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We loved our stay at Castellina in Chianti! Daniele's farmhouse is adorable and comfortable and he was most accommodating with any request we had. The farmhouse is in a great location very close to town which made evening dining out very doable. Our first week was spent hiking (often directly from the farmhouse) in the morning and exploring nearby hilltowns in the afternoons. Since it was somewhat off season for tourists we found the towns to be easy to explore--the hardest part was making sure lunch locations were open, but locals were helpful with this. We went to Florence for the annual Christmas tree lighting--in fact, it was fun to see the trees and decorations in all the towns! There was a Christmas market in Siena with stall after stall of Italian foods and crafts. We also enjoyed a trip to Cinque Terre and hit a beautiful sunny day for a hike along the shoreline. If you have a small family, this is a perfect location to stay--we did have a couple join us for the second week which was fun, but the living space can be a little small for four adults (probably better in the warmer weather when you can use the back porch which is wonderful). Otherwise, it is a beautifully appointed farmhouse with very nice bathrooms and all the extras you could need! Enjoy!
To say we enjoyed our stay here is an understatement! It was perfect for our group of 5 ladies. Mario was super helpful in giving us information on things to see in the area. We had a issue with an appliance and he was quick in resolving the issue.