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Today we visited a winery in Chianti and learned how Chianti Classico is made and enjoyed. Multiple tastings. Ken also enjoyed the Grappa...several times. We also visited San Giomani, but that is not how it is spelled unless you had a few Grappas. Gay shopped & shopped & shopped. She did tellme how much money she saved me on shipping one of …
... We then picked up our car, a convertible Fiat, and headed to Tuscany (avoiding all roads that were by permit only). Thanks to our GPS we made it to our B&B which is a winery down a dirt road. It has been a rainy day today so we decided to venture to San Gimignano which is a medieval looking town. I wanted to go wine tasting but Steve wanted to go look ...
... back in the States, so I decided to go to the American Diner where I ordered a cheeseburger with fries. This simple meal is very different from the dishes I have eaten since I have been here in Italy. I could tell right away how fattening it was when grease dripped from the burger each time I took a bite. Since my body has gotten so used to the healthy style of Italian cooking, immediately after eating the cheeseburger, I felt ill and my ...
... I approached him and to our mutual relief, discovered it was indeed Giovanni. He'd been equally dismissive of me because of my phone which I'd told him I didn't have use of.
Confusion clarified, he led me to the apartment I'd rented from him through www.airbnb.com. Booking accommodation in a place you've never been before can always be a bit of a gamble without the proper lay of the land. Doubly so when you've left it late in the day and have fewer options ...
... Mike, Vinnie and Sammi surrounded by cameramen and burley security guards. Then, we signed our lives away in a ten page contract (all in Italian, who knows what we were signing on for!) and went into the pizza shop for dinner.
We were under strict instruction to act like ‘normal’ customers, not talk about the show, and not address the cast by name. “We have cameras and microphones everywhere – everything you do and say is recorded,” said ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Squarcialupi Castellina In Chianti
My wife and I, along with my in laws stayed here in summer 2003, we had three rooms, 1 std, 1 superior, and 1 junior suite (ours). The smallest was very cute, the superior was a nice size fine for two, and the junior suite was huge, cavernous. The room was very comfortable, and all had wonderful views, nice bathrooms, etc. The town was delightful, the host at the hotel was also very pleasant. A word of warning, stay away from the German bar across the street, they are not nice people. We went there for a beer, myself and my father in law. We ordered one but it never came, then the waiter was rude when we inquired about the delay so we stormed out of there. But the cute little terrace bar at the hotel was great, a much better and more intimate choice. The pool at the hotel was a little bit of a hike to get to, and my mother in law got stung by one of the numerous bees that seem to like the pool area. Recommend Greve and Radda also, not very impressed with Pisa (touristy beyond belief), Florence is incredible, we stayed at Hotel Marios, excellent. All in all, Palazzo Squarcialupi was one of the best values we ever encountered, and Castellina and Chianti overall one of our favorite places in Italy.
Our base for touring Tuscany (from October 23-30, 2004) was the small town of Castellina in Chianti, and based on reviews found on TripAdvisor we stayed at the Palazzo Squarcialupi. Our room was huge with a great view of the countryside (ask for a Superior room at the rear, ours was 102). We also had a very large and nicely appointed bath, but it had a tiny shower (and no tub, of course) even though there was room for a larger shower (and/or tub). The only downside to the room was the mattress and the pillows--very lumpy and uncomfortable. In my opinion, they definitely need to be replaced.
We stayed here for two nights (August 10-12). Castellina in Chianti was a great place to stay while exploring Tuscany and the hotel was a great find in the small town. We had a standard room, which was very large and overlooked one of the side streets in the town. The bathroom was also very large and had a terra cotta floor and walls. The breakfast was great given the usual European breakfast of bread, jellies and butter. This breakfast included yogurt, fruit, pastries, and meats. We had an excellent dinner at Ristorante Albergaccio, a quick 10 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is also over the Via della Volte, the most historic covered walkway in town. Overall, Castellina in Chianti is a very cute town and great place to stay while exploring Tuscany, and the hotel was very nice with romantic rooms and excellent service.
You must stay here!
What a find! Castellina is the quintessential tuscan town-exactly what I pictured Tuscany would be! The hotel is wonderful! It is in the center of the small town and the staff is outstanding! We had lost our luggage due to some unfortunate mishaps with American Airlines and the staff was able to track it down for us so we didn't waste anymore time looking for it during our vacation. Literally after 3 days of trying on our own they were able to get us our luggage within 24 hours! Maria serves a wonderful breakfast as well! I cannot say enough about this hotel...the rooms are very large and with a bar that serves their own wine (and some others) overlooking vineyards and the countryside, you cannot go wrong! I wouldn't stay anywhere else while in Tuscany!
Excellant location and clean comfortable rooms. Great staff and nice breakfast.
This is a wonderful hotel in a castle. Had a junior suite, very clean, wonderful views. Nice breakfast in the morning. The hotel staff is very helpful. Had dinner at Gallo Papas. It was the best of all restaurants in Italy. A must.
This is a lovely hotel in an ideal setting. We had the junior suite and at $135E is was a bargain. IT was huge, furnished beautifully with antiques and had a view that was wonderful! The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast was abundant and good. The town of Castellina has good restaurants, shops, and gourmet shops all within walking distance which is nice because it makes it possible to park your car at the end of the day and stroll to your evening destination. We found easy picnic fixings and a beautiful pottery shop in town as well. No down side to this location or hotel.
I can't say enough about this hotel. We spent a week there and loved every moment of it. The hotel was a 15th century palace that was recently refurbished in Italian tiles, terre cote and open wood beams 20 ft. high. The rooms are quite bug by European standards & wonderfully appointed. The breakfast buffet is ample. There are many excellent restaurants just a few minutes from the door - La Torre is highly recommended!
A Wonderful Spot in Tuscany
Just returned from 5 wonderful days spent in and around Castellina in Chianti and used Palazzo Squarcialupi as our home base. It was perfect...from the friendly and helpful staff to the huge room overlooking the Tuscan hills. A beautiful old hotel with stone and tile floors, a lovely Sitting Room with huge fireplace and Game Room for guests to enjoy. Our rooms were immaculate as were the public areas.
Terrific breakfast included in the very reasonable rate. Free parking at the rear of the hotel. Quaint little town with several excellent restaurants within walking distance. One of the best hotels we've stayed at anywhere we've travelled! Our thanks to Monica and her staff for making our stay so enjoyable!
We just spent 3 nights in this charming hotel. Our room was very comfortable, extremly quaint (and I mean that in a good way), good size, great bathroom (the best we saw in Italy), small view of Tuscany and very very quiet (a must for us). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic. My only complaint was that the air conditioning in our room was not very powerful and we were there in the middle of a heat wave. Our first night the air conditioning in several rooms went out entirely. Hoepfully they will be able to rectify the cooling problems as it is a great place to stay and we would definitely return.
Perfect location to visit Chianti hilltowns
Our two-night stay at this hotel was perfect. We had an enormous room with a magnificent view overlooking the Chianti hillside. You really know that you are staying in a Palazzo. The small staff were a delight, and so helpful. The location couldn't have been better for our few days in the area. The only drawback is the hotel carpark which is below the hotel. You need to be fit and not carrying much luggage to climb up and down the narrow stairs to reach the hotel. On arrival, we parked a block away and wheeled our luggage to the hotel before parking. Excellent value for 135 Euros for bed and breakfast for two.