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San Gennaro Castello B&B
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I had originally planned on staying in Lucca but I'm so glad I chose this B&B instead. Dario & Maria, the owners, provided such a great Tuscan experience for me. If you love your food and wine, this is a great place to stay, as Dario knows the area's food & wine with such detail, and can provide cooking classes and wine tastings on request. Nothing was ever a hassle as my comfort and enjoyment appeared to be their number one priority. Whilst it is set in the Tuscan hills outside the major Tuscan towns, the train station of Pescia is only 10 minutes away, and Dario was always willing to drive me down/pick me up, with Florence, Lucca & Pisa all within a 30 minute train ride. Despite the 1600s origin of the building, the services and amenities provided were all first class, with modern plumbing, wifi and heating provided, as well as bar, TV, gym and playstation. If you are wanting the authentic Tuscan experience in a beautiful, quiet setting, I could not suggest a better place.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This small family-run B&B is an idyllic place where to stop and enjoy the silence in this adorable Tuscan town.
Accross the hills of Collodi, this B&B is like a home away from home. The owner, Dario, makes you feel at home with his welcoming smile and friendly atmosphere. There's open access to everything you need, including video games, DVDs, music, free wireless access and even a foosball table!

Though they don't really offer "restuarant" service, the first night we arrived, Dario and his lovely wife cooked a wonderful meal for the 6 of us, seeing as we were too tired to go out. One of the best "home-cooked" meals ever!
Any request, and Dario is always ready to help with suggestions on what to see, where to eat, including on all the close-by activities, rain or shine!
That's the winning recipe of this B&B - professional service, with a family atmosphere. You'll never want to leave!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Dario and Marie Cecchini call this a B & B but go so far beyond the standard that it's more like being adopted into a bilingual Tuscan family. If you want, they'll provide a full service tour package (rental car, recommendations and advice, romantic hotel, and special Tuscan meals provided upon request). Or they'll respect your desire for independence. The location is out of the main tourist scene for an authentic experience of Tuscan hill country while conveniently close to Lucca and a lovely train ride from Florence. In the neighborhood nearby you'll find historic villas, vineyards, and hill towns worth a visit as well as excellent restaurants where San Gennaro Castello guests may be the only non-Italians, depending on the time of year. We recommend the upstairs rooms in this centuries old village house for iconic views over the rooftops of San Gennaro to the countryside beyond. We loved picnicking on the terrace after a long day of sightseeing. Dario and Marie prepared a homestyle Tuscan meal for us and other guests one evening in the heavy-beamed dining room where the free flowing wine and laughter made for an unforgettable evening. This is why you travel, isn't it?

Room Tip: The room on the entry level while lovely is less private than the others and is affected by noise in...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

This place is awesome! We had such a good experience here that I am writing this review, which I don't usually do. It was GREAT value; we were paying hostel prices for beautiful rooms & amazing hospitality. We ate like kings thanks to Dario. He cooked us a beautiful Italian meal & assisted us with organizing a wonderful antipasto platter, we had a lot of great wine, felt totally at home & still can't believe what good value it is. Dario & his wife are amazing hosts, give advice on th& make you feel part of the family. Just trust this place & stay here, you won't be disappointed! We are already organizing a return trip!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you are looking for the perfect Tuscan B&B , stop looking - you found it! San Gennaro Castello B&B is beautiful, exceptionally clean, and conveniently located. My wife and I stayed for 9 days and now consider Dario and Marie our friends. Dario was very helpful with our plans and taught us much about Tuscan living. Marie was delightful and an excellent cook. Our time with them was the highlight of our month in Italy and we hope to return soon. I could go on & on, but read the other reviews - they are all true. I have recommended this B&B to anyone that would listen!
Thank you Dario, Marie, Allegra, & Lapo. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the fabulous San Gennaro Castello B & B for 2 nights in early October. We travel extensively and have stayed in this part of Tuscany in the past. We found Dario and Marie to be very welcoming and we felt at ease immediately. Dario knows the area well, and will help you with what ever questions you might have. The rooms are clean and the location is beautiful. We highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The San Gennaro Castello B&B is an amazing place to stay at, while in Tuscany. Well located, you can easily reach Lucca, Pisa and other major Tuscan cities and enjoy the peace and quiet of a nice little village at the same time. The neighborhood is everything you would expect from the Tuscan countryside. There are also many "fattorie" that you can visit and can buy wine and other local products from close by.
The B&B itself is extremely cosy. We had the suite, which is big and very nicely decorated.
Dario and Marie immediately make you feel at home. They put together a delicious breakfast every morning, make sure you're always comfortable and help plan your visits if you don't know where to go or what to do (whether it's visiting a city or finding the nicest swimming pool).
We finished our trip in Tuscany at this B&B and couldn't have been more satisfied.
Dario, Marie, thank you very much again! We hope to be back soon!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about San Gennaro Castello B&B

Address: Via di Castello 40, 55010 San Gennaro Collodi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > San Gennaro Collodi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in San Gennaro Collodi
Price Range: $71 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Gennaro Castello is an intimate bed & breakfast located on Lucca hills olive oil and wine road. The property, an olive mill dated 1600, has been recently renovated and transformed in bed and breakfast. All rooms and suites have en suite bathrooms, wifi internet access, HDTV, frigo bar, hair dryer etc. Its privileged location, Lucca 14km, Pisa 25km, Cinque Terre 60km, Florence 65km, makes it a perfect base to explore the whole Tuscany. ... more   less 
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