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Sorry, not a Facebook member so can’t access but let me say that the property was great and exactly as promoted, which is extremely positive in today’s market. I’d also like to compliment you on your excellent and attentive customer service – information was always clear and detailed and any inquiries responded to with remarkable speed and precision! Congratulations on a great service and we will be back for another round in the future!
Our stay in Borgo dei Sette Tigli was unforgettable and we did not have any serious complaints (except problems with Wi-Fi). We have already recommended it to our friends, but we will certainly come next year.
Dear Luciana, thank you for a wonderful vacation at possibly the most beautiful place on earth. We will never forget your villa! It was great to have dinner at your beautiful home and to taste the local Italian food and wine. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We hope to come back some day.....
Dear Luciana, thanks a lot for all the lovely things: the use of the nice house and wonderful garden, your hospitality and kindness and the very good dinner. We have had a very pleasant time here, the country is so beautiful we have enjoyed it very very much!
Hello Luciana! We had a great holiday and staying at the villa was a highlight for us, especially meeting you and your charming family.
We're having a wonderful time: the house is so peaceful and the garden lovely. Thank you for the olive oil, we shall enjoy it!
Hi Manola, yes we are all safely home after a great experience. The villa was just super, everything we hoped for, situated in superb scenery in a protected area we could indeed enjoy and relax. We visited some great cities,Florence of course and Siena,Pisa and Lucca,even Greve in Chianti lovely and tasty! Only one minor point,that country road leading to the villa really needed repairs! However that very friendly Lady that came to see us one day (the owner I believe?) told us little could be done about it cause it was entirely up to the province well if the province allows building in a certain area,they should maintain the infrastructure! It was my first time in your beautiful country Manola,and I’m sure to come back.
Hi, Everything went smoothly, had a great time - only downside was that the time went too quickly. Regards
Dear Croci Manola and Lazzari Paolo, we had a wonderful time in Coreglia Antelminelli and were very sorry to leave. The house was just perfect! Wonderfully decorated and with a wonderful swimming pool, exactly what we wanted. The village of Coreglia was very charming. We met many nice people and although we don't speak Italian we did have some nice contacts. We ate many times at l'Archile, just behind the house and drank many coffee's in the 3 bars. Also we made some wonderful trips to Florence, Lucca, Barga and many surrounding hilltop villages. We have already forgotten that the weather wasn't always as good as we hoped. We have been to Tuscany before but didn't know the Garfagnana area. It's just wonderful. We will certainly go back in the future. Kind regards,
We had the most wonderful stay at Villa Fonte! The house is magnificent, has been built and decorated with great care and taste, and is perfectly situated from the nearby village. Francesco and Silva ensured that everything worked seamlessly for us and Francesco cooked – and, taught us how to make – the most delicious meals! It was a delight and pleasure to be there and a truly memorable holiday was enjoyed with our family. Our only disappointment was when we had to leave!
Hi, Thank you for the email. We are still traveling in italy. We started in tuscany, stayed a few days in corniglia and now en route to rome. The villa was everything we needed. It was older than I thought but we are used to everything being modern in canada. The villa was clean, the pool was perfect, and Jacopo was very helpful. The only suggestion I have is to write down on the driving instructions that the villa is the first one on the left right after the church. It took us a long time to find it the first time. The view was beautiful at the villa and tuscany was more beautiful than I imagined. Thank you very much for your help!
We had a wonderful week at the Villa Rosa. . . so beautiful inside and out, we found it hard to leave the terrace to explore that lovely part of Italy.
Thank you again for a wonderful stay at Ville d’Orcia! We had a fantastic time. My children are still talking about Victoria and your cats!
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Treggiano. The pool area is nice, the views are great. The house is spacious and generally well equipped. The owner was helpful and welcoming.
Hi, we had a fabulous week, the directions were easy to follow and we were able to fine the villa easily even arriving in the evening. Manuela was very helpful and waited cheerfully for our late arrival and was always available to answer queries etc. the location of the villa was ideal in a small village with a shop and 2 restaurants which we used. It was in a good location to visit Siena and San Gimangio and we used the train to get to Florence. The villa was beautifully furnished and the kitchen was well equipped. A larger central lounge where all of us could have sat inside of an evening would be our only improvement. The garden was beautifully presented and equipped and the views were stunning. A beautiful location to relax and unwind and to visit local tourist spots. Would recommend to others The help provided from InTuscany was invaluable and the prompt and personal responses were appreciated, would definitely use your company again. Thanks for helping us have a memorable holiday!
Hello, Great house, great surroundings, great views, great housekeeper!
Our stay in Villino Montisi was fantastico! By the way we did find Wi-Fi also at Mama's and was very nice sitting with a glass or two of a lovely Monte Isi rosé. Have you tried? Is made in Montisi and excellent. Bought 6 bottles to go.
The location is exceptional, very peaceful with a fantastic view. The house is an old traditional farmhouse that was well renovated. Swimming pool is big, private and has both sunny and shady areas. Overall we enjoyed our stay here.
Hi there, Our trip was absolutely incredible and Villa Corti was everything and more than we imagined. We rented a car so driving through some of the smaller towns in Tuscany were challenging. We saw Florence (only a small part), Greve in Chianti, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra and Siena. One day, we did a small portion of the Chianti wine trail. It was absolutely spectacular. When we arrived at Villa Corti, the owner Marco was very helpful and went over everything with us. Our trip was fantastic and I will use your company again when I go back to Italy. Thanks.
Hi, Thank you for your Email. We had a really lovely holiday thank you. The Villa was wonderful and the situation perfect with lots of places nearby to visit. We had lovely meals cooked for us which was really special and overall this was one of the best family holidays that we have had. Many thanks to yourselves and our hosts for a wonderful holiday.
We stayed here for a week and it was fantastic! We really hope to return again. Location is perfect, you can reach Florence by bus (bus stop a few minutes walk from villa) or by taxi, it's only a ten minute journey. The pool at this villa is immense and very private. There is a beautiful treed driveway into this property and the property itself is very secluded which was perfect. The owners are wonderful and so helpful. We spent many days by the pool and barbecued at the villa one or two evenings. Grocery store and some restaurants are close by. Decor is traditional with some modern twists. A warning though for anyone going to florence in July is to take plenty of good strong insect repellent. We actually did this but could still not avoid being bitten. I have to say the owners were more than the perfect hosts. They even posted us a pair I'd sunglasses we left behind and would not take any money for doing this. So kind of them. This property has the best of both worlds - you can relax in its lovely location but you will not be far from Florence!
Dear Lamberto e Wilma, Our thanks to you for allowing us to holiday in your historic villa. As you know most of our time was spent outisde enjoying the wonderful pool, excellent pool house e the fantastic views! Sansepolcro was just as lovely as our last visits years ago e you are so lucky to live in a region with delicious food e hospitality. Thank you from us all!
We all had A great time in borgo dei sette tgli montepulciano. As we were A Big family it was especially nice to have all 5 app's. The children enjoyed the pool and we made several short tours to the towns in the neighborhood. The weather was warm and Sun and we were not much inside the App.s but thet were all very Nice and comfortable. We had a fine holyday and can recommend the place.
Manola, I wanted to share with you what a wonderful experience we had at Villa Le Contesse in Cortona. From the moment we first spoke to you on the phone to the time we said goodbye to the owner, Vittorio, we felt like we were being treated like royalty. You made sure to attend to every detail and made us feel right at home. The villa was spectacular. The peace and serenity looking out over the countryside was something very special to experience. Our kids enjoyed the pool as well. Cortona was a great base from which to make day trips to places such as Montalcino, Siena, Lago de Travino and Florence. I would highly recommend InTuscany to anybody. We definitely plan to come back. Thanks again, Manola, for making this an unforgettable experience Best Regards,
We enjoyed our experience at Podere Erica. The villa was as described and not only beautiful, but immaculately maintained. The arrangements for the grocery delivery and the welcome snacks and arrival dinner were perfect and enabled us to settle in on our first night with no discomfort. The extra attention to the driving directions were perfect and everyone found the Podere with little or no problem which made everyone happy after long journeys from other parts of Italy and the USA. The only issue that we all agreed on is that Vanessa was quite overwhelmed with laundry and barely able to finish from day to day. This was in no way her fault, but the Italian washers and dryers are not up to the hard use with so many towels and sheets. My brother-in-law’s daughter has a bed and breakfast in the Piedmonte region of Italy. She has recently engaged a commercial laundry service to do the sheets and towels and this has been very successful in easing the work load for all concerned. We would love to return and enjoy another week at Podere Erica in the future!
