After doing extensive research on Agriturismos in Italy through various websites, as well as communicating via e-mail with Tine, one of the agriturismo's owners, we decided Villa Stabbia sounded like the perfect place for our families. We were two families traveling together (4 adults, 6 kids under 14) and wanted a week in the country between our stays in Venice and Rome.
Villa Stabbia was everything we had hoped for in that the hosts were extremely warm and friendly, the farm was beautiful with horse pastures and olive trees as well as an inviting pool to cool off in at the end of a busy day. The location was great for touring northern Tuscany as it was very conveniently located for day trips to Florence, Pisa and even the Cinque Terre.
Each family stayed in its own apartment, right next to each other. The apartments were very clean and quaint. The only drawback was that it was exceptionally hot during our stay and the apartments were not air conditioned (which is quite common, apparently.) Tine did give us fans, which helped, but it took a little getting used to. If you're really sensitive to the heat, this is definitely something to consider.
We spent many hours pool side and the kids enjoyed hanging out and relaxing. Tine also gives riding lessons, which a few children from each family participated in. She was also kind enough to share some green beans from her garden one evening, which was delightful.
The only negative that I feel I must mention is that, because the villa is situated in such a great location for day trips to several of the more touristy areas, it is just outside of a more urban area in Tuscany. The town of Montecatini Terme is a very commercial town and, while you feel remote when you're at the villa, you are really in a fairly developed part of Tuscany. It's great for touring, but if you're looking for something out of "Under the Tuscan Sun" then this may not be the place for you. If you're looking for a conveniently located, lovely villa/farmhouse, so that you can be just about anywhere in Northern Tuscany within an hour, then this is a great spot.
We would definitely recommend this villa and cannot think of anything negative about the villa itself. It is a gem. And for a truly exceptional experience, ask Tine and Mario about the restaurant in Colle, up the mountain from their farm. The food is to die for and the atmosphere could not be lovelier. Our kids played soccer in the courtyard with several local Italian children and chased kittens around while we ate seafood and drank wine. This was, by far, our favorite night in Italy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the fringe of the foothills, the old Villa Stabbia offers serenity of the countryside, yet is only 5 minutes away from all the facilities of Montecatini Terme, a modern spa town and tourist resort, a short distance from medieval villages and 30 min. away from both Pisa and Florence. Nestled among the green hills, the seventeenth century farmhouses in the grounds of the villa have been converted into six luxury holiday apartments offering all modern conveniences. The enchanting position offers our guests a vacation that is unique from all points of view. Each apartment at Villa Stabbia is on two or more levels with a surface area of around 100 m2, has a spacious kitchen/living-room with fireplace, two double bedrooms each with a bathroom. The organically driven farm produces an internationally award-winning extra virgin olive oil, infused oils and Vin Santo. The riding centre on the farm has several horses and certified instructor available for lessons or treks into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Stabbia Italy/Massa e Cozzile, Tuscany