We loved being in an authentic historic villa with character and charm, yet modern conveniences. Three couples traveling together needed the generous spaces the villa provided, including three bedrooms with large beds, 3 baths/three showers, and spaces to eat/relax. We enjoyed the variety of experiences that we could reach in various directions--train to Florence, drive to Vinci, the Chianti loop, Siena, San Gimignano, etc.
The view across the valley to Pistoia is spectacular and we were able to enjoy it during many meals on the terrace under the large umbrella. Our hosts, were extremely helpful, friendly, and fun! The kitchen was well-equipped, had a dishwasher and a microwave, plus a good stove. The house has WiFi, which we appreciated.
One must be prepared for lots of steps to get to the bedrooms and baths, but that was clearly stated in the description. Though we were close to highways, it is quite a drive to the hill towns of Tuscany. We also knew that. The showers could have benefitted from the new curved shower rods used in US hotels. In two of the baths, the showers were small enough that one couldn't get away from the clinging shower curtains! Hot water didn't last through 6 people's showers--not too surprising.
We liked going into Pistoia for some meals and gelato--we ate that everywhere! It was nice to be able to take the train from Pistoia into Florence. In addition to the towns and tours mentioned above, we also liked visiting the American Cemetery. It is beautiful and moving. We visited Pisa/Lucca on our way to the villa from Cinque Terre so they are relatively close.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Pistoia is not exactly a small town and it wasn't within walking distance. There is a small grocery that is a short drive away.
Tips or Restaurants:
We expected to find the items in the welcome basket as stated on the web site. Most were there except for milk. I think that the list will be more accurate in the future. If you're looking for a friendly English-speaking guy, try Danny at Caffe Ristorante Gli Artisti in Pistoia. We had a really good lunch at Ristorante Montebuoni, up a hill near Tavarnuzze, not far from the American Cemetery. Good lunch with great pasta at Bada Canzo in Volterra and a lovely meal in Florence at Ristorant Paioli SRL on Via dei Tavolinni.
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