While I have stayed at LaFonte a number of times, my favorite is in the apartment Olivio. The views are beautiful and peaceful. The apartment is very well appropriated and comfortable.
What a find! Wondering if the thought of staying in Tuscany would match reality, we were very happy with the apartment. Spacious, clean, well stocked, absolutely beautiful views and a very nice pool!
Set on a quiet road, it's a great base to explore Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terra etc. The local towns of Alto Certaldo and San Gimignano are also great places to explore. And of course great restaurants all around. Add in local wine tasting, horseback riding through the chianti vineyards and there is plenty to keep you busy.
What makes this place special is the owner, Maria. She is an incredible resource for the area. Mention dinner and she's on the phone making reservations. She must have an "in" as everytime we went out it was always the best table in the place.
If you are thinking of a stay in this area, just book it!
We stayed for a week in mid October in the Rosmarino flat. We would give 5 stars for its location in relatively rural countryside with spectacular views. At the same time Certaldo, the nearest town is quickly accessible by car. We travelled to San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and Greve in Chianti with ease from the flat. Maria, the owner is readily available 24/7 for advice and help with booking local tours. It is difficult to put a price on the availability of such friendly advice in perfect English on site, a great asset in our opinion.
There are a couple of things about the flat to take note. There is no internal heating for these flats. Those, like us, booking outside summer months may have to endure cold evenings. On clear days it does get rather cold in the evenings in Tuscany. Also, some of the fixtures in the flat are in need of renewal/repair such as the flush which remained weak and slow throughout our stay and the toilet door that wouldn't close.
On balance, we liked the flat as the stated positives did outweigh some of the negatives but prospective holidayers need all information to decide for themselves
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This was not my first visit to LaFonte and there is a really good reason why! Everything about the apartments are awesome - location - easy drive to Pisa, Lavorno, Chianti Region, 10 minutes to San Gimignano for great restaurants, shopping, history and local vineyards. The location is quiet country side which is perfect.
Maria is a great hostess and has provided excellant recommendations to restaurants, etc. The train in Certaldo is an best way to go to Florence, Sienna.
The apartments are spotless and comfortable. If you are thinking of renting an apartment in Tuscany this is the one.
The grounds and the apartment are very nice and the owner was very welcoming and attentive. We are mobility challenged, so we did not enjoy the flight of stairs; we had forgotten that the first floor in Europe is one floor up. The location is very good; it gives easy access to all the region around San Gimignano. Maria, the owner gave us plenty of local tips, and we spent one day relaxing in the pool and enjoying the lovely grounds.