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Sleeps:
4 - 5
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
1
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
15435
Nearest Town:
Staggia

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Overall:
Wonderful...awesome!! It was so peaceful and relaxing, just what we needed! The hosts were very welcoming, friendly and helpful they gave us additional information for day trips and where to find specific shops. The other guests were friendly but also respectful of privacy. We hope to return in a few years!
Enjoyed Most:
It was so quiet and peaceful! Each window of our villa had a beautiful view! The villa was centrally located for various day trips--perfect setting! And the hosts literally made us feel at home!
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing
Surrounding Area:
All the different cities and towns that we could explore such as San Gimignano (which you could actually see in the distance when walking down the farm lane) Monteriggioni, Siena, and Firenze. My husband loves medieval history and castles...plenty to visit. We also drove to the beach one day. We enjoyed hiking around the farm. So many good places to go and eat, but we enjoyed cooking our own meals in the evening after our day trips and eating outside in our own private dining area...great views all around!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia...about a mile away. We chose to drive into town for groceries since it was easier. The roads are narrow and traffic sometimes fast which makes walking along the road somewhat challenging.
Tips or Restaurants:
Every restaurant we went to had great meals...but one of the best was a restaurant in the square in Siena, where they have the horse racing, I believe it was called al Mangia ristorante. We also had several great wines some of our favorites were white wines in Cinque Terre and San Gimignano. We also enjoyed the wines produced at the farm where our villa was located and the fact that we could pick-up a bottle whenever we needed one, made it very convenient!
Directions:
We did use a GPS, which was installed in our car that was a great help. On occasions we also used the GPS on our iphone to clarify when the car GPS was confusing.
Check In Out:
It was very convenient. The host greeted us as we pulled-up the driveway (we had given her an estimated time of arrival) and we checked in immediately after a tour of the facilities she told us to knock on their door if we needed anything and the office wasn't open. Check-out was equally easy and we finalized additional payment for wine the evening before our departure since we were leaving early the next morning.

Anita, July

Overall:
It was absolutely amazing - everything I could have dreamed of and more. It's a farm so you have the rooster crowing every morning, plus the vineyards the stone houses. It was also well-equipped with modern conveniences.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting and the views were breathtaking - the rolling hills, the stone work, just that rustic Old World ambience was exactly what I was anticipating. But most of all Claudia and Rudy her husband were so gracious and accommodating. They truly make you feel like family.
Enjoyed Least:
I loved everything! Wait, no hair dryer--but I got over that, anyway.
Surrounding Area:
We really enjoyed the old world experience of the stone buildings, the architecture and the rolling hills. Of course the highlight especially for my husband were the coffee and pastry shops.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia, somewhat, we just drove in. The roads were a little narrow and not much room for pedestrians.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring less clothing. They have a small washing machine; it's 5 Euros a load but honestly you can hand wash and they have racks for laundry outside so it's very acceptable and convenient. Bring your debit card so you can get cash when you want. Paying the transaction fee is less than the exchange rate especially in the airports. I wouldn't recommend getting money there. Every morning we went downtown to Staggia and had the most incredible sfogliotella. I think the bakery was called Forno di Staggia. The baker's name is Maria and she is so precious - incredible baker. We went to the Coop grocery store in town several times. What a great cheese/bread/deli section and everything delicious! Coffee shop next to pastry shop makes a perfect cappuccino!
Directions:
We didn't get the GPS but I think we should have. My husband pre programmed the address in his phone before we left.
Check In Out:
Everything was very smooth.

Maryann, May

Overall:
The ambiance of being in the Tuscany Chianti countryside just can't beat! After 5 days in Florence we were ready to relax and see the countryside. This was the perfect property to do that...beautiful accommodations, great views, personal outside area to sit and sip the locally produced wine. Claudia was wonderful, spoke great English, made us feel very welcome.
Enjoyed Most:
The location, the views, the agritourism experience! Our rooms were next door to the wine cellar. We marked on a sheet of paper how many bottles we needed each day and paid for it at the end of our stay. The wines were excellent!
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing! The signage was great, the directions were spot on.
Surrounding Area:
It was an easy drive to Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, and many, many vineyards and great local restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was just a few kilometers away but not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The only thing we needed was our own shampoo and body wash. Everything else that you would expect at a hotel was provided.
Directions:
We used Google maps on our phone. The property was easily found. The signage is lighted at night so it was very easy to locate.
Check In Out:
Easy peasy!

