We had a lovely time at Pettirossi. We stayed for almost the whole month of August.
Our family of 4 stayed on the first floor. Our kids had a room with a double bed and a single bed. We had a 2nd room with a queen size bed. Upstairs were 2 one room apartments that our 20-something adult children stayed in. They loved the separation as did we. The downstairs kitchen was perfect to make big dinners. The table seated 8 easily and we did all the cooking downstairs. Upstairs the kids kept their drinks and breakfasts and made what they wanted. Outside was another huge table with a permanent covering to keep us shaded all day. We had the best meals outside in the breeze and setting sun.
The pool was immaculate. And amazingly fun. All the kids, big and small, would have spent all day every day at the pool. But, we were in Italy and there was sight seeing to do. Almost every evening Simone's mother (who we nicknamed the Ninja because we rarely saw her, yet she was so good) would set up the pool vacuum and make sure it was clean.
It's definitely a property where you will need a car. There were at least 5 grocery stores a 10-12 minute drive away. The train stations are a 10 minute drive as well. We took an overnight trip to Rome and Simone helped to give us all a ride to and from the train so we wouldn't fret about our rental cars overnight.
Oh! The pizza oven. We loved it. Yes, it's a bit challenging to make pizza for 8, but we figured out a system. The delightfully surprising part was that the oven is then hot enough to cook in for at least another day. So we roasted a chicken (twice! Delicious) and a made a roast beef on the days when we made pizza.
We were nervous about the Scorpions that we had read about online. Never saw one. There are crickets and spiders and moths and ants and lizards and mosquitos (but not bad) because you are in the countryside, but nothing scary.
The house did not smell smoky like some European hotel rooms. The kitchen supplies were eclectic, and I suggest bringing your own sharp cooking knives as we did.
A surprise to us was that the house is connected to another home. However, we never saw them or heard them unless they whistled for their dog or were driving past the outside of the property. The hedges are so high and thick between the properties, that I couldn't even tell you what their place looked like. It was never ever an issue for us. We really didn't try to keep our volume down until after 10pm or before 8am.
In summary, great place, fantastic host, totally awesome pool....and it's all in Tuscany.