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Dimora

Dimora

Wonderful and Relaxing!

We loved our stay at Dimora. Communication prior to our visit was excellent. Our hosts were wonderful and accommodating and were readily available but gave us a lot of privacy. Dimora is a traditional country house in the beautiful hills of the Chianti region but with the updates to make ones stay very comfortable- including AC. The pool was spectacular. We were close to many of the wonderful places to visit in Tuscany but remote enough to really feel the pleasures of Italian country living. Would highly recommend and would return for another visit!

Emily from US staying in Dimora. Aug 2022
Dimora

Dimora

Perfect for a family holiday

The property was exactly as described and proved to be just right for our family holiday with three generations. Contact with the property manager was easy and all our questions answered quickly.

Susan and family staying in Dimora. Jun 2022
Dimora

Dimora

Ruhige wunderschöne Villa mit viel Platz

Die Villa hat viele verschiedene Schlafzimmer und Bäder. Die Küche aus groß und bietet alles was benötigt wird. Besonders gefallen haben und die vielen Sitzmöglichkeiten im großen Garten. Der Pool ist groß und sehr sauber. Die ruhige Lage war ein Traum. Die Besitzer waren sehr nett und hilfreich und als Willkommensgeschenk waren Wein, Olivernöl und einige Lebenmittel in der Küche. Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen.

Markus from Germany staying in Dimora. Jun 2022
Dimora

Dimora

Mooie Toscaanse villa

Mooie Toscaanse villa met voldoende slaap- en badkamers voorzien van airconditioning wat heerlijk was ivm zeer hoge temperaturen. Heerlijke terrassen om in de vroege ochtendzon van een kop koffie te genieten of de lange mooie avonden. Perfect gelegen om de grote steden zoals Florence en Siena te bezoeken maar ook kleine plaatsjes als Saint'Appiano, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tavernelle, etc. Zwembad zorgt ook voor veel vertier.

Ruud and family staying in Dimora. Aug 2021
Dimora

Dimora

Beautifully equipped, very spacious and one really feels almost like at home

We rented the house for two weeks with two families (3 teenagers and 4 adults). The house is beautifully equipped, very spacious and one really feels almost like at home. There was food and wine waiting for us when we arrived. That was a very nice treat! The pool is absolutely amazing, the bedrooms and bathrooms are well furnished and beautifully decorated, almost like in a hotel. The kitchen is very big, and since we cooked and baked almost everyday, we really enjoyed the bountifully equipped kitchen. In walking distance there is a wonderful Osteria (great food!), and the next supermarket can be reached in 5 minutes by car. The house is located well off of a street, so that it is very peaceful and quiet there. The house is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and olive trees. The garden is huge, there are so many places to sit in the shade for reading and relaxing that we never even used them all. There was a little problem with the pool's electric, but when we reported it, the owner had it fixed by an electrician the same day. Unfortunately the wifi is very poor due to the fact that the house is so far out in the country. It is sufficient for sending a text message or an email with attachments, but don't expect to stream anything. Since my husband and I had a work video conference, we talked to the owner about it and he gladly offered help by letting us use his work office in Barberino for the conference. That was very thoughtful, thank you, Guido! Communication with the owner was easy and delightful. We really loved our stay there and would love to come back again!

V.K. and family, from Germany staying in Dimora. Aug 2021
Dimora

Dimora

Another wonderful week

Caro Guido, another wonderful week in Dimora, our second year. We will definitely be back next year and the next and the next!

A.W. from UK staying in Dimora. Aug 2020
Dimora

Dimora

Fantastic as usual

Thank you for your hospitality and kindness that made our stay fantastic as usual. The home-cooking by Pieranna adds a touch that you cannot find anywhere else in Tuscany. The Chianti region is beautiful also in autumn.

Anon staying in Dimora. Aug 2020
Dimora

Dimora

Another wonderful week in Dimora

Caro Guido, another wonderful week in Dimora, our second year. We will definitely be back next year and the next and the next!

A.W. UK staying in Dimora. Feb 2020
Piaggia

Piaggia

This is a magical spot...

I visited Piaggia in May 2021 - it's a new property hence no visitor reviews. The houses (there are three altogether, set in different spots on the large wine estate) and the whole estate are immaculately looked after and have been carefully converted into luxury villas. This is a magical spot, the giant umbrella pine at the far end of the house gives it a real sense of space and the grounds have been carefully thought out to give different areas for everybody to relax. Inside the house itself, the decor and facilities are excellent, again giving the feeling that the owners have thought really carefully about what their guests might need. The free air-conditioning and the possibility of heating the pool also make this house stand out against the competition.

Dan Wrightson staying in Piaggia. Feb 2021
Sangiovese

Sangiovese

...excellent location in Tuscan countryside

Lovely, spacious and interesting accomodation for 4; excellent location in Tuscan countryside (although only good view from inside house from shower room); great access for Siena and Chianti towns; good local restaurant. Beautiful gardens for relaxing, and great pool. Kitchen equipment OK, but would have preferred electric kettle and toaster. Main drawback was patio area; access via very steep outside staircase proved tiring re need to carry food/drinks/glasses/crockery etc for every meal/snack for 2 weeks. Of particular concern, patio area did not, as described in brochure, feel very private. As directly in front of wine tasting room, lots of visitors milling around, and our "private" patio used regularly, mainly by guides/drivers I think, for smoking and telephone conversations. Unfortunately, my husband was unwell during most of our holiday, as a result of which we stayed around the property more than planned, hence more aware of patio issues. He did however enjoy and benefit from sitting reading in lovely garden under umbrella. Many thanks for your help.

Mrs. J.H. and family, UK staying in sangiovese. Dec 2014
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Peace in the sunshine

We loved the little villa. It was simply perfect for us. Beautiful & simply decorated. A little piece of paradise. Thank you!

Ruth staying in Casa Guelfi. Sep 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

A great week in Tuscany

Our Villa was magical. It was in a great location and the views are amazing. The owner Wendy is lovely and was very welcoming. I would recommend a stay to experience the real Tuscany.

David staying in Casa Guelfi. Aug 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We could not have asked for a better place

Casa Guelfi was absolutely perfect we could not have asked for a better place. It was very clean and had all we needed, the pool was actually warm which was a surprise after our previous week in another cottage. Wendy the owner was very welcoming and had done nice little touches to welcome you. We would most definitely like to go back in fact it is our last night here and we really do not want to leave. I would also like to thank invitation to Tuscany for all the booking it was perfect.

Angela F from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Peaceful Italian heaven!

Everything about Casa Guelfi was perfect for us. We wanted a quiet getaway and finding a house for 2 with a pool, and as nice as this, is very rare. We took the ‘healthy’ walk up to Ameglia, and used the bus to visit Montemarcelo and Lerici, but really our trip was about having a relaxing time. Perfect !

Roger P from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

An absolutely wonderful holiday home

This is an absolutely wonderful holiday home. The view of Amiglia is magical, the pool fantastic and the house close to perfect. Our hosts were lovely people, very welcoming but not intrusive. The House is fully equipped and very tranquil. The village above the house is so picturesque and mysterious with such intriguing architecture. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Casa Guelfi.

Ian from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. May 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Magnificent!

The moment you arrive you will feel transported to another time. The old village and surroundings provide a splendid backdrop for this charming villa. All the right touches are in place from the kitchen to the pool. You will find yourself relaxing and soaking up all that makes staying here so memorable. The local store is well-stocked and there are wonderful places to eat in Bocca di Magra. A dip in the sea and trips to Tuscan towns will complete your getaway. The owners live nearby and are gracious, helpful and readily available. A delightful place to experience Toscana!

Barbara C from USA staying in Casa Guelfi. Jun 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Lovely relaxed villa

Lovely villa and great views. Hosts were very friendly and ideal base to explore the beautiful costal towns such as lerici.

Lyndsay S staying in Casa Guelfi. May 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Wow! Stunning views and a beautiful house and pool.

This is an absolutely wonderful holiday home. The view of Amiglia is magical, the pool fantastic and the house close to perfect. Our hosts were lovely people, very welcoming but not intrusive. The House is fully equipped and very tranquil. The village above the house is so picturesque and mysterious with such intriguing architecture. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Casa Guelfi.

Ian M staying in Casa Guelfi. May 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

unique, charming cottage for two

Casa Guelfi is a unique, charming cottage for two located up a very steep narrow hill. It is definitely a good idea to hire a small car! Although this comfortable little property is only for two, it is set in a large plot so there is plenty of space to relax outside and enjoy the tranquility of the location. The beautiful pool is a real asset and it was very easy to pass the time just relaxing and enjoying the splendid views of Ameglia Alta and the Apuan mountains. There is a steep pathway up to the very pretty Ameglia Alta from behind the property and this is definitely worth a visit; the restaurant up there is very good but only open on certain days and booking is essential. Bocca di Magra is very attractive and just a short drive away; ideal for an evening passeggiata and drink watching the evening sun on the marble mountains

Jane from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jun 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Just a wonderful place

Just a wonderful place. Peaceful with great views of the old village across an orchard and beyond that, the white (marble) mountains around Carrara. A great location allowing day trips out to Liguria and Tuscany. Welcoming discrete hosts live nearby. Their pizzeria - The Garden Hotel on the riverfront at Bocca de Magra - was low key but with superb pizzas and memorable views.

L.M. from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Apr 2022
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Fantastic hosts

Wendy and Mario are fantastic Hosts. The little house is beautiful and on a very quiet spot. Only the road to the house is very small. We enojed our Time in Liguria a lot. Thank you all! Daniel & Mélanie

Daniel & Melanie from Germany staying in Casa Guelfi. Oct 2021
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

The villa and surrounding area were perfect

We had a wonderful time. The villa and surrounding area were perfect. We mostly ate at the marina where there are lots of good restaurants, especially The Garden which is a reasonably priced pizzeria owned by Mario, the owner of the villa, and the slightly more expensive restaurant also owned by Mario, at the marina. One thing I would definitely recommend is a trip to the Carrara marble quarries at the other side of the estuary. Staggering! There is a lovely little town called Sarzana nearby that is worth a visit too. We shall definitely visit Casa Guelfi again.

S.B staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2019
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We had a lovely relaxing week at Casa Guelfi

This is quite a difficult review to write. We had a lovely relaxing week at Casa Guelfi. The property itself is set high on a hill overlooking the River Magra Valley and the Apuan Alps. The road up to the property is steep and narrow, but perfectly navigable for all but the most nervous of drivers. We came to Casa Guelfi after three days in the stunning opulence of Castella di Velona in Montalcino, so it had a tough act to follow. The property is well equipped and comfortable. The pool is lovely and the gardens surrounding the house are beautiful (especially Mario's fruit and vegetable gardens). The owners were very friendly and welcoming and we ate two meals at Mario's restaurant in Bocca di Magra, which were quite superb. They also gave us a couple of bottles of delicious limoncello. The only issues we had with our stay are really nothing to do with the property itself but with he surrounding area and wildlife (!). Firstly, the property is not such a rural idyll as you might perhaps be led to think. The Magra valley is a busy area. The Pisa-Genova autostrada is visible and audible (though not loudly) from the property. There is an airforce base in the valley from which helicopters take off and land. And the village bells ring very loudly throughout the night, so if you are not a sound sleeper you have to sleep with the windows closed or earplugs in! You never get the complete silence that you might have expected from reading other reviews. The surrounding area has a slightly neglected feel to it. There are lots of empty and abandoned buildings (factories, petrol stations) in the valley and the local supermarket has closed down. Bocca di Magra is very nice, but Ameglia itself is a bit tatty. We ended up taking days out to places like Lerici, Telaro, Lucca and the Cinque Terre so it was a good base for exploring and the boat trip from Bocca di Magra to Punta Curvo beach was great fun. We would also warn anyone that is susceptible to insect bites to come properly prepared. When the sun goes down the mosquitoes come out in force and they are very resilient to repellent which made eating outside in the evenings a very uncomfortable experience. This could be seasonal and is also likely to affect some more than others, but do be prepared. Overall, after the Castello di Velona it was a bit of a case of "after the Lord Mayor's Show" - we had a very nice time, but the property did not quite live up to our expectations, though that was probably more as a result of our setting our expectations unrealistically high than anything to do with the property itself.

