance. Sant'Angelo di Scalo for basic supplies, but shops not always open...otherwise off to Montalcino (a slow 10km drive away but well worth it!!) or Sant' Angelo in Colle...
Tips or Restaurants:
Argiano (tasting) and Castello Banfi wineries (fabulous tour and tasting and lunch)...both can be seen from villa and are stunning properties. La Pieve ristorante and church nearby a must for tastings and lunch or dinner. Wonderful people too. Montalcino town around 10km drive...winding roads but worth the trip. Trattoria "Il Pozzo" for sensational local food...the cinghiale (wild boar) well worth the visit. Il Poderuccio Girardi winery in Sant'Angelo in Colle...smallest producer of brunello...lovely wines and winemaker. Great shopping in Montalcino, wine tastings and eateries. Bring paper towels, milk, tea, coffee, sugar etc...breakfast foods, toilet paper, shampoo etc...antipasto, bread, wine, water if you prefer bottled. Linen and towels provided and changed/housekeeping mid-week (make your own beds).
One of our group had a small car and GPS which we relied on for our mini van to follow. Not an easy villa to find even when we booked a 'local' driver to go to Avignonesi winery near Montepulciano.
Check In Out:
When we arrived later in the day at the villa we were welcomed by the manager. No paperwork was required. Check-in and check out couldn't have been easier or faster or more friendly.