Bongiorno! We stayed at the IL Pelagone from June 21st 2008 through June 29th, 2008. We are Disney Vacation Members (Since 2000) and used our points to stay at this resort. IL Pelagone is a Club Cordial Vacation Club resort. For those of you not familiar with Club Cordial, it is a GERMAN Timeshare. I would say 99% of the people staying at the resort-while we were there-were German. Deutsch is the primary language spoken by the guests and staff. The Italian workers speak Deutsch and Italian and most speak some English.
We checked in and the staff was great. I had emailed IL Pelagone several times with questions before our arrival and my emails were always answered timely. When we checked in the receptionist rememebered my name and my emails. She was very nice and helpful. Check in was a breeze. We were given our electronic key card and beach towel tickets. (You are given one ticket per person for a beach towel. Beach towels are available at the front desk).
We drove to our room. We had the two bedroom apartment. The beds were firm and low to the ground. The room had two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bath (No tub only a walk in shower) a dining area, kitchen and living room space. There was plenty of closet space. We had a tv with satellite (most stations are in German) and central air. (It worked great!). No washer and dryer. I want to emphasize Italy is not the U.S. The furniture in all of the rooms we have stayed at in Venice, Florence and Rome are simple. The rooms at IL Pelagone were clean. Housekeeping comes everyday and you can put the tag on the door for them not to come. The room comes with beverages and if you drink them you have to pay for them. Otherwise you put the drinks in the cabinet. Most rooms have a porch with patio furniture.
The grounds of the IL Pelagone are beautiful. This is a golf club resort and the views, plant life, birds are beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. The grounds are well maintained. You will see insects on your porch but they are not in your room. (They must spray)The pools are clean. We did not use the sauna. You cannot park your vehicle outside of your room due to fire codes. There are designated parking lots for your vehicle. There is a golf store selling clubs, shoes, clothing etc. Next to the store is Birdies Bar. We never had the chance to eat here as it was always closed though it said it was open with the menu outside. ?? The other restaurant is by the pool bar. They serve pizza, pasta and an antipasta buffet. I ordered the antipasta buffet and the server kept asking me if I wanted pasta. I ate so much from the buffet I did not want pasta. They thought it was odd. The pasta is not as good as restaurants outside of the resort. The pizza is comparable to what we ate throughout Italy. There is a third restaurant (Le Cerrilier) that has an antipasti, salad buffet in the beginning and you choose from two courses out of 5 on the menu. There is a dessert buffet for the end of the meal. The selections change daily and are posted at the front desk. The way you pay is you tell the server your room number and you sign a ticket. At checkout, you pay the total from your stay. The bartender speaks English and most of the servers speak English.
The guests at the resort are German. However, the guests at the resort lacked any personality. They never say hi when you walk by. Don't get me wrong, a few did wave hello or smiled when you walked by. I just found it strange that so many people can be so uptight. During our stay, Germany was in the Euro Cup (Soccer) and everyone had their front windows open sitting on the patio watching their tvs that were inside their units. (Keeping the door open with the lights on attracts the misquitos. No thank you)
The location of IL Pelagone is nice. You are near the expressway. Follonica is a 5-10 minute drive. (5 minutes if you drive like the crazy, speeding Italian drivers, or 10 minutes if you drive like an American.) Follonica is a beach town. Not many people here speak English. This is where the Italians go to the beach. It is not touristy. IL Pelagone has a private beach. We went to the beach twice. The water and sand are clean. I was up to my neck in water and can clearly see my feet. You use your key card to enter the beach doors and are greeted by an IL Pelagone employee who asks your name. He has a list of all the guests and looks up your name to confirm you are a guest. They have beach chairs and umbrellas, changing room, and beach toys. No jet skis or parasailing. The worker gives massages in his cabana. $20 Euro for half-hour, $35 Euro for an hour. Follonica has a grocery store called PAM. Good stuff. They have a great deli and a great selection of wine and cheeses. We stocked up on food here for the room. Follonia has many restaurants. We just parked the car one day and walked around. Shops, gelato and restaurants are near the beach. Another nearby town that we visited is the town of Gavorrano. We at at a local restaurant. Good food. They only had one copy of an menu in English. The rest are in German or Italian. The staff barely speaks English. The food was good.
From IL Pelagone we visited Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio and Pitigliano. (We used Rick Steve's book for guideance) All of these towns are a minimum 2 hours away. You either drive through winding, scenic mountains with crazy Italian drivers trying to pass you up, or take the long route around the mountains with more crazy, speeding Italian drivers. We also had a GPS with European maps which worked great (Garmin 370). I had to use a paper map along with the GPS as the GPS almost always gives a route through the mountains and my family did not enjoy driving through the mountains. (I did).
Overall, I rate this resort as above average. The rooms itself are simple. The grounds are beautiful. You are in the countryside of Tuscany. The air is fresh and crisp. The front desk staff are great. There was really no negative other than the uptight guests that were staying there. (This is my opinion and have nothing against Germans. This is clearly my oberservation. I spent two weeks in Italy. One at the IL Pelagone resort and nobody on the entire trip had their nose in the air like the guests at Il Pelagone. When you say hello with a smile or nod your head and they look at you without smiling, what would you think?)
If you are looking to save money and/or not wanting to use the points from your Disney Timeshare consider research on an Agriturismo. Farmers rent out rooms in their homes in Tuscany and are called agriturismos. They cook for you. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE IN TUSCANY and several near IL Pelagone.
I will try to add photos at a later time.
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