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Villa Rignana
Via di Rignana 7 | Greve in Chianti, 50022 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #91 of 220 Specialty Lodging in Florence
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“Accommodating factor missing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

Reading through the other reviews here I wonder if we stayed to at a different villa. Arguably the grounds were splendid and the staff were friendly. A cloud cast over our trip was the owner Alessandra. Her touch is everywhere and unfortunately we found her rude and extremely unhelpful. We found the rooms a little tired as well. When you are in a unfamiliar country having an accomodating host makes all the difference. We also weren't too keen on the dogs which she took personal offense to. My advise would be find a villa a little more accomodating. 

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rignana, Manager at Villa Rignana, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
We are confused and concerned as to the nature of this review. Given that the reviewer in question has only written one review we are of the opinion that this is a fake and malicious posting designed to harm our business and insult the manager.
Should this be a genuine review we would ask the person to specify what dates they enjoyed their stay at Villa Rignana
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Westchester County, New York
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Villa Rignana in October of 2011. It is a stunning property. The decor, the antiques, the gardens, the views, the breakfasts, the service . . . all that you would expect and want from Tuscany! There were no other guests there during our stay, so all was very peaceful. I must warn you, however, that the owner can be quite gruff and arrogant. She is not at all a natural for the hospitality business! My recommendation, however, is not to take this behavior personally. Her husband was very friendly and charming, and she warmed up quite a bit over the course of our short stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

The location is everything.The staff is kind and they always give you the best welcome.
The room servicing was exemplary: every nbight we came home to a room in immaculate condition.
But its abiding asset is its location: in the beating heart of the city. Highly recommended.
Thank-you. we definitely return.

  • Stayed February 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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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

Villa Rignana is a cross between renting your own villa in Tuscany and staying at your rich relative's mansion. So many times during our stay I looked up, or out a window, and thought I was looking at a backdrop for a movie filmed in Tuscany. To sit in the lounge chairs on the back lawn, with the Tuscan sun on your face and dog at your feet is to know that all of your cares have melted away. It's a little bit of a drive on some rough roads to get to, but once you're there you will not want to leave. To have Rene appear at just the right moment with a fresh espresso, or another plate of exquisite pancakes to be drenched in fresh berries and local honey, is to be truly spoiled. The rooms are large, the linens crisp, the pillows soft. The stars are bright, the air is crisp, and the sleep unspoiled. After a feast in the dining room, a warm wood fire in the fireplace, and a retirement to the "man cave" - a cozy sitting room bar with a 1,000 year-old ceiling - Stephen pops in with a perfectly timed "How about a Limoncello? Need I say more? It's less of a place to stay, more of a romance, as most things are in Italy. If you want the Ritz, then stay there. If you want "McItaly", stay in Florence and take a bus tour. If you want to feel, smell and taste the relaxed atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside, then consider Villa Rignana. And one night, walk up the hill to the restaurant, and tell your waiter Fabrizzio that "Mrs. Blondie's husband" sent you. He'll honor you with his personal Grappa collection to sample.

Room Tip: Dario Doc, the crazy butcher for lunch. Vegetarians should stay home.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Villa Rignana is a "house party" yilla rather than a luxury villa. The main bedrooms are adequately comfortable and probably very appealing if you love four poster beds. The bathrooms - actually there are only showers - function adequately and are quaint. The outdoor terrace is excellent with great views and to be shared with the owner's dogs (she says she will keep them away if you ask but she is clearly very keen on them and it's not an easy ask).

The downstairs bar/sitting room is a gloomy place whereas the upstairs sitting room is light and airy but may not be included in your accommodation if you don't take the whole villa. The decoration is country house quaint - eg mounted deer heads. The well equipped kitchen has modern appliances in a farm house style.

The swimming pool is modern and quite stylish though to be shared with wasps - "they don't really cause a nuisance do they?". The facilities in the swimming pool area, such as the barbecue, are not obviously available though it's probable, if you insisted, that they could be made ready.

The villa sits at the end of 3 or 4 kilometres of unmade road some of which is well graded and some bumpy. It's manageable but a nuisance.

The "maid service" - a Philippino man when we were there - was very helpful and adequately efficient. Alessandra, the owner, was keen to promote the services of her retained (but paid for as an extra) cook. We had a good local meal from her one night but Alessandra was obviously put out that we preferred to eat out the rest of our week. (Alessandra's recommendations for restaurants were the local restaurants: better to use the Michelin guide if you relish eating well.)