Mr. I.T., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2014
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...off the tourist track, which made it really special

We have just returned from a week in Casa Guelfi in Ameglia. This perfect little villa is charm itself. So pretty with the most incredible view over beautiful countryside and the ancient hillside village of Ameglia. The little villa itself is extremely comfortable with everything you could possibly need. The welcome pack included wine, pasta, two jars of the owner's special passata and beef tomatoes. There was a welcome bottle of water. Luckily we had our own little milk pots as there wasn't any milk. The outside area is where you want to be though with numerous places to sit depending on whether you want sun or shade. The swimming pool is perfect for cooling off. There were 4 sunbeds and two sets of tables and chairs. If we could suggest anything it would be some cushions for the outdoor furniture. The bedroom is bright and sunny with a very comfortable bed and air conditioning, which was very much needed, Surrounded by beautiful countryside the hardest thing is actually leaving the villa to explore. There is a walk up to the ancient village behind the villa through the woods but then an incredibly long range of winding steps - not for anyone who isn't pretty fit and mobile especially not in July heat - I did survive but only just! At the top though there is a lovely little cafe where the locals congregate. The village is so picturesque and very interesting to walk round and take lots of photos. Bocca di Magra is a very short drive. It's a very quiet quite exclusive sort of place - lots of very posh yachts in the marina. There are a few restaurants- Ciccio the owner's restaurant looked beautiful but a bit out of our price range - seemed very popular though. The bar next to it with outside tables and still part of the restaurant was lovely for evening drinks overlooking the mountains and the estuary. We did eat at Mario's other restaurant at The Garden Hotel. Amazing pizza and pasta and good prices too. Beautiful view of the mountains. We visited the vineyard near Sarzana which was well worth a visit. Very friendly helpful staff and very cheap wine! The town of Sarzana is well worth a visit with its typical old Italian town area and pizza with lots of churches to look at and lovely cafes and Gelaterias. There was a massive market on the Thursday we went and filled the long narrow streets. We felt we were seeing the real Italy. The old village of Monte Marcello is well worth it and not far to go in the car. We had the most incredible lasagne in the piazza in the middle of the ancient town. We also went to Lerici but it was very busy and much more than the fishing village we were expecting, all depends what you want. We weren't keen on the crowded very regimented beaches. Lots of places to eat though. We preferred Telero for an interesting place to walk round. Stunning coastal buildings built on the cliff side. No beach but very quirky place. We would highly recommend this villa for a quiet retreat in the most stunning scenery. It is certainly a windy road to get to it but the directions are excellent and we had no trouble finding it. This area of Italy is very rural and off the tourist track, which made it really special.

M&H S from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2018
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...our favourite holiday house

We had a fabulous time at Casa Guelfi and now regard it as our favourite holiday house. This is no disrespect to other places that we have stayed, but this one is very special.

The house was very well appointed and had a feeling of real quality, the surroundings and views of both countryside and mountains were ideal and overall the setting could not have been better. We were met by the owners' daughter, who lives in London and speak very good English, she was both charming and helpful and the following day we met Mario at The Garden Hotel where we ate a very good meal, Pat had fish and I decided on the mussels. When we shopped we found a Supermarket at San Stefano which had great meat and fish, fresh food and good offers on wine and beer. The local Village is approached from the house via an old footpath with exactly 100 steps bringing you out in the central main square, there is a café opposite, a grocers a few paces up the hill and a very good restaurant further down the square itself, we ate there on our first evening and the place was buzzing, excellent plain Italian food.

Coming back to the house the pool was always a great treat, not big but enough for a corner to corner swim, very deep at one end, and extremely inviting being a few paces from the house. For a romantic break, this place cannot be beaten, but the drive from the main road can be quite a challenge.

...thanks for a lovely holiday,

C.B. from UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Mar 2018
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Mario the owner was brilliant..

Casa Guelfi in Ameglia, Liguria, Italy was in a superb position, outside the village, on a hill and had spectacular views of the ancient village of Ameglia, perched on the hill opposite. Mario the owner was brilliant - friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We could pick any vegetables or fruit from the land surrounding the house, for our meals and we did! Such a lovely place, with a choice of places to sit around the house and pool. Mario would take fresh vegetables from the same land for his restaurants and hotel, in Bocca di Magra. On leaving, we were presented with two jars of homemade passata and a bottle of mint liqueur. We went several times to Bocca di Magra, on the river estuary and enjoyed delicious fish lunches. One day, we braved the heat and went for the day to Lucca, especially to visit the Puccini Museum. Highly recommend Casa Guelfi, but be prepared for negotiating narrow lanes - large 4 by 4s not required!

S & H.W staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2018
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...a beautiful location with spectacular views

We loved Casa Guelfi . It's in a beautiful location with spectacular views. The owners Mario and Wendy were very welcoming. If anyone is looking for a beautiful, peaceful hideaway this is it. The nearby seaside resort of Lerici is lovely, from here you can get a boat trip to see the Cinque Terre. This is well worth doing. We loved Monterosso one of the villages you can visit by boat. It is also worth visiting Montemarcello a short drive from Ameglia, a lovely place. This is a beautiful area and we would certainly return.

R&S.H. staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2017
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We had a PERFECT stay at Casa Guelfi in July.

We had a PERFECT stay at Casa Guelfi in July. The setting is fabulous and we were wowed every day. Our thanks to Mario for making us so welcome and looking after us throughout our stay. We have no hesitation in recommending the property and your great services as agent. We frequented both of Mario's restaurants in Bocca di Magra, where we had a very special evening at Ciccio on my wife's birthday. Can recommend the walk up to Ameglia from the back of the villa and on to Tellaro for lunch by the tiny harbour. Two busses get you home via Lido di Lerici, which makes a great gelato stop and promenade. Montemarcello is an easy local drive for great views and simple lunch in the square.

A.W. staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2017
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...the place is very hard to leave to go sight-seeing!

Hi Dan and Laura. We've been back from our Italian trip for a few days now and I finally have time to write and tell you how much we loved Casa Guelfi. It was everything, and more, that we had hoped from your description and if there can possibly be a downside to that, it's only that the place is very hard to leave to go sight-seeing! We met Mario (and Myrtila the Lab) on arrival and he couldn't have been kinder and more helpful. What a charming man - and a hard-working one too, having experienced three of his eateries which were all delightful.

We managed to drag ourselves out eventually to visit Lucca (twice - including an evening's music at the Puccini Festival), Bocca di Magra for Mario's restaurants and Lerici. I was very unlucky in coming down with a fairly horrible cold at the start of the week which definitely slowed us down so we will just have to come back in the future to explore more of the Cinque Terre. I'll keep working on my Italian in readiness!

Thanks to you both for ensuring all the arrangements worked smoothly for us. We were very impressed with your service, care and documentation and will not hesitate to recommend ITT.

J.A. staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2017
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We loved the villa and its views

We loved the villa and its views. However we were very disappointed because it is classed as restaurants within walking distance. This was certainly not the case and this spoilt our holiday as we were looking forward to not using the car for this purpose which we had to. Also access to the villa up a narrow path was a minus. If you have a decent car don't come here! At certain parts on the track there was a steep drop. You were only protected by some flat tree trunks from going over the edge. At another part it was completely open. We have photographs of these. Also the jacuzzi bath wasn't working and despite the owner saying someone was coming to repair it no-one turned up. We specifically chose this villa as stated thinking we could walk to restaurants but your information was wrong.

Manager Response I'm sorry to hear you didn't walk to any restaurants - the village of Ameglia is around a third of a mile away - there is a path behind the house. And there are at least 2 restaurants in the village that we know of - there may well be more. -----------------------------a further update-----------------------------I went back to Ameglia and walked the path to the village - there has been a slide on it this winter, but they have bridged it, it was easy to walk. And I found a lovely bar and a lovely restaurant in the village - so I'm a little puzzled by this review.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi . Feb 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

The home is a labor of love and well cared for...

The property is just as depicted and absolutely wonderful. The home is a labor of love and well cared for by the gracious hosts and owners. It is centrally located to explore the region and has all the amenities one could hope to have at a holiday rental. Despite earlier reports my very nice car travelled along the ancient Roman road w/o issue. Although you did need to drive to the harbor for restaurant, getting there was quite easy. The Guelfi family's restaurant was truly phenomenal and we also enjoyed their hospitality at that location every night. The swimming pool and outdoor space was a respite from the warm sunny days. The home's interior was comfortable and had everything you would need for your holiday. The gardens were well maintained and a beautiful surrounding. It was as picturesque a view as you could have ever hoped to see in the italian countryside. Do yourself a favor, do not hesitate and book this wonderful villa. You will be grateful that you did and have no regrets.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Nov 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We would certainly consider returning in the future.

Casa Guelfi is idealic, comfortable and perfect for a relaxing holiday. There are beautiful views from all angles and lots of places to visit both by the sea and inland. The owners are very welcoming and helpful without being imposing and couldn't do enough for us. Their local restaurant serves delicious fish dishes overlooking a lovely marina. The only downside was having to drive to restaurants but this was the price you have to pay for such a peaceful and delightful property setting. We would certainly consider returning in the future.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

A perfect escape

A perfect escape. Absolute tranquility. A high quality villa in sleepy Tuscan hillside.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Oct 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

The villa is an oasis of calm

The villa is an oasis of calm. A beautiful place to relax by the pool. There are 3 different terraces to sit on all with sun loungers and two outside eating areas, one of which is covered. The views are spectacular, the accommodation very comfortable with everything you need for a holiday.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Mar 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

This is a wonderfully located get-away place for two

This is a wonderfully located get-away place for two. It is close to Tuscany and the coast with the fascinating Cinque Terre National Park just a short ferry ride away. The house is charming, with its own pool and several sun decks along with 3 outside eating areas and comfortable furnishings. The owners are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. They own a fantastic local restaurant specialising in sea food, which we highly recommend. Following a very healthy crop of tomatoes, we were lucky enough to be invited to pick sun-warmed tomatoes right off the vine. The drive up to the house is interesting! We would suggest that you arrive in daylight as the final part of the drive to the house is very narrow and very steep. However, once we knew where we were going it was easy enough. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2012
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Second visit to this well equipped house for two!

Second visit to this well equipped house for two! Sky TV and internet if you must! The pool overlooks the town and across to the Carrera Mountains. You can do lots or just sit by the pool. Walking up to the old town stretches the legs but is very pleasant! Catch a boat to the five pretty towns perched on cliff tops. The train from La Spezia will get you there sooner but most of it is in tunnels so not so pretty. La Spezia not an attractive city but good parking under the railway station. Sarzana has a huge Thursday market it is the nearest rail station to get to Florence (change at Pisa) but frankly you would probably be better sitting by the pool with a glass of wine! Luni is a large Roman ruin nearby well worth a visit! 2 Euro to get in and tour, don't argue about the fact it says its free to EU pensioners on the entrance board it isn't! Lucca an easy drive away. Pisa also quite close. Forte dei Marmi market on Wednesday amazing value cashmere linen and leather. Walk round the perimeter until you find the handbag stall loaded with leather bags at only 20 Euro amazing value! This house would be the perfect location for a honeymoon. But also suited two Pensioners who needed to chill out! The drive up to the house greatly improved by the newly built wall, though I would still recommend a car bigger that the Fiat 500 we had the first time. The house owners are there if needed, they own a restaurant (Ciccio) in the port Bocca where the food is AMAZING! Both the house and the area are LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY! don't hesitate to book!

Manager Response So delighted to hear you enjoyed it, and thanks for taking the time to write all the tips. Luni is a fantastic place to visit, amazing to think the sea used to surround it. And Ciccio's is a delicious restaurant, we've also had some fantastic meals there. Thanks again, Dan

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2015
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

..we instantly knew we'd booked our perfect romantic retreat.