Hi Manola and Paolo, We had a wonderful time at Villa Soldi! Everything was perfect - the villa, the service and even the weather! It exceeded our expectations! Matilde and Sabrina took such great care of us! We felt right at home! Thank you so much and we can not wait to return! Grazie,
Hi, I am not able to register on Facebook, so will give you my I resigns of Villia Rosa near Castellina in Chianti here. The house comfortably accommodated our family of 12 plus baby, and is well located being close to Castellina and had amazing views across vineyards etc. Wonderful! The caretaker who lives onsite was also very helpful and obliging at all times and made us feel very welcome. On the downside I suggest some new photos being taken for advertising purposes, as there are now many more mature olive trees around the pool and the grounds - making it almost unrecognisable from the current advertising photos. Regards, Sandy
Hello, just wanted to give you some feedback after our holiday. The villa is beautiful (though a bit cool the first week as summer was a bit late this June) and we had a wonderful holiday. Its very spacious and obviously restored and decorated with a lot of care. We enjoyed the quiet and privacy it offers. The owners are absolutely wonderful. Very nice, kind and helpful. We felt genuinely welcome, and at home. We will definitely recommend the villa to others. Also your agency has been terrific at dealing with any questions, issues we may have had. Thank you for all your assistance before our trip. Best Regards,
Hallo, we found your mail, when we were already at home. We had no difficulty finding La Capannina after being travelling already for 2 weeks by car in Italy. We want you to know that we had a very nice stay there and we think it is a beautiful place, very well managed. We want also to thank you for your good service. Greetings
My sister and I and 3 friends spent a wonderful month (mid-May to mid-June in 2005) at Villa Demata and are ready to go back for a month in 2014!
We found Villa Treggiano almost perfect in every aspect of our stay. We were met at the arranged location and escorted to the Villa. Whilst the road to the Villa was a little daunting at first we did manage to overcome the challenge. The view from the patio area was breathtaking! Our hosts had generously provided provisions including a selection of cold meats ,juice, olives, wine and breads etc. The kitchen was also well supplied with all utensils etc. The bedrooms were very large, one of the bathrooms was narrow but more than adequate. Whilst we used the Villa as a base for touring it could just as easily been utilised as a one stop venue with the swimming pool and BBQ coming into their own. The cooking class arranged by our host was a highlight of our stay. We certainly enjoyed our stay at Villa Treggiano. Two very minor things are all that we can suggest. A few hanging hooks in the bathrooms that can accommodate towels, and perhaps a full length mirror. We found their advice and hospitality extremely good - don't change anything!
Our family have come back several times to Ripa d'Orcia - the location is lovely - quiet, with lovely views and the apartments are spotless, gardens equally well maintained. It has the added advantage of course to be close to so many places to explore - siena, florence - the list goes on. You do need a car - there is a good 10 minute drive to shops and restaurants.
We had an amazing stay at Ripa d'Orcia!!! Paolo and his family made our family feel so comfortable. The property is a great size and given its remote location, the kind of place you let your kids run around and don't worry about anything happening to them. This is a very special place!
We stayed 1 week in Ripa d'Orcia in august 2011. Great place, very quiet and very friendly welcome from Paolo. Very nice views in the Val d'Orcia covered with vineyards, olivetrees in the tipical tuscan hills. Excellent starting point to visit Montalcino(15 km), Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Siena(40 km), Montepulciano(25km), Crete Sinese... The Ripa d'Orcia is situated along a "strada bianca"(5 km) from the village of San Quirico where you can find food-shops, restaurants, bakery... The appartment was very clean with 2 bedrooms,kitchen, bathroom and living. Outside each appartment there is a patio with furniture and umbrella. Nice, big swimmingpool, lovely garden with barbecue and parking area for the car. Bike-rent is possible too and we did some very nice, technical MTB trips jn the region with a lot of climbing and downhill activity. A lot of visits possible in the region at the local farms to taste the home-made products such as wine(Rosso d'Orcia IGT), olive-oil and honey. Very good restaurants in villages as San Quirico, Montalcino, Pienza and Castiglione d'Orcia). Also the perfect region to taste the Brunello wine (Montalcino), the Vino Nobile di Montipulciano and the local Val d'Orcia wines... We enjoyed it very much and we will go back next year for the third time.
We were in June 2012 in Ripa d'Orcia. Nice appartments in an old beautiful restored medieval farmhouse surrounded by olives and grapes. We had the appartment Ginepro. It was very hot in Tuscany during our stay there but the house is very cool and pleasant, you can use free internet on your own devices. The big garden and the pool are well kept. There are a lot of comfortable chairs around the pool. There is enough shade under a huge oak tree and there are plenty of parasols. There is only one negative point to mention and that is the strada bianca of 8 km from san Quirico to Ripa d'Orcia. You'll have to clean your car afterwards because it will be all covered with white dust. But that strada is also positive there is less traffic and on the border of the same road we saw snakes, deer, rare birds and beautiful plants. The owners, father and son are friendly and helpfull. the younger ones speak English and the father speaks french. San Quirico is the village for shopping (Coop) and there are a lot of nice smaller medieval villages nearby. Near the pool we saw young Hoepoos!
I have stayed in and around Montalcino a number of times, normally out in the country, but as this trip I had a 20 month baby with me, I thought we would find someone where in a town. We found Santa Lucia and stayed for 9 days. The property is very unique as its within the walls of Montalcino but has some of the characterics of properties you would find in the country, namely the beautiful garden and pools. The pools are not large, as I believe they were once used to tan leather and were converted into pools, as building a pool within the city walls is forbidden. Regardless of the size there were more than adequate when used to cool off from the sun. As Montalcino is a hill town, there is a steep walk up to the main part of the town from the property. The climb is steep but short. Over the course of my stay I pushed a heavy baby buggy up the hill several times a day. To be honest the exercise took the guilt away from tucking into a big pizza or bowl of pasta heavy on the cheese when I got to the top. I stayed in Cannavacciuolo, with my wife and baby daughter, which is a lovely apartment and has its own private garden away from the main garden. The apartment was air conditioned and had a great wifi signal. The main garden is beautifully designed and full of culinery herbs growing everywhere that you can use if you wish. As most people were off exploring the region during the day, we had the garden to ourselves pretty much all the time. I noted a previous reviewer commented on a barbed wire fence in the garden, which from my stay is a misrepresentation. of the beautiful gardens of Santa Lucia. This reviewer also described Montalcino as a "decrepit peasant village", which I find absolutely delusional, and this person must have no experience of historical Italian towns. Montalcino is a beautiful Tuscan hill town. The town itself I believe strikes a perfect balance between a genuine working town for its inhabitants while also catering for the tourists that visit, without losing its identity. Lastly I would liked to mention the absolute professional way in which Lisa and Andreas manage the property. They always had geniunely smiles on their faces when you met them. To me they also both possessed a talent which I believe is rare in the hostipality business, and that is to instinctively know how much interaction each of your guests want, and then to provide that level. Normally I would be on the side of not needing a lot of interaction and to be left to my own devices, but during my stay my baby daughter became a little unwell. I asked Lisa if she could recommend a doctor I could bring her too. Lisa when away and back with an appointment for a local paediatric doctor and then insisted on accompaning me to the doctors to ensure there was no language difficulities due to my pigeon Italian. For all the above points, I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone who would like to visit and stay in beautiful Montalcino.
My family of 5 (kids age 11, 12 and 18) stayed at this wonderful apartment for 5 nights in July this summer. The managers Lisa and Andrea were amazing. A month before we arrived, I contacted Lisa to get suggestions on the best way to travel from the Riviera to Tuscany on a Sunday when many car companies were closed. She immediately began working on getting a driver and offered other options for taking a train to another city and then renting from there. Since we arrived in the evening, Lisa and Andrea had stocked the refrigerator with food for the next morning so we didn't need to shop. They were both very friendly and informative, with wonderful suggestions for restaurants and day trips. We stayed in the largest apartment, which was very spacious. The apartment was modernized, clean, and beautifully furnished. My children especially loved the pool and steam room. Even though the pool is small, it is very deep, so it felt wonderful to jump in to cool off. It was never crowded at the pool even though all the apartments were rented. If you visit in the summer, the pool is a must. This is the only apartment within Montalcino that offers a pool. This apartment was our favorite place that we stayed during our two weeks in Italy. Montalcino is a quaint and beautiful town which is centrally located in Tuscany, and the apartment is a short walk to town. The location couldn't be more ideal. We were so happy that we opted to stay in this village over any other that we visited. I highly recommend Santa Lucia!
