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“Nice overall but could have been better”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Luciano

Villa Luciano
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Villa Luciano
Ranked #174 of 298 Specialty Lodging in Florence
New York
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice overall but could have been better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2010

There are many pros and cons to this property which is why I gave it an average rating. Starting with the pros....1) it's in a local village and gives you a feeling of being in Tuscany, 2) the villa is huge and has modern amenities, 3) the grounds are great, especially for the kids. The cons...1) the villa is freezing; the property manager didn't want to turn on the heater because it was 'too expensive' - considering how much the place costs for a week, I thought that was unacceptable, 2) the place isn't that convenient, if you want to go anywhere, without a car you are pretty dependent on the bus which doesn't run very often and 3) the villa was a little damp inside, like musty damp, but that could be because of the rain. One great benefit is Gabriella, a local woman that will come and make pizza for you at the villa, it was great!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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bucks county PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2007

WOW!!! from the very first minute we arrived, we all fell in love with Villa Luciano and the hill town of Londa. My partner and I wanted to create a vacation for ourselves and our 3 kids, in their young 20's, and their friends, that we could remember forever. We wanted a place close enough to a town so you could walk around and experience the flavor of Tuscany, and yet far enough out in the hills for a break from our city lives. After searching Italy and Spain on line, Villa Luciano seemed perfect; and it was!

The rooms are huge, yet cozy, we never felt like we were too small a group for such a grand villa. The meals prepared for us were wonderful, and so much fun getting all of us together. We wound up staying on the Villa grounds and in Londa more than we planned...it was just so beautiful and relaxing; and a great place for the kids to blow off some steam and enjoy the reunion.

Londa proved a great location for day trips into Florence by train, and the north western Tuscany towns by car. We expecially loved the mountain road to Stia and the Chianti area.

For a family with older kids, or, an extended family i can't imagine a better place!

  • Liked — perfect balance of relaxing time and access to the action and sights
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2006

For 2 weeks, we felt like royalty in "our Villa" in Londa !
I arranged the stay at Villa Luciano, for 18 people, from the last week of May through the 1st week of June 06'.
About 1/2 of the group stayed for the entire 2 weeks, while the others were there either the 1st or 2nd week.
The Villa was exquisite, the villa grounds sitting above the town were beautiful, and the town of Londa, welcoming.

The closest train station is about a 10 min. drive from the villa into the town of Contea. There is also a local bus that picks and drops off at the bottom of the hill in the town of Londa, that one can take to and from the train station as well.
Sandra, the villa manager, has an office across the road from the villa. She was ever so helpful with our needs and able to answer all of our questions. We were glad she was so close!

There is new Internet connectivity at the villa which we used to check train schedules, car routes, book tickets and of course the emails to and from home. I brought my laptop and it really was a plus!
As stated in other reviews, there are 7 bedrooms, but a couple of the mattresses in the twin bedrooms need replacing because they sag really badly (down to the springs). But, sleeping with the bedroom windows opened and the fresh air circulating, was wonderful.
We cooked several meals at the villa or we ate in Londa or in the nearby towns.
We splurged our last evening together and opted to have a cook come in and prepare our meal. It was wonderful !

The only slightly negative thing was the time it took to do "day trips" into the little towns in Tuscany via car (especially the towns in the southern part of Tuscany). It was quite a drive on narrow 2 lane winding roads from the villa to the autostrada or to the highways and then to the villages and then back to the villa in the evening. Need a good "Tuscany" map and a great "map reader" while the driver drives.

If you venture to this town of Londa (called Little Switzerland), you will love the accommodations at Villa Luciano !
Be sure to also check out the little town of Poppi for a day trip. It was such a welcomed relief from the bigger more congested towns in Tuscany. The leisurely drive through the mountains was great, as was the scenery and you felt like you were discovering a little town that hardly anyone knows about. But also know that the town shuts down during lunch time. We found only one place opened that we could get a sandwich and drink.

We all loved "our villa" and all look forward to returning some day.