On arrival at Casa Guelfi we instantly knew we'd booked our perfect romantic retreat. It's beautiful. The house is clean, well equipped and comfortable, the outside dining area, the pool, the views... it's all wonderful! Just book it! Mario, the owner, is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet... he lives next door and has a fantastic range of salad & veg growing in raised beds in his garden for use in his restaurant, but we were delighted by the invitation to help ourselves, which we did quite often! And the restaurant?... excellent food, first class service and a beautiful location. CioCio in Bocca di Magri. Had a little trouble finding the house at first, even though the satnav took us within yards of it. When you get to the metal pole in the road (you'll know what I mean when you get there) take the unlikely looking track on the right... it's narrow but fine to drive up. The track bends to the left and then the parking space is on the left, by the gate to the house. Where the track bends left there is also a path to the right... this is the path that leads up to Ameglia where's there's a good local shop, just a short walk. There are lots of beautiful places to visit in the region, we particularly liked Porto Venere, but there are so many lovely coastal towns. If you are planning to drive, I strongly suggest familiarising yourself with the Italian traffic laws regarding 'limited traffic zones'... not a problem, but you need to be aware of them. We had week at Casa Guelfi and then headed off to Tuscany to do the tourist things visiting Florence, Sienna, the Chianti region... but most of the 2nd week was spent just missing our perfect romantic house... it was genuinely sad to leave it behind! Thanks Mario... we've never been anywhere twice, the world's a big place to see, but we'll make an exception and come see you again.

Anonymous staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2015
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

The villa exceeded our wildest expectations..

We had a wonderful time at Casa Guelfi in beautiful southern Liguria. The villa exceeded our wildest expectations with its sublime views on all sides and lovely pool; if we could transport it all back to Sussex, we would!

R. & J.C., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2015
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Our gracious hosts made us feel so very welcome...

The view, the villa, the village! All are amazing! Our gracious hosts made us feel so very welcome and the villa itself is delightful. There are so many wonderful places to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. The kitchen is fully equipped and we ate outdoors every day. The bathroom is superb and the bedroom was a wonderful retreat with its wide windows and cooling, white walls. The living area was terrific but we spent most of our time outdoors! The pool was a lifesaver on hot days! The village is a 10 minute walk and you'll find a great grocery store, complete with meat and fish counters. Of course, wine is everywhere and so full of body and taste. We can't wait to go back next year!

Mrs. B.C., Canada staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2001
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Wendy and Mario were fantastic hosts..

Wendy and Mario were fantastic hosts, the villa is in a great location (slightly difficult approach, but worth it)the villa is extremely well appointed, (small critism is that the pool area looses the sun at this time of the year at about 1500hrs due to high trees).

Mr. and Mrs. R.S., UK staying in Casa Guelfi . Aug 2011
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...all we had hoped and much more than we expected

Everyone writes about the great views but what's equally beautiful is the wonderful sounds that surround the area. Between the ancient bells inside the tower of the city of ameglia and the bells from lower in the valley, it feels like you're listening to the beauty in 5.1 surround sound.

Casa Guelfi was all we had hoped and much more than we expected...so beautiful...the setting was almost surreal... with the lovely city of ameglia on the hillside and the view of the Marble Mountains. But the absolute best? Our hosts, the owners of Casa Guelfi, Wendy and Mario Guelfi. They met us, took us in and treated us like family...had us in their home for drinks, took us to both of their restaurants and Mario took us on a day trip into the Marble Mountains. When I say into the Marble Mountains I really mean inside of the Marble Mountains...Inside the mines where Michaelangelo got his marble for the David! So incredible and something we will never forget...We will definitely go back to Casa Guelfi and have already been invited back as Wendy and Mario's guests!

Mr. and Mrs. B.T., USA staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2001
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We enjoyed a fantastic two weeks at Casa Guelfi...

We enjoyed a fantastic two weeks at Casa Guelfi, and would not hesitate to return. It was very comfortable, well equipped and a superb outside area, with a lovely little pool to spend lazy days relaxing in the sunshine. The owners, Mario & Wendy are both very kind, helpful and hospitable. Their restaurant, Capannina Ciccio down in Bocca di Magra is an absolute must, simply devine! Superbly fresh seafood, excellent service, very friendly and of course the best view in Bocca di Magra out across the estuary & marina. Whilst some reviews have mentioned the challenging drive to the house, it only adds to the charm, and should not put anyone off. The location for local shops, bank, fuel etc is perfect, and for exploring further it's a perfect base for the Cinque Terre, Pisa the marble mountains and Portofino to name a few..There's a lovely feeling to the area as it's surrounded by authentic Italian life, remote enough for privacy, yet not in isolation. Mario's vegetable garden is a thing of wonder! We plan to return soon.

Mr. and Mrs. M.R., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2012
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

..the welcome could not have been warmer

This well-equipped and comfortable little house provided the perfect spot for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. While the weather was changeable, the welcome could not have been warmer and the hospitality shown to us was just wonderful. We enjoyed the sun by the pool but also the log fire in the cooler evenings. The little lane up to the house was narrow but easy to drive and visits to the supermarket, the gelateria and the pizza restaurant took just a few minutes. Ameglia is a stunning spot and a good centre for visits to Portovenere, Lucca, Pisa and beyond. We had hoped this holiday would be special and memorable and, thanks to Wendy and Mario, it was.

Casa Guelfi is a unique property crafted with care and skill out of the ruins of an ancient tower. It is appointed well including a jacuzzi bath, swimming pool, a couple of different outside seating/dining options, a well equipped kitchen and even a wood burning stove. The location is close to the coast and the views over the local hills to the mountains provide daily fascination. Casa Guelfi is situated in the luscious and productive gardens of the hosts, Mario and Wendy whose hospitality is second to none. For a special occasion we reserved a table at Mario's restaurant, Capaninna Ciccio, in nearby Bocca di Magra and had a meal fitting of the 30 year anniversary we were celebrating. At then end of holiday it was a great wrench leaving. Note: we had hired a Fiat 500 which I suggest is the perfect size for the access lane to the property parking area.

Cate, UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2013
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

..from start to finish the holiday was fantastic

Really what can I say, from start to finish the holiday was fantastic, Casa Guelfi is a gem and is perfect for a romantic break for two. The house is well fitted with a good sized kitchen, lounge area and even wifi .The pool was just the right size for a cooling swim but the best is the outside seating areas, absolutely perfect for sitting and staring at the truly stunning view of both ancient Ameglia and the valley below and the distant Cararra mountains whilst sipping owner Marios homemade Limoncello. Both he and Wendy were perfect hosts and their garden is a thing of wonder, and do try their restaurant in Bocca di Magra, highly recommended as is Sarzana, just a 15 minute drive away. The house is approached by a rather narrow and steep track so do not hire a large car, we had a Fiat Punto, which was just about right, and once you driven it a few times, you’re ok. We plan to return.

Mr. & Mrs. D. R., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2014
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

FABULOUS!!!!!! What a fantastic place!

FABULOUS!!!!!! What a fantastic place! It is useful to throw some dishwasher tablets and tea bags in your luggage. Also you will need barbecue fuel and matches when you shop. Anyone hiring a car needs to know that a Fiat 500 with two adults, far too much luggage and a weeks food shopping will REALLY struggle up the last bit of unmade road at the end of the journey! What they need is a small car (the road is VERY narrow with a substantial drop to one side) but with a decent sized engine. As far as the house is concerned a mirror in the bedroom would be good. Otherwise you couldn't fault it. Wendy, Poppy and Mario were lovely. There if you needed them but not in any way intrusive! We did struggle a bit with the rubbish, plastics being collected on Tuesday is fine if you leave on a Tuesday but otherwise there will always be a surfeit.(Same with the rest really, you can never get ahead!) In the end we took the (sorted) rubbish as we left. The dump is open on a Saturday morning so it was easy. I think that would be better for your guests. The market at Forte del ? is absolutely worth the drive, lots of linen, cashmere and leather, all very inexpensive. We plan to visit again but for two weeks next time. Thank you, we had a really lovely holiday!

Mr. & Mrs. R. V., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Jul 2014
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

...want to keep it a secret!

We really loved Casa Guelfi and extremely reluctant to tell any of our friends about it - want to keep it a secret! The cottage was lovely and the only downside was the weather, which of course out of anyones control! As we didn't sunbathe we got out and about quite a lot.

We drove to Pisa one day (full journey incl parking was about 1 hour) which was very easy and parked in the underground car park in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, near to a tourist information office and next to Corso Italia. The leaning tower was fantastic and would thoroughly recommend to anyone to buy a timed ticket when they arrive and climb to the top.

I found an informative blog called 'A Path to Lunch' which was useful for local walks. We walked from Ameglia to Tellaro and then along the coast and up to Monte Marcello, quite challenging but worth it The Cinque Terre coastal path only open between Monterosso Al Mare - Vernazza but otherwise closed due to landslides I think. We had a lovely meal in Miky in Monterosso but otherwise found the Cinque Terre extremely busy and touristy despite being early in the season. We drove to La Spezia and parked in the car park beneath the railway station and caught the train to Monterosso which was straightforward but now guests will be able to get a ferry from Bocca di Magra - Portovenere and then another ferry along the Cinque Terre if they wish. Portovenere is worth a visit and recommend a restaurant called Ristorante Le Bocche next to the church at the end of the 'pier'. We went to Mario & Wendy's restaurant a couple of time which was lovely.

All in all a lovely holiday and we'd love to return next year

M.M. and P.D., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Feb 2013
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

We had a most enjoyable time

We had a most enjoyable time. The property is very well appointed and enjoyable to spend time in, both inside and outside, with its spectacular proximity to the very picturesque Ameglia. It is very close to beautiful sites along the coast (the Golfo dei Poeti, La Spezia, the Cinque Terre and Portofino) and inland (Sarzana, Luni, Castelnuovo Magra and the marble quarries of Carrara; great views of the latter two from the poolside). Genoa too is remarkably accessible and well worth the effort (we went twice). We had a couple of excellent meals, at the Trattoria dai Pironcelli in Montemarcello and Trattoria Armanda in Castelnuovo Magra. The house had some good local guidebooks but we found the Bradt Guide to Liguria by Rosie Whitehouse (Second Edition March 2016) very useful.

P. and M.D., UK staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2016
Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi

Casa Guelfi is just amazing

Casa Guelfi is just amazing. A beautiful and private cottage with pool and everything you need. Wendy and Mario are wonderful and always at hand if needed. The location is idealic overlooking the Carrara mountains and beside the old Ameglia alta town. Mario's restaurant Ciccio at Bocca Di Magna has wonderful seafood and the service is classic and helpful. His Marina di Carrara restaurant is also excellent and you should try his new Pizza Restaurant at the Garden Hotel in Bocca Di Magna. We visited Montemarcello and Lerici, two small towns overlooking the sea and the Cinque Terre. Also the Carrara mining towns in the hills, Ometteto's Ristorante in Buseletto, and Usama al Nassar's marble studio and workshop nearby to the quarries used by Le Cave di Michelangelo at Torrano. Towns such as Luca, Pisa, Seravezza, Stazzema, and Sarzanna are close by and worth visiting. A very useful note is that the Carrefour supermarket at Ameglia is open every day from 7.30am to 10.00pm.

H. and C.W., Australia staying in Casa Guelfi. Dec 2016
Eremo

Eremo

The villa is spacious with heavenly, breathtaking views

This elegant villa is spacious with heavenly, breathtaking views. The pool and gardens are impressive and well-maintained. The different areas inside and out to work or be creative - including a Yamaha piano keyboard - were wonderful.

The breakfast service of coffee and croissants was appreciated. If it had included tea, milk, cereal and some fresh fruit it would have been ideal.

The main draw back was the loss of WiFi for much of the stay which resulted in eye watering roaming charges and missing deadlines as the stay had been planned with decent WiFi being available at the villa. This issue should be clarified on the website.

Also, a few more groceries on arrival including tea, bread, eggs, cheese and a few vegetables for example would have made for an easier start as it is a drive away from shops. (This has been done at other Invitation to Tuscany villas eg Villa Goga).

