For 2 weeks, we felt like royalty in "our Villa" in Londa !
I arranged the stay at Villa Luciano, for 18 people, from the last week of May through the 1st week of June 06'.
About 1/2 of the group stayed for the entire 2 weeks, while the others were there either the 1st or 2nd week.
The Villa was exquisite, the villa grounds sitting above the town were beautiful, and the town of Londa, welcoming.
The closest train station is about a 10 min. drive from the villa into the town of Contea. There is also a local bus that picks and drops off at the bottom of the hill in the town of Londa, that one can take to and from the train station as well.
Sandra, the villa manager, has an office across the road from the villa. She was ever so helpful with our needs and able to answer all of our questions. We were glad she was so close!
There is new Internet connectivity at the villa which we used to check train schedules, car routes, book tickets and of course the emails to and from home. I brought my laptop and it really was a plus!
As stated in other reviews, there are 7 bedrooms, but a couple of the mattresses in the twin bedrooms need replacing because they sag really badly (down to the springs). But, sleeping with the bedroom windows opened and the fresh air circulating, was wonderful.
We cooked several meals at the villa or we ate in Londa or in the nearby towns.
We splurged our last evening together and opted to have a cook come in and prepare our meal. It was wonderful !
The only slightly negative thing was the time it took to do "day trips" into the little towns in Tuscany via car (especially the towns in the southern part of Tuscany). It was quite a drive on narrow 2 lane winding roads from the villa to the autostrada or to the highways and then to the villages and then back to the villa in the evening. Need a good "Tuscany" map and a great "map reader" while the driver drives.
If you venture to this town of Londa (called Little Switzerland), you will love the accommodations at Villa Luciano !
Be sure to also check out the little town of Poppi for a day trip. It was such a welcomed relief from the bigger more congested towns in Tuscany. The leisurely drive through the mountains was great, as was the scenery and you felt like you were discovering a little town that hardly anyone knows about. But also know that the town shuts down during lunch time. We found only one place opened that we could get a sandwich and drink.
We all loved "our villa" and all look forward to returning some day.