We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Il Paretaio

Certificate of Excellence
Strada delle Ginestre, 12, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Il Paretaio
Write a Review

213 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    188
    18
    4
    1
    2
See reviews for
50
57
53
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (19)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (213)
  • Mar-May only
    (45)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (41)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (60)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (67)
All months
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First of all, the setting is stunningly beautiful whether you ride or not. As other reviews note, this is a B&B, not a hotel, so you don't get hotel service. But the food is hearty family style Tuscan food. And the rooms are lovely with marvelous views. I came for a week by myself and took the dressage package. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ledbury, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Il Paretaio is such a special place. The standard of instruction, whether you are a complete beginner, a novice or an experienced rider is superb, the welcome is so warm, the accommodation charming and authentic, the views simply spectacular and the food simply wonderful. And the horses... what can I say, they are just fabulous. So beautiful, so responsive, so... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
UK
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
32 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A stunning place to spend some time relaxing, also eating, drinking and meeting wonderful people...and of course the lovely and well looked after horses. I had one of the lovliest weeks I've ever had, thank you Cristina.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Charming country house, nice Tuscany scenery, great place to unwind. Unpretentious traditional Italian meals - dinner was 4 course. Excellent riding centre, lovely and discipled horses. Friendly staff, they really make you feel at home...San Gimignano is about 20 mins away by car.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have stayed at Il Paretaio three times in the last 10 years and every stay has been lovely. This is not the place if you're looking for luxury and room service. But for a genuine Tuscan experience, beauty, charm, a warm welcome and delicious homestyle cooking, Il Paretaio can't be beat. The food especially is in a class of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What a lovely 2 weeks again at il Paretaio! Home away from home after 10 years of going there to take lessons or help working in the stable. A calm environment on such a beautiful property restores my sanity when I arrive there from New York city. The young horses I learnt on many years ago are by now masters... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

What an amazing delight that feeds all your senses...In the new year, I decided to spend 4 nights at Il Paretaio, a small gift to myself... I was welcomed to a fabulous 5 course dinner of delicious Tuscan cuisine and a friendly group of riders of all levels and from a range of nations, rosy cheeked and sharing stories of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was our first time at the Paretaio, but most certainly not the last! We had a beautiful time taking riding lessons with Gianni, Pietro and Cristina, who are excellent teachers with patience and a passion to transmit their tremendous horse riding knowledge and experience. The housing and food were among the best we have had (Parmigiana, home made pasta,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Il Paretaio has been once more the place to be for me and my family. Great riding on excellent horses, with great and understanding instructors. We have been coming back here for over 20 years, and our children are now growing with the great riding received from Gianni and Cristina, now alongside with the capable Pietro, pushing ahead the family... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Halifax, Canada
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Looking to feed your passion for horses, food and Florence? Put Il Paretaio at the top of your list. My week at Il Paretaio is a very special memory. If you're like me and want an experiential vacation this might just be for you. The days were easily filled with 2 riding lessons a day and short road trips to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

161 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (133)
Viewed
Room/suite (11)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (16)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
View from room (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (4)
Viewed
Other (83)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (28)
Viewed
Other (28)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities