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Casa Galante - Galante

Montefollonico, Siena

A/C
All bedrooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. Electricity is included in the price.



BBQ
A private wood fired barbecue beside the patio is available.



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), a DSL WiFi modem is provided. Multiple users have Internet access inside the house and in the garden.



Heat
Heating and firewood for the fireplace are paid on-site in Euro.



Interior Décor
An authentically restored, 14th-century Tuscan structure with terracotta floors and wood beam ceilings. Tuscan charm is throughout as the home is nicely furnished with well selected country antiques.

Interior amenities: All windows are screened except for the French door in the dining room and the door in bedroom 1 leading to the patio. Bedrooms are air conditioned. One hairdryer is present. Wi-Fi access is available for those with a laptop.

Layout Notes: In designing the bathroom on the mezzanine level, an Italian style open shower with floor drain was required to fit into the small space.



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



Kitchen
Equipped with stovetop, oven, fridge, dishwasher and marble counter tops.



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



Minuses
Since the home is bordered on both sides by neighboring townhouses, guests will see and hear their neighbors. The mezzanine level bathroom is set in a small space.

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 up 11 steps to the entrance. Guests may drive up to the entrance to drop off their luggage. The most accessible bedrooms and bathroom are on the entry evel while the second floor bedroom requires 26 steps.



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.

The townhouse is tastefully furnished in a classic Tuscan style with the conveniences of a good sized kitchen, air conditioned bedrooms and window screens.



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 Galante's entrance.



Screens
Property has screened windows. The dining room and bedroom 1 have doors opening to the patio that are not screened.



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 patio that leads out into the 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 Galantino.



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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