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Casa Galante - Galantino

Montefollonico, Siena

BBQ
A charcoal BBQ is available for use.



Car Needed
It is necessary to have a car at this property.



Cleaning
Light housekeeping with a 2 hour minimum per visit may be arranged. To ensure availability, order this service at the time of booking. This service is paid on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino 2.5 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Florence Peretola 1.5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei 2 hours, 45 minutes



Driving Times
Pienza or Trequanda: 10 minutes; Montepulciano: 15; Val di Chiana autostrada exit: 20; San Quirico d'Orcia: 25; Bagno Vignoni, Chianciano Terme or Chiusi with train service: 30; Montalcino, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno or Monte Oliveto Maggiore: 40; Arezzo: 50; Siena, Perugia or Orvieto: 60; Florence or Assisi: 90; Rome: 2 hours



Language Spoken
The owner speaks some English and lives in the area.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), DSL WiFi is provided. Multiple users within range of the stationery modem have Internet access.



Heat
Heating is paid on-site in Euro.



Interior Décor
An authentically restored,14th-century Tuscan structure with terracotta brick floors, bricked arches and wood beam ceilings. The comfortable decor includes country antiques.

Interior Amenities: Wi-Fi access for those with a laptop is available. One hairdryer is present.

Layout Notes: The living room is the smallest of all the rooms and has one very small window at the top of the ceiling. The largest room is the bathroom with two sinks and a step-in tub with shower fixture.



Intown
This property is located within a small village; however a car is necessary since there is no public transportation.



Kitchen
The eat-in kitchen features a stove top, oven, fridge and dishwasher.



Limited Parking
Parking is free outside the town's medieval walls, about 200 yards away.



Minuses
As a former wine cellar on a lower ground level, there are very few, small windows that are positioned high up on the wall. While this helps keep the apartment cool, it also limits natural sunlight. Guests renting during the spring and late fall season should expect to use the heat to dry out any moisture from the stone structure.

During winter months, two of the three restaurants in the village close for a long vacation leaving one that's open. Within a two mile drive of the village, another three restaurants are open.



No Smoking
This property is strictly for non-smokers.



Steps & Stairs
From the town parking area, walk 200 yards and down 4 steps to the entrance. Guests may drive up to the entrance to drop off their luggage. Between each room there are scattered, uneven stone steps with the most being eight high stone steps to reach the kitchen.



Phone
A portable cellular phone is made available at check-in. The phone is typically charged with 25 or 50 Euro worth of calling time. Guests only pay for the usage consumed. If you require additional minutes, please ask your keyholder for assistance.



Pluses
The experience of living in a small medieval village with a few restaurants within walking distance and having an outdoor garden with exceptional views - a unique find for a town location.

Ideal for the couple who wants to step back in time and be surrounded by medieval architecture while enjoying the modern conveniences of a large marble laden bathroom and a compact yet well equipped kitchen.



Road Condition
Upon exiting the autostrada, the scenic route to Montefollonico is along easy, paved roads. Due to the narrow lanes once inside the village, midsize or smaller cars are recommended in order to drop off luggage at Galantino's entrance.



TV
Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.



Views
Montefollonico is a hilltop village between two valleys: the Val di Chiana and the Val d'Orcia. From the furnished garden, guests enjoy exceptionally beautiful and far reaching views over the Tuscan countryside.



Washing Machine
There is a common laundry area with a washing machine shared with the guests of Casa Galante.



What's nearby

Day Trip Ideas near this home – Meet true Italian artisans and learn hands-on the secrets of their specialty!

Walk Florence & The Uffizi: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
The Grape Escape - Montepulciano   A half day wine tour.
Italy day trips
& cooking tours near your villa.
Shopping and Dining: Just outside your door, in the small village of Montefollonico, there is a small grocery shop, a café bar and three restaurants within a 100 yard walk. The grocer is open Monday through Saturday until 7:30 pm, and the proprietor often makes local dishes or baked goods - on Wednesdays, she makes take away pizza. More dining and shopping options are available in Montepulciano which has a COOP supermarket.

Not To Be Missed: The cheese maker's farms along the road to Pienza, known for its herb enriched, pecorino romano cheese made from sheep's milk.

Public Transportation: Chiusi, 35 minutes away, is on a primary line with high speed trains to Florence or to Rome in 90 minutes.

Golf: Golf Club Valdichiana, a 25 minute drive, is open year round. Closed on Wednesday.

Tennis: Public courts are available in Montefollonico. The courts are open 7 days a week and closed in the winter season.

Thermal Baths: The Terme di Chianciano, 15 minutes by car, is a wellness center offering European treatments centered around medicinal cures. This center is known for its Sensorial Salon, a self guided program with 12 stations including hydromassage pools, sauna and Turkish bath, aromatherapy showers, music therapy and thermal muds. Bagno Vignoni, a tiny medieval village is a 30 minute drive with a thermal spring water pool in the village center commissioned by the Medici family.

Festivals:
- May: For the last Sunday, during the "Open Cellars", vintners in Montalcino open their doors to the public for wine tastings.

- June: Festa del Barbarossa takes place in San Quirico d'Orcia on the third weekend with a medieval costume procession through the village ending at the Horti Leonini Italianate gardens where neighborhoods compete in archery and flag throwing.

- August: In Pienza, August 14th is celebrated as the night of the Assumption with historic buildings opening their courtyards, and a torch light procession ends with fireworks. During the last week, Montepulciano hosts Bravio delle Botti, a race between the 8 contrada or neighborhoods with 50 pound wine barrels carried through the historic center. Dinners and games take place all week long.

- September: Pienza's Fiera del Cacio or cheese festival takes place on the first Sunday.

- November: The white truffle festival in San Giovanni d'Asso, 30 minutes away takes place on the 2nd and 3rd weekends.

- December: San Quirico hosts an olive oil festival on the first weekend with producers setting up stands to introduce their new vintage, live music and olive oil massages given in Palazzo Chigi.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held on Tuesdays in Chiusi, on Wednesdays in Chianciano Terme, on Thursdays in Montepulciano and on Fridays in Pienza and Montalcino.



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