We stayed in Santa Lucia the end of July for 1 week. Lisa and Andrea, just to let you know, we have literally thought about our stay there EVERY DAY since we've been home! You two are amazing people and we've never been made to feel more comfortable than we experienced staying with you! Great location. Great accommodations. They arranged for an amazing chef to come to our place for a cooking lesson for my family. We now have a new favorite dish. Steamed Zucchini Blossoms stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and pici pasta! We videoed our days cooking experience and have made the dishes we learned a few times now. The ingredients are not as amazing as they are in Italy but they still tastes great. Also, my first experience drinking wine was in Montalcino. How unfair!!! At the age of 50.... I now LOVE a nice glass of Brunello! Montalcino... An experience we'll never forget! Thank you again for a memory of a lifetime!!!
We went to Tuscany for our niece's wedding. The ceremony was at a castle in the middle of nowhere. It was suggested we stay in Montalcino so we could be within walking distance of shops and restaurants. We discovered Santa Lucia online and decided to give it a shot. What a great choice in turned out to be! It was a true Tuscan experience. It was very authentic but all the features in the apartments were very modern. Flat screen TV's (although we never turned ours on. We were in Tuscany!), lots of hot water, good internet, good AC, refrig, microwave, coffee makers, iron available, washing machine nearby. Beautiful architecture and landscaping. My wife and I stayed in the smallest suite and it was very spacious. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law stayed in the main house apartment, which is huge and amazing, Two stories. Two bedrooms with private baths. A third bath. Huge kitchen/dining/living area. Could have stayed for months. The best feature, however, is the folks who run it. Lisa Jane and Andrea were incredible hosts. They made us feel at home and gave us so much help in finding our way around, giving directions, recommending restaurants and wine shops, showing us how to make coffee Italian-style, helping make flight changes, etc. Lisa Jane was even able to arrange a private tour of Siena for us with a guide-friend of hers. One word of caution. Montalcino is beautiful but very hilly. Bring your comfortable shoes. And stay at Santa Lucia.
We booked the smallest studio, Basile' (the only studio without a kitchen) but it has a full breakfast set up, fridge, kettle and espresso machine for morning coffees outside. It is a beautiful, clean studio with plenty of wardrobe space for us to spread out for a weeks stay. We absolutely loved the little pool area and lazing around the garden. The location of this hotel is perfect for being close to town. Lisa and Andrea are the best hosts ever. They were so warm and welcoming it really felt like we were staying with friends. Lisa arranged some amazing winery visits for us. Pogio Antico and San Carlo, both were amazing Brunello producers. One was a slick sprawling but still boutique winery and San Carlo had the heart of all of Tuscany's wineries combined. We absolutely loved both, and the fact that one of the Brunello's we bought for 40 euro sells for over $300 in restaurants in Australia. I really cannot say enough good things about this place.
We were there for a week at the di silvestre apartment. The place is really nice the property sooooo cool and Andrea...awesome. Been inside the Montalcino walls it is great and an incredible experience.
To “Tenuta di Creti” family. Thank you very much for a great vacation we had. Your hospitality and kindness is realy something special. We enjoyed the villa very much and we hope to come again, this time with our daughters.
Your hospitality and Kidness was very much appreciaded . We enjoyed the fine food and wine and good company. We loved our time at Tenuta di Creti and look forward to our return. (especially to help your dad pick the melons!!!!) Thank you all
Cara Famiglia Micheli, We loved every minute at Tenuta di Creti and wish we could stay longer. This is a very special place and we will try to return soon. Thank you for making it so wonderful.
It was a splendid vacation, We enjoyed the Villa which is really fantastic and especially the hospitality. Hope to come again!
To Barbara and her family. We enjoyed very much our stay here, mainly die to your warm and kind hospitality. We hope one day to come back. We wish you all the rest.
Thank you for your hospitality. We have kept in contact with our friends and family in the U.S. A. By e-mail. They all want to come to “Tenuta di Creti”, Thank you!
To everybody in “Tenuta di Creti”, thank you for everything ! you made our holiday unforgetable ! You are all so kind and nice Thank you so much
Dear Micheli Family, Many thanks for such a warm and womderful time. You made us so at home. The view and the house are beautiful. We will be back, Grazie!
Dear Barbara, Steven and everyone at “Tenuta di Crete”. You were absolutely Fabulous hosts and we couldn’t have ha a better time in Italy. You were a large post in making our experience here wonderful. Thank you!
What a lovely place you have here, it seems to be paradise. Thank you for your lovely “italian dinner”, these nights you take with you in your memories. It has been great meeting you .
Dear Micheli Family, Our family stayed in Maestrale apartment for one week and wish it were longer the architecture and decor of this home is beautiful. Your warm and generous family allowed us to experience the best of Tuscany. When we go home we will encourage our friends to vacation here. Best wishes to you all
Barbara we very much appreciate all that you did for us. You were very helpful in your recommendation for restaurants. “Tenuta di Creti ia a beautiful place and very centrally located. We will always remember our stay and recommend you to our friends. Ciao
We feel very privileged to have been the first english family to have received the warm “Tenuta di Creti” welcome and would love to return soon. We have found it to be an ideal base in which to relax and for visiting the sights. One day I shall find out what heaven is like but until then I will imagine that a holiday at “Tenuta di Creti” comes quite close.
The website does not do this place justice. It is decorated to a high standard, is clean and tidy and fully equipped with large rooms - we stayed in Il Fienile. The space around the pool meant that our children could have a good run around and play safely. The pool was regularly cleaned and surronded by plenty of high quality garden furniture. Giovanni was very helpful in arranging a vinyard tour and answering the various queries we had about the area. A very reasonably priced holiday base that I would not hesitate to recommend.
Excellent agriturismo: very nicely set up two-bedroom two-bath apartments. Very private, lovely, well furnished. It is not a hotel, don't expect too much staff support. Be sure to visit the Bar Bagnoli, the best coffee bar in Tuscany across the street and down the road a bit.
My partner and I stayed here for the first week of July with another couple. From the outside the apartment looks attractive and we were not disappointed once inside. The apartment was great, very spacious and well decorated (we stayed in the Aia apartment), with everything you could need. The kitchen was well equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, filter coffee machine, fridge freezer and plenty of glasses, plates etc. The apartment was lovely and cool - thanks to the air conditioning and also having thick stone walls, which also helped. Upstairs there were 2 large bedrooms, both made up as doubles, each with an ensuite bathroom. One of the bathrooms had a number of ants, which I understand is common in the Tuscan countryside - however, we were provided with some spray, and the problem quickly went away. Outside, we had quite a lot of sitting area and a BBQ. We had a shared swimming pool, which was generally fairly quiet and as it was very hot, a nice temperature to dip into! Location - we travelled quite a lot around the area, as we had a car. However, the best way into Florence is certainly by bus - we found out everything we needed to know from the tourist information in the town. I would recommend this villa without hesitation and would like to return myself.
The best place I've ever stayed. Thanks a lot for the opportunity to be with you, villa Rovezzano!
Villa Ulivi is beautiful! They provided us with airport pick-up which is great because if it's your first time in Italy it's nice to have this service. the little town of Lucignano ( not easy to pronounce ) is really nice! Great restaurants!! Marco, the son of the owners provides tours around tuscany, we visited 4 small towns near by including Siena , Cortona and Montepulciano and they were fantastic villages all with amazing views ! We had a wonderful stay, the pool was amazing and our kids loved it!! they would stay with their grandparents as we toured Tuscany. We'll be back soon! Jake and Heather
The Villa was picturesque, beautifully furnished and clean. The views and the pool were amazing. Bernie and Francesca were very friendly and helpful.
Delicious weeks under the sun! The villa was even more beautiful than what we had imagined. The views and the garden added a lot to our welbeing there!