Denise, October

Overall:
Totally wonderful. We so enjoyed meeting Claudia and Rudy and family! The villa was perfect for our needs and exceeded expectations. We were welcomed into their family and were even invited to a typical Italian dinner with them.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, the working winery, the views and most of all the wine cellar !!
Surrounding Area:
We did day trips every day to surrounding hamlet and villages... but always enjoyed coming back!!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia--not really walking distance, that was OK.
Tips or Restaurants:
Castellina was one of our favorite places . Make sure you have bug repellent.
Directions:
Yes, we had a GPS---no problem finding property.
Check In Out:
Everything was perfect. Very professional and directions and information were excellent. I will recommend and perhaps use RentVillas again.

Amanda, September

Overall:
Perfect!
Enjoyed Most:
The family who runs it!
Surrounding Area:
Nice and normal. Not busy.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Yes, it's walkable, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Tips or Restaurants:
Take a cooking class from Claudia! Eat at Il Pozzo.
Directions:
I didn't receive directions coming from the south. Only from the North. We figured it out though. No we did not use GPS
Check In Out:
Claudia was very accommodating and made it all very easy.

Barbara, April

Overall:
Excellent!
Enjoyed Most:
Very low-key, peaceful, comfortable. Claudia and Rudi were charming hosts and very approachable. Excellent wine and olive oil producers as well (we sampled both).
Enjoyed Least:
Problematic internet connection and lack of English TV channels.
Surrounding Area:
The beauty of the countryside and easy access to Siena (although they have a serious parking problem) and a multitude of medieval hill towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Walking distance? Probably, although we had a car.
Directions:
We came up from the Amalfi area. The directions were were given actually took us past Staggia to the outskirts of Florence. We did have a GPS, and we should have used it for a more direct -- albeit with many more turns on back roads -- route.
Check In Out:
It was immediate, thorough, painless.

Kendra, October

Overall:
We had a great time in September. Claudia and Rudi are great hosts. Very helpful and friendly. They cook for guests occasionally which we regret missing as everybody said it was a blast.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was great. The outdoor dining area was well equipped and had a spectacular view. Very enjoyable. They were harvesting the grapes when we were there which was interesting. Plenty of space to roam about and relax.
Surrounding Area:
We toured towns all around from Florence to Siena during the morning, had lunch and shopped in Poggibonsi for dinner. Wee cooked at the villa where we were ready to put the feet up and enjoy good food and wine.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Stagia, but I wouldn't walk on busy narrow roads.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a good attitude, relax and have fun. The hill towns around there are wonderful. Don't need to do much driving.
Directions:
Our Garmin Nuvi worked very will which we took from the US with a chip we plugged in for Italy from Garmin (bought on Amazon for 30 - worth every penny). From Staggia we followed the RentVillas directions for 1.5 KM out of town and got there no problem.
Check In Out:
No. It was easy and Claudia could process the town tax and wine we bought from the cellar with a Visa card.

James, September

Overall:
Absolutely outstanding.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting, convenience to Staggia Senese, proximity to the rest of Tuscany and of course Claudia and Rudi.
Enjoyed Least:
Maybe disrepair of tennis court.
Surrounding Area:
The views, and country peace and quiet.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Yes.
Tips or Restaurants:
The 2 restaurants in Staggia were great.
Directions:
Used the GPS and no problems. Directions were spot on.

Peter, September

Overall:
Excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, friendly staff.
Enjoyed Least:
Whats not to like?
Surrounding Area:
Proximity to Siena
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia - yes, but a little dangerous to walk on road.
Tips or Restaurants:
Il Palio!! July 2, Aug 16
Directions:
Like anything in Italy, directions are often difficult. GPS on my phone kept dropping signal, recommend bringing GPS unit or renting.
Check In Out:
Claudia and Rudy are fantastic! Check in/out was incredibly easy.

Paul, July

Overall:
Incredible. We loved it. Claudia and Rudi were fantastic hosts! They really made us feel like we were part of their family--their welcome was warm and sincere and they invited us to join their family and other guests the first night we were there. The property was beautiful and our apartment had everything we could have wanted. The wine and olive oil they produced was wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful views--the wonderful apartment--the pool was great. We felt very much at home. The location was wonderful for day trips.
Surrounding Area:
Our visits to close by towns were fabulous--Siena, San Gimignano, and Volterra were wonderful. Claudia gave us great local info and directions.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia Senese was the nearest village. We enjoyed the restaurants and the wonderful town market. There is also a grocery store which had all we needed. The villa is perched on a hill--so we drove to town although it is walkable.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa had pretty much everything we needed. The restaurant near the Coop grocery store was packed with locals and the food and wine were very good.
Directions:
We did use a GPS--very easy to find.
Check In Out:
No--it was very easy.

