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Detailed general information on restaurants, accommodation, B&B, camping, residences (including agritourism, agri-entertainment and Tuscan farming)

Restaurants

Here is a list of six selected (advised) restaurants nerby Pontignano

  1. La Taverna di Vagliagli, Via del Sergente 4, Vagliagli, phone 0577-322532
    It is about 5 Km away from the Certosa, NE in the village of Vagliagli. The restaurant may host about 70 people.
    Indicative price for a nice dinner with local food and good local Chianti wine is about 30-32 euro per person.
  2. Vecchia Osteria, Via della Certosa 11 Ponte a Bozzone, phone 0577-356809. It is about 2 Km away from the Certosa, southward, close to the Statale 408. The restaurant may host no more than 30 people. Indicative price for a nice dinner with local food and good Chianti wine is about 25-30 euro per person.
  3. Nonna Luisa, phone 0577-322740
    It is about 1 Km away from the Certosa, northward, close to Vagliagli. The restaurant may host no more than 50 people. Offer an extraordinary long list of wines. Indicative price for a nice dinner with local food (no wine included) is 25 euro per person. Consider an extra-price of 5-15 euros per person for the wine depending on the choice (local good wine: a few euros; Chianti, Brunello, etc: 10-15 euros).
  4. Enoteca Bengodi, Via Soc. Operaia Castelnuovo Berardenga 11 0577-355116
    It is about 10 Km away from the Certosa, north-east, at Castelnuovo Berardenga. The restaurant may host no more than 45 people. Indicative price for a nice dinner with local food and good local wine is about 20 euro per person.
  5. Antica Trattoria Botteganuova, Strada Chiantigiana 29 Siena 057 7-284230 web site: http://www.anticatrattoriabotteganova.it/
    It is about 4 Km away from the Certosa, south-west in the direction of Siena. The restaurant may host no more than 40 people. Indicative price for a high quality dinner is about 50-60 euro per person (wine excluded).

Accommodation

Hotels

Nearby Pontignano there are practically no hotels. Hotels are mainly found in Siena (8 Km away from Pontignano). See for example: MONTAPERTI HOTEL; 53100 Siena (SI) - str. Poggio al Vento - Casanova Pansarine phone 0577 36741; email: info@montapertihotel.com

Near the site of the historical battle of Montaperti, the MONAPERTI HOTEL hillside offers sunset over the city of the 'palio' and dawn on the Siena crete, in one of the most beautiful settings in Italy. One hundred windows on the city of the 'palio': 16 mini apartments among standard and superior rooms and suites, all with direct phone, safe, air conditioning, bathroom, hairdryer, Internet. And also the relax of the swimming pool, a relaxing massage, biking in the countryside, with panoramic fitness center.

The only hotels we found nearby Pontignano is:

  1. Albergo Casali Dell'Aiola, at abou 5 KM north of Pontignano. 53010 Vagliagli (SI) - 54, STRADA PROVINCIALE ; tel: 0577 322797
  2. HOTEL POSTA DEL CHIANTI in Castelnuovo Berardenga, 8 Km East of Pontignano. 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - LOCALITA' COLONNA DEL GRILLO 16, phone: 0577 353000

Notwithstanding close to Pontignano, a number of Residences, Bed&Breakfast (B&B) and AGRITURISMO are available.

Remember that a car is needed to reach the various indicated sites from the Certosa di Pontignano!


B&B

Here is a list of selected B&B nerby Pontignano:

  1. Casa Lucia: nice Bed & Breafast/country house around 2 km away from the Certosa di Pontignano. The Casa Lucia is a complex of old stone buildings into furnished apartments. This includes, living room with convertible sofa, small kitchen, double room, bath with shower/WC, TV, telephone, heating, and private parking.
    The web site is: http://www.casalucia.it/
  2. Rossi Alberto Affittacamere in Castelnuovo Berardenga, 8 Km East of Pontignano. 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - 15, VIA MAZZEI, phone: 0577 355337.
  3. Affittacamere Foresteria Dell'Aia in Castelnuovo Berardenga, 8 Km East of Pontignano. 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - 9, VIA DELL' AIA, phone: 0577 355565
  4. Borgo S. Felice S.R.L. in Castelnuovo Berardenga, 8 Km East of Pontignano. 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - LOCALITA' S.FELICE, phone: 0577 359260