Beautiful Villa & Wonderful People! The villa was absolutely beautiful! Everything was great and the people there were incredible. We rented the villa for our wedding. Ten couples attended and everyone loved it there. The staff at the villa were nice and very helpful.
Villa Tavarnelle was perfect for our Gourmet Club of 16 adults. The location of Villa Tavarnelle meant we could enjoy the peace and beauty of the Tuscan hills and be close to Fierenze and Sienna for sight-seeing. Taverenelle was an easy walk and proved to be typical of any little Tuscan town. This meant that we could enjoy shopping, restaurants and a pleasant walk without using our cars. Tourist information provided us with hiking trail information which many of us happily used. Our on-site manager , Franchesca, was invaluable as an interrupter and source of useful information. The villa itself was beyond the expectations of all of us: beautiful pool, flowers, removed from the noise of traffic, exceptional views from all windows, accomodating rooms and bathrooms and well equipped kitchen facilities. Our welcoming meal was well worth the reservation and a wonderful start to an memorable vacation. I would not hesitate to rent on another occasion. Many thanks!
Wow! A relaxing well appointed holiday home. This is central rural position 6km from Torrita di Siena makes it easy to enjoy beautiful Tuscany. With easy day trips with a car to Seina, Arezzo, Cortona, Castiglione del Lago or Firenze to name a few. Quiet, comfortable with a very suitable kitchen facilities, all helping to make a very relaxing home base in the middle of the wine area. A good map and GPS navigation system is a must to find your way in this amazing countryside.
The sun shone on the beautiful views and we relaxed in lovely su! The location is delightful and once you get to the top of the hill the views are stunning - day and night. Francesca made us welcome after our long drive to Italy from GB then left us to relax and enjoy her comfortable and interesting home. Villa Ortensia is perfect for a complete getaway and quiet time, although with WiFi you are not isolated! It was very hot but the pool made that bearable and there were fans indoors to help us keep cool. Two weeks of precious family time with some over from america and one son joining us after his stint with the army at the Olympics. We all enjoyed ourselves and it was good not to have to worry about sorting out linen or cleaning - Francesca took care of all that - Hurrah! The road up is a bit daunting the first time but we managed with a large car fully loaded - just make sure your horn is working before the bends.
Our group of 5 adults spent an enjoyable week in early May at I Cipressini, a lovely 3-bedroom Tuscan farmhouse located in the middle of fluorescent fields of yellow rapeseed and waves of lush green hay. And sprinkled in along the driveway for just another special dash: brilliantly red poppies. The house has been recently upgraded with a totally new Ikea kitchen fully stocked with all kinds of dishes, glasses, utensils, and cookware. The house has a dining room, living room with fireplace, a small, enclosed porch perfect for sunny breakfasts, a basement room with washing machine, and a separate family room facing wonderful Tuscan sunsets. The house includes cable TV and Wi-Fi. The owners are delightful and were very solicitous and attentive to our needs on our arrival--and the caretakers live in the next house across the field. Lovely Pienza is a 15-minute walk away via a quiet wooded path that suddenly opens up to incredible views over the Val d' Orcia as you approach the town. I Cipressini is famous in its own right as one of the most photographed places in Tuscany. In our week there in early May, literally scores of cars daily would stop on the road way out at the end the driveway and photograph the setting. And you'll find photos of the place in every postcard and calendar shop in Tuscany! We easily traveled from this home on short trips to Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni--and many other hilltowns in the Val d'Orcia. I Cipressini was a most special place to stay in southern Tuscany.
Dear "In Tuscany" Croci and Lazzari, Thank you for your enquiry. We had an excellent holiday based at the Villa Siena. The Villa was perfect for our large family with very good facilities, lovely rooms, good bathrooms, beautiful grounds and very good swimming pool. The cooks and food were first class. The owner and her son Jacopo were very attentive to every request, and made our stay very enjoyable. They are lovely people. There are no bad things to say. All the family agree. We had all ages from two small babies to three over 70s, and we all think the Villa is perfect for this sort of holiday. Thank you for arranging it. Best wishes,
Dear Croci and Lazzari, I have been meaning to email you since we got back - thanks so much for arranging the holiday in Casa Gaia for us, we had a really fantastic time. The house and garden were perfect for our family (we took a stair gate with us, and the downstairs and garden were ideal for our 18 month old - not many places are!) and the beautiful pool and gardens around it were a real highlight. The house was absolutely immaculate, very comfy, and had a really well equipped kitchen. There was even crockery and cutlery for the children. The only negative thought I can come up with is that a larger oven might be useful, but as it was 40 degrees when we were there we didn't do much cooking. The house was larger than we imagined it would be, and really exceeded our expectations. Annalisa was friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the surrounding area. She was there when we needed her, but unobtrusive when we didn't. We had a wonderful time! Best wishes,
Dear Manola and Paolo, Many thanks for your help with the booking. The house we rented, San Donato was perfect. It was very tastefully decorated, well equipped and very clean. It was also in a perfect location, very peaceful but also easy to access most of the sites of Tuscany. The estate on which it is located is beautiful and the views were great. Regards
We loved our time at the Villa Demata. It is a charming house in a spectatular setting. The house retains its old world country charm while being totally updated with modern comforts. We were a group of 9, ranging in age from 12 to 75, and everyone loved the villa. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen was large enough for us to cook together. We had many wonderful meals at the outdoor dining area right off the kitchen. One highlight was an evening when Maria--the owner's agent -- arranged for us to have a private cook come to the villa, give us a cooking lesson, and serve us a gourmet 4 course meal. The greatest treat was the swimming pool, which is quite large and crystal clear. It is near the house, so we could enjoy the pool and be together at the same time. It was a truly wonderful holiday.
Hi Manola and Paolo, What can I say... our trip to Italy was a dream coming true and we will definitely be back in a few years. We drove to Francesca's beautiful Villa Ortensia. We made a couple of stops along the way in Viareggio and Marina di Massa. Her personal welcome was actually overwhelming. She is THE NICEST Italian person we met during our trip. We felt welcome and special to be staying in her house. Everything was there for laundry, dishes etc. We are very surprised that she prepared a few goodies in the fridge and offered a bottle of wine. We didn't even have to leave that evening to get more food. The villa is very well equipped and so peaceful that we ended up spending more time at the house than going touring. If possible, it would be nice to have Francesca's email address so that we can send her a personal thank you note. We were really sad to be leaving her villa and her too. She took so much pride and it sure made us feel special and like we wanted to be extra careful not to damage anything. She really is a one of a kind! Ah, now we are back for almost one week already. The kids are almost adjusted back to Canadian time though we still get up before 6am. We disconnected to so much in Italy that it is difficult to get back into our Canadian reality. I would like to thank you for your recommendations, especially of Villa Ortensia. Our trip was awesome. Best wishes for a nice continued summer... hopefully a little less hot!
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Angela! The home was comfortable and the kids enjoyed the pool! We hope to come back and stay in the Villa again in the future! Thank you.
We had a wonderful time at the farm. The owner met with us and personally showed us the beautiful rooms and property. The kids had a ball of a time. The pool, table tennis was a big plus. The location of the property could not be better. It overlooks the vineyards at the top of the hill and had a fantastic view. We would sit till late every day in the open overlooking the greenery around and the rolling hills getting drunk on the various Tuscan wines available in plenty and at a very reasonable price. The rooms, bathrooms, kitchen etc was 5* quality. We wished we had spent a few days more.! Will definitely visit again in the future. Only advice is that you must carry insect/mosquito repellent with you. Thanks again!
Just to let you know we had a very enjoyable stay at Podere Torricella. The gentleman who helped us there (father of Christiano who runs it) was very polite and helpful, a true gentleman. It was well signposted and easy to find by car with the directions given. Accommodation was clean and tidy and pretty much as we had expected. We were happy with the location and with the help of owners were able to catch bus to Florence for the day with ease. They gave plenty of directions as to where to shop for food. The restaurant attached to the the farm and accommodation was very good, had a lovely ambiance and very good food. We had some trouble locating accommodation that suited our needs for this particular time of year, which was one reason that we chose this property. We required two double bedrooms with two bathrooms, only four nights and of course in November as well. Podere Torricella gave us all this, the only hesitation being that the second bathroom was very small, Other than this, we were very pleased with our choice. Thank you for your help in booking this property, we had a faultless holiday in Italy (and Spain) with perfect weather!!
