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Villa Cicolina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Provinciale 11, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Montepulciano
Palo Alto, California
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“Lovely property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed at Villa Cicolina for 4 nights. It's a lovely property, with outside sitting areas, gardens, and an infinity pool that overlooks the Tuscany countryside. The rooms are lovely. Our room was quiet, spacious and comfortable, with plenty of windows that we opened at night for cool air, and very clean. The bathroom was modern and well-appointed, with nice towels, a tub and good shower. There were plenty of bedside outlets for charging phones, and the wifi worked well in our room. Breakfast was the best selection of our trip, with hot (pre-made) scrambled eggs (or you could boil your own in a pot of boiling water), bread/toast, pastries, fresh fruit, a selection of about 8 marmalades and jams, ham and cheeses. And espresso/cappucino or coffee to order. Dinners are available in the cozy dining room each night at 8 as long as reservations are made by the afternoon. We ate one meal there, and it was good. The staff was friendly and very helpful with restaurant and wine tasting recommendations.

Note that the overnight parking is tricky and I'd recommend arriving in the daylight to do this the first time, but I think staff might park your car if you don't feel comfortable doing it. Parking is free.

We definitely recommend Villa Cicolina and would retrun.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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villacicolina, Front Office Manager at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear Anita,

Thank you so much for your kind review, it was a pleasure having you in our property and we look forward welcoming you again very soon..

Kind regards,

Sayed
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Wow, wow, wow and wow. Villa Cicolina is an absolute must, if you visit Montepulciano. From the moment we arrived we were blown away by the beautiful gardens, sensational infinity pool, Tuscan views and the unrivalled hospitality of all of the staff. We stayed in the junior suite which was incredible large with separate sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. Villa Cicolina also have a magnificent restaurant where they serve breakfast each morning (by far the best we have had in Italy!!) and also offer a 4 course dinner each night for a very reasonable price. You can also participate in cooking lessons which they offer on site. We were very sad to leave Villa Cicolina and will be sure to return one day.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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villacicolina, Front Office Manager at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Buongiorno from Villa Cicolina,

Many thanks for your kind comment, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, thank you very much for your kind comment regarding our restaurant, we try to keep the menu very autentic and typical tuscan with simple food of the territory.

We look forward to welcoming you soon and we send you our best regards from the amazing Tuscany.

Sayed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

When you first step out of the car, you think, "Wow." The grounds are beautiful and impeccably kept. The quaint charm of this place couldn't be overstated. Our room was very spacious and pleasant. Bathroom was quaint, which does mean the shower/tub is a little different and not the easiest to use, but goes with theme of the place. The pool area is unbelievable, with the infinity section of the pool overlooking the Tuscan landscape. Just wow. It's like an enchanted forest land here. Free breakfast is served every morning in their restaurant, which is high-quality. Dinner is served every night (€33 per person, doesn't include drinks) and a set menu is displayed each morning to let you know what will be served. The on-site restaurant is a fantastic option available if you want to just hang out and not drive into the old town. Even after dinner we had a fantastic time chatting with other guests all night around the grounds.

We also did a wine tasting one night and their cooking class another night. Wine tasting (€25 each) consisted of going down to their basement cellar and learning a little about Montepulciano wines over some Prosecco. Then you are paired wines during your dinner (White for appetizer, Rosso for pasta, Nobile for secondi (meat)), and it is a fair amount of wine. The cooking class (€85 for 3-hour class, €65 for 2-hour) was very enjoyable, and you are actually cooking for the entire restaurant for that evening. It was fun to get compliments from fellow diners that evening at dinner on some of our dishes.

Our only regret is that we didn't book this sooner and thus could only stay 2 nights instead of the 4 nights that we stayed in Montepulciano area. This place is absolutely perfect and was just what we needed after a very crowded weekend in Rome!

Room Tip: Our Junior Suite was called "Il Camino", I believe, and it was beautiful with fantastic vi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are very happy to learn that you had a wonderful stay with us, as we are like a family staff, freinds and colleagues at the same time, every guest is considered like a member of the big family of Villa Cicolina.

We look forward to welcoming you again and we wish you all the best from the beautiful Montepulciano.

