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“The PERFECT Tuscan Villa” 5 of 5 stars
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Via del Bosco, 7-9 | Cevoli - Ripoli, 56030 Cevoli di Lari, Italy   |  
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“The PERFECT Tuscan Villa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

For our September, 2008 trip to Italy, I wanted Tuscany to be the leg of our journey that was most special. We were willing to splurge to accomplish this for the right place, (it was $390 Euro/ night at a time when the exchange rate was at its worst). We were not willing to spend $800/night for a room under any circumstances, nor $400 +/a night on a place that wasn't that special. I spent hours on Trip Advisor but couldn't find just what I was looking for . Finally, a helpful respondant on Metafilter.Com suggested Villa Delia in response to my posting requesting suggestions. We were not interested in the cooking school but after looking at the pictures on their website it seemed to be just what we were looking for and we were not disappointed. Driving from Florence finding the Villa was NOT easy (I highly reccomend a GPS loaded with European Maps, even then, it is not so easy to find one's way around Tuscany). Find it we did (Bravo to my husband's driving and his patience) and disappointed we were NOT! Driving onto the property, I knew we had made the right choice. It is an incredibly beautiful place. The grounds are breathtaking, our room was very large and elegantly appointed in the Tuscan Country Style, with a wonderful little balcony/Juliette windows overlooking the picture-perfect landscape. The bedding was wondefully comfortable, the bathroom luxurious for a country villa (even the view from the bathroom window was breathtaking), and From the moment we arrived, the service was warm, friendly, and welcoming. Monica graciously showed us to our room, helped us get oriented, and arranged a mind-blowing "snack" and some wine for us, every bit as beautiful as it was delicious. Monica remained our go-to person and friend throughout our stay and I remain in touch with her today. She is beautiful, bright, witty, and warm, and seemed dedicated to making us feel comfortable in any and every way during our stay. We explored the gardens, vineyard, olive grove, tennis courts, and swimming pool, meeting a few of the other guests, all interesting and friendly. The grounds are exquisite and just what you would picture the Tuscan Countryside to look like at its most romantic. We were the only non-Canadians staying there during this time, The Villa is much more well known in Canada where the owner, Umberto, is a celebrated chef known for his former TV show and his highly regarded restaurants. We were lucky enough to have Umberto in residence during our stay. His warm, friendly, laid-back, relaxed demeanor was delightful. This was true of all of the staff including Umberto's sister, also a chef, and brother-in -law Sylvano who serves as Villa Manager. Umberto joined all his guests for dinner each night, sharing wine, laughter, and many wonderful stories. It is expected that you eat dinner at the Villa each night, and you will want to do so because it is delicious, lots of fun, and besides, who would want to try to find their way around the dark country roads at night, not to mention after a couple of glasses of Chianti? Dinner is served family style, and something different is prepared every night, using fresh gardens and fruits from the gardens. There is no menu to select from, but if you have any dietary issues or requirements, you need only discuss that with them in advance and you will be accomodated. The meals tend to be rustic and simple fare, but presented, embellished, and seasoned brilliantly and elegantly. If you do not plan on dining at the villa on a given night, you simply need to inform them of that ahead of time, but you will probably not want to miss this enjoyable part of your stay. Dinner was $45 Euro/per person with wine extra. The wines we drank at the Villa were not memorable. We were not given choices on this (aside from "red" or "white") but I assume pricier bottles are available upon request. Breakfast (included in the room cost) was not quite as wonderful as I had heard from someone who had stayed there a few years earlier. It seemed the loaves of fruit bread had been made in advance, frozen , then thawed, not tasting quite as fresh as I would have liked, but my husband loved the custom made egg dishes, which we did not learn were available until we had been there a couple of days. One of the highlights of our trip was a trip to the Anti Nori Vineyard that Umberto graciously arranged for us. We went with another family staying at the Villa and were treated to a private tour of the Vineyard and Cellar followed by a lunch we will never forget. The cost of the lunch with wines was (gulp) $200/person (USD), but it was spectacular and, well, you only live once! We had absolutely no regrets. Antinori looks just like what you would picture the Tuscan Vineyard of your dreams. Our guide (and later our server) Marcello was amazingly friendly, informative, down to earth, and honest. We also visited San Gimignano and spent a delightful day there; and Pisa (worth it to see the leaning tower if you have time) . We tried to visit Luca but by the time we found our way there (which was challenging, even with the GPS and directions given to us by Sylvano) we could not find anywhere to park in town! If we had it to do over, we would have skipped Lucca and saved it for a day trip (preferably by train if possible) out of Florence. A stay at Villa Delia is expensive, but very much worth the splurge--it was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Italy, and a memory of a lifetime. If we ever get back to Italy, we will stay there again for sure. It was very difficult to select the most representative pictures to add to this review, we have so many pictures we love of this place, it was truly a photo-op! If anyone would like to contact me through Trip Advisor, I would be glad to email additional Villa Delia Pictures .

