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Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place
Via Di Belmonte 27, 50012 Bagno a Ripoli, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Bagno a Ripoli
Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Most relaxing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stayed two times at Villa Il Sasso during our trip to Italy and loved it. Villa is located on the top of a hill in a quiet neighborhood and in short distance from Florence. All staff were wonderful people, helpful and super polite. We stayed in the same room both times. However, they showed us two other rooms and all of them are well maintained and uniquely decorated. We had most of our breakfasts in the backyard which was full of Jasmine bushes and my wife loved them. Hopefully We'll go back soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
We really hope to have you (all three!!!) here again in a near future, Thank you
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Villa il Sasso for 5 days and we enjoyed every second of our stay there. This place was amazing, the view, the rooms, and the service. We had the first room on the first floor mainly because I was pregnant and we didn't want to climb up any stairs. Our room had a view of the pool and over looking the nearby mountains (breathtaking). The room had a high ceiling and very cool for the summer time. The bathroom size was ok not too big and not too small but overall we were very comfortable there. The bed was big, firm and very comfortable (this was huge deal especially when you are pregnant). The staff were great, they helped us with booking wineries and suggested many great restaurants to us and we got many help from them regarding where to park in Florence and where to buy gifts. The breakfast was great as well, it included: fruits, cereals, juices, croissants, Italian pastries, jams, butter, cheese, cold cuts, nutella, toasts, and many options for coffee and teas. If we ever go back to Italy we will definitely spend time at this beautiful resort again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Denville, NJ
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

A gem in Fierenze Sud, this is a quiet palatial retreat. Upon passing through the gates you enter into another world where elegance and grace reign once again with subtle and quiet sophistication. The Villa is a delight to all of the senses. The rooms are airy and large, as well as elegantly appointed with extremely comfortable beds. The staff is extremely polite, friendly, and very helpful, satisfying all of your requests in a short amount of time. In the Florence area if not staying in the city itself, this is where you should stay to be indulged. Although the grounds are not extensive, there is a hot tub and pool to be taken advantage of.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you very much for your comment and we hope to have you here again in a near future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My husband and I got married in Florence in 2011 and we stayed at this fabulous hotel. I was just browsing trip advisor and really thought it was time to comment.
The hotel and grounds are stunning and Emiliano and his lovely wife were extremely attentive. On the wedding day, I had a wedding planner, hairdresser, manicurist, bridesmaid, photographer and family members descend on the hotel and we were all treated like royalty by the owners. Nothing was ever too much trouble. They were a joy to have around at such a nervous time. There were quite a few of us for lunch which we pre-ordered and it was all impeccable. When we returned to our room that evening, they had tidied up all the mess from the chaos and had a bottle of champagne waiting on ice!
The grounds itself are immaculate and situated only 10 minutes drive from the city centre. There are some fabulous restaurants locally too which were all recommended by Emiliano.
It saddens me to think that a previous poster was so disappointed with this place. The website clearly outlines the type of place that it is. It is extremely tranquil, and waiters etc. would only detract from this beauty. I've been all over the world and this remains my favourite place by far. My cousin (bridesmaid) returned the following year to stay in the same hotel!
Five star!!

Stayed June 2014
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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Beautiful words and we are so glad that you have also beautiful memories in our Relais, thank you
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It took me a month to submit my review but its about time :)
This is a gorgeous place! A beautiful villa (pictures don't do justice), clean as a whistle and this is not easy with all the small details everywhere. Smell was always sooooo good. We stayed at suite Ciampolini which is huge and beautiful (I think one of the most beautiful I have ever stayed in) with direct access to the pool, hot tub and garden area, a really magical area with exquisite views.
I enjoyed some great cocktails there.
The only room for improvement was Breakfast. it was always fresh with tasty products but variety could be improved and it was somewhat repetitive.
All in all I think this one of the most value for money places in Tuscany and it really made our trip.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you very much for your comment and we also appreciate your suggestions because it gives us a chance to improve!
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We didn’t enjoy our stay here as much as we’d hoped.

The pictures are quite deceiving as you’re very close to quite an industrial part of Tuscany. I wouldn’t call it a hotel either. This is a very grand B&B/guest house. So grand in fact the interior design was very confusing. French, British, Chinese, bit of Italian…

We had to order our lunch at breakfast and ate the same thing every day as no alternatives were offered. I don’t know at 10am what I want to eat at 1.30pm.

This was a 3 night stay to relax, stay put and not do much at all however during our stay we had to ask for everything. When by the pool we would have to go and find someone to ask for a drink.

