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Via del Santa 236, 55020 Diecimo, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Diecimo B&B and Inns
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“What A Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Franco is a true angel and should be wearing a halo. He is kindness itself and the perfect host. There is nothing Franco will not do to ensure your every need is met. He is kindness itself. I cannot believe our luck in finding this B and B where we were treated like royalty. Rooms are immaculate and lovely touches at breakfast include Franco's wife's homemade jam and cakes, and organic peaches picked that very day. The Italy of the past still exists in Diecimo which is unspoiled and charming with many places of interest closeby. I can think of nothing negative to say of Franco's Friendly Villa and would most certainly return. I cannot think of a better name for this B and B. Franco's vocation in life is to make other people happy, and he succeeds.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good although there is one room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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london
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Franco is a charming, friendly, thoughtful and dedicated host. He couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and Franco serves up an incredibly good breakfast. We would definitely recommend him and his wonderful hotel!

Room Tip: Balcony room is great.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dillon, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Our vacation to Italy was made perfect by our stay at Franco" friendly villa . we were very impressed with the accomodations and the surrounding areas of italy. The staff at Franco's was excellent and made our trip so wonderfull as they assisted us with everything we asked for and about. We cannot say enough about Franco and the villa.I would never go to italy without staying at the Villa as it made day outings to the local countryside so easy and we got to see the areas that tourist never see. Tuscany is special and I would recommend Franco's to all. Theirs no finer way to stay in Italy.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mullins, South Carolina, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

This lovely B&B nestled in the historic village of Diecimo was a an unexpected find and truly one of the finest B&B's ever. Franco Marchetti is the consummate host seeking to provide every guest with the perfect experience. The rooms are large, well appointed, and exceptionally clean with every amenity available.
A forty five year veteran of travel, I have very high standards. I hit the jack pot when I arrived at Franco's Friendly Villa in more ways than one. Dollar for dollar (Euro for Euro) you will not find a better value.....anywhere.
I recommend that you arrive....unpack your bags....and make Franco's your travel headquarters. As for me, I made it my home for 10 days and had tears in my eyes upon my departure.
Franco's Friendly Villa and the lovely village of Diecimo.....simply a little slice of heaven.

Ciao!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Beautiful hotel, Great breakfast, great staff. Met the owner who was from the US. Franco was great and was very helpful. He told us the whole history behind the hotel. The rooms were very clean and beautifully decorated. My cousins know Franco and put us up in this hotel so it was very convenient for us to visit them in the next town. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

We encouraged to stay here because we would experience the "real" Italy, not the typical tourists' destinations. You can take the train from Diecimo to nearby Lucca, Pisa, Florence, or the hotel management, with notice, can arrange to drive you to your destinations. Make sure to vist the town of Barga, find a vinyard, ask for a recommendation to a nearby restaurant and tour the Serchio River valley. Before you arrive, take some time to learn the history of this area and it will mean much more to you. Franco and Ida are truly wonderful people and will do everything to make you feel like family. This would be a great place to stay with other friends, but they only have 6 rooms, so book well ahead of time. We also visited Venice, Rome, Florence, Positano, Capri, but on our next trip to Italy we want to see MIlan, Como and Chinquatera AND stay at this villa again.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Hampshire
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

This is a very lovely inn. The rooms are spotless. Each room includes individual heating/cooling units, a nicely stocked mini bar, a safe, a television (International CNN was available in English), a hair dryer, a towel warming rack and very nice toiletries. Breakfast is a wonder; lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, cheeses, bread, ham, salami and homemade hot breakfast specialties. It's served in what was once the 'cellar' of this lovely building; all of the walls are stone - it is cool and inviting.

The owners have a computer available for the use of their guests, which comes in very handy when checking train schedules. The train station is a 3 minute walk from the front door of the inn. The small town of Diecimo is quaint and lovely. There is a beautiful cathedral, several small, 'little' churches, a wonderful flower shop (where train tickets can be purchased), an adorable grocery and wine shop (run by the innkeepers), two casual restaurants, a bakery cafe and a small department store. There is also a car rental location.

We enjoyed our 4 night stay there very much. Pisa is a 45 minute train ride, Lucca (not to be missed) is about a 15 minute train ride from Diecimo. Because a train change is required, it takes at least 1 Hr 45 Min to get to Florence, which is slightly limiting because there are no late trains; making it difficult to have dinner in Florence and get back to Diecimo before the trains stop running. One can arrange with the innkeepers for a ride to and from one or two regional restaurants that are not within walking distance.

We would certainly stay here again, probably renting a car this time to have more mobility. Enjoy!

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — A little out of the way.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via del Santa 236, 55020 Diecimo, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Borgo a Mozzano > Diecimo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Diecimo
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Franco's Friendly Villa, built in the 1900s, is a family home lovingly restored to its turn of the century elegance and transformed into exquisite bed and breakfast accommodations set in the heart of Tuscany. We offer a peaceful stay in one of our 6 rooms and suites and an excellent breakfast experience, made fresh daily on the premises with local products. ... more   less 

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