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

This was one of our best vacations.

My wife and I spent 4 days at Villa Delia to celebrate our anniversary. The entire experience was perfectly relaxing and comfortable. The buildings are set in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, amid a working farm. We took cooking classed during the morning, often enjoying our work during lunch or dinner served family style outdoors.

There are not a lot of activities or attractions, we read books by the pool, or went for walks in the fields, which was exactly what we were looking for. This is definately not a place for kids.

We also rented a car and took day trips at our leisure. We visited Florence, San Giminano, Pisa, which were short drives.

  • Liked — Authentic Italian experience
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2007

Just returned from a 7-day stay at Villa Delia and I'm still basking in the "tuscan glow". Everything about our stay was wonderful. Cooking school with Marietta was great fun and enlightening, meals were wonderful, rooms were warm and inviting, and the excursions were well-planned.

The Villa and surrounding grounds are very clean and well-maintained and the large cooking school kitchen was spotless. The staff is friendly, efficient, and very accomodating - they took very good care of us and Silvano is the perfect host.

  • Liked — Warm and inviting and in keeping with the 400-year old Villa history
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Nanaimo, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2006

We booked in Feb 05 for Nov 05, booked our flights to Italy, paid our deposit and kept in touch by sending back their forms. Then out of the blue 7 weeks before we were ready to fly to Italy, we get a call telling us that they are closing early to save money becasue there are not enough bookings.

I was shocked because this was such short notice, most packages give 90 days notice but don't forget to read their fine print. They offered us a 25% discount if we came earlier but of course our flights from North America were non-changable and so was our holiday time. Not being unreasonable, I told them to just give us the 25% discount the next time we would decide to go.

To my utter shock they said NO. They said that they only offered us a discount on the earlier class becasue it wasn't full. This is a place that charges $1000 per day for 2 people and they treat you like dirt, they care about their money but not yours.

I asked for my deposit back in Nov 05, it is Jan 05 and they still have not refunded me my deposit. They also promised a response from Umberto the owner, and again, no response.

This is not a last minute booking type of trip, so if you plan in advance for trips, expect a possible nightmare just before you go from these people, and they will do absolutey nothing for you.

Stayed November 2005
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Las Vegas, NV
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2003

What a simply fabulous place...tuscan farmhouses must not be changed on the outside so you get these old-looking houses (even cars are hidden under the vines) dotted along the countryside, but the insides are all modern and done to the new standards full of class and comfort - Villa Delia is simply a set of old buildings on a hill between two valleys dotted with gardens, olive groves and vineyards and a large new swimming pool with tennis courts. The hiking alone will send you into another era of time. Wild pheasants call in the distance along with the swallows and other songbirds that sing thru the nite. I can't say enough about the staff at Villa Delia. They were very courteous and they have adequate interpreters, since Italian is spoken most of the time. The staff are great also good at broken English. The cooking school was fantastic and we even got to prepare the food and most of the time it was eaten at night -Wild boar stew, Minestone, Creamy lasagnas, Osso Bucco, and not to mention lots of vegetable plates, aspics, and great deserts. I can't say enough about the afternoon excursions to small interesting, historical towns in the nearby hillside areas - Volterra, Siena, San Geminiano, and the creme de la creme of the best Italian wine areas - so informative and interesting. They did this place right and should be proud to keep the heritage of the area alive!!!!

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Address: Via del Bosco, 7-9 | Cevoli - Ripoli, 56030 Cevoli di Lari, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Cevoli di Lari
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cevoli di Lari
Number of rooms: 42
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