Mary, June

Overall:
The scenic view was breathtaking. It was peaceful and restful and a wonderful place for a vacation. Meeting other people who were staying at the same property was enjoyable.
Enjoyed Most:
In the mornings sitting with a cup of coffee on our own patio and overlooking the little town of Staggia and smelling the fresh country air. Our hosts Claudia and Rudi were wonderful; they were so friendly and very knowledgeable.
Surrounding Area:
It was so pleasant to be able take walks through the vineyards, olive groves and sit next to the pool.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The little town was Staggia. I was in walking distance but it's best to drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had been told to bring different stuff, such as toilet rolls, matches, freezer bags, flash light, soap and towels none of which were needed--except freezer bags--as everything was supplied. I had forgotten my hair dryer, which was no problem as Claudia had one for me.
Directions:
Yes, we used a GPS and we went directly to the villa.
Check In Out:
Everything was very easy and comfortable.

Brenda, May

Overall:
Could not have been better. The hosts, Claudia and Rudi, were wonderful - warm, inviting and just like family. The property was peaceful and beautifully situated near the major towns - our family had a fantastic time and would love to visit again. We cannot tell you in words how much we enjoyed the atmosphere and the hospitality of our hosts!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything! The villa was beautiful and comfortable for a family of four and our hosts really encouraged us to relax and soak in the Tuscan sun - loved this proerty!
Surrounding Area:
The apartment, the views, the vineyard and orchards, the pool and of course the Ping Pong table!
Nearby Events or Locales:
No; we drove as walking seemed unsafe.
Tips or Restaurants:
We ate out, but really enjoyed the BBQ on site - very relaxing after a day of touring.
Directions:
We used the GPS as we found the coordinates worked well.
Check In Out:
Easy and efficient.

Amita, July

Overall:
Our experience was wonderful! Our hosts Claudia and Rudy were warm and welcoming, really making us feel like they were opening their own home to us. It wasn't just a hotel experience, it was personalized with friendly people and social interaction - both with our hosts, and the other guests we came to know around the communal BBQ tables in the back garden.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa's location was both scenically beautiful and central to everywhere we wanted to go. There were glorious, brightly colored flowers growing everywhere, as well as fields of sunflowers and groves of olive trees and grapevines. The villa itself was beautifully restored and maintained, with large airy rooms and furnishings that were both functional and comfortable. And we were pleasantly surprised by the screened windows and floor fans, allowing us to stay cool and mosquito-free during the hot nights!
Surrounding Area:
We didn't spend much time in tiny Staggia, but went into larger Poggibonsi a few times to the big grocery store. The country immediately surrounding the villa was visually beautiful. The view from our villa windows of the neighboring valley and hills was quite lovely at all times of day and night.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia Senese is the nearest small town. You have to drive through it when you come off the Autostrada to the villa. It's within walking distance, but I wouldn't recommend walking. The roads are quite narrow and windy (as is common in Tuscany), and cars and trucks tend to drive around the curves rather quickly, making it dangerous for pedestrians.
Tips or Restaurants:
You will not need to bring 'bug lanterns' like I did! There are screens on all the windows, so you can sleep bug-free. I would suggest planning downtime in the evenings at the villa, to take advantage of the natural socializing that occurs around the communal barbeque in the back gardens.
Directions:
The directions were excellent. We used a GPS, but only for its map feature, not step-by-step directions. The gate to the villa was a short drive past the village of Staggia, so don't drive fast or you'll pass by it!
Check In Out:
I called Claudia when we left Pisa, expecting it to take longer than it did. She graciously let us check in a couple of hours earlier than check-in time, which was very helpful since we had just arrived from NY with two young children, and were very tired.

Kristin, July

Overall:
Great, relaxing week. Claudia and Rudy are excellent hosts.
Enjoyed Most:
Relaxing, close to many areas we visited.
Surrounding Area:
Scenic, and not as hot as Venice or Rome.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Poggibonsi is the nearest good-sized town.
Directions:
GPS was very helpful but Claudia told us Poggibonsi was tricky; there are a few roundabouts en route to the grocery store.

Paul, June

Overall:
This was a truly excellent holiday in fine surroundings. The hosts were the best you could wish for, especially the dinner they prepared for the guests. The weather was totally co-operative.
Enjoyed Most:
90 acres of rolling hills containing vineyards, olive and nut trees and some fruit trees, with beautiful vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Surrounding Area:
Towns were not far, and the drives to San Gimignano and Volterra were shorter than the one to Florence. Siena was very close.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was a good hike down the road but the roads are very narrow and do not accommodate pedestrian traffic. And Italian drivers are speedy but skillful.
Tips or Restaurants:
Be prepared to re-learn the stick shift in your car rental; automatics are hard to come by. Diesel is cheaper than gas and gets you farther.
Directions:
Better to turn off at Poggibonsi Sud if you're come from Florence.

