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“Not a Typical Bread & Breakfast but a Real Tuscany Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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La Volpaia
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La Volpaia
Strada di Vico 9 | Vico D'Elsa, 50050 Certaldo, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Certaldo B&B and Inns
Colleyville, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Not a Typical Bread & Breakfast but a Real Tuscany Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Meeting Silvia and Andrea and their family made for a real Tuscany experience. This farm stay not only provided a convenient launch pad to explore the smaller towns in Tuscany but helped us truly appreciate local Italian customs and society.

The farm was hard to find, even the GPS had problems. We should have followed Silvia's directions. Once we made it, we were able to relax and enjoy the cooking and friendship of Silvia and Andrea. This was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the many large Italian cities. The one miss was the inconsistency of the hot water in the shower. Silvia and Andrea's warm personalities made up for it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Some of the negative reviews referred to overgrown, neglected, etc. If you expect a Hilton, don't go here. But, if you are looking for a down-to-earth, authentic, Tuscan experience where the focus is on country hospitality, you cannot go wrong with La Volpaia. We found the hosts to be fabulous people who are very knowledgeable of the area and its history. I would have loved to stay longer and get to know Sylvia and Andrea better. She prepared delicious, healthy meals with some special dietary concerns in mind, and he regaled us with stories and tips for our stay. These are genuine, good people with a lot to offer - if you can't appreciate that, you are blind. We would return in a heartbeat!!

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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NY,NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

My wife and I visited La Volpaia with another couple. We are all experienced travelers in our late sixties, and have traveled together often. We were the only guests at the time, so received the full attention of Silvia and Andrea. Silvia's cooking was wonderful and she was particularly careful of my food allergies. Andrea was an entertaining and informative host. We discussed art, Italian history, politics, his reconstruction of the farmhouse, best places to see in Tuscany, etc. Andrea gave each couple one of his paintings and a piece of his unique wood carvings. La Volpaia is ideally situated for travel around Tuscany and to Florence and Siena. As noted by previous reviewers, La Volpaia shows some wear around the edges, but our room was spacious, comfortable and quiet. We did not let any of its deficiencies detract from our enjoyment of the food, location, countryside, views or our host and hostess. When you consider that the room rate includes breakfast, dinner, wine and liquor, you can't beat the value.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Niguel, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

WARNING - Don't be duped by this couples beautiful web site.

The pictures are nothing like reality, other than that it's what it used to look like.
------- It is now in serious need of MAJOR maintenance!
Nothing has been kept up. It is more of an over grown weed farm!
* Upon locating the place, we parked and found the courtyard, with over grown trees and various plants growing among the tall weeds and even a 7 meter high cyprus tree which half the tree had fallen over to the ground, not broken or dead, just left in the walk way at the entrance of the house. Those trees and bushes now shade the the area so much you almost loose the view of the valley. There is still a small peek hole view in one area of the courtyard. Which is also were you dine.
* The inside of the home is much worse.. very dirty, dusty and dingy. Clutter sat everywhere. The windows are filthy, cob webs everywhere. It would also seem that they previously used the fireplace with the flu closed... and a wet burnt smoke smell remains throughout the house.
* Silvia is a good cook and the dinners she prepared were wonderful and were comprised of many local meats and flavors that you can only find in the Tuscany area. The view at sunset time is also, still stunning, You can see it right above the overgrown plants or weeds depending were you are standing. The best view being from inside the pool at the edge.
* As for breakfast, forget it... boxed cereal, packaged yogurt, so so coffee, (nothing like any other Italian coffee on our trip at all.) And some sort of dry tart which Silvia has made and serves the same left over tart until it has been eaten. - yech..
* The couple talk nice enough to you, in a placating manor, but don't let that fool you, Silvia screams venomously at her husband regularly! (When she doesn't know the guests can hear her..) Sucking what little positiveness you had left away...
* The only romance at this place is what you bring with you... and it better be a lot, to be able to overlook what has to be one of the worst B & B's, somehow still in business!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NC
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2009

i'm sorry to say i was very disappointed in the inn. The pictures must be from years back. The room was ok but the bathroom was a mess. VERY small shower that look like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. The pool looks like they havn't work on the area around it in years. Very over grown and just not was on the website. You could see what it might look like but it truly was a disappointment for the price which is quite high.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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California
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

Owners,Silvia and Andrea Taliaco, made this one of the highlights of our trip. Silvia is an outstanding cook. Andrea is an outstanding multi-media artist, and has an in-depth understanding of history and politics. The renovated farmhouse is filled with artworks and is extremely confortable. Go there and spend remarkable evenings with your hosts and other guests around the outside family-style dining table where Silvia presents her 5 star meals. The location is very good for day-trips. I would not recommend La Volpaia for children or the very elderly. I would recommend La Volpaia to my friends and I hope to return in the future.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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New York, NY
Top Contributor
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47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

Guided to this magnificent property by word-of-mouth, we were the first guests of the high season when spring green lawns and a gentle haze spread over Tuscany. My wife and I found a luxe-level pastoral retreat atop a hill with breathtaking views, towering cypress trees, gentle horses available for riding, and an Architectural Digest-ready estate that had been restored and filled with original art and sculpture by the couple in residence, Andrea and Silvia Taliaco. He is a retired architect and highly accomplished painter and sculptor (from whom we later commissioned several original works). She is a retired professional who expertly and graciously fashions meals from local lamb to the vegetarian cuisine my wife prefers, served indoors our out on a breeze-swept terrace near the pool. Unlike so many restorations, this one kept the warmth and dignity of the site while upgrading its amenities to 5-star levels (e.g., spacious marble baths, infinity-edge pool). The website gives an accurate impression of its beauty. Moreover, the estate, which features four or five bedrooms at full capacity, is ideally situated between Florence, Siena, Livorno and San Gimignano. Andrea gives great driving directions in the king's English! A little hard to find at the top of a hill, it is worth every effort to get there and every penny they charge.

  • Liked — Breathtaking site, 5-star amenities, educated and supremely gracious hosts.
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything.
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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: Strada di Vico 9 | Vico D'Elsa, 50050 Certaldo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Certaldo
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Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Certaldo

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