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“The most charming place in Chianti” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Volpaia

Volpaia
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Vilnius
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The most charming place in Chianti”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

It is very small authentic villages on the top of hill, surrounded by cypresses and vineyards. The best Chianti wine maker is located here. All best things here have the same name “Voplaia”: villages, castle, wine maker, restaurant…

Visited May 2012
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Bend, Oregon
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127 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“One of my favorite hilltop villages in Chianti!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

Wander through the ancients, narrow streets of Volpaia and you will be transported back in time. Nice tasting room - one of my favorite 'houses' in Chianti. Lovely little wine bar with a terrace and light plates right in the center of town. Stop for a glass of wine and enjoy the sights!

Visited October 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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“My 10th year for a month with Patricia-my wife! Do I like it? No- LOVE it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

My 8th year, in 2008, I wrote(with Patricia) ," A Month In Medieval Volpaia, Tuscany". It is a dairy of a 'temporary citizen' and includes 52 photos. Our goal in travel is to put roots down and become close to the people. Tom Douglas, a great chef in Seattle endorsed that concept after reading (and endorsing) our book and just wrote about his 'temporary citizen' experience in a selected part of Paris!
The cuisine in Volpaia is Tuscan traditional. The view & food at 'sister' Carla's 'La Bottega' is exquisite. The rental options, especially through the Castello di Volpaia are charming. 'Sister' Paola reigns over Cafe Barucci- an experience not to be missed.

Visited October 2011
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing village, amazing views, amazing food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2011

Our group of 5 couples stayed here in July 2010 and absolutely loved it! The villa we rented had 5 bedrooms, with bathrooms for each. There is a separate pool house with a bedroom and bathroom as well.

The village - amazing! How often can you say you get to go to a centuries old village that has a working winery! We were fortunate enough to be there when a wedding was held in the church - beautiful!

Our villa had been modernized so there was wifi internet, satellite TV (watched the world cup) full kitchen, books to read and a pool that appeared to have a negative edge when you were in it.

The views - amazing! Whether walking in the village and checking out the old buildings to sitting in the pool overlooking the valley between Volpaia and Radda in Chianti you are guaranteed an amazing view. I took so many beautiful pictures, from sunrise to sunset.

The food - amazing! Even though you walk everywhere in Europe, the food is so good you can't say no! Bar Ucci is a little cafe that has baked goods, great coffee and a nice patio. La Bottega is an amazing restaurant that has amazing views of the valley towards Radda in Chianti. The staff works very hard, speak English (will teach you Italian as well) and can accommodate larger groups. Get the chocolate cake!!!!

We were also lucky enough to have Donica cook us a few meals. Nothing better than getting authentic bruschetta, veal marsala, semi-fredde made by someone from the area!

Visited August 2010
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“13th Century Tuscan Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2010

Volpaia is a 13th century medieval hamlet, working winery, and vacation rental all in one. It is nestled in the hills about 15 minutes outside of Radda in Chianti. Our family with teenagers rented their apartment, Frontoio. The tiny village is lovely. Tourists may partake in a tour of the winery and cooking classes (For guests lodging in Volpaia the winery tour is free, while cooking classes are not.) Additionally, there is a small snack shop/tavern, where breakfast may be purchased and two restaurants. Both restaurants served delicious regional cuisine, but of the two we preferred La Bottega because of its atmosphere and outside dining terrace. The waitstaff was animated and fun to talk with while also working extremely hard. Finally, Volpaia offers guests lovely, if slightly neglected pool area.

Our family found different aspects of our stay both delightful and frustrating. I particularly enjoyed walking some of the many nearby trails. My favorite began somewhat behind and to the left of the main office building and meandered around the backside of the village, through a forested area (turn left at the fork in the road with the trial sign) and up to a small planting of grape vines. From this vantage point, one can take in gorgeous views of the surrounding hill country including Volpaia and Radda. In total the walk is about 1 1/2 miles roundtrip. It's definitely worth your time whether you are lodging at Volpaia or merely visiting for the day.

When staying in a medieval village, it is important to remember that it will not provide some modern conveniences such as the internet. Guests must travel into Radda where there is a wi-fi hot spot at a cafe. Also, the mattresses in our apartment were the old fashioned metal box springs. Finally, the upholstery in the living room had seen better decades. Now that I've whined a bit. The apartment was spacious (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and kitchen) and clean. It is situated above a working olive oil press so workman can at times be heard.

We all loved the atmosphere of this village, but if lodging there remember it is medieval.

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