The pizza making option advertised on the website was not available and the cost of a chef coming to prepare a dinner was high for a large group. The meal was delicious but a simpler proposition of a light dinner at a more affordable cost would have been desirable. We were not able to eat the large quantity of food served.

We discovered the sizable train station down the hill in Pontichino (not apparent from the main road) and took the train to Florence which made for an pleasant day out.

Sofia, Sara and Corrado did their best to help us and we appreciated their efforts. Owner Arthur called as well which was also appreciated. Overall we had a special and memorable extended family gathering in a beautiful villa.

Nadia & family staying in Eremo. Aug 2022
Eremo

Eremo

...the perfect spot to gather together our large family

Dear Arthur, Martha, Henry & Teddy — Eremo was the perfect spot to gather together our large family. The setting from the villa to the pool to the beautiful scenery was fantastic. The pool was a favorite gathering spot in the afternoons and we enjoyed several relaxing evenings dining on the chef’s wonderful meals. Thank you for creating such a wonderful villa to visit.

C&B S, Conneticut, USA staying in Eremo. Sep 2016
Eremo

Eremo

...the perfect spot for our family group of 14

Villa Eremo and all its charms have been the perfect spot for our family group of 14 to be together to help celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Over the past four weeks, this formed our base for exploring Tuscany & over to Venice, on to Cinque Terre, down to the Amalfi Coast, Rome and even a day of boating on Lake Trasimeno. Everyone felt very special in our beautiful bedrooms decorated so beautifully with lovely linens and draperies. Our evenings playing card games, reading, sharing stories and laughter in the roomy family room & of course the pool. A special shout out & mille grazie to the staff who could not do enough for us. The chef’s special torta della Nonna — twice! during our stay made everything even more wonderful. Arrivederci & grazie

The R. family, Conneticut, USA staying in Eremo. Jun 2016
Eremo

Eremo

...a perfect venue for a group gathering

We had a fabulous time at your beautiful villa. It is a perfect venue for a group gathering. The staff and the lovely chefs were so wonderful and accommodating. Many thanks for a wonderful vacation!

Carolyn & David W., Kristine & Rick S staying in Eremo. Jun 2017
Eremo

Eremo

..perfect for our large family

Thank you for making our stay so special. It was perfect for our large family, the staff were very kind and helpful. The pool was an excellent way to spend long, hot days during our stay. We also appreciate all the support leading up to our arrival. The property is very special and we will always have great memories from our stay.

K and R s. and family, UK and Mumbai staying in Eremo. Dec 2017
Eremo

Eremo

It was truly a fairy tale!

Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for your hospitality and for making all of our wedding dreams come true. We had a wedding in a beautiful villa with the hills of Tuscany in the background surrounded by all our favourite people. It was truly a fairy tale! We enjoyed every minute spent at Eremo and all the great experiences we shared. What wonderful memories!

K, P, J, S and E from Ontario staying in Eremo. May 2012
Eremo

Eremo

..the most amazing seven days imaginable

Thanks to our hosts and their wonderful staff for making our stay at Eremo the most amazing seven days imaginable. Whether it was lazing by the pool side on hot sunny afternoons, enjoying a glass of wine on one of the many patios, the fabulous dinners in the dining room, or watching the sun set over the Tuscan hills, every moment was a dream come true. On behalf of all of our family and friends who stayed here with us, thank you

Tom & Jane, Ontario staying in Eremo. Dec 2012
Eremo

Eremo

Thanks for the great hospitality

Thanks for the great hospitality. The villa is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay. Italy is also beautiful and we cannot wait to come back. Special thanks to Rosetta, Roberta and Simone for taking great care of us. The dinners were spectacular!

Mike and Jean, VA staying in Eremo. Feb 2012
Eremo

Eremo

This is our second stay

A wonderful week with family – such a beautiful villa. Lovely fragrances, excellent dinners with Roberto. Rosetta & Simone – such wonderful people and so pleasant and helpful. Rosetta made our stay a great pleasure. Also a great thunderstorm over the valley – quite a spectacular light and sound show. Pool lovely – a respite from the heat. This is our second stay – enjoyed it so much.

Ann & John, Ontario staying in Eremo. Dec 2012
Eremo

Eremo

An unsurpassed ‘villa’ experience

Thank you Rosetta and Simone for two wonderful weeks. Eremo is a great family home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. This is a magical place for family and close friends to enjoy. An unsurpassed ‘villa’ experience.

J.B. from California staying in Eremo. Feb 2012
Eremo

Eremo

...the villa was wonderful & the staff fantastic

Just got home and wanted to thank you personally for all your help particularly on our first day . The trip was great - the villa was wonderful & the staff fantastic. Please accept our sincerest thanks for all your kindness and help

Mr. R.C. and family, USA staying in Eremo. Dec 2011
Ropoli Sopra

Ropoli Sopra

The stay at Ropoli was wonderful

The stay at Ropoli was wonderful. The house was absolutly perfect for our family of 4. It was cosy and tastefull. We had lovely walks in Mostestigliano, and we enjoyed delicious restaurants around thanks to Francesco.The team at Mostestigliano was very hepful with all sort of questions and always ready to help. The autumn in the region is very beautiful and quiet. We are planing to be back and already spotted some other property on Invitation To Tuscany website!

Juliette & Jeremie staying in Ropoli Sopra. Oct 2021
Ropoli Sopra

Ropoli Sopra

Familie på fem i Ripoli Sopra i en uge midt i juli.

Vi havde et meget dejligt ophold. Vi vil især fremhæve:

• Borgo'en er virkelig smuk, herunder grøntsagshaven, som vi fik lov at købe lidt fra • Det er genialt med både en familie- og rolig pool. Ingen af dem var overrendte, så det var virkelig fint • Personalet, Ifrat og Francesco, er meget søde og imødekommende værter • Køkkenet i huset er hæderligt til egen madlavning • Fællesspisning og pizzaaften var virkeligt skønne og stemningsfulde • Deres eget kokkekursus er billigt (sammenlignet med andre), og vældig hyggeligt i deres smukke køkken, men det er ikke det helt store, man lærer (vi blev overtalt af en anden gruppe til at deltage) • Der er roligt om natten

På minussiden vil vi kun nævne, at der var meget varmt, og vi forelog, at de får installeret aircon i soveværelserne. Varmen var overraskende også for værterne, og flere havde sagt det samme, og de ville se på det.

Vi kan i høj grad anbefale et ophold. Vi har tidligere været på Montalbino om efteråret – som har den fordel at de også driver en meget lækker restaurant med egne råvarer. Men Montestigliano er lige så godt, samlet set.

Morten from Denmark staying in Ropoli Sopra. Jul 2022
Ropoli Sopra

Ropoli Sopra

Family of five in Ripoli Sopra for a week in mid-July.

We had a very nice stay. In particular, we would like to emphasize:

• The Borgo is really beautiful, including the vegetable garden, which we were allowed to buy some from • It is brilliant to have both a family and quiet pool. None of them were overrun, so that was really nice • The staff, Ifrat and Francesco, are very nice and welcoming hosts • The kitchen in the house is suitable for your own cooking • Common dining and the pizza evening were really wonderful and atmospheric • Their own cooking course is cheap (compared to others), and very cozy in their beautiful kitchen, but it's not that much you learn (we were persuaded by another group to join) • It is quiet at night

On the minus side, we would only mention that it was very hot, and we suggested that they install air conditioning in the bedrooms. The heat was surprising for the hosts as well, and several had said the same, and they wanted to watch it.

We can highly recommend a stay. We have previously been to Montalbino in the autumn - which has the advantage that they also run a very delicious restaurant with their own ingredients. But Montestigliano is just as good, overall.

Morten from Denmark staying in Ropoli Sopra. Jul 2022
Trebbiano

Trebbiano

A Tuscan treat

The apartment was lovely, perfect for 2, although with the help of our hosts we managed to comfortably fit in our adult daughter. The location is idyllic, staff charming and the wine is superb. On arrival, tired and hot, we could have done with some help transferring luggage to the apartment ( not near the car park). We did point out but it wasn’t too much of an issue, that the fridge only kept thinks slightly cool not chilled. Overall it was a super break and we would most certainly return.

Mike from UK staying in Trebbiano. Jun 2022
Trebbiano

Trebbiano

A gem of a place

This is a little gem of a place! Clean and comfortable in an excellent location with a fantastic pool. Excellent location in a small village.

There is a very good restaurant 2 minutes walk away and the shops are a short drive. We would recommend the wine tour and tasting as, apart from being fantastic wine, it is also very informative. We had a car for the duration of our holiday, collecting and returning at Pisa Airport.

After discussion with Invitation to Tuscany we went with EuroCar and were very pleased with the car and the service we received. We had purchased a European Garmin prior to our trip and this served us very well. The roads are easy to drive but having the Sat Nav just made things so much easier.

Mrs. K.R., UK staying in Trebbiano. May 2015
Virginia A

Virginia A

...cannot recommend the estate more highly

I stayed here in April 2011 and cannot recommend the estate more highly. Our accommodation was a wonderful Tuscan experience - with the real feel of old Tuscany with all the modern conveniences (lack of TV being a blessing). The hospitality of the family was very generous and genuine. Francesco, the manager, was extremely helpful and had such a vast knowledge of everything local. He guided many of our adventures through the neighbouring villages and cities - explaining the must sees and dos. The entire complex is so peaceful and the scenery beautiful from almost every window. The facilities were excellent and the weekly dinner a really great way to meet fellow travellers and make new aquaintences - as well as indulging in the local fare, not to mention the beautiful different Italian wines!!!I would recommend Montestigliano to any traveller, but know any fellow Australians will really enjoy the friendliness and genuine Tuscan hospitality and beautifully renovated estate.

Anonymous guests, Australia staying in Virginia B. Dec 2011
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

The house is phenomenal

We really had such a great time. The house is phenomenal. We especially loved worn patterns in the flooring that echo the thousands of footsteps that have passed over them through the years. The history is magical and some of Jacopo’s stories had us captivated. Thanks for making it possible!

J and family, UK staying in Villa Goga. Aug 2022
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Goga

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Goga. The villa is incredible - a step back in time and the perfect Tuscan experience. The Villa is exquisite and the location perfect. We explored Tuscany but also enjoyed quite a few days by the pool enjoying the landscape! We had four different families and various children join us at times and everyone was equally in love with the Villa. Jacapo, our host, was incredible. A lovely man who made the stay that much more special. We’ll definitely be back.

Julie and family staying in Villa Goga. Aug 2022
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

Villa Goga is magical

Villa Goga is magical, practical and the perfect place to stay.

My family have been travelling to Tuscany and Umbria almost every summer for over thirty years, from when there were just five of us to there being around 13 including grandchildren. This was the only house we found that suited all of our requirements. Firstly the house itself; every room seems to tell its own story and the views are spectacular. It is not hyper modern, or done up by new owners, it is a place of history, of families and of nature, cared for meticulously by the family. You can stay there as an extended family and have your own private space. There are places to sit outside which are shaded at all times and the property is quiet, without feeling overly isolated.

There are ample places to walk to (or cycle) and Jacopo is the perfect host; facilitative without being obsequious, charming, funny and kind. For people with teenage children, there is a degree of independence as the property is in walking distance to the village which has a bakery, supermarket, pizzeria and cafe/bar.

The pool can be used throughout the day and from there you can see Siena, which is always heavenly to visit. Vana, who has cooked for the family for years, is a wonder and produces unforgettable three course meals. We loved it. If I had to fault anything it would be the dishwasher, which we couldn’t figure out, but Vana could. Utterly exquisite.

The D. family staying in Villa Goga. Aug 2021
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...a magnificent time spent

Our week at Villa Goga ,was a magnificent time spent. A frequent traveller ,I find the times one settles in a house and lives in the local area ,gets to know locals, a very strong experience that stays with you. As for the house, in this case a majestic one ,carried us in time. A historic building ,many and vast spaces to accommodate us, beautiful gardens ,and set amid the most ,literally the most scenic landscape of Tuscany ,beautiful walks in the area. I must mention Jacopo ,the owner of the villa ,I would rather call him our host ,who was so welcoming, facilitating, and so pleasant in company. Missing our time in Villa Goga, we wish to return

S.A. staying in Villa Goga. Feb 2018
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...all pleasantly beyond our expectations

Everything is going swimmingly. Everyone is very happy here. The villa itself, physical building, decor, grounds, location, and the staff, from the great cooking of Vanna to the knowledgeable assistance of Jacopo, and Rosa's oversight are all pleasantly beyond our expectations. Now entering our fourth day, it’s a winner.

