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“An authentic taste of Tuscany!” 4 of 5 stars
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Osteria del Vicario
Via Rivellino 3 | Certaldo Alto, 50052 Certaldo, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Certaldo B&B and Inns
Abbotsford, Canada
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“An authentic taste of Tuscany!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

First let me say that if I was going back to Certaldo this is where I would stay, although staying there when we did was something of an experience! They weren't really open for the season at the time, even the restaurant was closed, but they let us stay there anyway. This old building has a lot of character, with the worn tile floors and an authentic rustic Tuscan feel. The view from the terrace is stunning. The building is actually part of a former monastery dating back to the 13th century and the town is the hometown of the medieval Italian poet, Boccaccio. There is a nice sitting area outside the upstairs rooms, with large windows looking out over the terrace below and beyond to the Tuscan countryside. This was an ideal place to sit visit and share some wine.

We were a group of seven friends in Italy on a walking holiday in May of 2011. As I said, they weren't really open for the season when we stayed there, and in fact we were the only ones in the hotel that night, including staff! After exchanging emails with Sara before we left home, we were unable to meet her as she and her husband had business concerns in Rome. Someone showed up to let us in when we arrived, but after an hour or so we were on our own and had the whole place to ourselves. They gave us keys for the front door. Speaking of keys, we discovered that the keys for the rooms were interchangeable.

One thing that should be mentioned is that one of the rooms had a slight sewer smell, either room 2 or 3. Hopefully this will get attended to, because I would hate not to stay there because of it.

When morning came we were wandering around the downstairs wondering if anyone was going to show up to make us breakfast, but just when we were about to give up hope, Sara's husband showed up. He had driven all the way up from Rome overnight and prepared for us the best breakfast of our entire three and half week stay in Italy. We had to tell him to stop, because the courses just kept coming. It was served on the terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside and was an unforgettable experience and any other shortcomings were forgiven.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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almoradi
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

If you realy want to taste the authentic Tuscany with beautifull panoramic views and very friendly staff it is worh while to visit. Try the delicious local cheese and charcuterie.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

We stayed here the night before and after our wedding. Sara is terrific - the service was very warm and friendly. The hotel is beautiful - very charming. Rooms are small but well decorated and clean. Bathrooms are modern and well functioning. I would stay here again on our next visit to the area. The restaurant was not open for dinner while we didn't get to sample the food, but othewise everything was perfect.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Victoria, BC
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

We found this to be a great location. We arrived the day before our wedding and had to do a lot of running around to do. It was a breeze and everything was close by. We had our ceremony in the museum next door and then went back to the Osteria del Vicario for the best meal we had in Italy. We sat at a back table (it was raining or we would have been outside) and the service was great. We drank alot of wine and ate alot of food. The room was ok. The bathroom had a bit of a smell but nothing offensive. The shower broke the morning we left so it turned out ok but could have been a disaster on the wedding day. All in all a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 3 days for a family member's wedding, and had a wonderful time.

To be fair, the rooms could be better - air con would be nice, and one or two of the rooms could do with a bathroom upgrade. However, they are charming and rustic, and do the job nicely.

The courtyard is beautiful and the views amazing - unlike a few of the reviews below there was never a smell of sewerage at all (unlike some other restaurants in the area) despite the extreme heat we had. Perhaps this has been fixed since the other reviews, as I really dont know what they were talking about otherwise.

The food was super - lovely breakfasts and great dinners. Really good value for money too - where in the UK could you have a michelin stared six -course taster menu for 50 euros!?!

Most importantly the staff were really friendly and made you feel right at home. Nothing was too much trouble.

In all a wonderful experience and I hope to return sometime soon.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

There are five rooms on the second floor. We and our wedding guests occupied four of them. Rooms 1 & 2 are small but have wardrobes. Room 3 is so small that there is not room for a wardrobe but it does have a ceiling fan and a painted mural on the wall. We stayed in room 4 which was the largest room but does not have a ceiling fan. Room 5 is a messy storage room with an unmade single bed and unfortunately the door is left open some of the time. Outside of the five rooms there is a desk and a dining table with six chairs. This was a nice space for our group to use. From here you can look out large windows to the dining courtyard and below and the terrace just beyond that. From the room windows we could see the street below and if we looked to the right, the street in front of the town hall (from which I saw 2 wedding parties) before my own. The rooms are rustic with worn stone floors. There was a thin rug on each side of the bed that wasn’t really functional. The bathrooms were reasonably updated but when we took showers the water temperature was constantly uneven. So during a shower, every 10 seconds or so there would be a burst of cold water. Even though our room has a wardrobe, there was very little storage space which meant the room was always messy. This would not have been a big deal but our wedding guests were often coming in and out of our room and the photographer and videographer also came into the room while I was getting ready and it was somewhat uncomfortable for me. Overall, the evenings were very noisy. The owner has a sweet 9 month old baby that was crying for quite some time the first night we were there. We could hear people walking out on the street and guests in the restaurant. The bells start chiming at 7am. We had earplugs so the noise wasn’t a big problem but memorable just the same. Another general comment I have about the place is that the common areas are messy. There are just lots of stuff lying around. It’s not dirty, just messy. Sara is the owner and had been for fifteen years. She was 19 when she started. She was very personable and accommodating. Daniele was also very nice and accommodating. We had a good experience with all of the employees. We were disappointed to learn the wireless isn’t working but Sara insisted we use the computer behind their reception desk whenever we want. While this was helpful, it was still not ideal that we didn’t have wireless. We were quoted 110E but charged 100E per night (possibly due to the lack of wireless) This price included a very nice breakfast and bottles of water throughout the day. Overall, I would say this was a good value. But I would probably recommend looking into something else. I'm not sure you will find something better for the price but it's worth a look.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roma, Italy
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

I do believe it is a "must" for anyone who enjoys Tuscany in its most genuine chatacteristics. The tiny eleventh century town, home of Boccaccio, kept intact till today is just enchanting. Osteria del Vicario brought me right inside the atmosphere of Tuscan history and tradition. The rooms are just perfect: comfort coupled with ancient furniture and tapestry ; the restaurant offered me and my friends amazing surprises leaving us more than pleased, the selection of wines is superb.
I went to Osteria del Vicario several times, alone as well as with friends and I consider it a "must" every time I am in Tuscany and also when I am in Rome and I travel on purpose to reach the plece..
However, I believe not jeveryone may apreciate Osteria del Vicario. People without culture and genuine apreciation for authentic historical environments and desire to esperience something truly typical, may miss too much all they would find in a delux hotel in any part of the world. There are lots of people like thsese, always complaining about everything which does not meet their expectations and just miss the whole point.
I strongly recommend Osteria del Vicario to anyone who truly searches for a place which makes a real difference!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Osteria del Vicario

Address: Via Rivellino 3 | Certaldo Alto, 50052 Certaldo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Certaldo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Certaldo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our structure get born from an antic monastery from the XIII century and offer a beautiful view on the Chianti hills, offering five romantic rooms (+4 rooms in a near new guest house). Our rich continental breakfast is served in the restaurant. ... more   less 
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