Sayed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We recently spent two and a half weeks in Italy, and the Villa Cicolina was absolutely my favorite place that we stayed. I found this hotel about seven months before the trip and knew we had to make a stop there. We spend six days in Tuscany and had hoped to spend two at the Villa Cicolina, but because they were booked we changed our travel dates just so we could spend one night there. I definitely had high expectations as it was our "splurge" of the trip (we stayed in a Junior Suite, did a cooking class, etc.) and I am happy to say that my expectations were absolutely exceeded.

- Room: We stayed in the Il Camino Junior Suite which was an absolute Tuscan dream. It was massive with windows on three out of the four walls (all with amazing views of the property, garden, and countryside), wood beamed ceilings, and beautiful paint detailing between the beams. The king-sized bed was absolutely the most comfortable one we have ever had in Europe. The room was filled with stunning antique furniture, art, rugs, and a fireplace (not sure if it is a working fireplace since it was 80 degrees when we stayed, but it was lovely none the less). It was clear the hotel paid attention to details such as putting a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in the room. My favorite part of the suite was the bathroom. It was huge with his and her sinks, a beautiful view of the countryside, antique rugs, and a stunning black antique claw foot bathtub. It was absolutely heavenly coming up to the room after dinner and falling asleep in the bubble bath.

- Villa: The villa itself is absolutely stunning. The ceilings and walls on the first floor are covered in beautiful pastel frescos. It is filled with beautiful antique furniture, chandeliers, tons of books, art, and a massive fireplace which I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in the fall/winter to cozy up around. The color palette is light, airy, and regal (to me it has a bit of a French flair to it). So beautiful and luxurious.

- Cooking Class: We signed up for the 2-hour cooking class (an absolute steal). It ended up just being my boyfriend, the chef, the sweetest girl from the hotel who helped cook and translate, and myself. This was a nice treat as we didn't pay for a private class but since no one else signed up for the day it was just us. Essentially we assisted the chef in cooking the dinner they were to be serving at the restaurant that night. We learned how to make focaccia, pappa (a Florentinian bread soup), crepes with spinach and ricotta, and apple pastries. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it!

- Restaurant: The restaurant is in a converted stone barn and is absolutely gorgeous. Surrounded by trees and flowers with a huge fireplace and a gorgeous wooden bar that takes up a whole wall, it is a truly lovely ambiance. The food was delicious (and extra fun for us since we helped cook it in our cooking class) and the service professional. Highly recommended!

- Property: Where can I even begin? The drive up to the villa is surrounded by a huge variety of lush flowers and fruit trees. The infinity pool, surrounded by olive trees and flowers and overlooking the rolling Tuscan Countryside below, is the perfect place to lounge away the afternoon with a glass of wine and a good book. There is a small but amazing Italian garden (which we could see from our bedroom window) with a tiny little chapel (?) next to it. It is easy to find a romantic, secluded little nook anywhere on the property to spend a few quiet moments with your loved one. It really is the essence of Tuscan luxury.

- Service: By far the best service we received during our whole trip. Everyone we met was professional, kind, and helpful. From the sweet gardener to the chef who taught us the cooking class to the woman who when we asked for a light lunch put us together the most beautiful spread of Pecorino cheese, honey, bruschetta, and fresh fruits from the property (the figs were absolutely amazing) in a secluded garden, it was perfect.

Ultimately our stay at the Villa Cicolina exceeded our very highest of expectations. It is truly a magical place that makes you feel as though you have stepped into another time. I cannot recommend it enough and look forward to when we have the opportunity to return!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Il Camino Suite which was absolutely gorgeous and had a stunning clawfoot bathtub.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Buogiorno Molly,

We would like to thank you a lot for your kind comment , we are happy to know that our villa was your favourite among the places where you stayed in Italy. It was very nice meeting you and your husband, we feel sad that we couldn't satisfy your request for a longer stay as the hotel was fully booked, we hope that next time you can have a longer stay to enjoy better Villa Cicolina.

Looking froward to welcoming you, we send you the best wishes of Cicolina's staff.