Fortunately, the weather cooperated, not only to not require heat, but to provide warmth and sunshine to the glistening green hills covered in bright yellow colza and vines that are just beginning to waken from their winter vacation. It’s absolutely lovely.

(Post visit) Not much time now. but can tell you that we all (14 of us) enjoyed our stay. The cooks, Vanna and Francesca are wonderful. Jacopo and Rosa were always available and most helpful. The villa is as charming as ever. There were only 2 complaints ...one the spotty intermittent and extremely slow internet service, and the other the heat. Unfortunately, it was colder this year, later in the spring that the stay we had in 2013. ...... Anyway, were it not for the cold weather, this group would have been as unqualifiedly happy as last year's. The property is great, the location superb, the family present and gracious.

Mr. M.S. with family and friends, USA staying in Villa Goga. Dec 2013
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...an absolutely fantastic stay

Thanks for your good wishes – I can confirm all my party are now back in the UK following a memorable stay at Corsano. We had an absolutely fantastic stay, everyone loved the villa and the owners were extremely friendly/helpful. We have nothing but praise for the whole experience and the organisation that went into it.

We spent 1 week at Villa Goga from 24 May to 30 May, a family party of 12 to celebrate my parents joint 80th birthdays. We had a splendid time/experience – it is really difficult to fault any of the arrangements. The location was spectacular, the landscape stunning and the villa itself almost a work of art in its own right. We would score the holiday 9 out of 10 on almost every level. Two very minor observations: • We could not access the internet on the personal computer (PC) and this was a minor drawback – particularly so when trying to print off boarding passes etc. for the flight home; • The washing machine in the kitchen was not totally effective and some of the crockery was (as a result) a bit stained – as I say not a big deal, we reverted to washing by hand as it was much more effective; I think one further point could be made, we were disappointed that the pool wasn’t open/available. We did not know this when we booked but we were informed prior to departure so we have no complaints on that score. Nevertheless we never quite understood why the pool was not open – if it was a matter of running costs etc. we would have been more than happy to pay extra to cover this. The highlights for us were: • Spacious/comfortable/historic accommodation • Solitude/privacy • The 2 in-house dinners cooked by Francesca and Vanna • Murlo, Montalcino (which we preferred to Pienza) and Sienna • Jakapo/Jan (?) were very helpful at all times

Mr. R.L. and family, UK staying in Villa Goga. Feb 2014
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

Go ahead and book it, you'll love it

We were at Villa Goga for a family reunion and my mother's 80th Birthday. Perfect for family reunions, it is a beatiful villa with loads of character dating back to the 9th century or so. Giacopo was great help, giving advice on what to do or where to go. And he also gave us a fascinating tour of the cellars and a rundown of the 11 centuries of history. Although we self catered, we had one evening dinner organised through him and the meal and service was fantastic..great food! Good size 'industrial style' kitchen needs a little orientation but we managed to turn out some great meals for all 24 of us. Lovely swimming pool, well maintained. Location is great, 10 minutes from the Coop supermarket and about 15 minutes to Siena. You can strike out from here to pretty much everything. Go ahead and book it, you'll love it. We did and have a thousand photographs to prove it!

Anonymous staying in Villa Goga. Sep 2011
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...marvelous dinners

The best thing about the vacation were the two cooks who came in everyday to prepare marvelous dinners, serve them, and clean up afterwards. The Villa is so large that there was privacy for all families. Outdoors area were great for kids to explore but the pool was a disappointment as it hadn't been opened for the seasons and the furniture, cushions, and towels were in need of replacement. The town had a very good grocery store and restaurant. Town and church were in walking distance.

Mrs. M.V. and family, USA staying in Villa Goga. Feb 2011
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...well suited for our large party of 18 people

We were a party of four families with 10 children, ages ranging from 5 to 20yrs old. The pool was a nice feature, since the children were able to play and relax there afterwards. If you are staying there with young children who have not learned to swim yet, you will need to supervise them, as there are no fences or gates to keep them out of the pool area. The rooms on the third floor were more like attic rooms, and in the summer, it was quite warm, we kept all the windows open. The windows do not have screens, and are low. Also something to watch out for if you are staying with very young children. All the rooms were quite spacious, most with high ceilings. There was a dining room inside, but we ate outside everyday. We used the kitchen quite a lot, and was happy to find it fully working with pasta boilers and gas range. The helper working for the owner was very helpful and cleaned our rooms during the day when we were away sightseeing. The owner lives in another section of the villa, and checked on us everyday to help us arrange tours. He was very helpful and accommodating. There was a washing machine on the third floor, but no dryer, so all the clothes had to be dried out on the line in the yard. Hot water, shower and bath all worked well. Clean towels and bed sheets. There were a couple of stray cats on the property, and if you are allergic to flea bites, do not feed them as this will encourage them to follow you into the house. A few of us had flea bites that were quite aggravating afterwards; the cat that we fed found its way into the house one night. There is a grocery store and a small pizza restaurant down the street, a nice walk of 7 -10 minutes from the villa. The property is beautiful and scenic. The villa has been well kept for generations, with a very homey, warm atmosphere. The villa was well suited for our large party of 18 people.

Anonymous staying in Villa Goga. Feb 2009
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...spent two glorious weeks at Villa Goga

Our family (20+ people) spent two glorious weeks at Villa Goga. The accomodations were outstanding, everything you would want from a 300+ year old villa and more. Every room from the kitchen to the bedrooms to the bathrooms were exceptional. Everyone from Grandma and Grandpa to the teenage grandchildren rated the villa a 12+ out of 10, even the toddlers had a fabulous time. The wonderful family memories we created were priceless. Beautiful Villa, beautiful grounds and so much to do in and around the surrounding area. We could be as busy as we wanted or have quiet days just relaxing by the pool. Barath and Jacopo made sure we had everything we needed and were invaluable sources of information. The Village of Corsano has many hidden treasures including a fabulous restaurant with THE BEST pasta dishes we have ever eaten. Only a short car ride to Sienna and many other wonderful villages in and around the area. A train ride to Florence and many other destinations. We will certainly be back to the Villa and hope that we can stay longer next time.

Anonymous staying in Villa Goga. Sep 2009
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

One perfect week in Tuscany

One perfect week in Tuscany - We were a group of 17 - 9 kids under the age of 10 and 8 adults. The pool is far enough away from the house, that it holds no danger for the small kids. We asked if they could help with meals and they suggested 2 ladies who came in to cook the most wonderful 3 course meals of Tuscan specialities every evening. This meant we could sit and relax, watch the sun go down, go for walks, play with the kids. We also rented a couple of bicycles, but walking is just a much recommended.

Mr. H.M. with family and friends, South Africa staying in Villa Goga. Dec 2013
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

We all want to go back

Villa Goga is a truly beautiful house and a wonderful location. We all fell in love with Tuscany. The owners Jacopo and Rosa were lovely people and excellent hosts. It was the perfect location for a large group of friends to come together. We enjoyed the home cooking of two the lovely local ladies. They cooked the most amazing meals for us. I would recommend Villa Goga to anyone wishing to go to Tuscany. We all want to go back.

Mrs. J.F. with family and friends, Australia staying in Villa Goga. Feb 2015
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

Fantastico, bellisimo, wonderful

Fantastico, bellisimo, wonderful is what I would call our stay at the Villa Goga (Corsano). Madam Rosa and her son were invaluable with helping us navigate throughout Tuscany and especially in Sienna. Baruth, our man-on-site was fantastic. It was one of the most rewarding two weeks we have ever had. We hope to return some day. Our only complaint was that it was hot on the third floor for people who were sleeping on that floor but I think Madam Rosa was considering air conditioning that level in the future.

Anonymous staying in Villa Goga. Mar 2009
Villa Goga

Villa Goga

...near perfect site for our family reunion

Villa Goga (Corsano) was the near perfect site for our family reunion. We brought our 3 sons and their families to Italy to experience the hills, the beauty, the food and wine and the opportunity for all of us to share something special. Our hosts were wonderful and provided us with everything we asked for. Our grandchildren range in age from 6 to 16, and we all had a terrific time.

Ms. C.W. staying in Villa Goga. Jul 2010
Faggio

Faggio

This place is possibly the most tranquil place on earth

What a haven! This place is possibly the most tranquil place on earth. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Lucia came out to find us and lead us to her beautiful villa. From that moment, she was the most attentive and generous host. Nothing was too much trouble and we enjoyed her recommendations of placed to visit that were a little off the beaten track. She recommended and booked restaurants for us and even arranged bike hire. She told us about some tours too, although we didn't end up doing any. The place is gorgeous. We particularly enjoyed hearing the stories that Emilio told us about how he built the place. And everything functions brilliantly with small details to make your holiday super comfortable. Huge trays for carrying food to your individual patios, enough nooks to sit and enjoy every view at every time of day and I counted at least four different coffee making gadgets in our cupboards. The pool is possibly the nicest pool I have ever swum in. It's stone lined, three metres deep at one end with an infinity edge. It's also salt water and kind on the skin. It's fresh and the views are spectacular. It's a tranquil spot, even if you children are charging around further up the hill. What sums it up is its simplicity. It's elegant a beautiful but it's uncomplicated which is exactly what we wanted for our holiday. All in all, it was a refreshing and relaxing holiday but it was the little things which exceeded expectations. We'd love to return again, perhaps in October for the wine, olive oil and chestnut festivals which sound amazing.

D.P. and family staying in Faggio. Jul 2016
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

Prachtige omgeving

Heel mooi prachtig in de heuvel gelegen huis. Ontvangst door eigenaar was zeer aangenaam zeer vriendelijke en gastvrije mensen. Groot zwembad waar vanuit het uitzicht schitterend is. Huis zeer schoon en comfortabele. Dit is zeker een aanrader.

Sandra K from Netherlands staying in Treggiaia. Sep 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

Beautiful converted Barn with fabulous panoramic views

Our hosts greeted us with a lovely warm smile that set the tone for our stay. The accommodation exceeded our expectations, the pool was lovely and a reasonable size for the four of us to mess around in and the views across the vineyards were amazing. The location is quite remote and we were tempted to give 4/5 for this as it frustrated a little at times (hyper market 15 min drive) but in fairness if you book accommodation in the Tuscan hills what do you expect?! . Our hosts live adjacent to the property and would just check on us from time to time which was lovely, otherwise we barely saw anyone. A great spot to stay if you are visiting Florence as we did- It’s around 40 mins in the car and the road was clear each time we made the trip. Arezzo is also worth a look to the south.

Kevin staying in Treggiaia. Aug 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

Wonderful Location

Delightful stay at Treggiaia. Perfectly located for exploring Sienna, Florence (take the train from San Giovanni Valdarno - much easier than driving), San Gimignano etc. Great pool and very comfortable villa. The little things that make a difference - very well researched local restaurant suggestions take the guess work out. And a very welcome selection of antipasti provided to welcome us from our lovely hosts along with a lovely bottle of Chianti Classico. Really love the independent and friendly nature of Dan and team at invitation to Tuscany. What are you waiting for ? Book now!

Chris and family from UK staying in Treggiaia. Aug 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We returned to Treggiaia after 19 years

We returned to Treggiaia after 19 years and it was as lovely as we’d remembered and a perfect place to bring our kids to get away from it all for a week.

The house is beautiful and the views are breathtaking. Outside, the terrace is a perfect place for eating together with lovely views of the sunset. The swimming pool is idyllic and the two parasols provide plenty of shade.

We appreciated the air conditioning in the bedrooms at night time, too. La Treggiaia is a great base from which to explore Tuscany, with Lucca, Florence, Siena and Arezzo all within easy reach by car. Definitely recommend hiring bikes in Lucca! We had a very warm welcome from Niccolò and Signora Matassini and have already booked to return next year. Thank you for a lovely holiday. Ci vediamo l’anno prossimo!

