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“Fabulous, but limiting at nights” 4 of 5 stars
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Livernano
Loc Livernano, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy   |  
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“Fabulous, but limiting at nights”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We selected to stay 3 nights at Livernano, based on the great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Livernano was as described, but we found it a bit limiting at nights. It is some 8 miles along gravel roads to reach Livernano from the main roads and there is no lighting on these gravel roads, so we had to be in there before nightfall - which was about 7:15 pm each evening and we could not go to the nearby towns for an evening meal. Also, the first day we had trouble finding the place because the "brown sign" that we were looking out for was in fact a small white sign and we missed it.

That said Livernano is beautiful. The grounds are very attractively landscaped and there are lots of flowers and trees. Small tables and chairs are set out around the buildings and pool so that you can sit and enjoy the Tuscan landscape with the vineyards, etc in the sunshine during the day. In the early mornings, there were also rolling mists on the hillsides which made it look fantastic. And we visited the owner's vineyard nearby and sampled some of their fine wines.

The accommodations are also beautiful. We were two couples and we each had a standard villa room, which was spacious and well furnished - just as they look on the website. The beds were extremely comfortable.

The breakfasts were wonderful with lots of choices of things to eat and drink, and you could also get a tea or coffee in the early morning to take back to your room.

In the evenings there were several fixed menu courses to choose from. Often we selected 2 or 3 several of the 4 courses each, and then shared them (including the dessert course). The food was fantastic, but it would have been difficult to eat all 4 courses each day.

Daniela, who runs the place, was incredible. She answered all of our questions each day and helped us to plan our travels in the surrounding area, including visiting several Tuscan hill towns South and East of Siena.

All in all, we had a great time. However, Livernano is best you want to stay there for say 3 days to celebrate an anniversary or have a long weekend away. We had hoped to have dinner at some of the smaller towns nearby in the evenings and this was virtually impossible to do due to the roads.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We recently returned from a 2 week trp to Tuscany. The second week was spent at Livernano. It was so beautiful. The grounds are immaculate. Daniella was so helpful, giving us advice on where to go, who to see, and the weather. We stayed in the Baronale Suite at her suggestion. It was huge! It has a large sitting room, a large bathroom complete with 2 sinks, a shower, and a spa tub which my husband used every night, and a very large bedroom. It also has a wonderful little private pation off the bedroom. Really gorgeous views. The linens are wonderful. It is all very elegant and luxurious.

We ate at the little restaurant every night of our stay, choosing up to 4 of the daily items. Andreas is a great chef. We had wines with every meal. The food is fresh,made with local ingredients, and delightful. Most of the vegetables and herbs are sourced from the garden just outside the kitchen. I took a cooking class from Andreas. It was terrific. His English is excellent so we communicated easily. He allowed me to do as much as I was comfortable doing - for me it meant almost anything. I learned how to make the wonderful Tuscan bread - no salt!.

We were made to feel at homefromthe moment of our arrival until our departure. I just can't say enough good things about Daniella, the entire staff, and the hotel.

I read many of the reviews before we left and was a little concerned because of the comments about the road into Livernano. We didn't make any wrong turns and followed the signs without any issues. The road is unpaved but I live on an unpaved road. I've been on much worse and we were not concerned at any point about the condition of the road. It rained 2 days during our stay and still we had no problem with the road. Ignore the negative comments about the road and go! It is wonderful.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room. The Baronale Suite was the best!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Stuart, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband and I recently traveled to Europe and were able to spend a few days at Livernano at the end of our trip. The hotel and grounds are immaculate. We stayed in the Merlot suite and had beautiful views of the vineyards. Daniella who works at the reception desk and does many other things on site too was very helpful at suggesting places to go and furnishing directions. The location is beautiful and a great base for day trips to area around Florence and Siena. We were fortunate enough to have dinners on the property which are prepared from food grown at Livernano. The chef, Andrea, makes delicious four course dinners which are a delight to eat. We also partook of the wines made at the vineyard. They are delicious and I was able to purchase some cases to have shipped back to the states. I would strongly recommend this establishment to anyone who is traveling in the area.

  • Stayed September 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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Belleville, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We just returned from a Tuscany vacation which was an overall fabulous experience!! Spending our first few nights in Florence then renting a van (There were 8 of us) and traveling to Chanti. We stayed at Livernano and used it as our home base for our travels throughout the rest of the region. I can tell you without question this location was absolutely gorgeous!!! For all of us it was our first time in this part of Italy and we hit it right! The warm and friendly staff was extremely helpful in our quest for a true taste of the Tuscany cuisine and hospitality. All the meals were fresh and delicious.

