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Agriturismo in Toscana?

Pappardelle Feb 14, 2008 09:55 PM

I am looking for a place to stay/eat a few days in late April in Tuscany with my parents. (I know it is coming up quick!)

From Florence, we are going to rent a car and then drive around the region for a 3 nights/4 days. There will be four of us traveling. A little apartment style place or something would be great, but I don't know if it is typical of agriturismi. Having lived here for years, I have of course been to Tuscany many times but just stayed at hotels in Montalcino, etc. I know it has gotten very touristy, but they haven't seen it.....

I have seen a few suggestions on this site, but they were for weddings and/or honeymoons and thus a bit too fancy for this trip. My parents just want an opportunity to take some nice walks, eat some rustic food, and perhaps spend an afternoon in Siena. We don't want to spend the whole day on the farm, so maybe we aren't looking for the typical agriturismo experience, just a nice, relaxing place to stay with good food and pretty views.

I have been looking at www.agriturismo.com for days, and it is a bit overwhelming to me. Could anyone recommend affordable places? (200 euro a night for 4) I have friends who say you can find something like that in Umbria. Perhaps 200 euro for 4 would cover just housing and not food. In any case, any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

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  1. The Chowhound Team RE: Pappardelle Feb 15, 2008 04:48 AM

    Chowhound has a very narrow mission--where to find deliciousness. General travel planning questions, like where to stay or what else to do while visiting a town, are off topic for our boards. Please keep your replies focused on helping the poster find great chow, as off topic replies will be removed.

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      nkgmpg RE: Pappardelle Feb 16, 2008 05:30 AM

      I would strongly suggest going to the website "slowtrav.com" and do a search through their site on Italy; loads of information, reviews etc. Also looking at posts on their message boards might be helpful.


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        Ah Toscana RE: Pappardelle Feb 22, 2008 03:50 PM

        I would strongly suggest Casa Sola. Here is the english link http://www.fattoriacasasola.com/engli...
        They have lovely apartments in all sizs to fit your needs, They are very convenient to travel Central Tuscany. They are near San Donato in Poggio a lovely village. They can arange dinner, cooking classes etc. Please tell Matteo that Paige from Ah Toscana refered you. The website states weekly rates, but for April I am almost positive you can get daily. I can give you suggestions for other areas of Tuscany. just let me know what areas you are interested in. There are great restaurants such as Ristorante Lamole near by.

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          achau55 RE: Ah Toscana Feb 27, 2008 07:19 AM

          Hi Ah Toscana. I am actually looking at renting an apartment at Casa Sola and based on your comments, am even more excited about the place! It's good to hear the location is convenient. I'm actually looking at daily rates for end of April. It'd be great if you have recommendations about the wineries to visit and the good restaurants in the area? Thank you!

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            Ah Toscana RE: achau55 Mar 12, 2008 01:46 PM

            Were you able to rent an apratment at Casa Sola? They have a very nice Chainti. There are so many wonderful places I don't know where to start. Osteria Alla Piazza in Piazza is another favorite. i suggest you drive thru Baddia Passignano. The viewa are spectacular. The osteria there is quite pricey but delicious. It is owned by the Antinori family. I go for lunch. They have a little shop in front where you can have a wine tasting. Another restaurant further down the road is La Cantinetta di Rignana. typica Tuscan, their grilled dished tend to be the best.La Locanda di Pietracupa, which has a website by the same name .com. The phone is 055-807-2400 is in San Donato. Let me know what other areaas and towns you will be visiting and I nca make some more recommendations. I have done extensive research because i book small group tours. If you are interested in any cooking lessons or would like the name of a driver for a day tour let me know. Have fun! www.ahtoscana.com

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              pietro RE: Ah Toscana Mar 14, 2008 04:45 AM

              Paige, I checked your website and see that you've been coming to Tuscany often. I wonder how come I've never seen/heard of you as I live in Radda in Chianti and have been here since 1984.
              Next time you come you should come over and share a bottle of wine with us.

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                Ah Toscana RE: pietro Mar 15, 2008 05:27 AM


                I would love to share a bottle of wine! I would love to know all of our favorite restaurants. Always looking for something new for the next tour.

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