Some visitors clearly adore Alessandra - entries in the visitors' book and on TripAdvisor are gushing - and her shadow falls on everything in the villa but the chemistry didn't click for us. She left us to ourselves and that was fine.

Villa Rignana would be best for a large house party wanting better than average straightforward accommodation and keen to take advantage of the retained cook - a halfway house between a hotel and self catering. It's not, however, a polished offering in the normal meaning of the term luxury.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rignana, Owner at Villa Rignana, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,
We would like to point out that certain areas are available when renting the villa. As b&b guest, you have the privilege of enjoying spaces and facilities which are normally not available in a b&b.
The price of a room in fact, is substantially less than the cost of renting the entire villa.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Finding Rignana was a fluke. I came across the positive review of an ex-colleague of mine on Trip Advisor and decided to trust him.

For our honeymoon we had decided to experiment Tuscany by staying in its beautiful launching pad and use our residence as a launching pad to our Tuscan discovery trip. From the moment we reached Greve-on-Chianti (because we disregarded all the directions on the website) we experienced magic. The 10 minutes ride on an unpaved road only contributed more to our travel across time and space.

We were greeted at Rignana by Alessandra (the host), Rene (the butler) and the four dogs of the domaine. Alessandra quickly made us feel comfortable, offered us a wonderful Prosecco Rose and recommended the beautiful pool of the villa were we met her two girls. Alessandra has also a very fine palate and her restaurant recommendations only made our stay more enjoyable. At the end of the stay we were invited by Alessandra and Stephen (her husband) on a yacht the charter and enjoyed another bottle of prosecco.

The rooms at Rignana are large, nice clean and "furnished a l'ancienne" . Beds are slightly stiff but you really feel in the countryside. The greatest thing was the view out of the window: vineyards and olive groves stretching to infinity. Rene take good care of us, served us a very nice breakfast that we wouldn't miss no matter how late we woke up. We constantly found small attentions in the room which were very appreciated.

location-wise, Rignana is roughly mid-way between Florence and Sienna, about 20 minutes after you leave the motorway which is great if you intend to do day trips. In terms of restaurants we were blessed with a significant number of good restaurants in the area 15 to 20 km away. The only thing we regretted was not spending more time relaxing at the villa but Tuscany is so beautiful that you want to see everything.

There are few places I would like to return to and Rignana is definitely one of them. I highly recommend it for anybody that would like to discover the Tuscan countryside in a beautiful villa

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Villa Rignana along with another couple for about a week. I usually don't like to over hype things so as not to raise expectations and disappoint people but Villa Rignana is one of the BIG reasons why our trip to Tuscany was so unforgettable.

Let me preface my review with a few comments. For those that have not spent much time around Tuscany, and specifically around the Chianti region, this is basically in the mountains. So if you're expecting to spend most of your time roaming around Florence or any of the other main towns, and little time in Chianti exploring its magnificent towns and treasures, then don't stay in Chianti. This is because getting to Florence or any of the other towns will require you to drive to get there (not that this is a bad thing ... just keep reading) Also, if you're expecting a 5 star hotel experience (i.e., room service at 3 am, laundry service, etc.) then these types of villas is not your cup of tea.

So Villa Rignana is located in the beautiful hills of Chianti, not too far away from Greve in Chianti. It's about 30-35 minute drive to the center of Florence, and about the same to Siena. Make sure you check with the owners about the best way to get to the villa, because GPS systems don't know about this 50 meter patch of dirt road that connects Rignana with Badia a Passignano which could save you a good 15-20 minutes off some trips, especially going to Florence and Siena. Regarding the dirt road which others have mentioned in their reviews, it's fine. With the exception of a little bit of rattle in the car, it's a small price to pay to get to a wonderful, wonderful villa.