Francis, October

Overall:
Absolutely wonderful. The owner is an absolute sweetheart, as is her husband. They made a our stay a memorable one and cannot thank them enough. The property is spectacular and felt very much at home while we were there.
Enjoyed Most:
The location was perfect, close to all the places we wanted to go on day trips. The Villa itself is so wonderful on top of a hill overlooking the area was breath taking.
Enjoyed Least:
Absolutely Nothing!
Surrounding Area:
The small town of Monteriggioni, which our RentVillas Travel Adviser suggested we visit, was fantastic. We loved it so much we went back a second time. We found a wonderful restaurant there that we had to return to.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was the closest town, and yes, you could walk there.
Check In Out:
Can't say enough wonderful things about the owners. They made it such a wonderful place to stay.

Jody, October

Overall:
Our stay was absolutely memorable. Claudia and Rudi welcomed us like family members. They went beyond the call of duty, giving us information on anything we needed. Rudi went in our car to the village to help us get gas and nothing was too much trouble. The property was extremely well cared for, window boxes and planters spilling over with bright geraniums and petunias. Olive oil and wine from the farm was available whenever we needed it. The "must see" villages and towns were extremely accessible. An unforgettable experience.!
Enjoyed Most:
We had a lovely gazebo allocated for our use and we enjoyed evening wine and cheese there. Leisurely walks in the olive groves and vineyards were therapy for the soul and the views over the local town and surrounding hills were calendar pictures.
Surrounding Area:
Each old town in the Tuscany travel guides was within 1 - 2 hours drive through picturesque countryside, with old rustic stone houses. The local town itself had an interesting history and one could tour the castle. Great grocery store and traditional coffee shops, restaurants, and a great gelato place.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was in walking distance but roads in Italy are narrow with no shoulder so we preferred to drive there and do our walking around the towns we visited.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a hairdryer and swimming towels. Steakhouse down alley opposite yellow gelato shop was good. Poggibonsi has great restaurants, too. Claudia has recommendations for any taste and time frame.
Directions:
The GPS could not find the address but we were given the coordinates and they worked fine on the GPS.
Check In Out:
Smooth, efficient. Claudia told us everything we needed to know.

Lyn, September

Overall:
Absolutely incredible - beyond words.
Enjoyed Most:
The view and the hosts. They are the perfect hosts--always wanting to do better and make the experience perfect for the guests. We were invited twice for dinner with fellow guests--what a hoot that was on both occasions.
Enjoyed Least:
Didn't dislike any of it; ceiling fans would be good in bedrooms and kitchen area.
Surrounding Area:
Proximity to three villages, lovely restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia; yes, within walking distance, but not safe to do so.
Tips or Restaurants:
Just go there and experience it. Memorable.

Robyn, June

Overall:
Claudia and her family were awesome. They were helpful with good nearby recommendations, invited us to have dinner in their home, and were always available if we needed anything.
Enjoyed Most:
Proximity to nearby attractions It was a close drive to Siena and once we learned the roads a little better, the drive to Florence became easy as well.
Enjoyed Least:
No real living room space as it was coupled with the kitchen, but for a 2-bedroom, it was fine. Also you definitely needed a car to get around.
Surrounding Area:
There is an outside area for sitting, a game area to play ping pong, and a vineyard for strolling.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia--I think it would have probably been in biking distance, but not really walking distance. Not completely sure, but it must have been 3-4 miles away at least on a difficult road with no shoulder.
Tips or Restaurants:
Car is a definite.
Directions:
Did not use a GPS, however as it was the first time driving in Italy, it would have been VERY helpful. The first few days we got lost often, but quickly learned our way.

Erica, June

Overall:
Absolutely loved everything. The hosts were wonderful . We felt like family. The views were breathtaking from our villa. The apartment was very clean. Didn't want to leave.
Enjoyed Most:
The views and the location. Very close to many hill towns and to Florence. Also, Claudia, the host, was dear. Spoke English well.
Surrounding Area:
Close to other hill towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Poggibonsi; it's the nearest town, but the road is too busy for walking.
Tips or Restaurants:
They provided essentials like toilet paper and dish detergent and shampoo, etc. You just need to buy food at the local grocery, which was well-stocked.

