Family Yablon in Montestigliano, Tuscany | lifeofyablon.com

Family Yablon in Montestigliano, Tuscany | lifeofyablon.com

Family Yablon in Montestigliano, Tuscany

Palazzo Danati,

Palazzo Danati, Montestigliano

Once upon a time (1953 to be precise) the head of an aristocratic Italian family searched high and low for a holiday home he could call his own.  The moment he set his eyes on the agricultural property of a then very run-down Montestigliano, set in the Tuscan countryside, he knew that he had found what he was looking for; a perfect location for him and his large family.

view from my bedroom window

view from my bedroom window

The cluster of farmhouses and villas sit on the top of a hill with a stunning view of the Sienese countryside, the olive groves, vineyards and acres of woodlands– and, today, Family Donati has renovated the property and continue to maintain the estate as an agriturismo.

one of the older farm tractors

one of the older farm tractors

Family Yablon were also searching, some 50 years later, for a holiday location to suit all our needs.  Remote, relaxing, rural – ideally in Italy.  And following a friend’s recommendation,  2 properties (facing each other) were booked to house us all.

breakfast view

breakfast view

The 9 of us ate, slept, swam, cooked and cooked and ate some more.

Italian family style meals

Italian family style meals

Montestigliano offers its guests 2 swimming pools – one for noisy divers and the other for more peaceful plungers.

adult-only pool

adult-only pool

A night of opera in the main square of Montestigliano pleased both the uncultured and opera-lovers amongst us.

opera evening in the palazzo

an evening of opera arias in the palazzo

Together with our morning visit to Siena, we felt culturally satisfied.

streets of Siena

streets of Siena

The Internet access is sporadic and the TVs non-existant therefore providing the digital detox we all needed.

unbelievably delicious Montestigliano olive oil

unbelievably delicious Montestigliano olive oil

Brother found that the property surrounding Montestigliano is webbed with trails waiting to be explored –  he even managed to drag Lord Y and me out for a pre-breakfast sunrise trek…

early morning trek

early morning trek

… where we encountered a truffle hunter with his dogs

the truffle hunter gave us one of his truffles!

the truffle hunter gave us one of his truffles!

In summary, the setting is rural.  Embrace it or miss out on an unforgettable Tuscan adventure.

To book, email the marvellously efficient Francesco who made our stay utterly memorable.

About Montestigliano Farm Holidays in Tuscany

The agricultural estate of Montestigliano is centrally located in the heart of Tuscany. Perched high on a hill, at a height of approximately 300 metres, the estate commands magnificent views of the Sienese landscape. It has been owned by the Donati family for over 50 years and is still today a working farm.
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