We are a family of four (two adults and two teens) and we stayed at Seminario Vescoville in June 2008. The staff at the Seminario were very friendly and helpful, and the facility has a lot of character. However, it needs some attention and restoration. We were traveling in Europe for two months staying in budget lodging each night, and we feel that our expectations were set appropriately for budget lodging. We didn't expect modern and stylish amenities, but we did expect clean accomodations.
We had two double rooms, one with a bath, and one without. Our two rooms were realtively nice--we had breezes from our windows and a good view of the countryside from one of our rooms. Unfortunately, someone nearby must run a dog kennel, because right around the time that we went to bed at 10:30 or 11:00, several dogs starting barking and continued barking excessively for a while. That happened both nights. The bedding in our rooms did seem to be clean, but there were quite a few bugs and insects running around. (For example, something ran across our son's face during the night the first night.)
When we checked in the first day, we noticed a strong odor throughout the entire facility. I initially attributed it to the age of the building, in general, but ultimately we decided that it was probably a result of the mold in the bathrooms. The one private bath that we had was an interior room with a "window" going into an upstairs attic area (or something like that). It wasn't moldy, but it could have used a good scrubbing. The shared baths in the hallways for use by people staying in the other rooms, were scary. When we got a look at them, we were extremely happy that we had the bathroom that we had. Not only were the shared baths very creepy and seemed like vaults without any ventilation, but the smell of the mold that you could see growing in them was very very strong and actually made it difficult to breathe when you opened the door. We poked our heads into the 2 baths that were by our rooms. Maybe other baths on other floors and hallways weren't as bad. These were definitely the worst bathrooms that we encountered on our entire eight week trip.
Also, the location of the Seminario is not ideal, if you want to stay in a location where you get the real feel of the history of the town. Volterra is one of the remaining original Etruscan hill towns, and staying just outside of the walls of the town, took away from that. It was a very short walk into the old part of town, but it was long enough that we did not get the "feel" of the town.
Due to the location and issue with the bugs, smell and the bathrooms, we would not recommend this lodging to other travelers. Hopefully, they will renovate and fix the mold problems, because it is a neat place.
- Also Known As:
- Seminario Vescovile Di Sant`Andrea Hotel Volterra
- Seminario Vescovile Di Sant`Andrea Hotel