We are incredibly grateful to Sylvia and her sweet pup Beppo for hosting us at Casa Fontemaggio for a week. What a marvellous home full of history with all the modern conveniences a family needs built in. Our family (2 adults, 3 boys aged 8-12) enjoyed every aspect of this home, from the comfortable and clean living spaces, the well appointed kitchen, the fireplace, the warm and cozy beds, the many outdoor spots to eat or read, and even the pool despite the cooler weather. The views in every direction were spectacular (the photos are wonderful but cannot do the live views justice) and the gardens were colourful and fragrant.
We also found it easy to explore the area, with sights and activities to be found in every direction (and Sylvia providing a helpful binder and lots of guidebooks to help). We drove to Arezzo and caught a train to Florence, a perfect day trip. We walked into Lippiani from the house and enjoyed meals in every village close by. The ancient town of Anghiari is not to be missed. Our boys found the local soccer (football!) pitch in Lippiani and even connected with some local kids for a game.
It was also easy to wile away a day at the house itself, reading, heading out for walks in search of lizards and poppies, lounging by the pool or just sitting and taking in the views. I cannot say enough about this home. I slept like I haven’t in years - thanks to the quiet, the fresh air, the birds. Everything. What a special place. We hope to return soon!
We took the advice of travel experts (like Rick Steves) and decided to book a place away from the crowds at the Grand Canal and St Marks. We were not disappointed. This property is on a tiny street several canals removed from the tourist spots. It was quiet and in a nice neighbourhood with lots of local shops and eateries. *Venice is a walking city, this property is in easy walking distance from all attractions*. The apartment is up 3 flights of stairs, so pack light. The views are as seen on the photos. It is well stocked with the necessary supplies. we did not use much as we spent all day out getting lost in the streets and alleys (it is said "If you don't get lost in Venice, you are not having fun!). Pietro is an attentive host and promptly answered all our queries.