Have you stayed in an Tuscany Villa?

Jun 19th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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Have you stayed in an Tuscany Villa?

If so, please advise name of Villa. Any information both pro and con would be appreciated.
I am searching and just can't decide. We would have a car, but prefer Villa with easy access to major areas.
Thank you so much.
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Jun 19th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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Good morning, Giuseppa!

In October 2002, my husband and I stayed at Villa di Piazzano near Cortona. We were absolutely enchanted! Check out their website at www.villadipiazzano.com, although I must tell you that the photos on the site do not do this place proper justice. This particular villa has a rather impressive historical past. It was the former hunting lodge of Cardinal Passerini, a close friend of the famous Di Medici family. Anyway, this was our base in Tuscany and we found it to be very convenient. Good luck with your trip planning. If you have any additional questions regarding Tuscany or Italy in general, please post again and I will be happy to assist you.

Best regards,

Donna
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Jun 19th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Check out www.slowtrav.com for villa information.
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Jun 19th, 2007, 11:05 AM
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Here are two suggestions for a villa in Tuscany:
1. www.theparkercompany.com (we used them with 3 other couples in 2005..thought we'd died and gone to Heaven.)
2. www.untours.com (We are using them this October for two weeks in Provence and have had several friends who have used them in Italy.)
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Jun 19th, 2007, 03:25 PM
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First, go to slowtrav.com and look at reviews. Location is always the key---Tuscany is large.
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Jun 19th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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I agree with DLB .....we stayed at villa di piazzano. They have amazing food, wonderful people and agree that the photo's do not do justice. The owner is a chef and I actually took a cooking class from her. Her mother is in her 90's and is a chef in Rome....although not really working, but still active. This is a quiet locaiton, with pool....you feel truly envirgorated by the quiet and beauty. We were upgraded to a very large room with second floor bedroom.....enjoy!
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Jun 20th, 2007, 03:27 AM
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How many people are you? Villa rents are priced fairly precisely... so the villa that is affordable for eight will rarely make sense for 2-4 people, unless you truly have money to burn.

That said... I would vouch for rentvillas.com or domani-usa.com - - all the while acknowledging that my own experiences (or the experiences of anyone else who hasn't rented in the past year or two) can't hold a candle to the plethora of _fresh_ expertise you can find... updated continuously... at slowtrav.com

Best wishes,

Rex
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Jun 20th, 2007, 03:46 AM
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Only suggestion:
http://www.tuscanweb.com/property/?ID=4474
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Jun 20th, 2007, 04:07 AM
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We will be staying at the Villa Certaldo in just over two weeks - I'll be happy to give a report after we're back!

We went through www.rentvillas.com
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 06:45 PM
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Villa di piazzano is really a wonderful bed and breakfast. It is not an entire villa for rent. But, having said that, they had amazing food, a breakfast buffet unlike any other we had seen, a wonderful dinner menu and if you didn't make reservations, you might not get to eat there. Between the wonderful people, truly stunning grounds, quiet and peaceful serenity, and great food, the villa just can't be beat.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 01:41 AM
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We stayed at Villa Luciano 35 minutes from Florence in the beautiful village of Londa. the villa is in walking distance and there are shops and restaurants.
However the car is recommended to see the area!
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Jul 10th, 2007, 02:05 AM
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We stayed at Le Rondini through Salogi Villas and just loved it. Located between Pisa and Florence, we took day trips to Cinque Terre, Portofino, Lucca and Chianti. This was 3 years ago and still can't stop thinking about those dreamy days.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 03:33 PM
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www.lupinari.com

Tenuta Lupinari in Bucine ~ south of Florence, east of Siena and west of the A-1. Moderate to high end beautiful, spotless place to tour all central Tuscany locations. We went with 6 people two years ago and returning in 2008 with 10 people.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 06:10 PM
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We book using www.tuscany.net. I find places I like and then do searches on tripadvisor, etc. to see what others have said. Have fun!
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 03:56 PM
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Here's the post I made from our trip in May 2007.
We just returned from a wonderful stay in a Tuscan villa outside of Chianti. Casale di Villore is comprised of 6 apartments in a beautiful setting only 6 kms from Poggibonsi. The setting was everything we had hoped for in a stay in the Tuscan countryside: farmhouse feel with all the comforts of a modern apartment, gorgeous sunsets overlooking the rolling hills, manicured lawns and flowers, lovely pool and warm and friendly hospitality. We stayed 7 nights and enjoyed every minute. The apartment was exactly as described if not better. We found the location convienent for lots of day trips in Chianti, Pisa, Siena. Antonio who manages the property speaks very good English and made suggestions for day trips and arranged a terrific cooking class in our apartment. He was eager to help and available every day for questions. I highly recommend a stay a Casale di Villore: www.villore.com


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Jul 23rd, 2007, 06:31 PM
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I had to laugh about "villas" and rental properties. When I fly to Rome everyweek,there are quite a few people on my flights that are sooooooo excited about their villa rentals in Tuscany..yada yada.They picture the Tuscan Sun movie and its atmosphere. Then when I have them on their return flights, all I hear about is that they were rundown farmhouses with leaky roofs for over a $1000 a week.Not all but quite a few-so make sure you rent a property that someone has actually stayed at?
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:20 AM
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We had a very positive experience renting a villa through www. intuscany.net last year. (Villa nell'Olivetto, in Castelmuzio.) We loved the fact that we had a huge private garden with lovely views of the valley, but were also on the outskirts of a very charming hilltop village, so could walk to the (one) local shop and restaurant. The best of both worlds, as some of these villas can be a bit isolated.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 04:03 AM
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We stayed at Villa Nottola near Montepulciano and we liked it a lot. They make wine and have a great restaurant. Have apartments and rooms and a pool. No real wine tours but they give you tastes of the wines they make.
http://www.villanottola.com/
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Jul 25th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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While there is nothing wrong with using this thread as a repository to post info on villas that you like (maybe do a more complete write-up on slow.trav.com is better though)...

...it's probabloy time to put this one to rest, with regard to offering any help to Giuseppa, who originally asked the question, as she has not been back here in over a month - - and we are still left guessing - - is this for a family with two little kids? three couples? a party of ten?

It isn't meaningful to make a specific recommendation without knowing the basic needs for the persons who want to stay in a "villa".
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Jul 25th, 2007, 05:38 AM
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We stayed a week at Villa Certaldo which is about 7k from Certaldo and about 30k southwest of Florence.

The villa was fantastic and the owner was as helpful as anyone could be. We had her arrange for a local cook for our first night and that was a great experience as well. We had a 3 bedroom unit with a lovely eat-in kitchen and a separate dining room as well. There was also a nice living room and a private porch facing east overlooking vineyards and olive groves - simply fantastic.

The location is great - a car is necessary - and a mobile GPS system proved invaluable for getting us around the countryside.

I'd love to go back for the grape harvest season.

I'd be happy to provide more details.
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