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Visit Tuscany: Stay in Antico Pastificio

For those who want to visit Tuscany to experience the real history of Italy, what could be better than spending time where pasta is created? The Antico Pastificio is precisely this, as an old pasta-making factory which has now been converted into a series of beautiful apartments. It is located in the centre of the bustling town of Greve, in Chianti, and an apartment can be used as a base to discover both a fascinating hilltop town and the beautiful surrounding area.

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A typical apartment in the building has a double bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen with hobs and a fridge, and an open plan living and dining area. The factory has been well converted, as the apartments make use of the old plan, to create space in the rooms with their high ceilings. Apartments also come with satellite television to give the option of having a quiet evening in.

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The owners are friendly and go out of their way to ensure that guests have the most comfortable stay possible, with quiet rooms and games rooms in the building in addition to the swimming pool which is located in the beautifully kept garden. Guests are invited to relax on the hammocks and make use of the outside dining area, barbecue and pizza oven. Every week, there is a pizza night, where guests can enjoy one of the most typical Italian delicacies, and, for food lovers, there is a guide on where the best cookery classes can be found in the local area.

Antico Pastificio’s location allows easy access to the town and its bars and restaurants. The Chianti region is, of course, famous for its magnificent wine, and there are several different tour options available to those who are partial to a glass or two. Greve itself offers fantastic views of the valley below and the Tuscan countryside.

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Follow Cottages to Castles and find out more about a top provider of the best Italian holiday villas

Welcome to Cottages to Castles! We are a family-run company, founded in 1983 by Claudio Magoni. Back in the day, he started by renting holiday homes in Tuscany, and while we would say this is still the region where we hold the most holiday villas, Cottages to Castles has extended to around 200 units to let in fourteen regions across Italy. From Sicily to Puglia to Piedmont, we have the best Italian holiday properties ready for your enjoyment throughout the whole year. We are very selective over the properties we pick and prefer houses with their own personality and history: in a year, we reject many more holiday villas than we contract. We believe in sharing with all our visitors every unique aspect of Italian culture and warm Mediterranean hospitality.

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Jonathan and Daniela, Claudio’s son and daughter, now run the company along with UK Manager Sarah Gillem. While we strive to maintain the values of quality and selectivity as well as the highly personalised level of service that characterises us as a company, we have also looked to modernise and expand our business. At the moment, Cottages to Castles has staff in UK and Italy and agents in USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as most European countries. Our website is being constantly updated and improved and we have taken to all social networking sites. We like sharing Italy as a way of life, and not only from a business point of view. Why not follow our Facebook page? Click here to pay us a visit!

Our Twitter and Google + accounts are also up and running! But we can’t hide that our new favourite social platform is Pinterest. What a great way to share all those beautiful pictures we take during our long trips around Italy!

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