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Villa Astreo
Via del Colombaione, 4, 53010 Vagliagli, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 7 Vagliagli B&B and Inns
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“FASCINATING!!!BUT...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

A unique and a charmiing villa with amazing views and a tremendous amount of history. Hosts Francesco, sister Chiana and mother Rosana Bonelli are very warm, helpful and welcoming. Breakfast was below average compared to the other places we stayed. rooms are clean.Our stay and experience was marred by the room we were allocated. We booked for three nights & were given the smallest Verde bedroom while the one nighters were given the larger better rooms.
overall the rates we paid were excessive for the bedroom we were allocated.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Villa Astreo was not only amazing and beautiful, its had really interestinig history behind it and the hosts were so friendly!!! we were made to feel at home and also so welcome!!!! they were very helpful! we actually extended our stay here for an extra night as it was so good! we hired a car on the second day and drove through feilds of sunflowers and cypress trees to visit the towns of perugia, cortona, florence and (these towns are a must see). This Villa B&B has an artistic vibe and each room is decorated differently (we had the tower room which was awesome) we had a seperate bathroom that was outside of our room but we had no issues with this. We loved the fact that we could walk 6 mins down the road and go to the local Vagliagli restaurants!! delicious! If you are keen to check out the Chianti region you must stop through Vagliagli Villa Astreo as the place is perfect tuscan spot!!

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  • Stayed July 2011, 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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Clarendon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Wonderful people in a setting with beautiful views. It would have been great to stay longer.

  • Stayed July 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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Monteverde
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

We arrived as the sun set over Tuscany and were greeted warmly by Chiana (daughter) and Rosana (mother) Bonelli. After unloading in the tower bedroom and admiring the view of the lights from Siena and San Giminagno from the bedroom window, we were walked by Chiana into the tiny hill town to point out one of its two restaurants. Expecting nothing more than a bar or a brasserie, we find a packed elegant restaurant (“La Taberna”) patio filled with guests from Siena and Florence, enjoying the cool night breezes (after a scorcher day). Our three course meal is one of the best of the entire visit to Europe topped off with the waiter-recommended locally-grown Chianti and braised ribs of lamb w/ rosemary. Next morning, I wander the forest-and-vineyard covered hill by the villa looking for birds. After a lovely breakfast of sausages, yoghurt, cheese, and excellent coffee, Francesco (who speaks English) and Rosana give us a tour of the house with family pictures and history. Rosana’s father was a famous playwright and film personality, her mother a lawyer from Siena, and her husband a general in the Italian cavalry; her husband’s father was a professor of Italian literature who once served as interim director of the Sorbonne. Rosanna’s own story is chronicled in her autobiography (We now have an autographed copy and a picture of her signing it). Amazingly, when she was 18, her equestrian father wrote a musical, Rompicollo (“Break Neck”), about a fictional first woman to ride in the Palio. In 1957, three years after he died, at age 23, Rosana (a talented equestrian since age 6) managed to wheedle her way into riding as a stuntwoman in the film of the play of the same name (after the original stuntwoman quit, complaining of the danger). This led to her cajoling her way into actually riding in the real horse race itself (though many advise against, including her own family). Though she crashed in the race and fell off the horse—thereby starting a typical Palio brawl—she subsequently became quite famous for this and many other adventures. And now she is a warm, 77-year-old, charming hostess of this B&B. What an amazing and interesting family, who make you feel like you are part of the family!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

We had a great stay at Villa Astreo in Vagliagli, Tuscany! The villa's owners are very special people and will make you feel very much at home!

The only thing that could have improved was the weather during our stay, which was on and off drizzling.

The villa itself is in a charming little town called Vagliagli in the Chianti region. The evening that we first arrived, the villa's friendly staff/owners recommended that we check our that grape festival that was taking place in town. We had a blast eating Fiorentine steaks, hearing great music and sipping amazing local wine as we mixed with the locals.

But, I digress. The villa itself sits atop a hill which provides it with grand, sweeping views of the beautiful mountains and valleys beyond and below. The breakfast room has a table that really lets you take in beautiful Tuscan panoramas beyond on a clear day. The property's well-maintained yet rustic gardens are enchanting in and of themselves.

The room we stayed in was the pink/rose room. The bathroom was roomy and nice. The bed was pretty comfortable though a bit on the firm side for my personal taste. However, I nonetheless slept soundly comfortably.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

The room we got - beautiful indeed - had a (beautiful but) uncomfortable bed. We also could not locate a single armchair to sit comfortably in the whole (beautiful) place. And the breakfast is really really poor.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

Our stay at Villa Astreo in '08 was the highlight of out trip to Italy. Francesco, Chiara, and Rosanna were so welcoming. We wish we had stayed more than two nights. We stayed in the pink room which was so charming. Be sure to ask about Roseanna's experience in il Palio, fascinating. The villa is a little hard to find but well worth it. The view from the villa is spectacular.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Colombaione, 4, 53010 Vagliagli, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castelnuovo Berardenga > Vagliagli
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Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Vagliagli
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Number of rooms: 5
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