Your Authentic Tuscan Experience Off the Beaten Path
I highly recommend staying at Marusca and Gianni's Tuscan apartment. I stayed here with my husband and our two children aged (almost) 3 and 4. It was an excellent place to stay, both for the quality of the apartment and the location. Castiglion Fibocchi is a very small, traditional Italian village. the shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and no English is spoken in the town. there are just a few simple shops, a butcher, a great bakery, a small supermarket, green grocer, and a hairdresser, but the off-the-beaten-track style of this place is part of its charm. You definitely need a car to get the most out of this area. The apartment itself was spotlessly clean, well equipped with kitchen utensils, hairdryer, and it was very spacious. Marusca greeted us with a beautiful cake, jam, and a delicious bottle of wine from grapes grown on the property. Like the other guests that have written here, we were warmly welcomed by their family, meeting both their parents and their beautiful children. The building is located at the back of the family vineyard, which added to the romance and beauty of the setting. thre a very few negatives that I can think of. I will mention that I found the mattress in the master bedroom quite hard, and someone with a bad back might have problems with it. Even my husband who likes a firm mattress commented that it was quite hard. And there is only one two seater couch n the living room, which is not much furniture for an apartment that sleeps six, though Marusca mentioned that they were going to buy an extra couch soon. it wasn't a huge problem for us as the kids went to bed early, but a bigger group of adults might find there is not enough furniture to get comfortable. I would definitely stay here again. The apartment is great for families, especially those with young children. it is quite child friendly, and the courtyard downstairs is fenced and gated, so it is easy for the kids to run around and play without running off anywhere. My favorite place was my seat by the kitchen window. In the evenings I would send the kids outside to play and sit at the window gazing at the Tuscan sunset while sipping on a glass of wine. aaah, I miss this place! I would definitely stay here again. Grazie Marusca and Gianni!
Lisa - Melbourne, Victoria - Australia - September 2012