Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Recommend a Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Greve in Chianti

I've been asked to recommend a Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Greve in Chianti, right in town, so I'm happy to give a recommendation for three B&Bs on or within a few minute's walk of Piazza Matteotti, the main square (or, rather, triangle) of Greve. Bed & Breakfast "Nella Piazza", which is right on Piazza Matteotti near the church, plus "Chianti Rooms" Bed & Breakfast and "Casa Montechiari" which are about a 10 minute walk north of the piazza among the last houses of Greve.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Greve in Chianti
A view across Piazza Matteotti to B&B "Nella Piazza" on the top floor.
B&B "Nella Piazza" offers three rooms each for 2 or 3 people and each with its own bathroom. Guests have use of a sunny terrace behind the building. There is also a kitchen that guests may use to prepare their own meals. If you want to be right in the middle of things in Greve, this is the place for you!


Chianti rooms bed and breakfast in Greve in Chianti
The garden of "Chianti Rooms" Bed & Breakfast in Greve in Chianti
"Chianti Rooms" B&B offers just two double rooms with en suite bathroom. They are one of the few places in the area that take guests for just one night and are open all year round. They have a beautiful garden out the back, with a terrace and a pergola where guests can enjoy their breakfast on sunny days. There is a WiFi connection available.


"Casa Montechiare" Bed and Breakfast in Greve in Chianti
The terrace of "Casa Montechiare" Bed and Breakfast in Greve in Chianti
About 100 m beyond "Chianti Rooms", we come to "Casa Montechiare" Bed and Breakfast. The front of the house is on an urban street while the terrace and garden at the back look out over the Chianti countryside. Their accommodation consists of two double (or twin) rooms, with en suite bathroom, linked by a double door, together with a fully equipped kitchen-dining room. One bedroom contains a sofa bed that can be expanded into a bunk bed for a total of 4 persons. The Greve public swimming pool is just 5 minutes walk away.





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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A unique vacation rental deep in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena

Today I want to tell you a bit about a unique vacation rental deep in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena. This is "Agrifuturismo", long ago a tiny monastery and now a tranquil agriturismo (vacation accommodations on a farm) deep (really deep) in the country off the road between Castellina in Chianti and Barberino di Val d'Elsa, in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany.

vacation rental in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena
"Agrifuturismo", an agriturismo located between Castellina and Barberin Val d'Elsa.

The apartments at Agrifuturismo are spacious, very originally furnished in Tuscan country style, and accommodate 2 and 4 persons respectively. The farmhouse has retained a great deal of its ancient monastic structure, with most of the wall and the main door being retained. A beautiful terrace looks out over the olive groves and forests. This is a place for those who want a really relaxing holiday. You should definitely put aside one day just to explore the strade bianche (dirt farm tracks) on foot. In addition to Castellina and Barberino, Monteriggioni is within easy reach by car, with Siena making an excellent day excursion. A full day excursion will take you all through the scenic Val d'Orcia.

More about this beautiful Tuscan country vacation rental.




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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Off the beaten track vacation accommodations in Tuscany

Those of you making a second or third (or even first) visit to our beautiful region might well be looking for off the beaten track vacation accommodations in Tuscany. When I'm asked about this, my first thoughts are of the Tuscan Maremma, both the coastal Maremma proper and the inland area known as the Alta Maremma. In these areas you will find the untouched Tuscany of fifty years ago, as well as a wealth of spectacular natural beauty and interesting cultural sights. In terms of accommodation, prices are highly competitive and my top recommendation is Casa Reasco, consisting of two vacation rental apartments plus additional rooms, located in the village of Torniella in the inland hill area of the Alta Maremma.

off the beaten track vacation accommodations in Tuscany
The village of Torniella deep in the Tuscan countryside, SSW of Sienna
You will need a car, motor bike or bicycle to explore the area around Torniella, but with those means of transport you are within easy reach of the Maremma coast, including the beaches such as at Castiglione della Pescaia. And also within easy reach of Sienna and the Val d'Orcia.

Holiday home in the Alta Maremma of Tuscany
Double room in one of the two vacation apartments of Casa Reasco
The Casa Reasco apartments are comfortably furnished and have very well-equipped kitchens, making them ideal for those who seek self-catering accommodation in Tuscany. In addition to the two apartments, these are several further bedrooms available so that the house can accommodate up to 12 persons if, for example, you are a bicycle group exploring the area.

Self-catering accommodation in the Alta Maremma of Tuscany
One of the two apartment kitchen-dining rooms of Casa Reasco
More about Casa Reasco off the beaten track vacation accommodations in Tuscany.

More about the Alta Maremma.




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