We stayed as 2 couples in the smaller apartment which is a stone building with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen/living area with a 2 seater couch and stone fireplace. The apartment is self catering with a full oven, and we were easily able to collect groceries from nearby Radda to feed ourselves and save a bit of money, and have the convenience of not always having to go out in search of our next meal.
Outside this apartment, there is a private terrace which gets all day sun (in May anyway), where you can sit and look down over the valley. Just around the corner of the building is the pool, and
a grassed area with sun loungers.
You do really need a car to take advantage of being in the heart of Tuscany. Florence was an easy day trip, only 1 hour away, and we followed Trip Advisor's parking advice with no problems. Make sure you visit Volpaia and eat at the restaurant next to the church. San Gimignano was only 1 hour away and well worth a visit. Lots of shopping there.
The best thing, and what set this place apart from other nice places, is the warm hospitality of the owner, Gioia. She speaks great English, is very helpful when you need her, but not intrusive, just leaving us to 'get on with it'. Upon arrival she handed us a desert she had made for us as a welcome gift, and the next day, she fed a large party of friends, and we got invited too! It was a fantastic meal and we felt privileged to be included.
This place was a perfect respite after 6 days in busy fantastic Rome. We needed to be calm and restful, and free to explore the beautiful district of Tuscany at our own pace. There is so much choice for eating, so many fantastic wines to try and vineyards to visit, but it all happens at a calm, measured, country pace. Exactly what we needed! We will recommend to all our family and friends as the perfect place to stay in Tuscany.
Oh, and the property has free WIFI. Apparently, many of the Tuscan villas and apartments do not. Be aware however, that the signal does not reach directly into the smaller apartment (too many stone walls) so we had to walk 10 metres to get a signal. No problem though. We were grateful to have access to it.
- Also Known As:
- Le Bonatte Radda In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany