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La Ghiandaia
Via Case Sparse 105 | Lucolena, 50020 Greve in Chianti, Italy   |  
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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Inspirational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We were initally planning on staying 3 nights but ended up staying 4, just because it was so tranquil and beautiful. This was in the begginning of September and during the Chianti festival in Greve in Chianti, which we would recommend to everyone. Lovely atmosphere, great wines and tasty food. Our time at La Ghiandaia was fantastic. Sylvia and Luca are the perfect hosts. They are incredibly knowledgeable of the area, make you feel at home and are a really inspirational couple. We couldn't recommend this place enough. We met some lovely people here, stayed in beautiful accomodation and were able to truly relax. The rooms are clean and beautifully decorated, there is everything you need to make an Italian dinner and there is always local wine home brewed to be had from Sylvia and Luca.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed here 5 years ago. With happy memories of the warm welcoming hosts, Sylvia and Luca, the ambiant accommodation and beautiful scenery, we returned bringing my mother with us.

I was thrilled that it was as delightful as I remembered. We stayed this time in the apartment "Valle." It was large, with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and probably the biggest bathroom I have ever seen.

The grounds are lush and verant with the addition of olive trees.

The location is wonderful because it is a true Tuscan farmhouse villa experience. You are not staying on a main road with traffic driving by. You are in a farmhouse where, when you look through the window, all you can see is rolling green hills, trees and the other odd farmhouse in the distance.

We had some wonderful meals going into any of the villages we visited and buying Salami and cheeses, a bottle of Chianti and then dining at night in our own private little outdoor covered table outside our apartment.

Sylvia and Luca went out of their way to assist us with our enquiries, make telephone calls on our behalf, even going so far as to personally attend an office and someone's home in relation to two different enquiries we had. We also found them very knowledgeable on restaurants and the local area.

To top it all off, our accommodation was exceptional value.

I recommend this agristurismo wholeheartedly. If you want a true Tuscan experience, do not hesitate to book this place. You will not regret it.

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  • Stayed October 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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Washington, DC
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37 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I loved my 5 day stay at La Ghiandaia. My room (the Rosa) was very comfortable and had everything I need. Everything was impeccably clean. After a day exploring the area, it was great to come home to make dinner to eat on my little terrace. However, I spent almost all of my time outside on the shared patio overlooking the spectacular mountain view.

Silvia and her family made me feel very welcome. They are lovely hosts! I really enjoyed talking to Silvia, her husband Luca, and especially her mother, Maria Teresa, all of whom speak excellent English.

It is about 20 minutes from Greve and 1.5 km up a private dirt road (with one rather scary hill), so you definitely escape into another magical world.

I loved every minute of my time at La Giandaia and would recommend it highly to all of my friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The views from the apartment were amazing and the accommodation was beautifully decorated. The hosts, Sylvia and Luca were friendly and helpfully, even booking our Uffizi tickets in advance for us. The village is quite close to Figline which is well located on the trainline from Florence to Arrezo (and Rome) which meant we could visit both Florence and the jousting festival in Arrezo. There is also beautiful countryside with plenty of hiking trails and of course great food, the restaurant in Dudda served excellent food and is only a short drive away. I wish we could have spent longer exploring the local area, one week was not enough.....

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  • Stayed September 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We Visited La Ghiandaia this september and it was wonderfull! the view is amazing, the owner- Silvia is very welcoming and helpfull, she give us advices about places we should visit and restaurants in Chianti. We wormly recommand this place!
Tim&Luba.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The perfect view on an awesome landscape every morning for breakfast. La Ghiandaia, settled in the middle of nowhere is the perfect place to enjoy quietness of nature and go around by car to the cities and museums of Tuscany.
We really enjoyed our stay thanks to Lucas and Silvia, who are very kind and helpful people. It is less than 2 hours drive from any interesting place in Tuscany. So, it is good to have a car, and then enjoy everyday both the countryside and the cultural interests. Nice place, nice people.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wesel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Wow! How can I start?? Ok, it´s a bit tricky to find the way up in the mountains to this fantastic peaceful place. But once you´re there, you just can´t stop smiling. Everything was absolutely perfect for my boyfriend and me. The hosts Silvia and Luca, and by the way their family as well, are one of the most nicest people we ever stayed with. They really made us feel like long missed friends when we arrived, gave us many really good tipps and radiated such a passion for the place they live, the things they make, their family. Especially Luca when he explained the taste and colour of olive oil extra vergine or the changing seasons and every little special about it.
And by the way, the apartment is just lovely and unique. I miss my summer kitchen, half inside, half outside where you can cook and have a wonderful wide view into Tuscany at the same time...breathtaking.
The whole place seems to say:" Relax, eat pasta, dolci or drink the delicious Chianti wine...have a swim in the pool or hike in the mountains. And if you need to see older italian culture than in this place, you just jump in your car and visit wonderful Siena or Florence or one of the little tuscan villages!" We did all that and to be honest, it was always the best thing to come back to the marvellous stone house and sit outside our terrace enjoying the warm tuscan night with a glass of wine...
Silvia and Luca, many many thanks to you both and your lovely family for having us, we want to come back as soon as possible.
Jim and the girl who fought with the tiger

  • 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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Also Known As:
La Ghiandaia Greve In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany
Address: Via Case Sparse 105 | Lucolena, 50020 Greve in Chianti, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Greve in Chianti
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Ranked #8 of 47 Specialty lodging in Greve in Chianti
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