We stayed here September 25th-29th. We loved this place. Our first impression of the villa as we drove up to it, was fantastic, and it held up to this standard throughout our stay. It's set just outside of Cortona, and was about a 10 minute drive to the walled city. In my opinion, you need a car if you stay here. Parking was easy both at the villa and at the town.
It's an excellent place from which to explore parts of Tuscany. Siena was 1 hour, Florence was 1 1/2 hours, San Gimignano (our favorite!) was 1 1/2 hours, Montepulciano was about 45 minutes, and I think Castellina was about 1 hour or so. The drive to each of these locations was phenomenal.
The staff were wonderful. They offered to make us dinner reservations each night, although we only took advantage of this once since we made our own reservations for the other nights. We didn't eat dinner at the villa, so I can't comment on it. The breakfast was very good though...eggs, pancetta, cereal, yogurt, cheese and more.
Our room was beautiful and the beds were comfortable. We had a view out the back of the villa, but it we loved it. It's true that there aren't any screens for the windows and so mosquitos and flies get in, but in my opinion, screens would ruin the beauty. I attached a photograph of the view from our room.
The housekeeping and desk staff staff were great. Our room was always cleaned, beds turned down at night, and they were very friendly. The staff were helpful in getting us wine glasses and a corkscrew to enjoy the wine we brought back from a vineyard, as well as an iron when we requested it.
When we returned home, we realized that a favorite sweatshirt had been left behind. We emailed the villa and they had it and have offered to mail it back to us. This again showed us their desire to provide excellent service.
Overall, we loved this villa and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. I hope we make it back there again some day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historical manor house offering old wold charm and modern world comforts including: a fine restaurant, bar, pool, gift shop, private parking, beautiful gardens, great walking and biking trails and a cooking school with its own monastic vegetable garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Di Piazzano Hotel Cortona