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Villa Vignamaggio

At a Glance

    Pros

  • unbeatable views
  • informative wine tastings

    Cons

  • no elevator to third floor
  • private transportation required

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Villa Vignamaggio Review

Reputed to be the birthplace of the woman made famous by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and used as the setting of Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film, Much Ado About Nothing, Villa Vignamaggio has origins in the 14th century. This historic estate, which includes the main building and two small cottages, is surrounded by manicured classical Italian gardens. Some rooms have exposed beams, whereas others have the genuine ancient plaster walls that faux-paint treatments attempt to replicate. The villa also produces some very fine wines; ask about tastings at the reception desk. Fodors.com users report that the villa is in a "good location for day trips in northern Tuscany." A minimum stay of two nights is required.

    Hotel Details

  • 9 rooms, 16 suites, 13 apartments, 2 cottages
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed mid-Nov.–mid-Mar.
Updated: 12-04-2013

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    I was so happy with my stay here- was with two friends and we got one of the efficiency suites which overlooked the rolling tuscan hills through a beautiful half circle window. I really don't know where to begin in terms of describing how much I loved this place. It's a little more country than say a Ritz Carlton, but it is definitely one of the nicest hotels I have visited in Europe. The surroundings are unbeatable- sitting by the very quiet pool, overlooking the countryside and drinking some of their chianti is an experience not to be missed. We also signed up for one of their wine tours which was not only very informative, but fun with great cheese and prosciutto to finish off the tasting. And the only reason I gave them a four for service, was to save it for hotels like the Ritz or Four Seasons, otherwise the people couldn't have been warmer to us. Just watch Much Ado about nothing or check out their website to see how beautiful it really is. You definitely need a car though- we went to Florence first and rented a car on our way out of the city, headed onto Siena and dropped it in Rome. Great way to see Tuscany.

    by skg2158, 12/11/06
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    Quintessential Tuscany

    I have stayed here twice and love it. Good location for day trips in northern Tuscany. Rooms are lovely and the grounds are stunning.

    by Pia, 2/4/07

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