Dear Manola, We safely made it back to Seattle, Washington late last night after an hour delayed flight in Philadelphia connecting to our Seattle flight. It was definitely a long journey home but through it all, we felt it was all worth it. Podere Torricella is definitely the place to be if ever we're in Tuscany again. We absolutely enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, the greens around the villa and the spectacular view of the mountains and fields we saw from the pool and the unit we were in. You were so helpful in every possible way and we are truly grateful for that. I have one suggestion though, perhaps there will be a much better mattress in the master bedroom (double bed) next time. We could really feel the spring on the one we had in our unit and it made sleeping a little tougher at times. Well, I hope to see you again in the future and I will definitely recommend your place to friends and families who'll travel to Tuscany. Ciao!
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had in Tuscany at Torricella. The apartment was spacious, clean and reasonably well equipped. We had some delightful neighbours and the entire atmosphere was warm and inviting. And the view! Gorgeous. The grounds were kept so tidy! They were just opening up the pool for the season so the water was a little cold for us but we did enjoy sitting in the sun watching the thick skinned children (our upstairs neighbours) play blissfully in the water. We had dinner in the restaurant on our last night and it was probably the best we had during our entire trip. Our host's and the pleasant young woman who worked in the office were all wonderful. Thanks so much for your help and for making the first week of our first visit to Italy so enjoyable. I know we'll return!
Yes we did have a great trip! We had a wonderful stay at Torricella and we drove over 1000 kms within Tuscany during the week. Tuscany is heaven on earth. The apartment was perfect, and the little restaurant at Torricella serves excellent food (as most places in Italy). Our children also enjoyed the stay very much. They/we used the table tennis facilities every day, and they appreciated the Italian food and ice-cream very much. I got your website from an Italian colleague, and I will most certainly share it with anybody who is considering going to Italy. Thank you and Best regards, Helena with family!
For Torricella: We really enjoyed Torricella and found the owners to be very hospitable. We definitely recommend it and have told our friends how happy we were with our choice of lodging. Sincerely.
We had an excellent stay, directions were fine and the place exceeded our expectations. Would have liked an ironing board and coffee mugs to supplement the cups so bought some and left them for the next visitors. Hope to be back next year!
We stayed for four weeks in apartment 1 at Borgo dei 7 Tigli. It was wonderful. We have been to Italy three times and this was an area that we wanted live and experience. Over the four weeks we shopped at the local markets, learned allot about wine grown around this area and feasted on the seasonal vegetables. The locals began to recognize us when we came into their shop and the open food markets became our main stay for food gathering. We visited all the surrounding small towns around this area and it is truly a wonderful introduction to rural Italian life. A car is a must. Cannot find this place without one and you cannot get anywhere without a car. The drivers there are crazy but we did not experience or see one accident. It is not for the faint of heart. Part of the charm of Italy. Our apartment had a full kitchen. The other units do not. Large enough to fit four people comfortably but we had only two during our stay. Very nicely decorated inside with an ensuite bathroom in one bedroom and a second bathroom down the hall. It also had a washing machine and dishwasher. Had to dry clothes on a rack outside which was not a problem. Beautiful brick and stone work interior. Could have stayed longer.
Dear Manola, Thank you for your message. I returned last monday from Italy so after a fabulous week in "Villa I Girasoli" we all are home again. As you know, staying there with my familiy of children and grandchildren was my "sogno Toscano" and we enjoyed our week in the villa very much. We had no opportunity to meet Jacopo because, after his wedding, he and his bride were away for their "luna di miele" But we were given a great welcome by his parents who showed us the house and surroundings. We very much appreciated the big cake on the table on our arrival and the plate tiramisu on the last evening which was a welcome "dolce" after our last dinner. The villa is a dream to spend ones holidays. Every room decorated with great taste. The beautiful garden wonderful kept, to play in for the children and to sit and relax for us. The great views over the Chiana valley, the pool and surroundings. It all made our days. So too much to tell. We have wonderful pictures and even better memories. Certainly we will contact you when we will come to Tuscany another time and are very grateful for your professional help. "Complimenti!!" Would you please be so kind as to give our best regards to the family Menchichi and thank them again for their great hospitality. Thanks.
We had the pleasure of staying at your beautiful place in apt. 1. The four of us truly enjoyed our stay for 4 nights in Sept. 2011. We also want to thank Vanessa for all of her assistance in making our stay so pleasant and enjoyable. We had such a wonderful vacation and the location, facilities etc., was exceptional. We hope to come back again, as 4 days was not enough, possibly soon in the future. Many thanks
Hi, we really appreciated our stay. It was really perfect. Very nice appartment, comfortable. We had no problems. Nice swimming pool. We will come back :) Thank you as well for your help with the arrangments for the extra person. I would recommend your site to my friens who would like to spend their holidays in Tuscany. Thansk again and we will maybe hear from each other next year :)
Hallo, We had a very nice holiday at Borgo del 7 tigli! Nice people en location.
We had a wonderful stay. Our apartment (No. 6 at Borgo di 7 Tigli) was cheerful, spacious, clean and well equipped. The surrounding property offered rewarding views of vineyards, grazing lands, fields and at least two distant hill towns (Montefollonico and Montepulciano) - I wish we had brought binoculars. Our apartment was in the country 5 km outside of the nearest town, which suited us well -- although we got a bit worn out getting around Montepulciano until we figured out the bus system, found a couple of hilltop parking lots and located the supermarket. This was our first visit to the Tuscan countryside. We found the scenery to be as beautiful as we had imagined, the towns to be fascinating to explore, and the people to be very friendly - I had never been offered a glass of wine at an Internet cafe at closing time before. However, until we got used to it, we were also a little surprised by how completely businesses shut down in the early to mid-afternoon and how the towns seemed to be bereft of local inhabitants during much of the day and early evening on Saturdays and Sundays. I wish that we had been able to stay for more than ten days.
Hello, I had a wonderful time! The accommodations were great, close to many attractions and the beautiful countryside. The bed was very comfortable. It seemed other places I stayed in Italy the beds were hard and uncomfortable but the bed in the apt was very comfortable. I will definitely consider staying there again and will reccommend it to fellow travelers to Italy. Thanks again,
Dear Croci and Lazzari, Our time in tuscany, at the Borgo 7 Tigli aparttament was delicious. All was right: the localitation, the aparttament, the people, the neighbours... You have a precious land and for me and my family there wer an unforgetable hollidays. Thanks very much to Deanna who help me in all of my request, thanks to Alice, the contact person in Borgo 7 Tigli, who was very very kind. We love Tuscany. Thanks a lot!!!!
Thank you very much for our lovely apartment. We had a wonderful stay at Borgo dei Sette. The facilities were wonderful. Thanks again and I hope you’re having a good summer. Regards
Dear Manola e Paolo, after our week in Borgo dei 7 Tigli we are all very positive. The appartment was lovely, very clean, it had every utility you could need and the pool was even better than expected. The service from you agency as well as from the employee for the appartment all run very smooth without hassel. Hence, I have no hesitation to recommend the appartment or your agency in the future. Best regards
Dear Manola, Back in Miami I want to tell you that our holiday was truly amazing and it great part it was because of the beauty and quality of the property where we stayed. The place exceeded our expectations in every way. Our apartment was well appointed, with all the comforts we could expect and the surrounding areas were magnificent! We really made it our home and we hope to come back as soon as we can, and next time, we’ll stay longer. Many thanks for all your help in making this a wonderful holiday for me and my family! We will be very glad to recommend it to all our friends! Best Regards,
Good Afternoon, Yes, we had a lovely holiday. We were very impressed with Tuscany and it's lovely people. The villa was very good, although there was a shortage of coathangers which we mentioned to Natasha and she brought us some more. We will definitely return but probably to explore a different area, perhaps around Lucca and its surounding countryside. We thought it would have been helpful if the villa contained some information on local markets, etc for the area. Of course the food and wine of Tuscany did help to make a perfect holiday. Thank you!
Dear Croci, good morning! we really enjoyed and had a great time. Cristina an Enzo hosted us very well. We hope visting Tuscany again. Best regards!
