GERANIO, MONTALCINO, ITALY - TUSCANY
The Geranio is a country farmhouse apartment with typical Tuscan charm. The main area combines living room with dining and kitchen facilities in one simple, small space. The bedroom with queen bed is comfortable and cozy. A door leads to yard area with table and chairs.
This vacation rental sits on a beautiful farm and vineyard near Torrenieri, just beyond Buonconvento, an easy drive to Siena and the Chianti Valley beyond. High atop a hill with breathtaking views of the rolling Tuscan hills, the farm features a gorgeous swimming pool. Your hosts do not live on the farm, but their parents, Diana and Orfeo, are on site almost daily to oversee things. The family is very friendly, although they speak no English. Their wine, olive oil and honey are available for guests to purchase. Other vacation rental apartments on this site include Donella, Serenella, Orfeo, Cipresso and Diana.
A home-cooked supper is included for all guests on the Wednesday night they arrive, and the family invites guests to join them in the fields for the grape harvest (end of September) and olive harvest (late October) or for the first processing of honey (early June). Hosts can give guidance for visits to the Ragnaia Forest and offer cooking, wine tasting and other activities to groups of 4 or more at a fee.
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SLEEPING1 bedroom with an Italian queen bed
BATHROOMS1 with Italian-style shower (with curtain), access to bathroom is down two small steps.
KITCHENKitchenette with mini countertop oven, 4-burner stovetop
LAUNDRYWashing machine on site, fee for use. Iron available. Also the apartment has a vacuum.
LEVELGround floor with one step up from garden level
ACCESSIBILITYGround floor with one step up from garden level, 2 small steps down to bathroom; apartment has two exterior doors: one into the kitchen and one into the bedroom.
TRANSPORTATION5-minute drive to Torrenieri, 10 minutes to Buonconvento and the main road, 20 minutes to Montalcino, 25 minutes to Siena and 90 minutes to Florence
MINUSESSmall, no oven
PLUSESLovely swimming pool and outdoor seating area, gorgeous views from grounds, guests can purchase wine, olive oil and honey on site, warm hosts, a home-cooked welcome dinner on the night of arrival, WiFi internet on the property--reception is spotty in the apartment (no computer)
SPECIAL FEATURESWindow screens in bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, warm hosts, a home-cooked welcome dinner on the night of arrival, WiFi internet on the property--reception is spotty in the apartment (no computer)
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What's included with the Italy - Tuscany Untour?
- One or two weeks in a farmhouse apartment, often on a working vineyard with stunning countryside views.
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- An orientation with our acclaimed local staff person, who is full of excellent recommendations for your sight seeing, practical advice on driving and parking, and a listing of local events happening during your stay.
- A regional map, local information, plus our own Untouring Tuscany guidebook, researched and written by Untours staff, full of the best restaurants, sightseeing, and other suggestions.
- A local cultural activity, like a luncheon and a guided tour of a local abbey.
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- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
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- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
Landlord or Host for Geranio, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
The owners of the farm do not live on site, but some of the host family members are there daily to oversee things. They don’t speak English but are friendly and outgoing despite the language gap. Our Tuscany Untour staff person is always available by cell phone if guests have problems or concerns.
Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany, Home of Geranio
Montalcino is a beautiful hill town, sporadically populated in Etruscan times and permanently settled around 1000 AD. The town was important in medieval times and its thirteenth-century walls are still largely intact. Today Montalcino is known for the Brunello wine made in its surrounding farmlands. Its center is pedestrian-friendly and walkable. Its narrow streets are lined with shops, good restaurants, lively cafés and wine bars. It hosts an open-air market on Fridays and offers a museum of sacred art. Visitors to the town’s fourteenth-century fortress can climb its tower for a spectacular view of the countryside or sample local wines in its basement cantina. The town offers banks, ATMs, coffee bars, a grocery store and a good bakery.
Staying in the countryside outside Montalcino puts you in the heart of the Tuscan wine belt, in the shadow of countless wineries and an easy drive to Chianti country. Traditional farm life continues in Montalcino and the many beautiful hill towns that surround it. Here, artisans sell pottery, small restaurants create traditional Tuscan meals, and old parish churches hide stunning frescoes.
Montalcino is about 40 minutes south of Siena and an 90 minutes south of Florence.
Other day trips from Untours’ Tuscany vacation rental apartments include the historic hill towns of San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, and San Galgano; the Etruscan sites of Volterra, Chiusi, and Cortona; the natural beauty of Mt. Amiata and the coast; and the monasteries of Monte Oliveto and Sant’Antimo.
Customer comments about Geranio, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
"Our host, Serenella went out of her way to please us. She introduced us to her family and treated us as if she had known us for a long time." Ernest Gutierrez
"The apartment is clean, functional and attractive. It is on the ground floor, convenient to the pool and has its own patio for dining al fresco.The view is wonderful and hosts were friendly but spoke no English.The location of the property was ideal - close enough to a town with good restaurants yet out in the beautiful, quiet countryside, high upon a hill with a breathtaking view and surrounded by grape vineyards and olive groves. " Edward & Gail Comer
“The location we had was in the heart of the area, with a 360 degree view of heaven! It was great to see the workings of a family vineyard, olive grove and bee/honey farm." Kathryn & John D'Amanda
Ratings for Geranio, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||6||3|
|Phone (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||1||0|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||6||4|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||6||4|
|Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool||6||6|
|Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)||1||1|
|Sleeping facilities comfort||4||4|
|LIVING LIKE A LOCAL FEATURE||POSSIBLE|
|Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)||8||7|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings||10||10|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)||10||10|
|Distance to Transportation/Major Roads||6||5|
|Shopping (access to everyday supplies)||6||5|
|Well-Situated To See The Region or City||10||10|
An Explanation of the Ratings: The first column of figures is the highest score possible in each category. The column on the far right is the score for this particular apartment in this category. For this set of ratings, we have asked every Untour staff person who has seen the apartment to rate the individual features. Many of these staff people have been in a position to hear reports (good and bad) from customers over the years, so they offer a particularly well-informed perspective. Nevertheless, customer ratings will be included in the overall ratings as soon as possible.
Please keep in mind that tastes vary. These ratings give an overall sense of how most people feel about a factor; you are in the best position to know if your tastes and requirements are likely to be in the mainstream of opinion or if you have particular needs. If you have any questions about the meaning of any of the factors rated, or about this apartment, please call our office toll-free at 1-999-868-6871. You can nearly always talk directly with someone who has personally seen the accommodation.