The Villa itself is made up of the main house and the guest house, which has 2 bedrooms. We were 2 couples so staying at the guest house made the most sense. The rooms are beautifully and tastefully decorated, and the paint on the walls and ceilings give each room a unique characteristic. The bathrooms are equally nice, and are spacious and cozy, and each comes equipped with a rainfall shower. Each of our rooms had a walk in closet, so it's easy for you to keep your room tidy and neat. Our rooms were tidied up every morning, and while we didn't have fresh towels and sheets every day, we didn't expect that because it's more of a self-catering place. Having said that, we were offered fresh towels after a couple of days, and asked again a couple of days after that. Oh and by the way, they have wireless internet :)

We had a look at the main house, and what an incredible home it is. While portions of the house date back to the 11th century, it very well maintained, and is nicely decorated. Its feels so cozy, that we were tempted to just spend our time at the Villa and not leave. The kitchen has a dining area attached to it, with a fireplace, which we used for one of the cooler nights. There is also a bar area which has a nice cozy feel which is great for a drink. The salon or living room upstairs is probably one of the cozier rooms I have sat in. It feels even cozier than it does in the pictures, and has some magnificent pieces of antique furniture. I can go on and on about it, but this Villa really has so many interesting stories to tell.

The grounds themselves are very well kept. There is a very big garden surrounding the house, with several options for sitting areas. There is a sizable pool there, but we went very early in the season, and it was still too cold to use. The grounds also has a small field with nets that is used as a tennis court. There is also a garden where they grow their own vegetables and fruits, as well as some chickens and geese that produce fresh farm eggs. Every morning we would wake up to a breakfast, served by the always smiling Florente. And this breakfast is something that you definitely do not want to miss. We had fresh farm eggs, vegetables and fruits from the garden, and warms breads and pastries. Make sure you ask to try the geese eggs on one of the days, because those are something else.

Now for the best part of the trip. Alessandra and Stephen, aka the owners of the place. A very nice couple that went above and beyond our expectations in making sure we got the most out of our Tuscany experience. They invited us for drinks on several occasions, and we spent time getting to know each other. Very nice and interesting people. They have been in the area for a long time, so they are very familiar with what to do and where to go, and everyone around seems to know them. Alessandra was kind enough to make reservations for us in each of the restaurants, not only in the local area, but also in Florence and Siena. Every one of their restaurant recommendations was spot on, so make sure you listen to them. They also know a thing or two about wines, so make sure you get recommendations on that from them. We really felt like we made new friends in Tuscany and plan to stay in touch.

All in all, this is a place that we would highly recommend, and which we will definitely go back to in the future. I'm not really sure what the deal is like for renting the Villa in full, but one thing I know for sure is that Alessandra and Stephen will take care of you, so make sure you're nice to them.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via di Rignana 7 | Greve in Chianti, 50022 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #91 of 220 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by vineyards and nestling in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, Villa Rignana is a true gem, its ideal location and enchanting view is just what you would expect from a Bertolucci movie. The Villa is located between Florence and Siena and near the picturesque villages of Greve-in-Chianti, Panzano and San Gimignano. The villa was a monastery dating from the twelfth century and has been lovingly restored by the owner, Alessandra Bianchini, with artifacts from her many travels and family treasures. She has managed to maintain the original Tuscan atmosphere of the estate, restore and decorated it with unusual details. In every direction the views of olive groves and vineyards on the surrounding hills is quite unforgettable, this is truly an Utopian place. The villa can be rented as a whole accommodating up to 18 guests in 9 double rooms with ensuite bathrooms, drawing rooms with large fireplaces, a library with a wide range of books, gazebos, pergolas, outdoor and indoor dining room. For smaller groups, part of the villa can be rented by arrangement. The garden has a range of aromatic herbs which inebriate the air, rows of lavender accompany the path to the infinity pool, and the view is enchanting in every direction. Villa Rignana is ecologically run and most of the products used in the kitchen come straight from its grounds like extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, geese eggs, fruits berries and game meat. The pets consist of 2 dogs, arab horses, 1 Shetland pony, a range of geese, ducks and chickens, and Caterina the cat. They are all very friendly and love to be patted. The Villa has full time staff so you can enjoy your stay in a truly relaxing Italian way. In the grounds of the Rignana estate there is a superb marble constant flow swimming pool 18 by 8 meters, outdoor Jacuzzi, bocce pitch, ping pong, croquet, badminton court and trampoline. In the villa there also is a gym room with sauna, steam shower, massages and beauty treatments can be arranged. It is ideal for a family gathering, weddings or a party celebration weekend. During wild boar and deer hunts, shooting weekends are arranged including game dinners accompanied by the best Chiantis. ... more   less 
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