Mary, June

Overall:
Wonderful! Claudia and Rudy were very welcoming and helpful! They welcomed us in and made us dinner and offered advice as we needed it. The property is beautiful as well! Plus the villa itself is located in the heart of Tuscany with many cities nearby, perfect for day trips.
Enjoyed Most:
The view is amazing. But Claudia and Rudy were great as well. They really made us feel welcome and part of the family.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were very hard.
Surrounding Area:
This villa is very close to both Siena and Florence. There was ease of access to all of Tuscany and the surrounding areas. Plus Staggia is minutes away and has a few lovely cafes and restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia is definitely within walking distance but the roads are narrow so it is a bit scary to walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
No blow dryer here in case you need one. Both restaurants in town are good but we preferred the one by the post office. Their wine is excellent and you definitely need to take a cooking class with Claudia.
Directions:
Directions and signs in Italy are brutal to begin with. You just have to accept that they sometimes have signs and sometimes you have to guess. Directions to the property had a wrong turn near the end. But if you look at a map and know somewhat where you are headed that helps. We did not use a GPS. I wish we had. It would have been very helpful. By the end of the trip we came to accept that we would probably get lost tying to get somewhere. But it's Italy. Take your time.

Valerie, May

Overall:
Better than imagined.
Enjoyed Most:
Peaceful, quiet, beautiful views, vineyards.
Surrounding Area:
Close to towns we wanted to explore.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was closest with an excellent Coop. Poggibonsi was better bet for restaurants.
Tips or Restaurants:
Temps were in the 60s F throughout our stay. We dressed in "layers" and we were glad we packed warm pj's as the apartment was cool. But many blankets were provided.
Directions:
RentVillas provided GPS coordinates which were right on, served us better than the directions.
Check In Out:
Owners were available at both time points. We needed to leave by 9 AM to catch a train, so we ran this past them the day before just to be sure it would work for them.

Cynthia , April

Overall:
Excellent location and wonderful hostess.
Enjoyed Most:
The pool.
Enjoyed Least:
Long way to town.
Surrounding Area:
Close to many medieval towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
Go to Certaldo.

Mike, September

Overall:
Fabulous!! They were very welcoming and made us feel welcome and like family...
Enjoyed Most:
Cccommodations and view
Enjoyed Least:
Need vehicle to get around
Surrounding Area:
The view of the mountains surrounding Villas on the mountains.
Tips or Restaurants:
We did all our own cooking after heading to the little grocery store in town and that worked fine for us!

Lucy M, July

Overall:
Fantastic. Claudia and her family were generous hosts. A lovely, relaxing spot.
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful location, friendly family, close to so many great towns. The pool is fabulous.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Could walk in probably ten minutes but the road is very busy.
Tips or Restaurants:
The steakhouse in Staggia is great. Ask Claudia for her suggestions. She recommended the one where she had her wedding reception and it was very good.
Directions:
Our GPS took us right to the farm
Check In Out:
Perfect. Claudia was there to meet us when we arrived. She is so efficient and friendly.

Robert , July

Overall:
Absolutely amazing. Grounds and apartment were beautiful. Far above our expectations. It was actually much better than the pictures we saw. All recently renovated. The apartment was in excellent condition and the view was beautiful. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and the kitchen had all the dishes, glasses, pots/pans/knives we needed.
Enjoyed Most:
Outdoor space. Beautifully manicured. You can walk amongst the winery's grapevines. Beautiful pool. Great outdoor dining space with grill.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. It was all perfect.
Surrounding Area:
Great location! Very peaceful, quiet area but easy to get to Florence--45 min drive, Siena--20 min drive, San Gimignano, Volterra. We went on a great wine tour of the area, as well.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Has an excellent "steak" restaurant which has a full menu. We had a delicious pasta there. We did grocery shopping at the Coop, which had everything we needed at great prices. It's really close, but not walkable because of the steep windy hill and narrow roads.
Tips or Restaurants:
Rent here! The apartment is fully equipped.
Directions:
We used a GPS, too. Follow the directions exactly.
Check In Out:
Claudia was so friendly and helpful. It was easy to buy wine and olive oil produced on the property and to then pay at check out.

