To potential renters of this beautiful location:
If you are looking for an authentic experience of the Tuscan countryside and the amazing little "villages" that make up all the splendor before you, you will not be disappointed! This is not a place in the heart of tourism and yet such a short distance to all the main towns you will have heard you must visit (Pienza, Sienna, Montepulciano,...)What stands out about this location is the this incredible feel of peace and a sweet intimate community. You have everything you need within a 1 to 6 minute walk (restaurants, cafe, grocery, countryside picnic, breathtaking views, hiking trails, flowers, even the local olive oil producer) and yet you are in the sweetest of small villages in the area. It is as if the town is enwrapped in reverence for it's immense beauty...in fact the very entrance to the town gate is at the precipice of one of the most spectacular views we found in all 6 days of traveling about the countryside...and there are a never-ending collection of beautiful vistas! And the owner, Barbara, is a gem all her own! She clearly loves this beautiful town, the places she lovingly attends to, and the guests she delights in welcoming. We were graced with insightful conversation about the history, enthusiastic conversations of where to go to eat and which wineries she recommends, who and what is happening with the olive oil in the area (and a shout up to the window of the local oil producer!) We stayed in 4 other locations throughout our time in Italy and yet I can enthusiastically say, Barbara is a host that went the extra mile (or three!) to make our stay feel like we were being welcomed home by a good friend!
To Barabra (owner):
We had such an amazing time in Italy and the hospitality you offered, not only in your lovely flat, but throughout our time in the amazing countryside and welcoming community that surrounds you, created lasting memories for us all, especially my parents who you helped to fulfill a life-long dream! I so appreciated you and your willingness to share your heart with us; we cherish these relationships when we travel as, although the beauty of the land is sweet, the people we meet along the way are what really open our hearts to a new place. Thank you again, my sweet new friend, and know that our door is open to you whenever you wish to visit!
Until next time...I can't wait!
Kim (Kelly, Dave and Judy)