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Property Details

Sleeps:
9 - 10
Single Bedrooms:
1
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
4
Type:
Villa
Property #:
16639
Nearest Town:
Arezzo

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Villa Giovi - 10

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Overall:
We had a great time on our holiday. The villa is unique, which presents some challenges, but offers an authentic experience.
Enjoyed Most:
The dining rooms.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were firm and the living room was dark so we spent most time in the kitchen.
Surrounding Area:
Traveling to the small towns of Tuscany.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Ponte alla Chiasa - within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Al Principe was a restaurant within walking distance, in Giovi. This place was excellent.
Directions:
We used a GPS.

Rob, August

Overall:
We all agreed that the experience was quite magical. The villa and surroundings lived up to our expectations. My youngest daughter was married at the villa and the support and understanding of the villa's proprietors was very sympathetic.
Enjoyed Most:
For want of a better word, it was genuine. The villa had integrity. It had been lovingly restored to what it was: A house that reflected its roots and and tinkering over the centuries. My grandson initially wasn't too sure about the scary man in the portrait at the bottom of the stairs but that proved to be fleeting and the stone steps were a minor challenge for my granddaughter, but we appreciated the reality of an old, grand, quintessentially Italian home. The owners are also the guardians of s small jewel of a church across the road. Ask if you can see it. Check out the timing of the village "fundraising" dinner. It's a gem. The road is shut off and seating for 400 is spread along the road. No cutlery, just local wine and food. It was like a step back in time.
Enjoyed Least:
Maybe the lack of insect screens on the upper windows, but you know that would have distracted from the chance to throw open the shutters on a sunny Tuscan morning and playing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Surrounding Area:
The proximity of small town Italy. The 13th century church and its tiny piazza--a stone's throw away was a small Zeffirelli movie set. Then there was the small bakery a kilometre away, the "Bar Sandy" with its lively set of waitresses and small town characters and the "Nonna" who waved to all and sundry driving by. Cortona is 45 minutes away and although it has its share of tourists it is a quintessential Italian hill town full of life and winding streets. Check the "Pane et Vino" restaurant there. The experience and food is outstanding. Simple fare and a collector's wine list.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The name of the nearest village just beyond Giovi escapes me but it is within walking distance but it's not a quick walk. The bakery, bar, drug store, butcher and hardware store are all there. I drove in at 7 AM for fresh croissants each morning.
Tips or Restaurants:
As mentioned by others there are a couple of pizza places nearby. The pizza was cheap and tasty and the beer even cheaper. The owner gives you a quick run through the town and will point them out. The restaurant, "Trattoria Principia," near the 13th century church is excellent. Bring a decent bottle of red from your home country and share it with a local. It will do you wonders.
Directions:
We used a GPS and it got us to Giovi without error but the turn-off to the Villa is well concealed, but fairly quickly identified. GPS coordinates would be of help. A short primer on the process of Italian toll roads would also help, I think. Coming off a long flight, wending one's way through the horrors of car hiring at Da Vinci, and then hitting the freeway with Ferraris an inch from your fender can befuddle the most astute driver at the tollgate.
Check In Out:
This procedure went without a hitch.

Peter, July

Overall:
Wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful views and exterior.
Enjoyed Least:
While the bathrooms were fine, there was only one with a real stand-alone shower. We 3 couples shared.
Surrounding Area:
Great restaurant recommendations from villa.
Nearby Events or Locales:
You could walk to Giovi
Tips or Restaurants:
Ask the owner for recommendations. Il Pistorio fish restaurant was fantastic.
Directions:
A little confusing as the sign at the turnoff does not say Giovi, but we figured it out.

Scott, July

Overall:
Absolutely wonderful. From 10-year olds to septuagenarians, everyone adored the villa and had lots to do both within walking, bus, and train distance.
Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful entrance from the back, enjoying family dinners on a beautiful stone table over 500 years old, the gorgeous high-ceilings, the great taste in design evident in the restoration of the house and grounds, and the lovely, welcoming family. The pool was perfect for the children and the adults at the end of every day. There was ample room at the villa for the 9 of us.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Surrounding Area:
An excellent restaurant is within walking distance, as is a good pizza-trattoria place nearby. In a short driving distance is an excellent supermarket with a large store next to it that has anything you might have forgotten to bring. Several of us went on lovely walks in the area. Also, on the way to the restaurant Principe is a fascinating cemetery - beautifully lit at night.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Borgo a Giovi is very small, but convenient for fresh bread and fruit all within walking distance. Best of all, the bus stops there in a few places, making the trip to Arezzo and from there to Cortona, etc, very easy and pleasant.
Tips or Restaurants:
Our daughters treated all 9 of us to a day with a driver who took us on a delightful tour of nearby Chianti, with a stop at an excellent small winery where we had lunch amidst a film crew from Sweden who were making a TV show there.

Thelma, July

Overall:
The pictures do not do it justice. It is beautiful and has all of the modern amenities you will need. The owner went above and beyond stocking the house. So, you can just enjoy and relax.
Enjoyed Most:
There are so many reasons to love this villa, but I will try to narrow it to a few. Location: The villa is literally steps away from the bus. Despite the recommendation of a car, we didn't need it. We were able to take the bus to Arezzo's train station or just wander around town. Accommodations: The accommodations were outstanding. We had a party of seven and had more than enough room. The home was immaculately clean and had every amenity you needed. The manager were extremely attentive to any issues that popped up and made sure the villa was extremely well equipped.
Enjoyed Least:
I am grasping at straws here, but we were awakened by some pesky pigeons in the early morning, but if that is it's greatest flaw life is pretty good.
Surrounding Area:
Everything. The grounds and pool are beautiful. We took full advantage of the patio area to eat and drink. It is Tuscany, after all.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Ponte Alla Chiassa is one of the closest villages and is within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Buy tickets for the bus at the Tabacchi shops. For 1 Euro it's a bargain and will get you to the center of the villages, Arezzo or the train station. There is a great pizzeria named Pizzeria La Ruota in Ponte Alla Chiassa. On the same road there is also a fabulous bakery pasticceria and a fresh produce stand. There is also a grocery store close by. We really enjoyed eating at Antica Trattoria Al Principe in Giovi; ask for Davide. The seafood is great. We actually went twice in 1 week. We were able to walk to all of the above but you may take the bus to the center of town by Ruota and the bakery etc. if you prefer.
Directions:
We took the train from Rome and caught a cab to the villa because our party was arriving from different locations. Ricardo helped us get a driver for the return to Rome airport. I highly recommend this because it was reasonable, quick and easy.

Richard, June