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“Stunning and tranquil in Tuscany” 5 of 5 stars
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Val di Pierle 58 | Cortona, 52044 Cortona, Italy   |  
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Ranked #28 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Cortona
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“Stunning and tranquil in Tuscany”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Luca's place is simply wonderful. This villa is pure, simple, real Italy. No frills, no extravagance. But more beautiful and peaceful than we ever could have expected. We stayed two weeks in Italy and our two nights at Luca's were, by far, the highlight. We arrived after dinnertime and were greeted by the housekeeper, who spoke little English but told us all we needed to know about where to eat nearby -- Mimi's, just a 10-minute drive. It was incredible -- one of our best meals (certainly our most memorable!) in Italy. Luca met us for breakfast the next morning and had prepared a lovely meal for us. We chatted with him over breakfast on the patio, staring out into the stunning valleys of Umbria in the sunshine. We wish we had spent far more time at his place. There was one other couple there, but we rarely saw them. Luca is a terrific host -- very kind and welcoming. And he hooked us up with wine-tasting and a wine tour that were some of our greatest memories of the whole trip! We feel so fortunate to have found this place and hope to go back someday. We recommend it highly to anyone.

  • 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Yes this review is a little late, but better late than never. We stayed here in July 2010 for 3 nights and it was absolutely fabulous. We arrived late in the evening, after a lengthy drive from Pisa airport, hungry and tired. We were met by a very friendly host who recommended a place to eat and even called for us to inform the restaurant that we would be arriving a little late. It sure was a great recommendation with authentic food and wine drawn from a barrel.

That was a great start to our stay at Terzo di Danciano and it just continued to exceed our expectations. During the light of day we saw the beautiful surroundings, our beautiful room and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. The hosts were were forthcoming and friendly and even organized a birthday cake at request. :-) There is a lovely pool by which you can sit and relax and play with their friendly cats. In short, a wonderful stay and a gem that is definitely worth visiting.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We stayed with 2 other couples for 3 nights, had a fantastic welcome and pure dinner the first evening at the open fire in the most beautifull hall you can imagine, enjoyed the best coffee in the mornings, and were charmed by the natural sympathie of Luca and Claudia. The last evening we had the great opportunity to join a special party, with lots of guests, with wine tasting and a swing band, impossible to describe. The rooms were incredibly beautifull; we kept on admiring the originality of the whole concept that we discovered bit by bit in every detail. Luca is a great host: decent, helpfull, real, and enjoying the fact that the other 2 couples were there at arrival as a complete surprise for me. He played his role with passion! These people deserve clients that appreciate their authenticity. This is a must for people that love Tuscany, and like to switch from the classic or tourist hotels or perfect, commercial BenBs to something artistic, unique, authentique, situated very close to Cortona. You have all the comfort you need, and you have...so much more. Also fitted for groups, seminars, special occasions...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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København, Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

We spend our summer vacation on travelling through France and Italy. Terzo di Danciano was one of the first places we booked and we were not disappointed on arrival.

The garden, house and views over the valley was so breathtaking that we found it hard to leave again. It will be difficult to find a more romantic and “classic Toscany” place to stay then this. We will diffidently come back!

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leiden, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

We've had a fantastic holiday in this memorable B&B. We loved the house, the nature and the relaxed atmosfere. The place has been beautifully renovated (the internet site says it all) and the lady of the house works hard to give her guests a warm and welcome stay.
I'm glad that we read the review of the Philadelphian couple as a personal issue. Adapt just a little bit to the italian lifestyle and your holiday will be great.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2010

Bottom line: do not fall for this place. They are good people, and they have restored a beautiful building in a beautiful manner. Our experience however would lead me to say that they are not cut out for running a B&B, it was simply one of his architecture projects. No signs no welcome no decent food for breakfast no hellos and no feeling like this can be your place for a few days. To give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe we showed up the wrong week? But would you risk it? Seek other accommodations. We visited the nearby Agroturismo Ristorante Calagrana and were blown away by the rustic style and amazing cuisine and the true proper Italian hospitality which was warm, welcoming, and brought us back the next three nights. But, if you want to know why Terzo di Danciano was our worst experience among 15 different stays over a 6 week trip through Europe, please read on to hear of our experience…which still hurts over a month later. We are nice, flexible, unassuming people…and we did nothing to deserve such hostile treatment from the lady of the house.