Hello Manola, Just wanted to thank you again for all your assistance for our holiday last month. We enjoyed the villa, meeting the owner and the lovely basket of food stuffs that greeted our arrival. Wonderful location and the weather those two weeks were cloud free and warm. You have a truly beautiful country and we hope to return. All the best,
Dear Marino, I can't remember if I ever wrote you back or not after we all returned from Europe in January, but I thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful home with us for such a memorable Christmas!! It was one we will never forget. We look back on our photos with fondness! I hope that I will be able to come back some time in the spring or even better the fall when the grapes are being harvested for wine...what a great treat that would be! My son is getting married in September and I suggested they consider going to Tuscany for their honeymoon and told them how wonderful your house in Chiusi is. I'm not sure where they've decided to go, but if they choose Europe and want to come to Italy, I will certainly contact you. How far ahead do you book your home? Please tell Bebe hello from Susie, Paula, Jocelyn and Justin!! He was a wonderful bright and warm addition to our stay, despite the cloudy and cold days! We loved his laughter and friendly manner. Thanks again!
Dear Marino, We've now returned from Italy to our home here in Tiburon and have had the time to think and reflect about our wonderful visit to Villa Demata. We shall long remember how your villa played such an important role in this 'very special' vacation. The rustic tuscan charm of the villa and the beautiful setting in which it is located shall long remain in our collective memories. To add to the experience, we truly enjoyed dining at the restaurants that you helpfully suggested. Although we did have 'some' difficulty in finding the one near Cetona, it proved to be worth the effort. In closing, we wish you good health and continued rich success with Villa Demata. Thank you so much,
Hi Manola, Sorry I've taken so long to get back to you. We stayed at Villa Guazzotti in La Spezia from 5th - 12 th July and thoroughly enjoyed it. The owners made sure we were comfortable but the trip around the town including all the best places to shop was invaluable. Also, the welcome pack was a lovely surprise as it meant we could make a meal without having to do any shopping at all on our first night. The proximity to the local restaurant was great as some days we were just too lazy to shop and cook. We enjoyed lounging around the pool and caught up on our reading. We spent most of our time on the outdoor terrace which was right by the fridge for top-ups of birra and Prosecco! Thanks for your help in organising our trip and we'll certainly get in touch with you again if we travel to Tuscany again.
Hi Manola, Well what can I say, our stay at Il Casale was out of this world, the best ever!! Gianluca and his family made us feel so welcome and could not do enough to help. The villa is amazing and all our guests were outstanded by the quality and level of service we received. I would go back time and time again and cannot recommend Il Casale highly enough to anyone wishing to spend time there. We will definitely be returning! Thank you so much for finding this wonderful place for us xx Best Regards
Hi Manola, We just returned from Italy and our week visit to Il Portico. We absolutely loved the villa and had a great time. The villa was exactly as you had described. Everything went very well and we had no unpleasant surprises. Loredana was great. She came by every day to work in the garden or to be available for questions, but was always discrete and never in the way. Also Gianmarco came through for us. As you know we had several airport/train transfers and he took care of everything perfectly. Thank you for all that you did to give us a perfect vacation. Congratulations for running such an excellent organization! You did a fine job for us. I will recommend you to our friends and acquaintances without hesitation. I also particularly appreciate your answering all my questions so quickly and professionally over the last few months. I wish you continued success with the business. We will surely contact you again. Sincerely,
Buon giorno Manola, We had an awesome time at Villa Le Tolfe! My entire family loved the villa, Siena, the location, and the pool! Jacopo is an excellent host, and a wonderful human being. I truly hope that we can go back in the not too distant future. I would unreservedly recommend Villa Le Tolfe!
Dear Manola, Just want you to know that we adored Villa Le Tolfe, Jacopo and his father, the whole deal. I would love to write a recommendation for your website. Thanks for everything!
Hi Manola, I rented Villa Le Tolfe for 3 weeks during the month of July and I had to write to you and thank you for all you assistance. The experience was terrific! The villa was wonderful and very well located. We really enjoyed being there. I would highly recommend the property to anyone. Thanks again and I am considering returning next year but traveling to the Northern part of Italy. Do you have any properties there? Thanks again!
Ciao Manola, I'm sorry that it has taken so long to write to thank you for all the help you gave me for the stay at Villa Rovezzano. When I returned home my e-mail would not work and it has taken until now to repair the problem. All the eleven members of my family had an enjoyable holiday. The villa was just what we needed and Francesca was very kind and helpful. If it is possible, we would like to visit Tuscany again and I will then contact you to ask for your help with the arrangements. Thank you once again for your assistance and kindness. With best wishes.
Dear Manola, I had hoped to find a minute to email you when we first arrived home …to tell you how wonderful our trip was!! It is so easy to fall back into the busy regular schedule once you return home from vacation. When I consider how close we came to not even finding a place… we were so delighted that, in the end, we were able to reserve Villa Olivella! What a beautiful villa and Mrs. Birindelli was so lovely. It was a bit of a challenge to communicate as we both had very limited knowledge of the opposite language…. But we managed very well and it made it all the more interesting. She was a wonderful hostess and very sweet. So I definitely hope that Peter and I will be able to reserve the same villa another time for sure. It would be an idyllic spot for 2 couples but for this trip. Peter and I were so happy to be independent for this particular trip. We had both had a very busy and demanding work schedule over the winter and spring so the Villa Olivella was the right place for well deserved and much needed rest and relaxation! It was a truly the trip of a lifetime dream for us! Thank you for your help in making it come true!
Hi Manola, I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time I had in Coregia. The house was absolutely perfect and I honestly could have moved in permanently. I loved the village and the people were so nice to me. I hope to return to Coreglia in the future. I miss it! All the best.
Hi Manola, sorry I never replied to this email as we were already in Venezia. We did connect with Claudia on Saturday, and everything went fine. What a spectacular villa, that was incredibly clean and beautiful. Everyone was pleased with it. Thank you so much for your support!
Dear Manola!! Thank you very much for recommending the Villa dei Medici to us. We really liked the villa and spent a wonderful week there. The villa itself is very nicely furnished and the location is also extremely beautiful. We were also very pleasently surprised by the chef Fabio Guelfi whom we hired for one evening. Thank you again for recommending this place to us. With kind regards.
Villa Settignano: "You must see this place!!!" If you love beauty, Italy and gardens, then this is the place for you. Villa Gamberaia is one of the most fabulous places/gardens in the world - and I have seen many. Take a break from the city and see what the fortunate saw. You will be astounded by its gorgeousness and serenity, as few people make it to this place. The big house - the Villa - is a wonderful Tuscan manor and although it isn’t open for tours, the gardens are so beautiful that you won't care. I spent at least two hours strolling around, enjoying this masterpiece and returned the next day for a second look. It was that great. There were wonderful walls of Italian cypresses, giant terracotta pots with humongous lemon trees and the most picturesque views of the Tuscan hillsides, filled with olive groves. And you feel as though you own the place because hardly anyone else is there. I have been many times since and my recommendation is to visit in the morning or even better in the evening so that you can enjoy the spectacular view of Florence as the sun is setting. After they close up, go to the nearby village, Settignano, and enjoy a terrific meal at either of the two fantastic restaurants. Believe me, you will remember this experience as one of your favorite in Italy. They even have places to stay, but that is another review. Go! You must see Villa Settignano!
Hi Manola! Debbie just sent us the response you sent to her e-mail. Thank you so much - I will most definitely recommend your company and you personally to all my friends and family. And we do hope to return before too long - it was so much fun! We didn't want to leave. We all feel the same if you visit California - we would love to see you and show you around where we live - it is very different from your country but it is nice where we are too! So please look us up if you do come! Many many thanks!!
Hi, Sorry I still did not respond yet. But the holiday was fantastic! The villa, the surrounding we loved it! We hope to come back again. Also the dinner from the chef was very delicious. Also the facilities in and around the house were very good. A nice kitchen with all necessary things as an oven, magnetron, fridge etc. The different terraces and the swimmingpools we have enjoyed it! Thanks! Best regards.
Dear Manola, We had a wonderful visit to Tuscany and thoroughly enjoyed Villa Aia. The house was perfect for our large family group and the views from the terraces and pool were magnificent. Breakfasts on the upper terrace and dinners as a family on the lower terrace while watching the sunset were enchanted The location was convenient for sightseeing and grocery shopping although the villa was so perfect that we hardly wanted to leave! The Surci family was helpful and hospitable directing the airlines to the house with lost luggage, bringing the doctor for the son who arrived with tonsillitis and gifting us with olive oil and wine from their own production. We could not have asked for anything more. Thank you for recommending Villa Aia.
