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“Serene beauty set in the Northern mountians of Tuscany.”

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Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
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“Serene beauty set in the Northern mountians of Tuscany.”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

My wife and I are traveling throughout Italy for our anniversary. When we first arrived at the resort we were instantly filled we an overwhelming sense of complete relaxation. The very professional and curtious staff greated us and helped us settle into our room. We stayed and ate in the restaurant and had appetizers in the lobby. The backbone to our service and experience while in the lobby/bar was Massimo. He is a very friendly and kind local who runs the bar area. Massimo offered us great tips, advice, and background on the area.
The resort is situated in a remote part of northern Tuscany. We rented a car in Florence and quickly learned to drive the Italian way. There is some uphill driving, however even in rain and at night it is not too bad.
You can drive to Florence in about ninety minutes and Siena in two and half hours. The lovely Maria R. gave us a tip to drive to Lucca for a day trip. Her recommendation was spot on! She described Lucca as a "mini Florence". It is a forty minute drive there and worth it. The town is beautiful and not to big, around 4km from end to end. Also, we had one of our best meals while Italy for lunch. Thank you Maria.
The entire staff is very helpful and willing to provide any help and insight to whatever you may ask them. If you are looking to get away from it all but still want access to the major Tusacn areas, this is the resort for you.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Fortunately we decided to include Il Ciocco in our itinerary throughout Tuscany, the route to get to the hotel has wonderful sights, it deserves a couple of stops to take pictures and buy local food specialties.The hotel is in harmony with the surrounding nature, it's a great hotel close to Barga town.There is only one negative point in this hotel according to our experience, room temperature was extremely hot, although the technician came in to confirm it was turned off, we were not allowed to have air conditioning because it was disconnected due to the season.The window remained open whole night and the room was full of mosquitoes.Anyway, the hotel is great, hotel restaurant for breakfast and dinner was great.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco resort was refined, relaxing and the views were extraordinary.
We loved the switchback road that leads up the resort. It was a fun drive and once there the service and quality of the rooms were first rate. Other than one egregiously bad meal ( in the 'fancy' dining room - we returned the meal ) the food and dining room service were excellent. Ditto for concierge and desk help. Uniformly nice and prompt. The resort is a little over-weighted towards American corporate clients but management appears to be working hard to turn it into a truly international resort. While we were there there was a group of Swiss moto-cross riders. Not a particularly corporate group.

Our room was beautiful, luxurious and well maintained. The spa was very nice though I did notice some mould in one corner of the ceiling. They need to be more vigilant about that.

Internet and other support services were free and worked well. LIne speed was just ok. Again the concierge support was excellent. They were funny, charming and uniformly knowledgeable about everything including good advice about Venice, which is not exactly a local trip.

The area around Barga is beautiful and very sporty with good climbing. cycling, hiking etc. And the view of Barga and the surrounding mountains is endlessly beautiful. Don't miss Castlenuovo Garrifagnana.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, Vermont
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Just got back from a ten night stay at this beautiful hotel. We had a valley view room with a terrace and king bed that was spacious and extremely comfortable. Perfect location that we looked forward to returning to after exploring the area. Had a massage at the spa and it was just great. Staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seabrook, New Hampshire
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've had the good fortune to travel quite a bit and I would rate this as one of the best 'regular' (meaning non luxury like The Four Seasons) hotels I've stayed at. The price was really reasonable for what we got. The views are spectacular of the city of Barga, the valley and surrounding mountains. It reminded me of Banff in Canada, with a European twist. The rooms were extremely well laid out and well appointed. I think they remodeled in 2011 and it shows. Modern, clean lines, the bathroom was fantastic with tiled shower, marble shower floor, sliding glass door, rain shower and spray.
The beds were real beds with a headboard and footboard, nice mattresses, (not the typical rock hard mattresses in cheaper hotels.) The balcony was narrow with two chairs, which was perfect for a cup of coffee. My only complaint about the room was there was a round table that took away much of the walking space between the bed and the wall.
Massimo and Maria in the hotel bar were great and very helpful with the area, local wines, beer and liquors. Breakfast room was very nice, coffee machine was great and the food was good. Eggs benedict were over cooked but still good.
Lastly the hotel staff was friendly and extremely helpful. They really made the stay memorable.
I think we paid 120 Euros for the two nights in October and considering what we got, it was well worth it. There were 5 of us in 3 rooms and everyone thought this hotel was great.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

It has been the most fantastic time I have ever spent in Italy,mainly because of the managment and staff at the hotel !!! They where the most helpful and friendly people have ever had the pleasure to meet. This was my first time in Barga and I asked many question and they where very helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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birmingham, mi
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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

This resort has beautiful views and facilities. It is a fantastic choice to enjoy the beautiful garfagnana region with extremely affordable prices in the small villages for great restaurants and activities. Spend your day at the gorgeous pool or walking to many of the charming old villages. Barga is a trek through the woods and has an amazing church. A great relaxing location for Tuscany.

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Property: Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Address: Via Giovanni Pascoli, 55051 Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Castelvecchio Pascoli
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a blend of Italian elegance and refined comfort at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Situated on 1,700 acres in the heart of the Serchio Valley, our luxury hotel offers the perfect destination for your Tuscan getaway. Enjoy ideal access to charming and historic attractions including Barga, Lucca and Pisa. ... more   less 
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