My wife and I decided 1 year ago to spend the month of Sep 2012 in Italy. Through a friend I was advised to use Montepulciano as a base. With the aid of Trip Advisor I noted that Il Palazzo dei Diavoli was highly rated and had the type accommodations that we sought, with bedroom kitchen and sitting area. The medieval town of Montepulciano was less than a km up the road, although it's all up hill and an auto is essential.
We flew into Rome and it took slightly more than 2 hours to reach Il Palazzo at dusk. We received a warm welcome from Teresa, who greeted us with a bottle
of wine from her wine cooperative, some bread and cheese to get us through the evening, having travelled by this time for more than 20 hours. She proved to be an invaluable resource of information regarding towns to visit, restaurants to try, roads to take,etc. She tolerated my fledgling Italian conversation and never declined answering my many questions despite her busy schedule of running this sprawling farm with grapevines, olive trees and other fruit trees.
We drove almost daily to a new hilltop town to discover cobblestone streets, quaint small churches and small museums with spectacular art or Etruscan artefacts. There was always a good meal at a restaurant daily whether it be lunch or dinner.
We are tennis players and had great fun on the two red clay courts only 5 minutes by car from our lodging in "Il Gelso". The accommodations in the unit fulfilled our expectations with a well-equipped kitchen, large bed room with comfortable queen
sized bed and an equally large bathroom. This was one of our rare experiences in not having to battle the shower head in getting a warm shower without making a mess.
The surroundings at Il Palazzo are typically pastoral with great views in all directions. We were fortunate to participate in "la vendemmia" [ grape harvest] and were given pruning shears to cut the grapes off the vines along with many of Teresa's family and friends. A great pranzo [lunch] followed. The area is quiet, being away from the city and only the rooster from a nearby farm is heard in the AM. As we would walk on that dirt road toward the city of Montpulciano we were honked at by numerous geese, and gawked at by their farmmates of sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks.
We are already planning to return to Il Palazzo so we can visit the many other towns that we missed on this trip.
This agriturismo and its host is "simply great".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful small farmhouse in Montepulciano , South of Tuscany , famous for its monumental palaces and for its " NOBLE wine. Is an ideal place to enjoy the wonderful, amazing Tuscany landscape ...A quiet and nice holiday , tasting a good wine and a good tipical food!Nice , quiet , with familiary management...Is a perfect place to stay ! ... more less
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