Alice, June

Overall:
We had pleasant stay at Vecchio Borgo - the property was beautiful, lovely olive trees and grape vines, spring flowers blooming everywhere, bunnies hopping around freely which our kids looooved!, a neat view of the castle in Staggia...we had great time! We rented a car and drove to all the nearby towns - just fantastic.
Enjoyed Most:
The garden and beautiful views.
Enjoyed Least:
It was dusty in the apartment. Internet connection was not that great. My husband, although on vacation, needed to connect to his business on a daily basis and it was easier to do so in the larger towns nearby.
Surrounding Area:
We were so close to all the mus- see places: Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano etc etc. Lots of wine producers...great wine tastings - best ones on the way to San Gimignano!!! The wine on the property was good - their olive oil fantastic.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was walking distance for the adults, not for the children We have two toddlers. Not much to see in Staggia except for the castle and small church.
Tips or Restaurants:
For those of you traveling with small children there is a washing machine on the property, but no dryer. You can hang your clothing outside. We preferred to do so inside near the heaters - dried quicker and was not "unsightly". The property provides you with a soap and shampoo.
Directions:
We used a GPS - make sure you use one! It can get very confusing - lots of narrow roads with no names. Once you get used to the location it is very easy to find your way to Florence and other places - the signs are very easy to follow. GPS is always very very helpful
Check In Out:
We got there a few hours early and Claudia was so sweet to check us in eventhough she was having lunch with her family! She did not mind at all to come out and help us - even though check in was clearly posted on the door: 3:00pm.

Andria , May

Overall:
The whole experience was a dream come true--the high point of our trip in Italy. Claudia, Simone and Giuseppi were very gracious and hospitable. They were helpful if we needed something, but otherwise left us alone as though we lived there. Wonderful Chianti and olive oil! I did a fair amount of cooking in the well appointed kitchen.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds were colorful and well tended. The farmhouse itself had some charming faux windows painted on the outside walls. I loved walking through the vineyards and trees...some poppies still blooming with several other kinds of wildflowers between the rows of grapes. Potted flowers were throughout the property near the house. When some of the plants looked to have the tiniest bit of bug damage or hail damage - yes it hailed while we were there - they were replaced. Two sets of bunnies lazed contentedly around the property too.
Surrounding Area:
We took many side trips while there, but also hung out by the pool and read. We went to Volterra, Siena, Arezzo and Castellina. All locations beautiful with the right amount of art and church viewings, as well as espresso and gelato.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We did our grocery shopping in Staggia, a short car ride and found the COOP to have everything we needed. Shop workers helpful to people with limited Italian and needing help with the procedure for buying produce. Thanks!
Directions:
GPS would have been helpful in the beginning, while learning how to read the road signs. But once I caught on to how the signs and traffic circles were labeled, it was fine.
Check In Out:
We got there early and Claudia was ready for us. Very helpful with different appointments in the apartment, laundry and other aspects of the property.

Susan, June

Overall:
Great - lovely place, quite quiet and garden-pool are wonderful Terrific for kids, with rabbits in the barn, farm cats and lots of birds. Horseback riding nearby with well kept horses and lots of riding levels.
Enjoyed Most:
Views, gardens and owners.
Enjoyed Least:
Living room furniture could use some updating.
Surrounding Area:
All the little hill towns and markets. Castellina is a lovely little town.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was within walking distance but on a busy road.
Tips or Restaurants:
Well equipped kitchen. Go to local Coop chain to shop. Save a full day for Siena - lots to see.

Kate, July

Overall:
Exceeded even our highest expectations. We'd dreamed about a vacation in Tuscany for years and this was truly exceptional. It was like living inside one of the old paintings when it came to the views and the surroundings. And it was like being welcomed into a an Italian family when it came to the friendliness and environment at the villa.
Enjoyed Most:
The views, the friendliness of the family and the closeness to major sights.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing, really.
Surrounding Area:
We liked Staggia and Poggibonsi as smaller Italian towns. We made Staggia our main source for replenishing food supplies with locally grown produce and meat.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was the closest. It was definitely withing walking distance, but we ended up stopping by on our way out or home every day.
Tips or Restaurants:
Try the local steakhouse in Staggia. If you cook your own food, shop at the Coop in Staggia rather than Poggibonsi. Much better prices. Try the local salami and fresh pesto.
Directions:
The directions we were given were from Florence and we came from Rome. Once we came close we called and spoke with Claudia and from there it was pretty easy.
Check In Out:
Just excellent, they made us feel very welcome right away.

Bjorn, July

Overall:
We had a wonderful stay at the villa! The accommodations, the view of the Tuscan hillside, the wonderful wine and olive oil produced on the property, and our family host were magnificent. It was a wonderful "Under the Tuscan Sun" experience.
Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful views, serenity and location made for a perfect spot for exploring the Tuscan countryside and towns. Claudia, our property host, brought us a bottle of their estate wine as a welcome gift. Two days later she showed up on our door step with a warm Torta della Nonna Cake which was absolutely superb. We asked her for the recipe which she wrote down and then invited us into her kitchen to teach us how to make it. We are invited back for another cooking lesson to make her mothers ravioli. It was a wonderful experience!
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Surrounding Area:
The estate was absolutely perfect for day trips to Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano, as well as hopping on a train in Poggibonsi for day trips to Florence. We were only minutes from the supermarkets in Staggia and Poggibonsi for all the provisions we needed to prepare our evening meals.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Poggibonsi and Staggia - both required a car.
Tips or Restaurants:
The kitchen was well stocked. You may want to take your favorite pans and utensils if you are doing serious cooking. Definitely try the variety of estate wines, grappa and olive oil which were excellent. Plan to purchase some of these products to bring home with you to continue the wonderful memories of your visit. But remember, they cannot go in your carry-on luggage.
Check In Out:
The owner was wonderful, warm and very helpful.

