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“Lovely, simple and well placed for excursions”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Torre Antica

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Torre Antica
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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“Lovely, simple and well placed for excursions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

Torre Antica is nicely placed for sightseeing - especially, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano - and although the local town of Tavernelle was not as picturesque as we'd hoped for, the fact that we had a village and shops within walking distance was a bit of a bonus anyway.
The property itself is just outside the village and is very lucky to take all its views from the surrounding countryside.
The accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable and the owners are welcoming and friendly - you get the feeling that nothing is too much trouble.
Cooking utensils and cutlery could have been better quality but were perfectly adequate and probably about what we now expect to find in the majority of self catering apartments in general.
The garden is lovely and it was a pleasure just to sit out and soak up the views with the wonderful scents from some of the flowers and shrubs filling the air.
The 'infinity' pool is adequate for the number of apartments as although the accommodations were full, everyone seemed to being doing their own thing at different times during the days so it never got crowded. It also has the best position at the edge of the garden to take maximum advantage of the views while your swimming.
In all a decent property in a quiet but central location with nice owners and a lovely garden. Just what we were looking for!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2009

Torre Antica is in Tavernelle, a small community about half way between Florence and Sienna. The complex was initially built about 1000 years ago as a "halfway" post for horse traffic between the 2 main cities. It is built on the crest of the valley, so all views from the apartments are down the valley and directly towards San Gimignano (you can see this village from the terrace and while relaxing in the pool).

There are only 4 apartments in the complex so it's never going to be crowded. Sergio, your host, is very helpful with any info you need and speaks excellent english. Sergio and his wife host a great dinner for all guests one night of the week with some great local tucsan food and his own very good wine (made in the true Chianti Classico style) for a very reasonable 25 euro. It's a good opportunity to sit around a communal dinner table with the other guests and get as much info as you want about the history of the buildings and all the surrounding area.

While Torre Antica sits atop of the valley, it is on the outskirts of the township of Tavernelle which sits behind and out of view. Tavernelle is not a pretty village necessarily like many of the others, but there is a supermarket, the village square, restaurants and cafes all in easy walking distance. So, you have the rolling hills of Tuscany for an approx 270 degree view, with the convenience of shops and some restaurants an easy 5-10 minute walk behind you (try the Calzone Magnifico at La Fornace).

The apartments all have terraces, great views, kitchen facilities and modern bathrooms. A great place to unpack and settle into for a week. Easy drive (about 30 mins) to San Gimignano and all the other villages along the Chianti Road (Castellina and Radda in Chianti 2 particular ones worthy of a lazy visit).

I'd easily stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Torre Antica
Address: Via di Magliano 7, 50028, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Torre Antica 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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