DONELLA, MONTALCINO, ITALY - TUSCANY
The Donella is a lovely farmhouse apartment with an open, spacious feeling and lots of Tuscan charm. Its large main room combines living and dining areas under high-beamed ceilings. The narrow, galley-style kitchenette is tucked away in the corner. The 2 double bedrooms (one with an Italian queen bed and one with 2 separable twin beds) share a bath. Each is attractive and bright, with lovely views.
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 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 Cipresso, Geranio, Serenella, Orfeo 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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SLEEPING2 bedrooms, 1 with an Italian queen bed, 1 with 2 seperable twin beds
BATHROOMS1 with shower stall
KITCHENKitchenette, galley style, no oven but microwave
LAUNDRYWashing machine on site, fee for use. Iron available. Also the apartment has a vacuum.
LEVELSecond floor with stairs
ACCESSIBILITYSecond floor with stairs
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
PLUSESAC unit in living room! Lovely swimming pool and outdoor seating area, gorgeous views from grounds, guests can purchase wine, 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 FEATURESAC unit in living room! Window screens in bedrooms and bath, 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 comprehensive driving 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.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
Landlord or Host for Donella, 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 Donella
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 Donella, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
"We loved the Donella apartment and our hosts. The location was scenic, charming, and convenient. The road between Torrenieri and San Giovanni D'Asso has to be among the most picturesque stretches in Tuscany and far exceeds the vistas seen on the recommended drive between San Giovanni D'Asso and Asciano. We were upgraded from the Cipresso to the Donella apartment and thanked our lucky stars every day for the much larger space to call home for the two weeks. The kitchen was definitely a one-person-at-a-time area, but the rest of the apartment more than compensated for the limited space in the kitchen. We felt welcome and secure every day as we returned from our adventures and looked forward to the cool evening air that we experienced daily. La Canonica was our little piece of heaven." Linda Cregan
"The property was small, rural flavor enjoyed getting to know the host family and especially dining with them." Kathleen Burchby
“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
"I cannot praise the La Canonica site and apartment enough. They are an incredibly lovely family and the farm is gorgeous. I hope to return for a 5th time" Laurie Calhoun
"Our host family was so nice-we enjoyed each member! It was fun being on a working farm." Catherine Ziebell
Ratings for Donella, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||6||4|
|Phone (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||1||0|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||6||5|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||6||5|
|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.