Residences

Here are some selected residences nerby Pontignano:
  1. BORGO CASATO, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - 12, str. Chiantigiana 484 Sud, 8 Km East of the Certosa, in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Phone: 0577 352002; fax: 0577 352900; email: info@borgocasato.it
    This is a refurbished farm house, is equipped with all modern comforts. All rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, sat TV, minibar and telephone with a large swimming pool. Moreover, 3 apartments for 4 persons with kitchenette. The BORGO CASATO is ideal for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature. The surrounding countryside offers the possibility of pleasant walks and horse-riding trips. Mountain bikes are avialable for our guests. The "Borgo Casato" restaurant offers top quality meas and a wide selection of typical Tuscan specialties. With its terrace, our guests can enjoy their meals surrounded by the spectacular panorama in the fresh air and in the quietness of Siena countryside.
  2. VILLA FAULE, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - loc. Corsignano, about 8 Km NE of the Certosa, in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Phone 0577 44494, mobile: 348 3884861; fax: 0577 44849; email: info@villafaule.it
    Villa Faule is situated amidst the greenery of the Siena hills, in the heart of Chianti, just 6 km from Siena The structure meets the needs of those wishing to enjoy a few days in absolute tranquillity or for those intending to visit the walls of Siena and Chianti. It is also within easy reach of historic and tourist itineraries like Val d'Orcia (Pienza, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni) and Florence, which is just 50 minutes away. All this, without overlooking characteristic events and appointments where it is possible to taste the typical genuine products of a countryside all to be discovered, in summer and winter.
  3. Centro Residenziale Maciallina Di Granelli Gloria Fernando, about 6 Km NW of Pontignano along the road to Castellina in Chianti (N of Siena). 53010 Quercegrossa (SI) - LOCALITA' MACCIALLINA, phone: 0577 327103
  4. Residence Fattoria Di Catignano, about 3 Km south of Pontignano along the Statale 408. 53030 Ponte A Bozzone (SI) - LOCALITA' CATIGNANO, phone: 0577 356755.

Agritourism, agri-entertainment and Tuscan farming

A very nice alternative accomodation is the so-called AGRIGURISMO. Let me say that is an example of the Italian creativity:

Small diversified farms are ideally suited to agri-entertainment. Unlike the mega-hog facility or a corn/soy operation producing raw materials for industry, the small farm can recreate a picture of an earlier, simpler, human-scale ideal of farming. The chief qualification for the rural landowner who expects to make a living from his land through agri-tourism is the desire and the ability to cater to tourists and meet their expectations of a farm visit.

In Agritourisms, you basically have something for visitors to see: Educational Tours Historical Re-creations Festivals/Special Events Crop Art; Something for them to do: Educational Activities or more.. and something for them to buy: Food & Drinks Farm Stores/Souvenirs Fee Hunting/Fishing E-commerce.

How well you relate the various components (through a theme or otherwise) will determine how successful your entertainment enterprise will be. Things to see and do are often offered free of charge; but there is still an awful lot of money to be made in selling to meet the farmers profit-making goals. Research has shown that tourists buy mainly food, beverages, and souvenirs.

An example:

  • AGRITURISMO MISCIANELLO at about 10 Km NW of Pontignano along the way to Castellina in Chianti. 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) - 408, s.s. Chiantigiana - Ponte a Bozzone phone: 0577 356840; fax: 0577 356604; email: info@miscianello.it.

See more at the following Agritourism web pages:


Camping:

There is a Camping site (Siena Colleverde) about 5-6 Km away from the Certosa di Pontignano in between Siena and the Certosa for the more tricherous scientists. It is set on a hill, has toilets suitable to handicapped people, public telephone boxes, camper Service, infirmary, restaurant, market, and bar. It accepts a variety of Credit cards.

Find more information at the web site: http://www.camping.it/english/toscana/siena/info.asp?id=626