We have made several visits to Monterchi, staying at Montemiliano twice. On this, our latest visit, we were recommended to stay in the Sun Apartment of Rughino. As before, we were NOT disappointed. The area is so tranquil and calm and the views across the valley to Monterchi and beyond are breathtaking - especially in the evening. We found the apartment clean and well maintained, although we would have been happier with more hanging space in the bedrooms, especially with 2 young grand daughters. We were delighted with the pool and pool area, so welcoming on the many hot days and our grand daughters were particularly glad of it. There is also a small play area on the road into Monterchi.
The owners, Lucia and Gaziano, have the ability to treat visitors more like old friends than customers and we would have no hesitation in recommending the property to friends or relatives. Monterchi is an easy 2 hour drive from Pisa.
With 2 young grand daughters, we tried to keep our travelling to a minimum, especially in the hot part of the day, but we managed to visit plenty of places in the area including, Sienna, Lucignano, Cortona, Sansepolcro, Citta di Castello and Anghiari.
We tried to balance our dining with visits to several local restaurants and some dining at the apartment including a barbecue one evening. We have promised ourselves that when we next visit, hopefully in 2013, we will make more use of the barbeue.
In our view, La Pieve Vecchia, a restaurant less than 10 minutes drive away, gave excellent value for money and the service was very friendly and efficient. There is also a Pizzeria on the road out toward Arezzo which is basic but again good value for money.
There are several markets in nearby towns which are always good to visit if only for the friendly atmosphere.
In conclusion, Italy is the country we would visit again and again, but Toscana and Umbria really have our vote.
Our daughter and 2 grand daughters have fallen in love with Monterchi and we can not wait to take tham back next year.
We very much hope to renew our acquaintance with Monterchi and Lucia and Graziano as often as possible.
With best regards,
Sheila, David, Clare, Leah and Amber.