There were occasions when we asked for nibbles to go with some drinks but again it was the whole having to go and find someone every time (to note we weren’t charged for the nibbles).
No offer of water, tea or coffee during the day when by the pool. We felt a bit of an inconvenience.

We drove out for dinner twice to some lovely places but being honest; we’re on holiday and didn’t want to have to drive. Certainly don’t want to get a bus either! Didn’t want to ask for a taxi as it seemed it might be too much effort for whoever was covering reception that night.

I’m still quite perplexed as to why I’m not able to be really positive about such a beautiful establishment. Maybe we should have researched the area a bit more but on reflection we will never book a hotel (which this isn’t) without a restaurant again.

Good points: Room stunning, biggest bathroom.. (but you look out to the traffic).

Bad points: Points above, location outside the main gates. You can’t go for romantic strolls. Pool and Jacuzzi were freezing but we just got involved (had to ask for pool towels too!). Family run, need to be more attentive to their guests. Twin beds pushed together for a double - why?!

Shame.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Guests,
First thing we would like to thank you again to have chose our Historical Place for your Stay.
We are very disappointed for all observations as you have described in your comment but we would like to give you best answers because many things that you wrote do not reflect the reality of our Place.
1- You write” The pictures are quite deceiving as you’re very close to quite an industrial part of Tuscany”
that is not true we are on the top of the hill with view on Village and others many hills then our Place is an family Historical Place with just 7 rooms
2- About the lunch we don’t have a restaurant inside (this is written in all the descriptions of the Relais) so for this reason we need to know in advance if the guests would like to have something for lunch so we can guarantee you fresh food every day. For dinner you need to go out (we have recommended you many good restaurants very close to our Relais)

3- We don’t understand why you complain to ask for things (towels,aperitv,snack) we are here for our guest so if you need something you must ask at the reception and we try to do the best for you (sorry but we don’t have waiters around the Villa like a 5 stars Hotel).

4- About the problem with pool and Jacuzzi, you have visit us on the 15th of September so the temperature outside in the night is not like July or August so the pool will be not warm (our pool is without heating). For Jacuzzi there is a button to heat the water (35 C degrees) but you didn’t ask to turn on .

To conclude we would like to know during your stay all these comments that you wrote on your review because you didn’t tell us anything when you was here.
However we are so sorry that your stay in our historical place did not measure up to your expectations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

We booked this villa for our honeymoon and was not disappointed . We wanted a place which was quiet and just outside florence. When you arrive at the villa you are immediately struck by how beautiful it is and how well it is looked after, the room we had was amazing. Breakfast was all you needed and lunch if required. We spent a few days relaxing around the pool and immaculate gardens, very peaceful. With 2 small towns only 25 mins walk it easy to find a nice restaurant , get the number 32 bus into florence was a easy. What made this hotel special was the level of personal touch, i have never felt so welcome before in a hotel, nothing was to much trouble. The staff and managers are first class.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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villailsasso, Proprietario at Relais Villa Il Sasso Historical Place, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thank you for your nice comments, for us is very important to know your opinion about our Relais.
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Address: Via Di Belmonte 27, 50012 Bagno a Ripoli, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Bagno a Ripoli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Bagno a Ripoli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few minutes from the historical center of Florence, nestled in the quiet green Tuscan hills, adjacent to the famous Chianti area, rises on the top of a rock (hence the original name of the Villa) Relais Villa il Sasso.A historical residence, that dates back to the 1300’s, as recounted by historical evidence where known Florentine families and friars lived for part of their lives leaving traces of their presence and recognition inside.Villa Il Sasso, now owned by the Concilio Family, has been transformed from a family home into a luxurious residence for Leisure and relax stays as well as business travel or small business meetings. The structure has maintained, deliberately, the intimacy of a home with 'careful and meticulous research in the details, which allows the customer to savor the past and be assisted with care and discretion throughout the whole stay living the comfort of your own home. Specifically, Relais Villa Il Sasso offers bright spacious rooms Elegance and Deluxe, each room is decorated differently with the typical characteristics of the land of Tuscany, from the original brick used in the area, breathtaking view of the country, frescoes, fireplaces and antiques that warm and complete the atmosphere, never forgetting all the comforts that modern life requires as well as intimate and pleasant common spaces such as the HALL and the BREAKFAST room where every morning a buffet is served. Our clients may request the use of a small kitchen, or that lunch and drinks be served at the pool at sunset to be completely pampered with background music. Villa il Sasso has a wonderful winter garden, where you can relax reading a book, watch TV as well as a terrace that overlooks the hills where you can enjoy a good glass of Chianti, even by candlelight. ... more   less 
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