I spent one week in this apartment with my husband and two adult children. It is as charming as pictured. In fact, it’s even better. No picture can capture the experience of sitting in the living area warming your hands in front of a fire, falling asleep to the sounds of the waterfall, or opening the shutters each morning to swallows wheeling and mist rising from the falls. (I still miss that view.)
While the owner doesn’t live in Pitigliano, he was the perfect host, providing information on everything from suggested day trips to parking and shopping tips. He was always easily and quickly reachable by e-mail and cell phone, as was his agent in Pitigliano. She met us in the square to escort us to the apartment and gave us her cell phone number should we need to contact her.
The apartment and neighbouring shops provided everything we needed for our week’s stay. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking and serving meals, a washing machine and drying rack (as well as iron and ironing board) are provided, as is a supply of firewood. Heaters in each room kept us warm. A bakery and small grocery store are minutes from the apartment, while larger supermarkets are a short walk into the new town. A nearby café/bar offers free WiFi with your morning coffee (or incredible, thick hot chocolate). Pay parking is available in the old town, but we chose the free parking available in the new town, a mere 5 minute walk from the apartment.
We visited fascinating sites nearby – the Etruscan tombs at Sovana and the natural spa at Saturnia – as well as further afield – Orvieto, the Monster Park at Bomarzo, and the painted tombs at Tarquinia. But some of my favourite moments were spent in Pitigliano itself: enjoying the vistas of Pitigliano from the lookout in the new town or watching the town rise above us as we strolled around the tuff base from which the town is carved, exploring the vie cave (old Etruscan roadways carved in the tuff), visiting the historic synagogue, and simply wandering the picturesque, meandering alleys. In an itinerary that included Rome and Venice, Pitigliano was my favourite stop.
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