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[MONTAIONE, TUSCANY] — Let the hoards of English, Germans and Americans crowd the overly popular Under The Tuscan Sun areas south of Florence and the tourist-choked villages of Montepulciano. To me, I loved staying on the western edges of Tuscany centered around the cool and undiscovered town of Montaione. The geography of this area is more farmland than grapes and a prime hunting ground. And Villa Cerretello is the perfect villa. Part of a larger private farm that includes other agriturismo villas, hunting grounds, the massive Villa Cerretello is the perfect base for entertaining lots of your friends.
While it’s big, when you divide up the place — with individual fully outfitted mini-apartments with their own kitchens and sitting areas — it’s comes out waaaay cheaper than getting a hotel room in Florence. The fit and finish of each apartment is on the standards of a first class hotel. It has 10 bedrooms, with 6 double apartments and two suites.
There for a wedding, we had 100 friends come over for the week, spread out all over the nearby farms, so there are lots of accommodations to fit any size. At the time, in June 2000, the main manager of the entire Fattoria Santo Stefano complex was a wonderful woman named Sarah Phillips. They keep adding cooler and cooler villas to their property. I’ve stayed there twice, with different groups each time and she made the whole trip flawless. Ask if she’s still around.
Last visited June 2000.
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