Manola, I am Ken Barrea’s sister, and I am very sorry that I did not meet you while we were in Italy. But I did want to tell you what a wonderful time we had in Sant Albino at Podere Sant'Albino! I was able to be there for only 2 ½ weeks, but it was an amazing time. Podere Sant'Albino was the perfect villa for our family – just the right size and location. The villa was beautiful, and Silvia, Maurizo, and Paola were the perfect hosts. They had signs on each of our doors when we arrived, and they had purchased food and flowers for us before arrived. Maurizo and his assistant prepared dinner for our entire family to celebrate our son’s 18th birthday, and it was a delicious feast. We were glad to be near a small town, while still being in a very private location. We were also glad to be so close to the wonderful town of Montepulciano, as well as to Chiusi, for easy train access. Ken could not have found a better villa for our family. The highlight of our trip to Italy was our trip to Tufara, and that trip would not have happened without you and all of your hard work and special efforts. Not only did you make wonderful arrangements for our bus trip, but you truly went above and beyond in making all the calls to locate our cousins in Tufara. It was an unbelievable day, and one that none of us will ever forget. Without your efforts, we would have never met our family. I think Ken has sent you pictures of our dad’s cousins waiting for us in the town square when we arrived – it was an amazing sight. We had a wonderful wonderful day in Tufara – meeting our huge Italian family, seeing where our grandfather lived and the church where our grandparents were married, and having a delicious meal with all of our family. We all cried when we left. I also want to let you know what a fabulous driver and guide Giuseppe was – our trip would not have been as wonderful without him. Thank you so much for all you did to make our trip to Italy truly a once in a lifetime experience – I am so glad that Ken found you and InTuscany.net!
Manola, well, we arrived home safely, but haven't adjusted to being back to "normal life" yet...still wish we were over there on vacation! We just wanted to thank you again for all of your help. Podere Sant'Albino was beautiful and perfectly located. We made many friends in San Albino (the Cannetiello family from "The Saloon" and Luana from the little grocery store at the bottom of the hill). This trip was truly a once in a life time opportunity and without a doubt, the best part was the day spent in Tufara. We can't thank you enough for helping find our relatives there. They were all at the town square waiting for us when we arrived and gave us a tour that we will never forget. Having my father see the house that his family lived in was truly magical. Hopefully, we created family bonds that will continue to grow and last forever. Also, the bus and driver worked out excellent. His patience and humor was a perfect mix for us and by the end of the 2 days I think we could consider him one of our other long distance "cousins". Could you please send me his name and company or somehow to contact them? He introduced himself as "Joseph", but I never got his last name nor his "real italian" first name. I want to make sure that he and his company realize how much fun we had and that he was a big part of that! I am including a few pictures from our time in Tufara (I took almost 2000 pictures during the 30 days, but I wont bore you with them all!!). Hopefully some of us will make it back to Italy to continue filly up the photo album! Aqain, thank you very very much or should I say Grazie Mille for everything!!
Manola, our family had a great stay at Castello del Chianti. It is a perfect place for family vacation. The surrounding is so beautiful and the place is peaceful. Maria is an exquisite chef, we have many good meals with her cooking. People at the property are nice and most helpful. We surely will consider the villa again when we return. Thank you for your assistance in arranging this.
Trip was great! Everything about the villa was perfect. I am sending you some new clients. Thanks agaian!
Hi, we had a wonderful week in Villa Niccolai. It is a really nice house, well equipped and comfortably furnished. Perfectly situated for excursions to Lucca, Florence, Pisa and Vinci, nice dinners in the villa and a few visits to the pool. All in all a fantastic week. We will surely be back. Kind regards,
Dear Manola, Happy to write to you at the end of a wonderful week at Villa Nicollai. As always your recommendations are excellent and we want to thank you a lot . The location the garden the rooms and every detail inside and above all Angela and her family who are real angels and took care with so much love on any request to let us have such a good expirience on our stay. Manola you are great and I am so happy to reccomend your website and your name to many of my friends. Thank you so much and "see you" on our next vacation in Italy. Best regards,
Dear Angela, thank you so much for letting us use your wonderfull villa. It's a magnificient spot from which we enjoied Tuscany very much. We hope we can get back here soon!
Dear Manola, It is about two months now since our family stayed in Villa Nicolai and I still owe you a note to say that the whole family had a wonderful week in that villa. All was perfect, very well maintained and very comfortable. We had little contact with the owner-family, but when we met they were most helpful and forthcoming. Also on behalf of my wife and children I wish to thank you for the services you have provided. We will not hesitate to recommend your agency or the villa to friends when the occasion arises. With kind regards!
We have had a wonderful week in your beautiful villa. What a treat it has been to walk through the grape vines and stroll the grounds that are so manicured. Your website photos do not do the villa nor the grounds justice. We will have memories of this place for many years to come. We hope to return some day! Lorenzo and Mercedes thank you for all of your help and hospitality. You made us feel like we were at home. We even played some bocce, we left these here for your next visitors. It was fun! The meal the first night was excellent!
Hi Manola, I rented the villa Antica Sosta with my friends, through your company, last spring and it was a delightful experience from beginning to end. Thank you so much!
Hi Manola, I just wanted to drop you and your colleagues a quick note to say we had an absolutely wonderful time. The villa was spectacular, as was the dinner. Thanks so much!
Lovely spot had a great time hosts are number one Tuscany was better than we would have hoped for.
Just a few lines to let you know that we all had the most wonderful and relaxing summer holiday staying at the Villa Il Turco. The Villa and Tuscany was far better than can be imagined by reading and looking at internet pictures or books. It allowed us to step back in time and feel and breathe the real history of a magnificent building and a delightful and charming area of Italy. Perhaps words can not describe the true feeling we all felt but ‘Falling in Love’ is perhaps the closest. Also the hospitality shown by the owner and all the staff was overpowering, we were not treated as tourists but as though we had been close friends for many years and the food and wine, eaten in a beautiful surrounding, will be sadly missed. Our visits to Florence were very educational and all the Museums and Galleries we visited were wonderful and traveling on the local bus made us feel part of the community. We will, having fallen in love with your country and people, without doubt visit Italy again next year to see more of the area and hopefully travel to different regions and perhaps stay once again in IL TURCO (with a better fluency in Italian). Please pass on to all at the Villa (and Mario who gave us a tour of the Wine Cellars), especially you father, our warmest thanks to all who made our stay so happy. Thanking you also for all your help and information given to us. Kindest Regards.
What an enchanting villa. The pictures do not do this house any justice. It is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly clean. The grounds and the surrounding countryside are amazing. There is even a working vineyard and a cellar underneath the house! Waking up every morning was a much anticipated event. It is also so we situated. We were 15-20 minutes outside of Florence by car and the surrounding towns within 2 hours are enough to keep anyone enthralled. Our 2 week vacation should have been 1 month. The family that owns the villa are the nicest people on earth. They were gracious, helpful, fun, etc. They also run one of the best restaurants in the entire area. If you are into food and wine, there is also an amazing restaurant in Cerbaia. It's called La Tenda Rossa (The Red Tent). Be prepared to pay a lot, but it will be the most amazing dining experience you'll ever have.
Dear, We just got back from Lake Como and are happy to be home, finally. But we had an absolutely perfect stay at Villa Il Turco and thank you for everything you and your family did to make it that way. I wish we could have stayed another week. We hope to see you again sometime, at the guest rooms across the street from the Villa. My best to you.
Manola, I am writing to say what a wonderful holiday we spent in Iano. The location is the perfect combination of seclusion and convenience with a couple of restaurants and the mini-market so close. The villa itself was first class, of high quality and cleanliness. Everything we needed for the seven of us including 'la piccola' as Emily was called by Manuela. A special word of thanks to Manuela for looking after us so well, she really made us so welcome - and we will miss her. We would be very happy to go there again in the future. Kind regards.
