About This Listing
Fonte Aulente is a Tuscan farmhouse from the 12th century recently restored surrounded by beautiful garden-park, 2 km from Montalcino with amazing views on Tuscan hills. We offer a beautiful apartment with independent entrance and all facilities.
The apartment is a part of an old tuscan farmhouse, with independent entrance and recently restored. You will find some unique and design pieces of furniture together with tuscan characteristic general character including wooden beams and stone floors.
The apartment can accommodate from two to five guests. The suite is self-contained and consists of a bedroom with panoramic views, ensuite bathroom with shower, and a living/dining area with kitchenette which opens onto the beautiful garden. A further twin bedroom is available on request, as well as a fold-out bed.
A beautiful park of almost 2 hectares with ancient cypress, olive and fruit trees surrounds the property. You can enjoy a morning jog or walk and a natural pool. You are welcome to pick any fruits that you find in the garden or to collect and try our aromatic herbs in your cuisine. You will also enjoy the scent of our lavender and rose flowers.
Interaction with Guests
We are always happy to advise you on restaurants, interesting activities to explore locally or visiting the great wineries in Montalcino territory.
Our neighborhood is famous for its breathtaking views and the whole valley of Val d'Orcia was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its outstanding beauty. Montalcino is also known around the world for its excellent wine: Brunello di Montalcino, and you can visit one of the many wineries in the neighbourhood which offer tours and tastings. The little city of Montalcino is a medieval gem and offers restaurants, wine bars, music and theater festivals all year round. There are also hot springs available in many places within a short drive. The cities of Pienza, Siena and Florence are all close by and worth visiting.
In order to explore this part of Tuscany in the best way it is advisable to have your own car. The property is not served by public transportation.
Other Things to Note
Please let us know your arrival time at the property in advance.
We had an amazing stay here. The views are exactly what you'd expect from the pictures (stunning) and the flat itself was really lovely. There's also loads of outside space for al fresco dinners and sunbathing.
The location's perfect too -- really close to beautiful Montalcino and right in the middle of the most beautiful place on earth, the Val d'Orcia.
And our hosts couldn't have been more helpful. Alexandra gave us loads of tips when we wanted to book a wine tasting and even called them up to book for us. Her husband greeted us when we arrived and made us feel really welcome too.
Alexandra was the perfect host, and Fonte Aulente is the perfect place. We are already planning a trip without the girls!
Alexandra greeted us immediately and showed us around, and then left us to roam, stroll and discover the beauty of their side of the mountain. When we needed a few pointers on what to see and where to go, she was a wealth of common sense information for two Texans! The accommodations are top notch! The interior of the suite was pleasant and welcoming - very thoughtfully decorated and supplied.
Alexandra was an amazing host. The suite was impeccably maintained and the grounds were peaceful and beautiful. While we didn't experience her wine tasting class I would recommend it highly based on her description of it. The location is convenient and I would highly recommend for a family or a couple.
My wife and I stayed at Fonte Aulente for two days during our honeymoon trip through Italy. Alexandra's apartment was the perfect place to stay and enjoy the most beautiful region of Tuscany, Montalcino. Alexandra made us feel right at home in our own little separate apartment and gave us the most amazing recommendations for wine tours, a recommendation for dinner that proved to be the best meal we had in two weeks traveling Italy, and a few tips to make our stay in Montalcino one we will remember for a lifetime. The apartment itself was set in a beautiful villa atop a hill side that provided amazing views right from our bedroom window. It was a little too cold for the natural pool during our stay but it looked fun to jump into during the warmer months. It would be difficult to get to without a car but driving from Florence was a beautiful 1.5 hour trip. I highly recommend Fonte Aulente to anyone looking for a relaxing trip to wine country.
Alexandra provided an unbelievable experience--easily the best AirBnB we had in all of Italy! We asked lots of questions (suggestions of wineries and restaurants to visit, etc) ahead of time and Alexandra always responded promptly and with lots of insight. When we arrived, she spent a plenty of time with us sharing her thoughts and helping us plan the perfect visit to Montalcino and the surrounding region. The apartment was cozy and warm, and historic given that it was built into the side of an 11th century building! We felt surprisingly at home. The property is also beautiful with lush vegetation, a natural pond, a great outdoor eating area, phenomenal view, and even a peacock! It was such an incredible experience in this idyllic location. Surprisingly, Alexandra is also a professional sommelier and offers a private wine tasting experiences catered to your tastes. We tried it out, and would recommend it to anyone who loves wine and wants to learn more about it! My wife and I are enthusiasts but by no means super knowledgeable. We got to try some great wines, learned how to objectively evaluate wine, how to pair different wines with foods, and what we liked and do not like. She was highly engaging, patient, knowledgeable, and helpful. If you're even remotely interested, I'd recommend asking Alexandra about about it. It was a stellar value, and it made our Italy experience much more rewarding. Overall, I can't say enough good things about our time at Alexandra's apartment--if you're looking to stay south of Sienna, don't hesitate to book this place!
We had a wonderful time in Montalcino and Alexandra's place was perfect. She also gave us excellent recommendations of wineries to visit, which was one of our main reasons for visiting the area. The town of Montalcino was a little sleepier than we imagined, but we enjoyed our trips to cities like Pienza and Montepulciano. Another not to miss experience is dinner at il Pozzo in Sant'Angelo in Colle, about a 15 minute drive from the apartment. The apartment would be perfect for someone looking to explore the region. Alexandra is a warm and knowledgeable hostess!
This is a lovely little spot just outside of Montalcino. The apartment is as described and the pictures represent it well. I would absolutely stay here again.
Though small, the apartment is very cute, clean, and well appointed. The bathroom is surprisingly large, which was a nice surprise in Italy. The real star for us though was the surrounding grounds - beautifully tended with large trees and fantastic views to the east. We at all our meals outside.
The place is conveniently located, just a few minutes drive to Montalcino.
Communication with Alexandra was very easy. She speaks English well and was prompt in responding to all of my questions prior to arrival. Alexandra and her husband both have a good familiarity with the area and can make recommendations on restaurants and wine tastings/tours.
My only complaint was temporary in nature - the WIFI was out while we were there. There was a router in the place, but it was not working. WIFI is somewhat of an essential for me so this is probably not as big a deal to others. And I'm sure it will be fixed soon.
If you're looking for a cute little cottage with beautiful and peaceful surrounds, but that is also close to town, I'm not sure you could find a place better than this.
About the Host, Alexandra
I am a cultural anthropologist who worked mostly in Himalayan areas for humanitarian help and research. 15 years ago I falled in love with Tuscany, its wine and its nature. I have become a professional sommelier and I love sharing my passion and wine knowledge with others. I have also a great interest in Tuscan herbs and vegetation, in my free time I produce plant's extracts and my own natural cosmetics from them.
I would be very happy to welcome you in Fonte Aulente - our property in Montalcino, and to introduce you, if you wish, in a wonderful word of Montalcino wines and nature.