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“Most amazing stay- our best experience in Italy ever- and we come twice a year”
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Villa Lucia
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Most amazing stay- our best experience in Italy ever- and we come twice a year”
Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Lucia is the most amazing host and cook I've ever met. She made our stay incredibly special. The villa was beautifully decorated and authentically tuscan. The views and ambiance were incredible. The staff was very friendly as well. Francisco was really cool! We will definitely come back!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Castle Rock, CO
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

As the name implies, this restored farmhouse is all about Lucy (Lucia). While the accomodations are first class all the way, it's Lucy's love, care, and cooking that really sets Villa Lucia apart...and we've been to numerous Agritourismo's in Tuscany, Umbria, and the Piedmonte to compare Villa Lucia to.
Lucy's background as a successful US restaurant owner gives her the edge in knowing how to cater especially to American tourists, and when combined with her Italian heritage and the beautiful setting and accomodations, it's an unbeatable combination.
Although we shared the property with 4 other American couples (who all became friends), Lucy makes you feel as if you're the only guests present. She generously put us in the "chicken coupe" building, which is a complete "apartment" with kitchen and dining area overlooking the pool. Because this building is away from the main house, it felt as if we had the place all to ourselves. And it even had its own coffee maker with great Italian roast coffee! For an early riser like me, it was coffee by the pool every morning overlooking the Tuscan hills...fantastico!
The location is outstanding. Even with a rental car, training in and out of Florence for the day is easy and cheap. So iff you want to stay in the Tuscan countryside, get to know a lovely person, full of life and laughter, good food and wine, and knowledge of the area, Villa Lucia is the place for you!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reeders, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Villa Lucia holds a specie place in our hearts. We stayed here in 2001 on our honeymoon. We loved it so much, we returned for our 10 year anniversary with our daughter. Lucy really makes you feel like family. After a long day of driving, we arrived to find a wonderful assortment of food and wine waiting for us. We stayed in the chicken coup apartments which consisted of a large bedroom, a bathroom with a shower, and a full kitchen with a table and chairs. Our daughter loved the pool. It is a small pool, but perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. We wandered around the olive fields with our daughter.
If you are looking for a place in town, this is not the place. It is quiet, out of the way, and truely wonderful. Make sure to bring some of lucy's olive oil home. It is wonderful!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Geneva
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65 reviews
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

Villa Lucia is a bed & breakfast with 6 or 7 double rooms in a quiet but central and convenient location in Tuscany.

Our hostess, Lucia ("Lucy"), is American of Italian heritage and her husband, Jorge ("George"), is Argentine. Both have lived for a long time in the Los Angeles area where Lucy owned and ran 3 restaurants (still owns one) and George practiced as a plastic surgeon. Some of their guests are reputed to be Hollywood people. We met a stunt coordinator, Eddie, who regaled us with stories of the Pink Panther and Bond movies.

An unusual aspect and value of a stay at Villa Lucia is the atmosphere of the place particularly during meals (breakfast of course, but you can also dine) thanks to Lucy and George: very relaxed, convivial, family-feeling, with free-flowing conversation on a thousand subjects lasting for hours if you want. Most guests relish the togetherness and the conversation, and friendships are easily formed. Lucy has a huge table in her inside dining room and an unusual and large round stone table outside with a stone lazy-Susan. The view over the valley is grand and adds visual spice to your meal. Nobody seems to mind if you wander around the kitchen while the meal is being prepared sipping an aperitif wine or Prosecco. Lucy will also give an Italian cooking class if desired and take you to the market to discuss produce.

The rooms are great, all with King or Queen sized beds and air conditioning. The rural location means quiet at night for a good sleep unless Bobby, the barker of the three Dachsunds, is let out too soon in the morning.

The location is about as perfect as possible to experience Tuscany: it’s in a beautiful olive grove setting near a small and charming hilltop village, Montevettolini; also near the major international airports of Pisa and Florence; near magnificent Florence and its art museums, cathedral, restaurants, and shopping; near Lucca and its beautiful fortress city; within an easy drive of historical Siena, Pisa, the Cinque Terra fishing villages, the charming hilltop villages of San Gimignano and Volterra, and the Chianti, Montepulciano, and Montalcino wine areas. Within a 10-15 minute drive are 6 wellness spas and the view-rich 18-hole Montecatini Golf Club where you can rent clubs and even a golf cart.

Finally, the property includes one thousand olive trees from which Lucy extracts the highest quality organic olive oil you can ever hope to obtain! In fact, Lucy is happy to educate her guests on all aspects of olive oil including what makes a truly great oil and why you should be wary of almost all olive oil sold in the United States. During the olive harvesting season, end September and November, Lucy offers special “discovery” packages over a week during which you’ll learn all about olive oil, the making of parmesan cheese, the hunting of truffles including visits and a hunt as well as cooking dishes with these marvelous ingredients. Great stuff!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
419 reviews
72 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

We stayed at Villa Lucia in May 2010, accompanied by another couple who had the location recommended to them. Most of Villa Lucia's business is word of mouth between American friends and family who have stayed there. While the location was a bit difficult to find ( GPS a MUST) and had two entrances with two different addresses , it was a lovely spot to stay and relax--as well as a great central spot for day trips. Traveled easily to Florence, Lucca, San Giamignano, Cinque Terre --all from our comfortable home base. The breakfasts were sumptuous ( more than you could eat--with much variety and home baked goods) and dinner ( extra charge but WELL WORTH IT) with cooking by a visting chef was wonderful, with flowing wine and conversation. Stayed in the very private and comfortable "Chicken Coop" --two bedrooms, 2 bath and central kitchen, fireplace and own small deck with a wonderful view. Had a great time and wonderful memories.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Sacramento, California
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2009

Villa Lucia is picturesque. Situated along the hillside, it is a perfect Tuscan retreat. There is a ‘big house’ with an industrial size kitchen that manages to retain old world charm. It comes with an authentic Italian handyman who works the grounds and a couple of dogs that roam the property. This is a true gem of a place; the colors, the décor and the views are wonderful. Jeorge and Lucy run the bed and breakfast with care and passion.

After a week of hectic touring and sight seeing, Villa Lucia was an oasis. If you are looking for lots of action, this is probably not the place for you. However, if you were looking for a place to unwind and enjoy the Italian countryside, I would highly recommend a few days at Villa Lucia.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Bucks County, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2009

My husband and I , along with our adult son and girlfriend, enjoyed a wonderful week at Villa Lucia. The hospitality is first class, as are the meals and service. We felt like we were at our grandmother's house....with a very warm and welcoming feeling. The accommodations are very comfortable, with modern conveniences. The views are spectacular. Our son enjoyed an afternoon of cooking lessons in Lucy's kitchen, making pizza, pasta and gelato! As an aspiring chef, he truly enjoyed the opportunity of learning the true Italian culinary talents. Villa Lucia is in a great location for enjoying the day trips to Florence, Montecatini, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, just to name a few. Ask to book a tour with Amy of diVino Tours for a truly spectacular wine tour to the Chianti region...a highlight of our week!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Villa Lucia
Address: Via Dei Bronzoli 1443 | Montevettolini, 51015 Monsummano Terme, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Monsummano Terme
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Monsummano Terme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We rent the six rooms in the main house and\or the three rooms in the two apartments all year round. Weekly minimum. Sleeps 12 to 18 comfortably. Meals available if requested in advance. Property sits on a 15 acre certified organic olive grove. Located less than 1 hour away from the Florence or Pisa airports. ... more   less 
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Villa Lucia Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy

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