In piena campagna, a 5/10 minuti da Gaiole/Radda in Chianti e 25 minuti da Siena, un luminoso appartamento ristrutturato da un architetto milanese per sua sorella (io!) e la sua (website hidden) abbiamo vissuto 10 anni, poi ci siamo trasferiti a Siena per la scuola e le attività dei nostri 3 figli; allora abbiamo deciso di rinnovare la nostra amata casa e offrirla per affitti più o meno brevi. E' una casa che giustifica di per sé una vacanza, grande camino, ampi spazi, giardino rigoglioso e...meravigliosa piscina privata (condivisa con altri 4 vicini) a due passi, a ridosso del bosco. Intorno la zona del Chianti senese, con i suoi monti e i suoi borghi. Ideale per mountain biking e belle passeggiate per vigneti e colline direttamente fuori casa, possiamo anche oganizzarvi percorsi di degustazioni in alcune tra le più interessanti aziende vinicole del Chianti. E poi, a un passo, Siena, Firenze. Una cara amica che parla un ottimo inglese ad accogliere gli ospiti, con possibilità di spesa di arrivo e di servizio "cuoca a casa". Ho voluto attrezzare la casa per accogliere con facilità e allegria i bambini, anche più piccoli (possibilità di seggiolone, lettino, giochi...), ma la nostra casa può essere anche un romantico rifugio per una coppia in viaggio.
In casa troverete un elenco con i ristoranti e i luoghi a mio parere più piacevoli dei dintorni, ma quest'anno per gli ospiti interessati ad un turismo di "conoscenza", potrei dire storico/antropologica, ho deciso di offrire anche dei percorsi guidati per capire il Chianti quale veramente é, e non come lo propongono le cartoline... Comprendere questo complesso e particolarissimo territorio nella sua storia e nel suo presente, attraverso visite a musei locali, ad aziende di vino di amici disponibili a spiegare tutte le evoluzioni della produzione del vino pregiato di queste zone, a paesi e poderi che hanno dietro di sé una storia...
Inoltre offro lezioni di cucina italiana partendo anche dal fare la spesa, e cene su ordinazione.
In alcuni periodi è anche possibile organizzare pranzi nella mia casa nel centro storico di Siena, eventualmente facendo prima la spesa e cucinando insieme...invece del ristorante, un'immersione in una casa italiana!
A presto dunque...
I stayed at Giulias Loft for 5 weeks, from Beginning December to 10th January.
Quickly said- this wonderful Loft became truly a home for me! It is emanating the spirit of Giulia and Dino, who are both such beautiful persons, welcoming, supportive and simply lovely. They help you with everything!
The loft is spacious and cosy at the same time, which especially in winter is a beautiful combination. The kitchen is well equipped- which is nice, as in Winter not all restaurants in the surrounding are open, and the bedrooms each have their own flair. I tried all beds :) and I love them all!
The surrounding is a little more wild and raw than the usual tender hills of tuscany, but which are within easy reach too.
I would any time recommend Giulias Loft as a perfect place to retreat, to stray around in the surrounding and to rest and just be.
Thanks so much dearest Giulia and Dino for offering this creative, sweet place to the world!
Mille Mille Grazie e baci baci
L'accueil de Giulia a été sur-mesure et formidable, elle a été de bons conseils, nous a même fait quelques courses pour notre arrivée, et nous a même trouvé un rendez vous chez un médecin !
La maison est située dans un cadre magnifique, idéale pour visiter la région. La maison était tout à fait adaptée pour notre famille.
Nous recommandons vivement la location !
Giulia was a fabulous host!! I can't say enough about how helpful and welcoming she was...where to begin? The beginning, I guess! Even before we arrived we were corresponding by email; I had never been to Tuscany before and she was very helpful with planning, even scheduling a cooking class for us and making dinner reservations for our first night. She was flexible with our check in time, accommodatIng our last minute change to make a detour to Pisa on our way to Chianti and when we got to the house there was a beautiful plate filled with fresh Tuscan fruit and a bottle of chilled Proseco awaiting us. We had to be the most geographically challenged guests she ever had (sorry, Giulia!) and she was available and patient when we called her, lost, even handing us over to her husband at one point because his English was slightly better (thanks, Dino!) and calling later to make sure we made it back to the house.
Now, about the house. It was lovely, comfortable, clean and well stocked. The location is beautiful, secluded (part of a four home compound) and quiet, but within easy reach of the little town of Gaiole where there is a grocery, cafes and shops. It's ideally located for touring all of Tuscany, but there is much to do nearby (wineries, medieval towns, wonderful restaurants, hiking - Giulia provides a list of nearby activities and attractions, as well as recommendations which are definitely worth following up). I wish we could have stayed longer.
I would absolutely stay here again...thanks, Giulia and Dino!!
Un grand merci à Giulia pour la qualité de son logement et l'ensemble des renseignements laissés pour découvrir la région. La maison correspond parfaitement aux photos: du style, de l'espace, un beau jardin avec patio (table et chaises extérieures, chaises longues): on se sent tout de suite chez soi!! Giulia a été très disponible pour toute question ou renseignement. Logement très bien situé: non loin de Sienne, Radda, Geminiano, Castelina.
Magnifique! Pour les cyclistes: le paradis: les "Strada Bianche" du Giro. N'hésitez pas: réservez! Grazie mille Giulia!
Giulia was flexible, warm and inviting. Her house was exactly as shown in the pictures: beautiful. The place was beautiful, the scenery mind-bogglingly amazing, and the stars...the stars! I felt so lucky to have found this place and so grateful that Giulia let us stay another night (as we didn't want to leave!)
Giulia gave us perfect directions--it is a little difficult to get to the house, just because Chianti is so remote. And when we arrived, we had a long list of suggestions. All of Giulia's suggestions we tried were great. Make sure to go to the market and make a home-cooked meal at least one of the nights: staying in is just as fun as exploring out.
Great house, right in the middle of the Chianti wine area.
Perfect starting point for traveling around throughout the whole Tuscany (Pisa, Luca, Siena, Florence, Montepulciano, ...).
The house, Giulia and her husband are perfect hosts, very friendly and helpful. The rooms fit perfectly to our needs (staying there with 2 couples). Due to the large amount of good restaurants, pizzerias etc. around in Gaiole, Radda, ..., it was very hard to use the very well maintained kitchen :-)
I can recommend the house for traveling around in Tuscany!
(Just make sure to prepare against mosquitoes in the area).
When we arrived at the home, Guilia had prepared the rooms set up for our two children, left a fruit platter out for us, along with a special bottle of their family sparkling wine. Knowing it was my daughter's 5th birthday the week of our stay, she also left a small gift for Arabella. I thought this was very thoughtful and gracious of her as a host. The house was very charming, as I anticipated from all of the photos. It was perfect for our family.
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