K from UK staying in Treggiaia. Jul 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

A lovely relaxing place to stay

Our family had a wonderful stay at Treggiaia. The location is beautiful and the views exceptional. The lovely pool and tennis court meant we could keep cool and do a bit of exercise even on lazy days.

The station is only a short drive away meaning trips to Florence were easy to do. The owners were nearby and very charming and helpful.

Sarah Jordan & family from UK staying in Treggiaia. Jul 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

A great place to recharge

Amazing stay, in a nice secluded environment, a great place to recharge. Very nice owners they are very attentive to details. Would love to visit again soon!

Richard from NL staying in Treggiaia. May 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

Great stay

The villa was a perfect stay, a bit out of the way but very peaceful.

Pool was amazing and Niccólo was incredibly helpful.

Air-conditioning in rooms was great and the villa had everything we needed.

Would recommend going back but make sure to have some itinerary items planned in advance so you know where to travel!

We went to Florence, San Gimigano, Siena and the Chianti region.

Thanks again! Danny and Hannah

Danny and Hannah staying in Treggiaia. May 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

Geweldige accommodatie!

We hebben 2 schitterende vakantie weken gehad in dit prachtige huis. Zwembad was fantastisch. Veel gebruik gemaakt van de mooi gelegen tennisbaan. Adembenemend uitzicht!

Alex from NL staying in Treggiaia. Jun 2022
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We had a most wonderful time in Treggiaia

We had a most wonderful time in Treggiaia. The location was perfect for us. Close enough to reach bigger cities and do sight seeing and out in the country for a restful holiday. The house was well equipped and the pool was lovely and well looked after. We also made use of the Tennis court which was great to have. The host family were an absolute delight. Very helpful with information and giving us a fantastic Tuscan experience. We enjoyed Treggiaia for its peacefulness and natural beauty. We had great fun exploring the surrounding villages and having day trips to Siena, Arrezzo and other places. Can’t really recommend any restaurants as we ate “at home” each night. Would certainly recommend it to other people.

Thank you also for being in touch with us before we went and sending us all the useful information and directions - it was much appreciated and helpful.

J. McN from UK staying in Treggiaia. Mar 2019
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

.....cannot recommend it highly enough

We had an absolutely wonderful time staying in Treggiaia and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what we hoped for when we imagined our trip to Tuscany. Set in beautiful countryside but within easy reach of Florence and other gems like Siena and San Gimignano, it was the perfect spot for exploring the area - although we also enjoyed our lazy days by the pool. The villa itself was charming and perfect for our needs (the pictures don't do it justice). What really made it such a special place to stay was the hosts, who made us feel welcome and at ease from the moment of our arrival. They were on hand whenever we needed them (for tourism tips or delicious homemade snacks) but very respectful of our privacy at all times.

We fully endorse the other reviews and comments on this site. If you are looking to get away from the stress of work and unwind in a beautiful scenery - or if you are looking for a base to explore Tuscan culture - this is the perfect spot. And the people are lovely too. We would definitely go back again.

H.C. staying in Treggiaia. Dec 2018
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We would definitely stay there again

We stayed at La Treggiaia at the beginning of June to celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday. We couldn't recommend it enough - the villa was the ideal base for a relaxing holiday exploring Tuscany.

The location is beautiful, overlooking the valley from the side terrace and surrounded by the grounds of the owners' farmhouse. The barn conversion has been done very tastefully and is spotlessly clean, the photos don't do it justice!

The owners were so welcoming, bringing over homemade bruschetta and answering any questions we had. We would definitely stay there again.

L.E. and family, UK staying in Treggiaia. Sep 2018
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We absolutely love Treggiaia

We absolutely love Treggiaia. The house is perfect, the pool is to die for and the surrounding scenery is wonderful. We have stayed twice now. The family really look after you, bringing little homemade treats for you. There are a couple of lovely restaurants in the nearby villages which are not too expensive. The train station is about 10 minutes away so a trip to Florence is a must. We were very fortunate this year to see the grape harvest taking place which is something we were in awe of !! Invitation to Tuscany are our "go to" company for our Italian holidays :-)

J.P. and family, UK staying in Treggiaia. Feb 2017
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We greatly enjoyed our holiday at Treggiaia

We greatly enjoyed our holiday at Treggiaia. It is a delightful property in a delightful spot, with a splendid pool and attentive owners on hand (who provided everything from fresh linen to fresh apricots!). There is a lovely covered terrace for outdoor eating, with nice views and complete privacy, with a tennis court on hand too. Being able to go to Florence and Arezzo by train from the local station was a real bonus (though finding parking at the station was a bit of a problem). As it was a heatwave throughout our stay, the air conditioning in the bedrooms was especially welcome.The house amenities, while quite adequate, do need a bit of refreshing though. For example, the bed had a protruding spring, and there were no dishes for the oven (though one was supplied immediately when we asked for it). But these are minor quibbles in relation to an exceptionally lovely property.

The location is somewhat off the usual tourist trail, which meant that only Italian was spoken locally and there is not the range of restaurants or other amenities that might normally be expected. What would have been really useful was a visitors' book (which is nearly always provided in properties we have stayed in) in which people can recommend places to visit, eat etc. There was some basic information provided by the property itself, but the absence of a visitors' book was a significant omission in terms of advice on where to go and what to do, especially useful in a less visited area.

But the main verdict is emphatically positive. It is a wonderful property. We would also add that it has been refreshing dealing with a travel company that delivers such a helpful and personal service to its clients.


Thank you very much for your comments about Treggiaia - we'll raise your points with the owner via email and also when we visit in September, and will also help her make a more complete house book, we have templates for that! Thanks, Dan W.

T.W. staying in Treggiaia. Oct 2017
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

...the holiday was really enjoyable and care-free

My family and I spent a lovely holiday in Tuscany last week, staying at Treggiaia. I just want to let you know that the service we received from 'Invitation to Tuscany' was excellent and pass on my thanks to you and the team. While we where there, the property owner, Michela, was also fantastic. She could not have been more accommodating and helpful, which made the holiday a real pleasure. To name but a few examples: after we enquired about the curtains in the bedrooms (due to a light-sleeping baby) she arranged for blackout blinds to be professionally installed in the bedroom in the few hours between the previous guests departing and our arrival. She also lent us her mother's microwave to sterilise baby milk bottles, and ensured the house was immaculate, including fresh flowers and some provisions for our first night, in case we hadn't had time to visit the shops. All in all, the holiday was really enjoyable and care-free for the whole family; I wouldn't hesitate in recommending 'Invitation to Tuscany'.

Mr. I.H. and family, UK staying in Treggiaia. Feb 2015
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We very much enjoyed our stay at Treggiaia

We very much enjoyed our stay at Treggiaia. The Villa itself is beautiful, very well equipped and comfortable, pool and garden area fantastic. The owner Michaela was very friendly and on hand when necessary - especially as we arrived late! All in all we were really happy with our choice and we would recommend Treggiaia as a lovely place to stay and explore Arezzo. We intend to come back out again this year and would not hesitate to rebook.

Mr. J.K. and family, UK staying in Treggiaia. Dec 2015
Treggiaia

Treggiaia

We had a wonderful and relaxing week at Treggiaia..

We had a wonderful and relaxing week at Treggiaia - couldn’t fault it at all!

The weather fantastic, so much so that other than a couple of trips to COOP, we only went to Florence (took the train - fantastic!) and Arezzo . . . and of course the Prada outlet!

Spent the rest of the time playing tennis, swimming and generally chilling out by the pool which was exactly what we all needed. Steve also hired a road bike from Greve and had a great time exploring the area on two wheels.

Nonna and her grandson were lovely and very welcoming. The welcome goodies were very gratefully received as were Nonna’s bruschettas on Sunday morning.

As always, everyone at Invitation to Tuscany make it so easy and stress-free to arrange a holiday, it’s a pleasure to book with you.

Thanks again

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. and family, UK staying in Treggiaia. Dec 2016
Canaiolo

Canaiolo

Great base for visiting the local countryside

Exceptionally hot weather (and a bottle of the locally produced Chianti Classico) greeted us at Lornano; the welcoming pool was just the thing for cooling down. In fact the pool and the surrounding gardens were the best part of the holiday. Angelitta (the site manager) was very helpful; the bedding and towels were changed mid-holiday. The winery tour and tasting was very enjoyable.

Canaiolo was historic with lovely features but in need of a comfy sofa and better mattresses. The patio chairs would of benefitted from cushions. Fly screens and fans would of been an advantage. Great base for visiting the local countryside and towns and having beautiful Sienna on your doorstep was a huge plus.

Manager Response Comfy sofa! We've mentioned this to the owners before and will mention it again now - we do agree. Fly screens and fans can be arranged - in fact the upstairs rooms have screens, if I remember correctly. It's the large double doors that, though wonderful, are tricky to protect from flying things. Glad you enjoyed it overall and thanks for the notes - we will act upon them.

Anon staying in Canaiolo. Sep 2011
Canaiolo

Canaiolo

Canaiolo is in a fine location

Canaiolo is in a fine location, overlooking a valley but with easy access to the main Siena - Florence road. The grounds and the pool are the best things about it - they are idyllic. The house is simply furnished but spacious, although the bedrooms get hot (we were there in a heatwave). Having a helpful caretaker on site was a bonus.

Anon staying in Canaiolo. Jul 2011
Canaiolo

Canaiolo

wonderful week

We had the most wonderful week. Was a stunning place for the kids and adults to stay and relax.

Anon staying in canaiolo. Aug 2011
Canaiolo

Canaiolo

Comfortable, spacious and clean accommodation

Stayed in Mid June, so before mosquitos were a problem. Larger property than expected with a great restaurant within walking distance. Close to Sienna and Chianti estates. Comfortable, spacious and clean accommodation and great pool if still a little cool in June. Would thoroughly recommend the place to anyone who is thinking of visiting the area.

Mr. P.W. with friends and family, UK staying in Canaiolo. Jun 2011
Canaiolo

Canaiolo

We really enjoyed our stay

Exactly what we expected, and a little more. We really enjoyed our stay. Canaiolo is so ideally situated...close to all the places worth visiting. And the scenery...absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The only problem we initially had was to find the place, directions could be a bit more specific, especially for foreigners. Thank you so much for contributing to a wonderful holiday in Italy.

Mr. L.B. with family and friends, South Africa staying in Canaiolo. Jul 2011
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

Words (Or Photos) Don’t Do It Justice

If you’re looking for the ultimate immersive Tuscan experience, this is your villa. The photos on the webpage pale in comparison to seeing it up close and personal. From the rustic stone, to the various seating areas all with a beautiful view of the countryside, dreamy bedrooms, and piece de resistance salt water pool, absolute perfection. The house had a certain sweet rose scent. Let’s talk about the plum trees as you park and grapes hanging from the wood column walkway. Herb garden? A short drive from a lovely alfresco eatery and neighboring San Donato. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! I can not wait to come back and book THIS villa again.

Sarah and Rocky from USA staying in Castellaccio. Aug 2022
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

A really enjoyable stay

A really enjoyable stay La Piazza Restaurant was better than ever. Also the Trattoria at the top of the lane takes some beating.

Sarah R-S and family staying in Castelllaccio. Feb 2019
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

It was everything and more than we could have hoped for

We had a lovely vacation at the villa. It was everything and more than we could have hoped for. Our only regret was that we were not able to stay longer to explore all of the property and to enjoy every sitting area multiple times.

As interior designers, we really appreciated the collected feeling of the home; a place where years of love and travel have layered the rooms. The photos did not do the villa justice! The bedrooms in the main house are comfortable and cozy. Our kids loved having their special twin bedrooms in which they could plot their pirates or gladiators fantasies underneath the ethereal netting. Many hours of imagination play or scavenger hunts were enjoyed. And when we were too hot, being able to jump into the magical pool made the day complete. The outside building was a bonus place to hangout, play charades or just lazily read.