Robert, April

Overall:
We enjoyed the outdoor areas - we sat outside at night with wine, ate out by the pool - there are many outdoor areas to sit and enjoy. The wine and olive oil were delicious and so reasonable! We took day trips all over.
Enjoyed Most:
The view and tranquility. It was very peaceful and in a wonderful location!
Enjoyed Least:
No air conditioning, although the fan did help. We could have used another fan .... fans in the ceiling would help!
Surrounding Area:
Everything! The view was unbelievable, like out of a picture book or painting you would see that makes you think of Tuscany! It was a short distance to San Gimignano - the picture perfect town! Short and easy train to Florence for day trips!
Tips or Restaurants:
We ate one evening at Babette right down the road - the mixed fish salad was absolutely delicious! We also ate at the restaurant in the Hotel Cisterna in San Gimignano! Make reservations and request a window seat - you will be in for a treat! Food was excellent as well - their veal ravioli was my favorite dish right up there with Babette's salad! Just bring pool towels - otherwise, it was very well equipped! The sunset on the trek to Volterra was unbelievable!

Suzanne, July

Overall:
It was a peaceful, relaxing place. We loved the big table to eat on in the evenings with 2 families.
Enjoyed Most:
Good location between Siena and Florence.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Surrounding Area:
Views.
Tips or Restaurants:
Pay attention to when the market is open or closed if you're planning to cook your own meals.

Karen, June

Enjoyed Most:
The peaceful setting with the views, grounds and exceptional hosts.
Enjoyed Least:
Continuous dog parking at another residence at the bottom of the hill.
Surrounding Area:
Close proximity to Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Volterra.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. Not a short walk, but a doable walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Castello in Monteriggioni.
Directions:
All was fine.
Check In Out:
Ran very smoothly.

Tamorah, June

Enjoyed Most:
The fact that we could purchase a bottle of their wine and go sit and look at the beautiful vista.
Enjoyed Least:
The fact that two doubles were pushed together to make a king bed. Shower quite small.
Surrounding Area:
All of it. This villa is located so that you can get to a lot of cute towns in around 1 hour by car. Very nice
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. No. You could walk, but the road was not one that I would consider "safe" for walking. Cute town to go and have drink in and watch the people go by. Great Restaurant behind the local "5 and dime".

Marie, November

Enjoyed Most:
The location was perfect. A family-run vineyard and olive farm with picture perfect views, yet with an excellent road system within 10 minutes away. Siena 20 minutes, Florence 45 minutes, etc. The simple charm of the accommodation together with the friendly, helpful service from the ownersi family made it an altogether ideal experience.
Enjoyed Least:
The laundry system was somewhat inadequate but if one was really desperate there was a launderette in nearby Poggibonsi - 15 minutes away.
Surrounding Area:
Country walks right there on the property. Lots of small hill towns without the mobs of tourists we had encountered on our trip up from Rome. We even drove to the coast one day just for fun - 1hr 45 minutes. A great day trip for children with beach, water park, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was certainly within walking distance though not to be recommended. Not much space for pedestrians on the narrow road. There was a good supermarket and 3 local restaurants to choose from, all as yet untouched by commercialism!
Tips or Restaurants:
Do try the "homemade" olive oil and wine that is on sale at the property. There are lots to choose from, all very reasonable. It would be a good idea to leave behind any books you have finished. We left ours hoping to start a trend. Take some coffee filters, the ones available locally were so thick the coffee had trouble getting through!

Sarah, October

Enjoyed Most:
Location - being in close proximity to the village of Staggia and town of Poggibonsi which was on the railway line between Florence and Siena. Also the peace and quiet and wonderful views.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing to dislike.
Surrounding Area:
Quaint villages, historical ruins, beautiful countryside and proximity to several major towns such as Siena and Florence.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We would have liked to have walked to Staggio, as it was only about 1 mile away. However, there were no footpaths and the only way there was to walk along the road which was narrow and only allowed one car to pass in each direction which could make it dangerous for pedestrians.
Tips or Restaurants:
Yes. Bring a small supply of food, eg - milk, bread, cereal, fruit, coffee, tea and some canned food, particularly if arriving on weekends, as local shops are not open on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. We arrived late on Saturday afternoon and had to wait until Monday to purchase groceries.

