First place to stay outside of the major cities. What a time!
Located 4km north of San Gimignano, Il Vicario was a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Arrived via bus from Poggibonsi to town.
Getting there can be tricky, but doable if you don't have car. Taxis are available, but they don't say "Taxi' and there is no set schedule. We called Claudio Gamberucci at 39 335/6187312 (cell) and he took us back and forth between the San Gimignano and Il Vicario a few times for 15 Euro each. The TI booth will give you a list of taxis in town. Another better option would be to rent a Vespa after you drop off luggage at Bellini Bruno. 60 Euro a day for a real 125cc Vespa. FUN!!
Back to Il Vicario. We stayed in the apartment above the kitchen. See pics, but huge and comfortable. Very quiet and clean with beautiful views. You can tell time was taken in putting it together. No AC, but there was a fan and it was only hot (to me) during the day and early evening. Mosquitos can be an issue so buy some repellent if you can't handle that (I hate mosquitos). Shower was wonderful, plenty of hot water, etc.
Fulvio, the owner, is a charismatic, caring man who provides helpful advice about daily itineraries and is a wonderful cook. We ate there both evenings we stayed for 25 Euro person/meal. It was well worth it and without a doubt was better than any restaurant would be. See pics. Local wines from San Donato winery were offered with each course. His sister and niece help out there and friendliness must run in the family. :)
The cooking class during our stay was full, but it looked like it was a wonderful time. Lots of singing, wine, and chatting. Seemed to last more than 4 hours.
Fulvio recommended we travel by Vespa to Volterra and visit San Donato winery on the way home. This was a great trip in the countryside and should be done if you have the chance.
We will return to Tuscany again and plan to stay here again. Many good wishes to Fulvio from "the big strong man (me)" and "the boss (my wife)"
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- Also Known As:
- Il Vicario San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany
- Il Vicario Hotel San Gimignano