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“Wonderful stay at Il Pozzo/ Villa Della Torre” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa il Pozzo
Fiorentina, 50052 Certaldo, Italy   |  
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Wonderful stay at Il Pozzo/ Villa Della Torre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We rented the Giardino apartment for a week and loved it and the entire property. Members of the family who own the property are the on-site managers of the property as well as the winery - all of them are wonderfully helpful and accommodating. The location of this property is absolutely superb and the views are the best! There are many areas for lounging about outdoors to take in the views while sipping on vino. The tour of the family winery was very informative and the wine-tasting was very generous.

My only recommendation (and thus 4* rather than 5) is that there should be screens on the windows are there were a lot of mosquitoes and other bugs and it would have been nice to be able to keep the windows open.

Room Tip: The Giardino has its own terrace - but it is right beside the drive-in entrance to the property. Th...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have stayed at Il Pozzo twice before, the last time eight years ago when our eldest child was one. We returned now that our children are old enough to appreciate the beauty of Tuscany. As always, we stayed in 'Il Camino' and as always, Alessandro could not do more to make sure we enjoyed our stay - including booking tables for us at the fabulous Casa Chianti trattoria just 1km further along the road.

This was our first stay in the summer holiday period and the apartments were all full which meant the pool area was much more busy than on previous trips but we were glad to see they had invested in much more loungers and shade pergolas. The large size of the pool meant that plenty people could enjoy it simultaneously. Given the very hot and dry summer the gardens looked beautiful and dinner on the terrace overlooking the vineyards with San Gimignano in the distance, whilst drinking the wines produced from those grapes by the Gori family simply cannot be beaten.

Florence is a easy 40 minute drive straight to the free parking at Piazzale Michelangelo and San Gimignano is a short hop way. Pisa is 70 mins trip - mostly motorway. Just make sure you plan your journeys/SatNav routes in advance to avoid entering ZTLs and incurring €100 fines.

We will be back for our fourth visit!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Triel Sur Seine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My wife, daughter, and I have just returned from a week-long stay at Villa il Pozzo, and we could not have been more pleased by our experience. The villa itself is superb - the apartment we rented (il volte) was huge and cool (temperature-wise), despite the 37º outside temperature, and cool (architecturally) with neat, brick arched ceilings throughout, and tastefully decorated.

Gianni and Alessandro are extremely friendly, enjoyable, and kind hosts. They hosted an interesting and casual wine-tasting session for my wife and I, introducing me to their fine Tenuta della Luia. If you read this review and stay at Villa il Pozzo, ask Gianni to let you try some of his "Hello, Kitty!" rosé ;-)

The villa is located on top of a hill, overlooking the Gori family's olive trees and vineyards. The vantage from the villa's terraces are breathtaking, with views of the green and gold rolling Tuscan hills as far as the eye can see, interrupted by the occasional medieval church tower and a splendid silhouette of the towers of San Gimignano.

The villa's pool is large, cool, and clean. If my nine year-old daughter had her way, we would have spent every one of our seven days just hanging out at the pool. When we weren't spending time at the pool, we were able to visit Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, and Certaldo, all at most an easy 45 minutes away from the villa.

Villa il Pozzo is a picture-perfect little pocket of Tuscan paradise - highly recommended!

tom

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

You know that sinking feeling when you have spent months planning your big vacation, researched everything, and then you are driving up and it looks nothing like the pictures? Well thats NOT going to happen at the fabulous Villa il Pozzo! Everything was even more beautiful than the pictures, and Alessandro was kinder, more helpful than we could have hoped, helped with dinner reservations, touring suggestions and even met us at 11 pm when we locked ourselves out.
Kitchen have enough to make simple meals, beds are very firm (I didn't mind this), and AC units worked wonderfully, even in the July heat
We were traveling with five children, and had the upstairs units. We enjoyed the beautiful piano, antiques, fabulous times on the patio with views of the tuscan hills. The pool is refreshing and lovely- hills surrounding with vineyards, olive trees and even a wild boar (a baby)
The drive from Certaldo was about 10 minutes, great restaurant down the street, wonderful, personal wine tasting that was educational for all. We are anxious for our wine to arrive by mail
but can it taste as good without the view?
I'm a picky traveler and I feel comfortable recommending this beautiful spot to a couple for a romantic get a way or a family for a great base to explore tuscany.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I have been to Villa Il Pozzo three times and every time our experience has been wonderful. We were lucky enough to stay at the villa for a week with our family and friends this June. We celebrated our wedding by having a garden reception back at the villa. The villa is seriously stunning. Each apartment is different,but beautifully decorated throughout. The views are breathtaking and all of our guests were blown away by the sheer beauty. The owners of Villa Il Pozzo are super helpful and very sweet. THe day after the wedding we josted a pizza party at the pool. Tasty pizzas were cooked in the wood burning pizza oven and wine tasting was enjoyed. A wonderful, wonderful experience!

Room Tip: Bella Vista has the most beautiful views!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

My friend got married here in June, and we were lucky enough to stay - it is such a special place! It is a little further out of Certaldo than they say (about 6km), but it really doesn't matter - the views are breathtaking, and the owners are just so helpful & friendly. I would more than recommend this to anyone looking to get married or groups looking for a house to use. Wine is also very special (made on site) and facilities are great!

  • Stayed June 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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Villailpozzo, Proprietario at Villa il Pozzo, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Dear SKCF,
we thank you for the time taken to write this words on TA... we're so happy all went ok with your friend's wedding.
Sure that the groom and the bride will better remember these days at Villa il Pozzo :-)

You'll be always welcomed back!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 days and found it a perfect location to explore Tuscany (within 30 minutes drive from Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Voltera etc.) Rooms are apartment like so self catering - recommended to keep overall costs down. Good wine is made on the farm and enjoyable winetasting was presented by Gianni (the one son). Service is typical laid-back Italian style. Huge pool, beautiful views and quiet country feel to round off a 9 out of 10 experience.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 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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Address: Fiorentina, 50052 Certaldo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Certaldo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 Specialty lodging in Certaldo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically positioned between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti region, Villa Il Pozzo will impress its guests with stunning views of the gentle rolling hills leading to the extraordinary ancient towers of San Gimignano. All its beautiful apartments are personally furnished by Mrs. Gori with precious original antiques. Amenities include a magnificent Mediterranean-style swimming pool, a private library with recent and antique literature, a breathtaking classical Tuscan garden with hand-carved stone balusters and huge terracotta urns. Our guests may stroll through the olive groves and vineyards surrounding the Villa and taste the excellent Chianti wine and Olive Oil produced by the farm. Stucco, frescoes, and high hand-painted ceilings make Villa Il Pozzo the perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. At walking distance there are a family-owned Tuscan Restaurant, a mini-market, and one of the oldest churches of the region. Following an old tradition, all the weddings of the Gori family members are celebrated in this Romanic jewel. ... more   less 
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