Torre Antica was all we expected - and more. We were in the smallest of the five apartments - 'Loggia', which is studio-style, in a building dating from the 15th century. While our studio was small and simple, it had the best access to the garden and swimming pool. The only downsides - a rather firm bed, we could have used more storage space (we were staying for two weeks), and one of us would have appreciated a dressing table. But the upsides more than compensated. Meals in the garden outside Loggia were idyllic - plenty of trees, so you can choose sun or shade. And from in the pool, you can see the towers of San Gimignano across the valley!
We did not see the other apartments - they are all bigger, and probably smarter. For much of our time there we were the only guests.
Tavarnelle itself, just a 10-minute walk away, is not Historic, but we found it pleasant and attractive. It has at least five restaurants - we went to three, of which two were first class and the other quite good too. The great thing is that there are not too many tourists around - you get a genuine Italian experience, and the restos have to be good to attract and keep local custom. Also, it is well placed on the road network to get around the surrounding area.
Saving the best to last - the owners, Sergio and Maria Antoinetta, live on site and take great pride in keeping their guest satisfied. Sergio is a fund of information on restaurants, places to visit, and the Tuscan way of life. We learned a lot, particularly about olives, vines, and food.
Definitely on our list for a second visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Torre Antica holiday homes for rent in medieval tower in Tuscany. Swimming pool with panoramic view of Sangimignano and Chianti. All pets allowed. Cooking classes with home owners to learn traditional italian recipes. Chianti wine and olive oil tasting with home owners. Romantic environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torre Antica Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa, Italy - Tuscany