Sayed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

We rented the two bedroom cottage for ourselves and our 4 year old so it was perfect for us to be away from disturbing the other guests. The cottage also has two bathrooms and a little kitchenette although there no were cups, cutlery or crockery so we couldn't use it - seemed odd. Breakfast is served at 8am so if you wake early as we did it was a little frustrating not to be able to make a cup of tea.

The breakfast is a buffet and was very good and the selection varied. We also ate in the evenings on a few occasions although with dinner at 8pm it was a struggle for us with keeping our little daughter up late, however we did manage to and it was well worth it. The cost of 33e is excellent value for money and the choice and menu was excellent. Service great and the atmosphere jovial with a mix of Americans and English - we really enjoyed it.

The pool area is great and we spent our Afternoons here after mornings sightseeing. The Gardner was so kind and gave our daughter a floaty toy to play with whilst we were here. We actually left some pool toys there in case management were wondering where a green crocodile came from!!

Can't speak highly enough of both Sayed and Aliyiah (apologies if spelling incorrect) and their attention to your needs. They are both wonderful and an asset to the team. As are most of the staff, from the smiling cleaning ladies to the gardener. A great team and a fabulous stay. Congratulations to all.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Buonasera,

Many thanks for your kind review, it was a pleasure having you and your family in our property, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Cottage il Noce and we thank you for the GREEN CROCODILE.

Kichen was a part of the old cottage, we decided to keep it as it was, we offer all hotel services from breakfast to light lunch to dinner, in some of the rooms kichens are kept just to make you feel as if you are in a real tuscan house ( not in a hotel ), we could have waved them away but we would like to transmit these feelings though our guests don't use the kichen.

So we are awaiting your soonest visit to Villa Cicolina.

Best regards,
Sayed
Villa Cicolina

Best regards,

Sayed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I chose Villa Cicolina based on reviews read on tripadvisor. Because of the issues reviewers raised in locating the hotel I put the co-ordinates into our sat nav and it took us straight there - no problems at all.

When we arrived it was early evening, the candles were alight in the courtyard, the tables set for dinner in the garden, cushioned seating areas were dotted around. It was idyllic. By the time we had checked into our delightful attic room ("Montepulciano" named for the view from the windows) and sitting in the courtyard enjoying a glass of Vino Nobile my husband and I were pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming!

Our room and bathroom were spacious, comfortable and clean with a comfy bed and nice bed linen.

Dinner served in the garden (or in the dining room if the weather is inclement) was a delightful four courses - a choice of main but otherwise a set menu. At 33 euros each it was also a bargain. Breakfast was also good and whilst the breakfast hours were suppose to end at 10am we saw many guests arrive after that time and not have any problems being seated and served. The breakfast buffet consisted of a good choice of cereals, jams, honey, bread, cakes, yogurts, juices, fresh fruit, dried fruit, hams, cheese etc and also a toaster, egg boiler and scambled eggs. Everyday the same waiter took tea and coffee orders and was friendly and very efficient.

The infinity pool is surrounded by olive trees with plenty of seating for guests. A wonderful place to relax. We spent most of our days relaxing by the pool before heading out in the afternoon. The gardens are an absolute delight and we noticed that they were being constantly attended to!

I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to others. If you are the sort of person who requires a sound system to plug your ipod into to enjoy your holiday then this hotel is not for you. For anyone wanting a truly relaxing time in a beautiful location with friendly and welcoming staff, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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villacicolina, Proprietario at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your beautiful feedback and for sharing it with all the TA's community.

We appreciate a lot your comments about the food quality and the care we have for the gardens and the infinity pool.

We hope to see you soon again at Villa Cicolina.

Best Regards,
Villa Cicolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

This place is magical. The people were very friendly, the rooms amazingly pretty and clean, the food served in the onsight restaurant was fabulous. The grounds are perfect for wandering, the olive trees and flowers positively becon. Absolutely lovely. Note: if you opt to drive, set your gps at the street rather than the parking lot.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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villacicolina, Proprietario at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear April,

thank you very much for your wonderful comment and for sharing your positive experience with all TA community.

We are very happy to contribute in making your stay pleasant and comfortable.

We look forward to welcoming you again and again.

Warm Regards,

Villa Cicolina
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Address: Provinciale 11, 53045 Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Montepulciano
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Cicolina 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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