Castellaccio is a magical place where we promptly boasted about to all our friends, though have fiercely guarded its location for fear that this 'secret' will be found out. Sicelle is the perfect size as home base and the surrounding towns were great to explore whenever we felt like venturing out. Not surprisingly, the local restaurants were incredible and delicious. The market at Panzano was a great surprise and the roasted chicken truck was an eating experience we still reminisce about.

There are not enough words to describe what a great stay we had at your villa. We hope to return again someday. If there was one critique it would be that it is too special for the masses looking for a packaged vacation in the Chianti region. This is not a villa for the bus-tour set but I suspect you are not disappointed to read this. The 'imperfections' and Italian ruggedness of this villa is not for everyone. However for the many who appreciate these characteristics will love it as we did.

dreaming of a return visit,

M.N. from NY, USA staying in Castellaccio. Feb 2018
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

Lived up to our expectations completely

We stayed at Castellaccio in September. The villa was beautiful, lived up to our expectations completely. It was great to be allowed to treat it as a home for the week. The tennis court and swimming pool were both put to good use. My son and I did a reasonable amount of cooking too - with a little one its much more relaxing to eat at home after she's in bed. The beds were all comfortable - I think we used all of them in the end. The restaurant at the end of the road, at the crossroads - looked really good but the night we wanted to eat there we weren't organised enough to book. I liked shopping in the little shops in Greve for the groceries as well as getting basics from the excellent new coop in San Donato. The villa was convenient for both Siena and Florence. One thing that's not made clear on the website is how lovely and private the whole place is. I would have no hesitation in recommending it fully.

Mrs. P.C. and family, UK staying in Castellaccio. Apr 2015
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

Overall our stay at Castellaccio can be rated as very good

Even if the weather was not friendly this summer Castellaccio was a nice place to stay and it perfectly matched our requirements: secluded, calm, charming in a terrific environment and a die-for pool. As a plant lover I could appreciate its Mediterranean garden with a wide variety of well-managed plants. The house, even if rustic, offers a good taste of authenticity. The staff was correct. Overall our stay at Castellaccio can be rated as very good. Just a little thing, you should probably warn people renting Castellaccio that, due to the hard steeply track, a four wheel drive vehicle is a better option which should become mandatory in case of heavy rain or in winter. As repeaters with your agency, I should add we've never been facing a problem with the houses you offer to rent and will surely be back in a future summer.

Mr. J-M.F. and family, France staying in Castellaccio. Jul 2014
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

We all felt very privileged to be there

Even if the weather was not friendly this summer Castellaccio was a nice place to stay and it perfectly matched our requirements: secluded, calm, charming in a terrific environment and a die-for pool. As a plant lover I could appreciate its Mediterranean garden with a wide variety of well-managed plants. The house, even if rustic, offers a good taste of authenticity. The staff was correct. Overall our stay at Castellaccio can be rated as very good. Just a little thing, you should probably warn people renting Castellaccio that, due to the hard steeply track, a four wheel drive vehicle is a better option which should become mandatory in case of heavy rain or in winter. As repeaters with your agency, I should add we've never been facing a problem with the houses you offer to rent and will surely be back in a future summer.

Mrs. P.S. and friends, USA staying in Castellaccio. Feb 2014
Castellaccio

Castellaccio

We found the house and grounds truly enchanting

What a lovely villa! Six of us stayed at Castellaccio for a week in September, and found the house and grounds truly enchanting. The kitchen was well-used, and allowed us to practice our Italian cooking. Lovely views from the pool. Warning: on arriving, when you are facing the Borgo at Sicelle, turn left and then take the next left turn, then right at the fork further on. We had a harrowing experience at dusk with a mistaken turn and a road we couldn't get back up without the aid of a fireman we happened across who managed to drive our two vehicles up the damp, pebbly road backwards at about 50 MPH. An amazing encounter we could have lived without. I recommend having dinner one evening at the bar/restaurant across from the Borgo. The food was superb, and the service personal and warm. The spaghetti with butter, pecorino cheese and black pepper was ridiculously delicious. We did have a great time. Everyone loved the villa. We also would like you to thank Joanne for us, for setting up the catered dinner. it was delicious (wild boar! yay!), and made for a lovely evening.

Mrs. S.W. and friends, USA staying in Castellaccio. Jul 2012
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

Great mix of hilltop Tuscany and nearby beaches

The house was exactly as described, in a very beautiful Tuscan setting with great views of Campiglia Marittima and the sea. The house has lots of places to sit, relax, eat, in sun or shade, as required. The wood fired pizza oven was gainfully employed as was the wood fired BBQ. The unsurfaced road and access track to it was a bit bumpy and narrow for the SUV we hired, but manageable with care, and was walkable to Campiglia in 20 mins or so. We were early in the season and the garden was still a bit wild, with opinion divided as to the degree of charm that added! The surrounding area is blessed with great beaches, historic hilltop towns and more modern resorts, the whole ensemble providing for a very relaxing stay. We couldn't find the fig tree though!

Chris P from UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. May 2022
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

We had a lovely time staying at Casa dei Fichi

We had a lovely time staying at Casa dei Fichi.

There were six adults in our party and the accommodation was perfect for us. The views from all parts of the villa were wonderful in particular from the front bedrooms and the terracing. We could see the Mediterranean from the pool and the castle from the terrace. The settees and chairs in the lounges were very comfortable. The kitchen was extremely well equipped with a very good cooker. The utility room had two fridges and a convenient washing machine and dish-washer. Really, the house was well equipped. The villa was very secluded and we only saw a few of the estate workers and a couple of walkers during the whole week – very peaceful. There were no city noises, no street lights and no crowds – ideal for us.

We had an enjoyable evening when Luca, the caretaker, came to prepare pizzas for us – a really nice meal and although we didn’t cook any pizzas ourselves during the week, we had a few barbeques. Most evenings and early mornings were spent around the pool. The weather was in the high 20’s all week and we only had a shower of rain for an hour one afternoon.

We walked several times into the village and ate lunches in the cafes in the centre. Being on top of a hill, the walk from the villa to the village was easy but a little harder on the way back! We found a map of the trails around Campiglia and followed one of them to the Archaeological park – mines that had ceased working some while back but are now open to the public. The site has several mines and includes small railways – very interesting.

Since we had not been to Tuscany before, we had two city trips – to Florence and Siena. We decided the best option was to drive. In Florence, we parked in Fortessa de Basso – about 0.5 km from the centre. In Siena, we parked in the Stadio – the football stadium – again just outside the ZTL (no car) area – both had plenty of space (but it was September). Both days were filled with the wonderful sights of the cities.

On another day, we visited a winery. We were advised to go to the Bolgheri (about 30km) area where there are several wineries that provide a tour. We visited Marina at Mulini di Segalari who gave us a description of how her wines were produced and then provided us with glasses of the five wine types.

It was truly a most enjoyable week. Location – great; villa – great; weather – great; food and drink – great; pool – great. What else could one say!

Thanks to Luca and Sarah at your office for advice and hospitality.

We had a lovely time staying at Casa dei Fichi staying in Casa dei Fichi. Jul 2019
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

All in all not just a repeat of a previous holiday but perfect week...

We first visited Casa dei Fichi three years ago and knew then that we would return. Going back we were a bit apprehensive that maybe the memories of the previous time there would not be repeated but the minute we drove around the bend in the driveway and the house appeared I knew we needn’t have worried.

Knowing the locale from last time we knew how to get to the house which wasn’t necessarily the case case first time round (careful not to end up driving down the wrong street and ending up into middle of the old town when you are not supposed to!) Also we knew the local big Coop in Venturina and with the flight into Pisa getting in at 12.30 by the time we had made to Campiglia Marittima we had time to nip there to stock up with our first shop before heading to the house for check-in at 17.00. We also had time for a quick drink in the beautiful town square (great ice creams for the kids at the Bacco Bar) and book a table at La Tavernetta for our first evening (Saturdays it gets a bit busy in the square so worth securing a table outside.)

The dirt road up to the house had been a bit of a challenge the last time but I am glad to report it has been upgraded to an extent and now is no real issue at all. Tuning off the track onto the drive way of the house with the line of cypress trees never fails to bring a lump to your throat as the view and house appears after 400m or so.

Whoever cleans the house between guests does an amazing job as the house was immaculate . The kitchen is fully stocked with every tool and could possibly need. The pantry full of essentials and plenty of fridge space. Books, toys, electronics a plenty to keep everyone occupied. A big stock of seasoned olive wood for the bbq and the pizza oven that are just great for making very special lunches and evening meals sitting on the patio or under the loggia watching the sunset. The pool is just perfect. Not heated but never cold and really fresh being fed by the houses well. The beds were all made up, plenty of extra linen and towels in the store cupboard and big silent fans in the ceiling of each room meaning not once were we uncomfortable sleeping despite the 30+ daytime temperatures.

The week was made up of breakfasts on the terrace, swimming in the pool, pasta and pizza dough making for long lunches, afternoon walks, bbq evening meals or strolling 20 minutes down the hill into town for exploring, drinks and great food in the larger than expected choices of restaurants hidden away down little side alleys off the main square. The walks back up the hill in the dark was always a great source of excitement. Coming across families of wild boar, hiding and jumping out to scare the kids in the dark and telling scary stories makes the walk back and the steep slope fly by.

Last time we did days out to Lucca, Pisa and Sienna so didn’t need to repeat these (although certainly worth it and all less than an hour and a half away). This time we took a day out and visited Volterra and San Grimignano as well as a trip to find some wild swimming on the river Celina (check out the book Wild Swimming in Italy). An afternoon at the beach along from Piombino after a lovely lunch at Restorante Canessa in Baratti was great too.

All in not just a repeat of a previous holiday but perfect week made all the better by feeling you were back home to an extent. Bring on next time!

As a foot note, I think it is worth describing how we got there. I love a road trip but that’s not best with two young kids. As such I set of in the car and met the family at Pisa airport a few days later. We still needed to hire a car as there were six of us in total but it did mean the Easy Jet flights could be done with no luggage and the family car loaded to the gunnels with more than you would every look to take on a plane. Hiring a 5+2 sear car (think Ford SMax, Renault Grand Scenic or Nissan Quasqui+) meant we could still travel around for the week in one car whilst the familiar car was left parked up. The first time I did a direct route via the Mont Blance tunnel and a stop at Vercelli between Turin and Milan for a day and a half 900mile trip to Pisa. Back was a repeat with the over night in Dijon France. Easily doable but not the most fun.

This time I added a day to the trip south and after a day getting to Grenoble drove the Route Napoleon down to Nice and then a night in a seaside town 30miles from Genoa for a quick dash to Pisa the next morning. Much more fun! One thing to note is that since the collapse of the bridge in the middle of Genoa a year or so ago, getting through there is daunting. That Saturday morning there had been an accident on the detour route causing chaos. I did however follow the Waze app which took me off the signed route and through the middle of Genoa missing the whole problem and only 15 mins extra drive time. Well worth putting your faith in Waze!

On the way back I did the same as last time but instead of the cost and waiting at the Mont Blanc tunnel I crossed the alps by the Mont Cenis pass. Again more fun and didn’t actually add much more time or distance.

Thanks for making the family holiday perfect. It won’t be long before we are back.

R.N. and family, UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. Mar 2019
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

The villa exceeded all our expectations

We stayed for a week at Casa Di Fichi in June 2018 and I just cannot recommend it highly enough. There's along dusty track leading to the villa, which given we arrived on a late flight, was interesting to navigate! We were delighted to be met, even at a very late hour, by someone to hand over the keys. This was in stark contrast to our experience in Monte Carlo in April when the owner refused to allow a check in for a late flight, so we were most grateful to Dan. The villa exceeded all our expectations. It was huge, clean and had the most amazing views over the valley. The David Hockney print of the view made it very special! The villa had absolutely everything, and more that we needed for a relaxing holiday. The kitchen was so well equipped there was nothing we couldn't find. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of books to read and games too. The pool is chilly but lovely and lots of sun loungers and shade if needed.There is outside space and terraces at every level, so many private spaces, so no problem with feeling cramped or crowded. The nearest village is very pretty but not walk able. We took a day trip to San Gimignano, stunning but busy, and Pisa too, ditto. I don't think the villa would suit very young children due to the number of steps and no alarm or fencing round the pool (mandatory in France, but my kids are older). In summary I would not hesitate to rebook this beautiful and obviously much cared for villa.