Dear Manola, Just a note to let you know we had a great time at the Villa Valentina. In the 10+ year we have been renting houses in Italy, France and Spain we have not seen such a well kept home and hospitality. Manuela has been a wonderful host, she welcomed us with warmth and attention, made sure all was well for us and attended to any request or need. The house is well situated, clean and all amenities are well appointed. The pool is in a great (well kept) garden setting, numerous lounge chairs and table setting for meals. There are outdoor wood stoves as well and the property is surrounded in vineyards. All in all we recommend this property very highly. Best regards.
Manola, we had an amazing time , thanks for being so quick to respond with everything. The Villa was great , perfect location and no problems. We go to Tuscany every year in the Summer so we will keep in touch. Thanks!
Hi Manola, Thanks for your note :) We have finally made it back to Australia after travelling to Malta after our stay in Tuscany. Firstly a big thank you for making the whole process of booking and staying at San Donato Villa so easy. Your relaxed and efficient manner was really apparent and much appreciated. As for the villa itself - it was utterly delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The property is beautiful in terms of its decor, surroundings and grounds, I think we were most impressed with the little touches such as the book collection, the villas own olive oil to cook with, Cherie the housekeeper, the immaculately maintained pool and gardens, I could go on and on as everything was done to perfection...... Please forward our comments to the owner also and should we ever be in the region again we will be sure to contact you. Thanks again and best wishes!
Buongirono! We LOVED San Donato! It was everything we had dreamed of and more! We will definitely be staying there again and will recommend to everyone we know! What a gorgeous house, all amenities, supplies, table linens, cookware, every cooking utensil you would ever need, music, books, it was fabulous!!! We have lots of great pictures and wonderful memories to keep us warm in the wet Vancouver winter! Thank you for everything!!
Thank you for your e-mail! In fact we are now back from our holidays and must say that our stay at San Donato was wonderful. The house, the garden, the pool, the estate, everything is beautiful and perfectly maintained and looked after. The surroundings, including San Gusmè, are also wonderful. Thanks for a perfect summer holiday. Regards.
Hi Manola, first of all I want to let you know what a wonderful trip my husband and family had to Tuscany. We rented San Donato di Villa Arceno from October 3-10. It was beautiful and we had an amazing trip. Please know that we had a fine time indeed and will one day hopefully return. Sincerely.
Dear Manola, We have returned home after our European travels, and I'm writing to tell you how much we enjoyed San Donato di Villa Arceno. What a beautiful, restful setting it is. We loved our little villa and the garden and the views and the village of San Gusmè so close by. Thank you.
Dear Mr. Derrick, We appreciated your personal note with the return of our security deposit check. We absolutely loved San Donato! We shared it with good friends who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary (the trip to Italy was their idea) and we all had an incredible time. Your place truly can be described as 'paradise'. We appreciated the write up on places to go and things to do and see. We had fantastic meals at Da Antonio and La Porta del Chianti (sp?) in San Gusme. We also prepared a number of great meals at the house - rabbit cacciatore and chicken with olives and capers. If there was one thing that it would have been nice to have that wasn't there it would be a grill to do steaks or chops (to try out your suggested use of truffle oil) but we didn't suffer without it. The pool was delightful in the hot weather - how is it the water stays so cool? The views from the house and pool are phenomenal! It was more than we imagined it would be (you should consider adding a photo or two of the vistas in the website). We will recommend San Donato at Villa Arceno every chance we get. Thank you for making such a great escape possible. Sincerely,
Manola - Yes, sadly, we have returned from Italy. If only vacations would last forever! Thank you so much for arranging for our wine and tour with Andre and John Marco (?). They were wonderful! As for a review of the property, please feel free to publish all or any of the below comments: Upon arrival to the top of our very own Tuscan hill, we were greeted by the owners, Enzo and Christina, standing before a beautiful villa. We could not believe this was to be our home for the next week. The views from this property were better than any we saw in our travels. The bedrooms were all spacious; bathrooms all updated; the kitchen was fantastic. But nothing could compare to the covered terrace (steps from the kitchen and dining room) and pool area below where we spent all of our waking moments. The pictures on your website cannot do justice to the majesty of the views before us every day. It was like a dream. Enzo and Christina are lovely and so welcoming and treated us like members of their family. The location, just a few miles from the Certaldo train station, made travelling around the Tuscan region so easy, although the drive up the hill to our villa at night was more than a little scary for those of us not so familiar with manual transmission automobiles. The town itself provided us with all the basic amenities, like fuel for our cars and wine and groceries at the local COOP store. We would highly recommend this property to any large group travelling together and would highly recommend your services as well. Thank you again for all your assistance in the planning of this fantastic week!
The week we had at the Villa was great, the location and the sights are wonderful. The Villa itself is spacious and you feel right at home. Annica took wonderful care of us, and her suggestions where to go and where to eat were great. I wish we could have stayed longer, we'll be back!
Dear Annica, We would like to say a big thankyou for all the hard work that you did for our wedding. The meal you prepared for us was outstanding and the garden and dining table looked lovely when we arrived back from the wedding ceremony. The villa itself is beautiful and we are all still talking about how breathtaking the views are. Every single one of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to return one day. No matter how many times we rang you for advice, nothing was too much trouble for you. Please also thank Franco for the very tasty wine that he gave us, it was very much appreciated. Once again, thank you for everything.
Just a quick note to let you know how incredibly wonderful our Tuscan holiday was at Villa nell'Oliveto this past month. Kathy and Eric were simply amazing hosts and our accommodations were outstanding. All three of us couples who traveled and stayed together were so impressed with the beauty and serenity that is ever present at this villa in Castelmuzio and how friendly people were in this small village in general. It was perfectly positioned for all of our day-trips around this beautiful region and we would recommend it highly to anyone wanting the ideal get away vacation in the gorgeous Tuscany countryside.
Thank you for a fabulous week. Villa nell'Oliveto was all I had imagined & we were able to relax with Francesca, at 17 months, exploring the secret but safe garden & pool. We both adored the area & its wild landscape. It has an authenticity which is hard to find. See you again soon.
We spent two wonderful weeks Villa nell'Oliveto. The weather, the food, the wine, the swimming pool, the duomos, the landscape, the lovely villages.......everything was perfect. Special thanks to Eric & Kathy for their kindness, precious advice & delicious oil [& the welcome basket!].
You never know what you are going to get when booking a house from afar. Sometimes the pictures are deceiving & it's not nearly as nice as shown. However, in the case of Casa Oliveto it is even more beautiful than the pictures! The house became our home away from home & we found that it has one of the most stunning views in all of Tuscany. Thank you so much for your generous hospitality. We enjoyed every minute of it.
The kindness of our hosts, Eric & Kathy. The fabulous villa & fantastic views. The village of Castelmuzio - friendly & welcoming. The lovely pool & local villages. The lovely pastas & pizzas. The lovely hammock next to the rock table [Maizie Bennett]...... We had a wonderful time - & hope to be back!
Manola, I did not get a chance to sign Kathy and Eric’s guestbook before we left the villa so I am hoping you can pass my comments on to them as well as add to your site’s testimonials… We had a wonderful vacation at villa nell’Oliveto. It was a perfect property for our group, which included 3 small children (ages 4, 2, and 8 months). The property was almost all fenced in with a very secure, tall gate/fence around the pool making it one of the few vacation rentals where the kids could walk freely and safely around the gorgeous property. The views were stunning, Castlemuzio charming (with its own small playground, again great for the kids) and literally right out the door (though while on the villa’s grounds, you feel totally secluded). Kathy and Eric were terrific, providing a welcome basket that got us easily through the first day or two, without worries about finding food. The house was lovely, all the beds very comfortable, and there was clearly an eye toward outdoor enjoyment, with ample tables, chairs, loungers, a hammock, etc. We hope to go back someday – can’t stop thinking about it – so peaceful and idyllic, as one other poster rightly described it! Also, wanted to thank you and your team for all your help with our vacation, patiently answering all questions, booking our car rentals, etc. We have already recommended InTuscany.net to friends planning to travel to Italy next year and will continue to do so! Thank you.
Dearest Eric & Kathy, We simply adore Villa nell'Oliveto & Castelmuzio! The setting idyllic, the villa perfect, the pool divine [perhaps not when we first arrived....ooh chilly], the people charming... all in all a perfect 2 weeks. Thank you for the welcome basket, for organising the cooking classes with Agnetta & for your warmth & hospitality... & the sublime olive oil. We hope to be back. With thanks & fond wishes.