Smitten by the rustic style gorgeously shown in the photography on the property’s website, we expectantly booked a reservation on the morning we left for a six-week trip to Europe. Indeed, the room reserved was nice as hoped. Great architecture and stunning design. But that was the only pleasure of this stay that left our spirits empty and raw halfway through a six week vacation through Europe. The hospitality was so rushed and hostile that we wish we never stayed there. First, there were troubles arriving. The turn off the highway was unclear, and the property has no signage en route or even in front. Next, from the moment we were greeted, we quickly felt like an unwelcome intrusion on someone’s private property. No sympathy for the difficulties finding our way, or apology for the moving truck blocking the entrance cleaning up chairs from a weekend wedding. It did not matter to the owner either that Google maps has an icon for the property several kilometers away in Mercatale. No welcome or cold drink offered on a hot day or offer to help with bags up the 3 flights of stairs. If arriving was an offence, our first question became a grave offence. “Is there internet?”…“Sorry this is *not* a hotel” she shot back nastily. Why? Perhaps because we are a younger married couple, the owner acted as though we were spoiled Americans not accustomed to travel or B&Bs. Otherwise we have no idea why we were treated as intruders. Note that we love B&Bs and have stayed at them in a dozen developed and developing countries in both the most Spartan and luxurious of sites. We had already stayed in a half dozen of them immediately before this stay. We know that each is different and we are always careful to respect the balance between this being the owner’s place vs. our’s to enjoy. We were merely asking a simple question! The next big offense came at asking about our breakfast, which was only store-bought industrial pre-sliced bread and cereal the first morning. “You must understand, this is a typical Italian breakfast” we were told brusquely after asking if anything else might be coming out. This was all too much. Had the website not shown beautiful fruits, smiles, and claims to be the “genuine article?” Arriving in Siena, we sat in the rental car for doing something we never imagined doing on the trip: composing a letter to the owner. Little changed, we still were dealt with curtly. The owner did help my wife with a favor involving a piece of clothing that needed some sewing, and we were “given” access to the pool even though the kids and cousins wanted to swim, but guests should still never feel so nervous to ask for help or use facilities for them. Overall, this is a beautiful property, but running a B&B is absolutely not the pride and joy for these proprietors (and guest are only received part of the year) and it’s simply unconscionable that guest should feel so unwelcome. The final morning finished us off. A housekeeper brought our breakfast and the owner was nowhere to be found when we wanted to say goodbye. Apparently since we had paid cash in advance through PayPal (note: do NOT do this!) there was nothing else the owner had to say to us. We walked around looking for her, but apparently even a farewell could not be found here. We certainly hope that our stay was an exception. But it was such a disappointment and upsetting experience that we are obligated to communicate this to the TripAdvisor community. A response from the owner would also be welcome. Even part way through the stay, we fully communicated these concerns to the owner by e-mail. This was a sad waste of our 120 euros and the bad taste remains over a month later with this only dark spot in an otherwise brilliant six week trip through Europe. No reviews since February? Hmm, maybe others feel the same but are reluctant to share similar sympathies so bluntly.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

We knew that Tuscany and Umbria was going to be fantastic,
but what we didn’t know was how much we would remain impressed
by the place where we stayed in Terzo di Danciano.
The location of the house, the style of the rooms, the view over the valley,
the breathtaking atmosphere of the place made our stay
unforgettable. On top of that the hospitality of the owners was nothing like I ever
experienced before anywhere else.
I would recommend the place to anyone in an heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2009, 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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Address: Val di Pierle 58 | Cortona, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Terzo di Danciano is a charming 18th-century villa with a marvellous view overlooking a valley on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. There are 4 large, comfortable bedrooms available as well as a beautiful apartment (with double bedroom, kitchen and sofa bed). Every room is with ensuite bathroom and has a lovely view.The quality of the spaces, indoors and outdoors, the genuine atmosphere and the natural way we greet our guests make Terzo di Danciano a destination you shouldn’t miss out on if you enjoy places that are out of the ordinary.The strategic location of Terzo di Danciano makes it an attractive destination in terms of cultural tourism. The property is on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, making it a perfect "station" to head out from on any number of itineraries. Cortona, Perugia, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi, the splendid towns in Val d'Orcia with their hot springs, you'll be spoilt for choice!Nature lovers can choose from countless hiking routes marked by C.A.I. (the Italian Alpine Club), immersed in an uncontaminated environment that is very sparsely populated. The near-by Lake Trasimeno offers an enchanting landscape, the opportunity to rent bicycles, go horse riding and play water sports. ... more   less 

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