R.S. and family staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2018
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

The villa surpassed our expectations in every way

Just thought I would drop you a quite email to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Casa dei Fichi. The villa surpassed our expectations in every way. It was a perfect location with stunning views and excellent facilities. Our eldest son (a keen amateur cook) was in his element in the kitchen and barbeque, we also had a fun pizza night.

A.F. and family staying in Casa dei Fichi. Mar 2018
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

We had an absolutely fabulous time at Casa dei Fichi

We had an absolutely fabulous time at Casa dei Fichi and cannot speak too highly of the house, the help and support received from you before we got there (including sending us a video of the drive to the house so we could check if our van would be ok with it) and from Luca when were there. The only issue we had was from very flickering lights the first night we were there, very efficiently sorted by Luca that same night. The house was perfect, and we especially appreciated all the different outdoor sitting and eating spaces around the house. The views from the property over to the sea were beautiful and the pool too was gorgeous and perfectly maintained. We loved walking into Campiglia in the evenings and back after enjoying the excellent restaurants and bars. Finally, a special thanks to Luca for his lovely tomatoes, and for posting us back the keys we left behind!

We used your company many years ago when we used to holiday pre-children, and would never book with anyone with anyone else for our Tuscan adventures.

L.T. and family staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2017
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

...it really is like a home

This beautiful home - because that's what it is - has a kitchen and shower room I'd die for in the UK. The owners haven't tucked their ceramics out of sight - they're there to pile high with salads and other fare from gorgeous Campiglia Marittima and the various nearby markets/supermarkets. There are so many different places to be in this home that in a week of 5 of us together - 2 in our 50s and 3 friends in their 20s - we never felt on top of each other. Morning coffee on the terrace looking down to the sea and over to Elba in the distance; lunch in the cool on the covered terrace by the pizza oven; evenings watching the lights of Campiglia at yet another table by the BBQ fire. And that's just outside. While the sun worshippers were at the pool during the hottest part of the day or playing scrabble (how do you do that riotously? - they managed) in a shaded spot outside, I stretched out on the sofa, with the breeze coming through the patio doors, working my way through the amazing selection of books scattered around the house. That's what I mean - it really is like a home. The owners have an endearingly potty sense of time and direction as they obviously know the area inside out and forget that those coming afresh can get rather lost. A few hand-drawn maps would really help. But when we came round that last spur of hillside and saw the house waiting for us, it was one of those moments I can count on my hand - ferry to Mull and sunset over Lantau included - when my soul tells me I'm home. It really is heaven. I can't wait to go back.

Ms. M.K. and friends, UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. Mar 2014
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

...a wonderful place to relax with friends and family

The Casa dei Fichi was a wonderful place to relax with friends and family. This old Tuscan farmhouse has been beautifully restored and modernised but still has many original features.The indoor space offers good accommodation, plenty of space to relax and eat and features a fantastic open-plan kitchen in which we could all enjoy preparing meals together. The location is peaceful and secluded with amazing views over the countryside and the most spectacular sunsets over the sea. The house is surrounded by terraces, enabling you to find a shady spot to read, paint or just relax even when the sun is hot. In the evenings, we made good use of the inner courtyard (equipped with a wood burning open grill) or sat up late counting the shooting stars. The attractive medieval town of Campiglia Marittima is short drive away - we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy the atmosphere of an annual festival. The area is worth exploring (Elba, Populonia) and the coast is blessed with many bays and beaches. However, in august the beaches are really overflowing with local holiday makers and we found it best to go in the evening when it is possible to find a quieter spot. The owners had left a lot of useful and practical information about places to visit, where to shop etc. which made finding our way around quite easy. A local couple look after the property and are available for questions and support throughout the stay (no language problems as Luciano's English was excellent). Being out in the countryside, be prepared for a dusty and bumpy track to get to this haven of peace and enjoy the wild-life on offer (everything from butterflies to bats and wild boars) as well as the occasional thunderstorm. We would love to return - perhaps in the Spring or autumn or when the less-intense heat would be more amenable to walking and rambling. In short, this was a perfect Tuscan holiday!

Mrs. M.S. and family, Switzerland staying in Casa dei Fichi. Jul 2010
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

Das Haus liegt wunderschön....

Das Haus liegt wunderschön in absoluter Ruhelage in den Hügeln mit Blick auf die etruskische Küste. eingerichtet ist es sehr geschmackvoll und rural, es ist geräumig und es gibt alles, was man für einen erholsamen Urlaub benötigt. Wir hatten eine wundervolle Woche dort.

Mrs. A.F. and family, Austria staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2013
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

This was an amazing villa

This was an amazing villa. We had 5 adults and 2 children and it was the perfect size. The open floor plan made our evening meals even more enjoyable and the view from the back porch was unbeatable. The owners were very accomidating and I would absolutely recommend this villa and hope to return again.

Mrs. S.B. and family, UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2011
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

The house was beautiful, stylish, relaxed and homely!

We were lucky enough to stay in this beautiful villa for the first week of August. The house was beautiful, stylish, relaxed and homely! As everybody has mentioned, the kitchen and huge utility room were particularly useful and we even had 2 fridges which kept the beer cold as well as the food! We had three children in our party, aged 7, 7 and 11. The pool keep them amused for most of the week! My husband adored the pizza oven and we enjoyed many evenings worth of pizza! The views are unbeatable and panoramic so wherever we ate, we enjoyed looking over mountains, the sea. It was gorgeous. Now you don't get those views without a hillside drive! From my perspective it might have been a good idea to mention that the track to the villa is a single and fairly narrow track. We had hired a 9 seater minibus but had we known this, we might have gone for 2 smaller cars... would have saved my blood pressure! We immensely enjoyed this holiday and I suspect we will be back to visit Casa Dei Fichi! My only feedback for the owners would be that there are only 3 sun loungers and 1 umbrella for the poolside. Given that there are 4 double bedrooms here and you can accommodate a number of people, I would suggest a few more of each. I don't like to share my sun bed! Air conditioning would have made this villa absolutely A grade but we were provided with fans.

Manager Response Dear Stuart, thanks for your review, I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I'll put a note on the website about the road - it is a bit tricky! I'll also ask the owner to provide more sunbeds and umbrellas for next year, thanks for letting us know! Best regards, Dan

Mr. S.B. and family, UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. Jan 2015
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

...a true home away from home

“We could not have hope for better” Casa di Fichi was the perfect place for the whole family. The toddler had plenty of space and loved the toys available. (Mr Potato man we miss you!) My mum and my partner are both chefs and were very impressed by the kitchen and the huge utility room. My dad loved the house being so secluded Lovely BBQ area and after being taught how to use the pizza oven, we spend a few evenings creating our own pizzas. The house is made with so much love and care, a true home away from home. My sister who is a keen piano player, loved the piano available to us. But for me the most beautiful thing was watching the most beautiful sunset evening after evening from our terrace. Casa dei Feichi, thank you for such a special stay.

Wendy, Greg, and family staying in Casa dei Fichi. Dec 2014
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

The house was lovely and the pool and views superb

We had a super time, thank you. The house was lovely and the pool and views superb. It was so lovely to be able to retreat to the house in the hills where it was cool (and relatively free of mosquitos) when it was so hot in the plains below. Loved the fact we could see and hear no-one from the property. And the long track made ideal cycling escapades for our three boys! The only thing further we would have liked – but with all your properties – would be a piano!! Holidays are a rare time in which there would be time to play!

Mrs. C.W. and family, U.K. staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2014
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

We all really enjoyed our stay...

The casa dei fichi and the views from it were beautiful. We all really enjoyed our stay...... Thanks,

Mrs. R.B. and family, Gorizia, Italy staying in Casa dei Fichi. Dec 2013
Casa dei Fichi

Casa dei Fichi

We would absolutely like to come back next year!

Back home after a great summer... I just wanted to tell you that our stay (too short) was fantastic, the house was wonderful and exactly what we were looking for and we had a great time there. The house is beautifully decorated, the location is unique and there was everything you could need. The kids were in the pool a lot and it was really quiet and relaxing. We would absolutely like to come back next year! Thank you for everything!

Mrs A.F. and family, UK staying in Casa dei Fichi. Feb 2013
Rustico

Rustico

Beautiful Location

Rustico is in a stunning location and the views are incredible. Elvira, Katia and the rest of the family were so welcoming and helpful the whole time we were there. The pool is perfectly located and there are plenty of sunbeds to use.

We would definitely return again !!

Jane staying in Rustico. Aug 2022
Rustico

Rustico

We stayed at Rustico the last week of May ...it was HEAVEN!!!

We stayed at Agriturismo Elvira - Rustico the last week of May in Casole d'Elsa. It was HEAVEN!!! Elvira was warm and welcoming and took care of us as if we were part of her own family. I stayed there with my husband, friend and toddler and it was a place never to be forgotten by any of us. The grounds are immaculately kept, the apartment (Rustico) was super clean and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. It was cold but we even used the great swimming pool. My son loved running around the property and we loved sitting out in the sun and having a meal. This is a place that we will be going to for years to come! It is also a fairly short drive from Siena and an hour and a half drive from Florence. I recommend renting a car as it makes it a whole lot easier to see the beauty that surrounds this home. This home exceeded our expectations. Thank you Elvira!

Mrs. S-J and family, USA staying in Rustico. May 2015
Rustico

Rustico

...really enjoyed our recent stay at Rustico

We really enjoyed our recent stay at Rustico. We thought the property was in a beautiful setting with spectacular views. The owners were lovely and very helpful and certainly made us welcome. The pool was one of the highlights of the property and was perfect for our 8 yr old daughter.

The villa was as described on your website apart from the TV was missing and it took 3 days to get this setup to watch. We felt the villa was also missing a few basic supplies, like kitchen roll, oven glove, toilet rolls, soap, which we had to purchase. I think the most useful information that would have been nice to know at the beginning of our vacation was that there was a supermarket less than a mile down the street. There was no mention of this in the folder in the villa or in the information emailed to us. We only found out from the owners towards the end of our visit, after spending almost a whole day driving to the PAM supermarket several miles away. I appreciate this is a much larger supermarket but the local one had a good selection of basic supplies and groceries.

We enjoyed the peaceful location of the villa without being too far from restaurants and the village. We would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in the Tuscan countryside and is interested in visiting the larger, more touristy towns like Siena and San Gimignano, which are only a short drive away.

We hope these comments are helpful to you and future visitors to Rustico.

Mrs. J.T. and family, USA staying in Rustico. Dec 2014
Rustico

Rustico

Excellent location

Excellent location, really nice house, the owners are really helpful and nice.

Mr. C.H. and family, Sweden staying in Rustico. Dec 2011
Rustico

Rustico

Clean property good facilities

Clean property, good facilities at both property and local town. Only thing we could pick up on is that the printed directions given from Pisa airport were incorrect for the last couple of miles or so (they erroneously jump to directions from south). Confusion added half hour to journey but figured out eventually. Didn't detract from a great week.

Mr. C.G. and family, UK staying in Rustico.
Modernista

Modernista

I cannot recommend it enough

Let me start by saying that I have had the pleasure of staying in many villas throughout Italy. I have to say my stay at Modernista was joyous the property was better than I anticipated. The rooms were airy and modern and the pool was a great resource. The location in the small town of Peregine Valdarno was perfect enabling us to walk into the town for basic shopping and the bar in the evening and the restaurant. Yet it was only a short drive away from Florence and Siena. Our hosts were attentive and helpful and in no way intrusive. The whole region is wonderful and for me Certona was an unexpected bonus as was Civitella. Modernista helped me connect with Italians and the Italian ways in a way I have not been able to from other tourist type villas. I cannot recommend it enough.

Mr. T.M. with family and friends, UK staying in Modernista. Feb 2015