Robert, October

Overall:
It was much nicer than expected. We were there during the grape harvest and ate sweet grapes off the vine. The walks through the woods every morning were peaceful and inspiring. We enjoyed swimming in the pool and just hanging out. We could spend our life on this property.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were fabulous and the family that ran the property were kind, friendly and very helpful with answering all our questions.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing, the best thing was there were no Enjoyed Least
Surrounding Area:
Wonderful castle, quaint town, great food - excellent location to everything Italian.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia was the nearest town. We didn't walk there due to the steep hill and a baby carriage.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owners of the villa gave great leads to excellent restaurants. Two of them are in Staggia, literally a few minutes away. We also grilled on the outside kitchen, a wonderful experience in itself. The villa was well supplied with everything from toilet paper to shampoo. Just bring yourself and sense of adventure.

Barbara, September

Overall:
Staff are very good - working hard to make the stay successful.
Enjoyed Most:
Very quiet; peaceful environment.
Surrounding Area:
Nice historical towns to visit.
Tips or Restaurants:
San Gimignano is worth visiting.

Meryl, July

Overall:
The owners made us feel so much at home. They made us dinner one night and it was one of the best pasta dinners we had. They also gave our children tractor rides around the farm, showing them all the grapes and letting them pick some of the peaches that they grow. We also loved the wine room. We drank some of the best wines, we just wish we could have shipped them back to the U.S.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were amazing! When we drove up to the property, I thought we were on the set of "Under the Tuscan Sun." The sunflowers were in bloom and went on for miles! From our window you could see a few castles, sunflowers, and miles and miles of grapevines, and in the morning you could hear a rooster. All of these things were priceless to us.
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing, we loved everything about the property!
Surrounding Area:
We took day trips to all the various villages. Some were 30 minutes away and some were a little longer. Each village was beautiful and had an interesting story. We especially loved the smells. Around 2 p.m. the locals would be making their lunch and as you walked around the streets you could smell what they were cooking; it was wonderful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
You really need a car for this villa.

Blythe, July

Enjoyed Most:
The owner was an excellent host, and very helpful with all of our requests. The view was fantastic!
Enjoyed Least:
You need a bit more cooling - more fans.
Surrounding Area:
The villa is very convenient for many day trips. We went to Montalcino, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, Florence, Siena - everywhere!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Staggia. We didn't walk, but went in several times to eat dinner.

Lynette, July

Overall:
Very clean and well maintained. The owners are friendly.
Enjoyed Most:

The pool
Events or Locales:

The Palio in Siena
Tips or Restaurants:

Il Torrione in Cole Val D'Elsa.

August

Enjoyed Most:
It was so serene up on the hill. So peaceful after a busy day in the little cities. It was also beautiful - the gardens, the lawns, the various places to eat an outside meal
Enjoyed Least:
I really can't think of anything.
Surrounding Area:
The small villages we could visit
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yes, it was within walkind distance to town, but the roads are so narrow and there is no place for pedestrians to walk

Ron, July

Overall:
All aspects of this property are great! The place. The people. The views. The beds... and I could go on. We loved it!
Enjoyed Most:
Warm welcome from english speaking daughter Claudia made the stay very easy. The situation is outstanding. The place is very well kept.
Enjoyed Least:
Being there for only one week was not enough. We didn't have time to drink all the wine we wanted!!!!
Surrounding Area:
Close to many sights. Good roads. Looking at the landscape from the appt windows is an experience in itself!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Many
Tips or Restaurants:
No

Claude A, June

Overall:
Excellent people and facilities. It was quiet and had a great view. Lots to see and do within a short distance if inclined; plenty to do at the property itself.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Lots- it was mid-way between Siena and Florence.
Tips or Restaurants:
Avoid San Gimignano like the plague. Go anywhere else.

David, September

Overall:
This property was very accurately described by Rentvillas. It met, or perhaps even exceeded, our expectations.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting was wonderful! On top of a hill overlooking the olive groves and vineyards with fabulous views of the countryside! And the hosts were charming and very helpful. The property also included a lovely pool area that all the guests enjoyed just relaxing around.
Surrounding Area:
All of the marvelous Chianti region was within easy driving distance as well as the towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena, Pisa, even Florence.
Tips or Restaurants:
"Molina il Moro" in Colle val d'elsa (I think that's right...we often got that town name wrong! But it's the next town over) is a wonderful restaurant. Be sure to make reservations (Claudia, one of the villa's hosts, can help you with this). Big supermarket 10 minutes away in Poggibonsi.

Pat, June