SERENELLA, MONTALCINO, ITALY - TUSCANY
The Serenella is a bright and charming 2-bedroom farmhouse apartment on a lovely farm, well-located for exploring the hill towns of Tuscany. With terra cotta floors, exposed brick and wood-beamed ceilings, it offers typical Tuscan charm. The cozy main room centers around an open hearth (non-working fireplace) and combines living and dining areas with kitchen facilities. 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. The Serenella is adjacent to the Donella apartment.
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, Donella, 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 separable twin beds
BATHROOMS1 with shower stall
KITCHENKitchenette: toaster oven, but no full oven
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! Lovely swimming pool and outdoor seating area, gorgeous views from grounds, common room for all guests to use, 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 FEATURESAC unit! Window screens in bedrooms and bath, 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.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Florence, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Airport meeting upon your arrival (set arrival time only) and assistance with your rental car pick-up and transfer to your apartment. (Or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment independently with ease.)
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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.
- Use of an Untours cell phone while on location.
- 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 Serenella, 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 Serenella
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 Serenella, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
"Everything about this apartment was exceptional. The host family was so warm and welcoming. The accommodations were special and it was obvious that the owners cared about their property and making the vacation a special time. Exceptionally clean, beautifully decorated, fantastic views. A bit of heaven on earth!" Elizabeth Arnold
"The apartment charming, views exquisite, hosts very pleasant and helpful, other guests very pleasant, tour guide helpful and informative." Marilyn O'Connell
"Serenella was spacious, comfortable, and clean. My inital reaction was that we were too far from the city, but I quickly changed my mind and really appreciated the quiet and beautiful setting. The family, even though they spoke little English and we spoke little Italian, were warm and helpful. I felt very welcomed." Susan Molloy
"What's not to like? The apartment was terrific, family so lovely and the area beautiful." Karen & Bill Confoy
"Our host family was precious and made us feel so welcome." Mary Bet Evans
"Loved the family, loved the accommodation, would definitely return to this farm again." Deb Hervol
"La Serenella was beautiful; the scenery from the windows delightful. The grounds were great for relaxing, reading, and watching the sunset." Ellen Fusco
Ratings for Serenella, 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 1-888-868-6871. You can nearly always talk directly with someone who has personally seen the accommodation.