You can reach most parts of the area such as Siena, Florence, Radda, Greve just to name a few , in under an hour. The grounds and rooms are impeccably clean and well groomed and the price is reasonable for what you get. The pool was a big plus due because the weather was still warm. The nights up in the rolling hills and vineyards were cool enough not to have to use the air conditioning. Owner of the property Bob and Gudren were warm and friendly and have dinner with us 2 of the nights. I would gladly and sincerely give my recommendation to this Tuscany Paradise to anyone.
If there was any draw back it was that the road that leads to this oasis is unpaved and a little harder to navigate as are many of the roads in Tuscany, however don't let that stop you from going and experiencing this very special place.

Our heartfelt thank you to the entire staff and Owners of Livernano for making our trip very special. We will never forget it or you and we will absolutely return!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful any will make you happy. The suites are especially nice and roomy but yo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

A very beautiful and relaxing setting in Tuscany. Rooms are clean and comfortable. However, the walls/floors between rooms are rather thin and you can hear your neighbors talking and in one case heard someone urinating in the toilet in the suite above ours. This is the place to go if you want to relax by a pool amid lovely surroundings. We aren’t pool people and like to be out and about to tour the local area. There is a restaurant on the premises, but we never ate there because the menu was limited. However we found some great restaurants in Radda. Also, when we arrived (on a Sunday) there was only one non-English speaking person onsite. This would not have been a problem if the written materials explaining the services had been left in our room. We did not receive the written materials until the next day and they were limited in scope and not very comprehensive. We would highly suggest they review and improve their written materials. If you like relaxing by a pool and aren’t venturing out on a daily basis, this is the place to stay. Because we like to explore the area, we would probably try someplace else next time we are in Tuscany. Also, to get to and from Livernano, you have to drive down a very long gravel/dirt/clay road. At the end of our stay, we had to stop at a car wash because our car was filthy and covered with gray road dust from three days of driving down that road.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed in the 'Sangiovese' room at Livernano for 2 nights. Overall, the property was 5/5, given the fantastic views and location. A perfect relaxing and romantic treat away from the hussle and bussle of our normal lives. Livernano is located along some dirt roads approx 5km from Radda in Chianta. It is so peaceful and quiet and feels like a million miles away from civilisation. ( Perfect )
We were warmly welcomed on arrival by Daniala and Simone with a complimentary glass of white wine from their own vineyard - We had dinner on the terrace both nights and these were freshly prepared using local ingredients, vegetables from the garden etc. Both were very good; set 4 course menu changed daily for 40 euros each - the wines offered by Livernano were excellent!
Daniala our host was very friendly and helpful and arranged a private wine tour for us at the 'Casalvento'. winemaking house. Fantastic. Ordered 12 assorted bottles of Livernano wine for 258 euros including shipping. Although slightly expensive well worth it for such a unique and not widely available brand such as 'Livernano'.
The bedroom we stayed in at Livernano had a massive bed with a very comfortable mattress and linens which were of high quality. Mini bar was well stocked with complimentary water and snacks. Views of the sunrise and overlooking the pool/terrace area.
Daniala provided helpful advice on Siena and local villages to visit.
Livernano is well located, about 30 minutes from Siena and an hour from Florence; both Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are close by - spectacular views. Radda in Chianta was a lovely little village with some small shops and cafes/bars/restaurants. parking is free down small hill below village. ( signposted ) Access to village is via a small stone tunnel under main road.
We had a brilliant time at Livernano, only regret we hadn't stayed longer. Will definitely be back though.

Room Tip: Would like to stay at a suite next time. Daniala the host showed us round and it was superb. Bedroom...
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  • Stayed August 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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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed in the Cabernet room at Livernano for 6 nights for our honeymoon. Overall, the property is probably a 4.5/5, but I've given it a 5 since there's not a half option and all things considered it is closer to a 5 than a 4. More specifics are below.

PROS:
- we were nicely welcomed with a complimentary bottle of prosecco for our honeymoon
- the dinners are really good; some days are better than others; but overall the food is a treat
- the mattresses and linens are of high quality
- the wine offered by Livernano is excellent!
- it is well located, about 40 minutes from Siena and an hour from Florence; both Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are close by
- spectacular views
- the rooms are well-sized and appointed

COULD DO BETTER ON:
- bathroom towels were only refreshed once during our stay even though we placed towels on the floor signaling they should be replaced
- beach towels were never refreshed (to be fair, we never asked)
- the pool was cleaned in the morning but could do with an afternoon cleaning as well
- some of the seat padding on the pool loungers need to be replaced as they don't stay tied down
- when the villas are full there are not enough pool loungers for all guests

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Loc Livernano, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Radda in Chianti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Radda in Chianti
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Number of rooms: 7
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