Your Authentic Tuscan Experience Off the Beaten Path
This is a very good place, Marusca & family are deserving of all their good reviews. We were treated to an excellent & generous Tuscan family dinner at the end of our month long stay, which was a highlight of our trip. We have no hesitation to recommend this rental! The outdoor spaces are large, and there is an outdoor charcoal grill. The house is properly restored with high quality doors & windows, screens + shutters on all the windows. It is a true 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, larger inside than it appears in the photos. There is a fireplace for a wood fire which we used many evenings (bought the firewood at the grocery). There is a smaller, completely separate unit on the ground level, however the entrance for this unit is on the other side of the house so we rarely saw/heard the other guest. The hosts parents live 200 meters away and are available if needed for any problems, but were not obtrusive. We did have two minor plumbing problems which were dealt with immediately. WiFi was fast enough and trouble-free. Here are a few more points that may help families plan travel here (we are a family of 4, two boys age 10 and 11): 1) The house is an easy 800 m walk to the village with sparse, sensible traffic on the way. It seemed safe enough that the kids could walk to the village themselves in daytime. 2) Likewise the gravel farm roads behind the house were quiet and we used them as our running route with no problems. 3) The village (Castiglion Fibocchi) had everything we needed and we had good, friendly service everywhere (despite speaking almost no Italian). For more choice in shopping & restaurants, we went in to Arezzo (15 minute drive) from time to time. 4) Families probably want a car here to do day trips to Arezzo, Siena, Florence, spa/thermal baths, etc., but there seemed to be regular regional buses through the village - confirm this with the hosts if travelling without a car. 5) The 'Il Gigante' adventure park (rope courses and ziplines) near Florence was a hit with our boys - we went there a couple of times. 6) We were here off-season (Oct 20 - Nov. 20) so the pool (and the larger pool at a hotel nearby) were closed - kids' pools (ie. with water slides, etc.) seem to all be outdoor and close in fall & winter. There are community centre pools in Arezzo, and kids are welcome in the thermal baths pools, but one adult must go in with them if under 14 years.
Kevin & Family - Vancouver - Canada - November 2014