We stayed here for two nights. It was easily the best place we stayed at on our trip to Italy. If you're planning on going to Tuscany you should definitely stay here and structure your trip around this place.
Ambience. The best thing was the ambience of the Villa. There are only a handful of rooms -- so we got to know everyone staying there. And we got to know the staff. We'd see them at breakfast and have long conversations with them. It felt like a family home almost.
Cooking Class. Actually, I think the best thing we did was take the cooking class that they offer on the first day that we got there. Through the class we got to know the kitchen staff and all the other people staying at the villa. We all ended up having dinner together and hanging out for a long time afterwards. And then at breakfast every morning. It's expensive at 150euro per person -- but that comes with the class -- thats almost 4 hours long -- and a full four course meal afterwards. Not to mention all the wine you can drink. Well worth it. In fact, I would say the cooking class at Villa Bordoni was the highlight of our Italy trip. The cook -- Colin -- is a great teacher, letting us get hands on with everything -- and a total professional that knows everything about food. Do it. You won't regret it.
Location. The villa is set on the side of a hill above the city of Greve in Chianti. The views all around are ridiculous. Vinyards, mountains, green grass, olive groves, little villas and castles poking above the landscape. Classic Tuscany. This is what you think of when you think of Tuscany. Away from it all. I went on a run in the morning through vineyards and olive tree orchards. Where else can I do that? The one negative I'll say is that it's really hard to find the place. My recommendation is to NOT use your GPS. They are crap here. Just follow the signs up from Greve. And VERY IMPORTANT -- do NOT try to drive up here at night. Make sure you get back to the Villa by daylight. We made the mistake our second night and it took us awhile to find our way back to the Villa. Actually, forget the Villa -- it took us a long time to find our way back to Greve. The roads in Italy are not signed well and are hard to follow even when you are on them. Do yourself a favor and don't drive at night.
Rooms. The rooms are really nice. I would call them country chic. We splurged a little and got the Junior Suite at the Villa. It was spacious and airy. Big comfy bed. TV and high speed internet free everywhere. The bathroom was extremely nice. A work of art with old tile work melded with a modern shower stall, sink, and toilet. There's a DVD player in each room as well and they have a nice collection of DVDs you can borrow to watch. Kind of fun to watch while going to sleep.
The Restaurant. I'll write another review of the restaurant, but i'll mention it here again. We ate at the Villa every night. The food is the best we had in Italy. The cook, Colin, is amazing. Fresh food, prepared right there, at very reasonable prices.
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