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We have returned home from a fantastic 2 weeks in Tuscany wishing that we had spent two weeks in Tuscany! The Farmhouse Coccinelle (what a funny name!) was the perfect pla-ce for our family of 4 (all adults) to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of the house. Thanks to the loving care that Sonia put into this property, we hated to leave! Upon our ar-rival, we received a great orientation about the area and the rich history of the home. We were also given cell phones and a preprogrammed GPS (very helpful!) to use for the week that we requested in advance to Mrs Cristina. Thanks to Cristina, we had a deli-cious meal delivered to the villa to enjoy our first night. This was money well spent as we were tired from our long trip. We took day trips to Lucca (very close), Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre. Sonia has all of the directions for these destinations at the villa. We enjoy-ed all of the day trips, but hated to leave the beautiful villa. After we returned from our day trips, the kids headed straight for the pool with a garden and setting that is beyond words. When we travel, we really enjoy getting to know the people who live in the area and seeing how they live. We enjoyed using our limited Italian to talk to the neighbors...they were very friendly and kind...one even brought us fresh figs from her garden...yum! Another group invited me to sit down with them as I was returning from my morning run. A highlight of the trip was the barbeque party at the villa. Cristina fired up bbq and taught us how to make the best meat that we have ever had. It was fun to chat with her about life in Italy...a night that we will always remember. Finally, we all slept like babies at the villa...it is quiet! The only sounds you hear in the morning are birds and roosters...wonderful! The beds were extremely comfortable with fresh linen sheets. We loved our visit...
Very Grateful Mark and Stephanie, your guests in November 2018
Sonia and Cristina did an outstanding job making our stay at the villa absolutely superb. Time and again, all week long, Isa organized activities == teaching us how to make pizza in a 500-year-old stone oven, taking us up to meet a blacksmith/artisan whose family for-ge had been operating for hundreds of years, and connecting us with a local cook who prepared a fantastic Italian meal. In the evenings, we enjoyed a variety of Italian wines looking out over the countrysude of Lucca and Florence from the patio. The accommoda-tions were first class -- and there was so much to see and do. Our group of four couples found this the best week in over 15 years of annual get togethers.