Sono una persona, giovane a cuore. Mi piace molto viaggiare, e mi piace di dare la mia casa a gente simpatica.
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Great host. Peaceful area. I was picked up by Matthias and served dinner. Lovely
Matthias is a great and very professional host. The apartment is clean and well equiped. The view is wonderful. Radicondoli has few great restaurants to discover. We warmly recommand the house of Matthias. Iris and Tal.
Wir waren zu zweit in der wunderschönen Wohnung des großartig renovierten Hofes. Dank einer großzügigen Aufteilung hat jede Partie seinen eigenen Außenbereich, so dass man wirklich genügend Platz für sich hat. Wir waren zur Examensvorbereitung hier und haben dadurch wirklich sehr viel Zeit auf dem Grundstück verbracht. Es ist der perfekte Ort, um Ruhe zu finden, die Seele baumeln zu lassen und die wunderschöne Landschaft in vollen Zügen genießen zu können! Eine weiteres schönes Extra: Der Pool ist ein Salzwasserpool, was meines Erachtens großartig ist, besonders, da die Süßwasser-Gartendusche direkt daneben ist! Wir sind unglaublich froh dieses Fleckchen Erde mit seinen wunderbaren Menschen gefunden zu haben und können es absolut weiter empfehlen! :)
Matthias' place was a two story old Tuscan house in a little village (or 'pass') Il Merlo en route to Casole d'elsa, a quiet mountain top village in Tuscany (45 min walk away). Public transport runs right by the house, but only 3/4 times a day (from Colle Val D'Elsa – last bus around 18.50, taking 15 minutes), so not ideal for day trippers to Sienna or Florence (better to stay in Colle Val D'Elsa for that). No buses run on Sundays. The house has good old italian stone walls and flooring. There is a lovely garden too. Our room on second floor was simple and spacious, and had a great view of the hills, with the bathroom just next door. Shower uses a old style furnace (?) that heats up and cools down, which means temperature alternates between hot and cold throughout. Kitchen is for public use, although connected to Matthias' bedroom so night time use is best avoided. Your host is engaging and attentive, and has been in Italy for over 20 years, so you'll get a taste of real Italian living from a local (very fluent English speaker)! Matthias cooks a gorgeous pasta if you're lucky enough to catch him in a gourmet inspired mood. Yuuum!
Local restaurant just next door, very busy in evenings. Food is nice, but their pizzas are heavenly and cheap – highly recommended!
Getting out from Il Merlo to the hill top Casole is a nice walk through the countryside, or by the same bus that takes you up from Colle Val D'Elsa, which itself is enchanting and worthy of a day-trip (also where the nearest supermarket is). We missed the bus going down to Colle once and hitchhiked a lift at the junction nearby, and again when we left Il Merlo with our luggage. Very easy to get rides!
Lovely stay, ideal for those really wanting to experience and delve into the Tuscan life in the mountains!
Loved staying with Matthias and his girlfriend. I felt so comfortable and at home and they welcomed me with open arms. Matthias is very interesting to talk to & always up for a chat and to ask what you did that day & knows a lot about the local area. He suggested that we go to a big village dinner one night, which was fantastic! Beautiful garden, cute village serviced by bus early in the morning and a couple of times in the afternoon.
Wunderschöne Unterkunft mit viel Ruhe im Herzen der Toskana. Wir haben jeden Tag genossen! Sonnenliegen am Pool (wenige andere Gäste - daher hat man den Pool meist für sich alleine), tolle Ausflüge in wunderschöne Städte der Toscana (San Giminiano, Volterra, Siena,... alles ca. 1 Stunde mit dem Auto entfernt - auch das Meer) und einen super Ausblick über die schönen Hügel für romantische Sonnenuntergänge.
Tipp: Fernglas mitnehmen, dann könnt ihr am Abend ganze Wildschweinfamilien in der Ferne beobacheten!
Restaurants in Radicondoli: Die Pizza in der Pergola und die selbst gemachten Nachspeisen sind ein Traum. Für ein Glas Wein ist das neue Lokal vor der Kirche von Radicondoli sehr zu empfehlen!
We had a lovely stay with Matthias. It is the perfect spot for a quiet, rural-Tuscan retreat, waking up to cow bells and birds. The room is large with a very comfy bed, the wifi works well, as does the hot water (all the essentials when traveling!) Matthias is very welcoming and accommodating. Apparently there is a bus from Siena, however I'd definitely recommend a car if you plan to do day trips. Thanks for a great stay, Matthias!
We had a wonderful stay at this property. Matthias was very helpful and informative. The property was well equipped , and very comfortable, especially the beds- we slept so well. the pool was very cold however ( mid June) but invigorating after a few lengths ! There is so much to see and do in the area, it took just over an hour to get too Florence and half an hour to Siena. A car is essential, even to get into te local village, which is delightful with a couple of good restaurants and a small shop. Matthias even stopped by before we left and made us a wonderful chai to send us on our way. A delightful host and a wonderfully relaxing place with stunning views in a natural setting. We didn't want to leave.
We stayed in Radicondoli in 'life is beautiful' in June 2013, in the coldest spring in Italy for more than 30 years. Hence we had to use the open fire quite a bit - cosy! The apartment is located outside of the quiet town of Radicondoli, in the middle of beautiful Tuscan countryside. It's a bit on the pricey side, but you get a pool, private BBQ area under olive trees, and two double bedrooms with good beds. Well equipped kitchen, great shower/bath, dead quiet and safe, star-gazing night-times. Fantastic for walking if you don't mind a hill.
I stayed at Matthias's house for three weeks this summer. I had an amazing time. The hospitality was twelve out of ten! A warm welcome coupled with a great personality...not much more one could ask for! The house was perfect, so peaceful with only the bells of the sheep being heard in the distance. Beautiful landscape surrounds the friendly neighbourhood of Il Merlo and Casole. There are so many things to see and do. I will be back for sure and I hope I get to stay with Matthias again. Thanks so much.