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.
Our experience was well beyond what we expected. We got lost on the way without a phone to call. We managed to find a helpful passer by who could call on our behalf and Alexandra was helpful in directing us to our stay. The pond was exquisite and something special. Alexandra was helpful in letting us know about the lovely gardens and natural pond that our two children loved swimming in. They were invited by Alexandra to enjoy the fruits off the many trees around our room.
Alexandra was also helpful in directing us to nice places to eat in Montalcino, and the local sights such as the thermal pools.
We even got stranded when the petrol station was closed and Alexandra's husband showed us the way to the next closest place we could get petrol by following him in his car. Thank you both for your help and generosity. We loved our time and it is a highlight of our whole trip.
Fui a pasar una semana a La Toscana a casa de Alexandra con mi marido, mis hijos. La experiencia ha sido fantástica. Alexandra es una gran anfitriona y nos hizo sentirnos muy cómodos en todo momento. Además, fue muy atenta y nos enseñó distintos lugares de interés, sobre todo relacionado con el vino y sus bodegas.
Su casa es de ensueño, en la que hemos disfrutado unos desayunos y cenas inolvidables.
Lovely private grounds at Fonte Aulente. Alexandra is a wonderful host, pleasant, informative, and you can tell she and her husband take great pride in maintaining such a scenic and relaxing property. A steep, unpaved driveway lead you to a beautiful property that also lends itself to a scenic view once you're at the top. The property is vast and it's all to your disposal to explore and use. Inside, everything is as described. Wifi is quite spotty which can make your ongoing trip planning hit or miss, but there's plenty to enjoy on the property and in Montalcino! The restaurants are generally all contained within the hilltop of Montalcino and it's an easy 10-15 minute drive up the typical windy hilly Tuscan road. Out of the 3 properties we stayed at during our Tuscan vacation, Fonte Aulente was our favorite.
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.
About the Host, Alexandra
I am a cultural anthropologist who worked mostly in Himalayan areas for humanitarian help and research. 15 years ago I have fallen 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 am a wine educator at Select Tasting Montalcino. I am also interested by organic and sustainable agriculture.
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.