  • Liked — The villa was maintained exquisitely. There was plenty of room.
  • Disliked — driving time to and from "day trip" locales
  • Tips/Secrets — The Penthouse bedroom and the bathroom next to it are the best accommodations in the villa.
  • Stayed May 2006
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2006

My group of 14 spent one week at Villa Luciano. This Villa is about 30 minutes by train outside of Florence. It is located at the top of the Village of Londa. I selected the Villa because of both its size and proximity to a village. My 16 and 18 year old nephews were in the group and I wanted them to be able to walk somewhere for coffee. Little did I know that within 3 days of our visit, local village girls would be hanging around outside the Villa. My nephews then spent the next 3 evenings meeting with all the local teen-agers down in the Village. Needless to say - the residents of Londa were quite friendly!

The Villa itself is quite large. It has 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, a large swimming pool, and beautiful gardens. The 14 of us never felt crowded. Although in a village - you felt quite secluded. The Villa has a staff onsite that was quite helpful in answering all of our questions.

Another nice feature of the village were the small stores. There was a coffee shop, a hardware store, a newstand, and a small grocery store. Although pricier than a larger grocery store - this was made up in convenience. The owners of the local market consistently tried to give our group Italian lessons, but I must admit - we were hopeless. We were also there during the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup where Italy beat Germany. We watched in the Village with the locals and had an amazing time.

I can highly recommend the Villa Luciano for your stay in Italy. It is a beautifully maintained villa with superb gardens. The staff is excellent, the villagers quite friendly - the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation in the Tuscan countryside!

Stayed June 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2006

In early Spring 2001, my girlfriends and I were searching for a gracious Villa that could accommodate a group of 10 women generously. It was hard to find since there are few reasonably priced properties with this capacity anywhere in Europe. Our friend Lisa found Villa Luciano and we fell in love. It was a real thrill driving up the hill at the top of the lake town of Londa a few months later and approach the home from the exact trajectory pictured on the website.

The house was everything we could have wanted and more. Beautiful, expansive views from every window and balcony. Modern marble and tile bathrooms with plenty of hot water and a big jacuzzi in one of suite bathrooms. We had many parlors, sitting rooms and alcoves furnished with comfortable seating and antiques collected for generations by the family to socialize in. The manicured formal gardens were a great place to paint, talk and listen to music. We enjoyed a perfect balance between historical restoration and modern convenience.

Londa Centro is just down the hill - a 3 minute walk across the creek from the Villa. We were the only American tourists seen recently and everyone welcomed us and knew where we were staying before we told them. We bought groceries, wine and other supplies all on foot in the quaint town.

Everyday we split up in different directions by car or rail to Arezzo, Cinque Terre, Perugia, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti for wine tours, San Sepulcro, Montepulciano or countless other historic towns, all an easy drive from our abode. Some of us spent leisurely days right at the Villa and in town. The pool wasn't opened since we visited in March, but it had beautiful views and lemon trees all around and would be ideal in warm weather.

Some nights we cooked ourselves with local, fresh ingredients in one of the 2 modern kitchens. Other nights we were out for the evening in nearby towns on and off the beaten track. And through everything, Sandra, the Concierge at the Villa, was right across the street in the offices available to guide and help us with anything we needed.

And, perhaps most notable, Paolo, the owner, actually hosted an evening for us in his modern apartment in Florence .... All nine of us! He was warm, communicative and gracious before, during and after our visit and we are friends to this day. Paolo's family built the roads in and out of Londa in the thirties and forties and they built the dam that created the lake enjoyed by locals today. He also owns other apartments and properties around Londa.

On our last night at Villa Luciano Sandra arranged a private chef to cook and serve us an indigenous 9 course meal. Bellisimo!

  • Stayed April 2001
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2005

We traveled to Italy in early November of 2004 with 9 friends. Spent a couple of days in Rome, then up to Florence by train, rented 3 cars and a villa for a week, back to Rome by train and returned home a day later.

My assignment in our travel group is to find lodging. We have rented properties in Ireland, France and Spain. After months of research on the internet, I found Villa Luciano in Londa. The pictures were appealing, the location perfect, excellent price and US dollars and credit cards accepted.

I contacted the manager, Sandra, and asked for previous clients that I might contact. She gave me several names and email addresses and they all were in complete agreement. Villa Luciano was fabulous!

The Villa is absolutely beautiful. The web site is excellent, but it is hard to visualise the enormity of the property. The house is huge and the manicured grouds are very extensive. The views from each floor of the house are wonderful. There are really "that many rooms" in this house as advertised, and they are elegant but very comfortable.

With seven bedrooms, four couples each had a large room and three singles each had a smaller twin or double room. Although there are not private bathrooms for each room, we had no problems sharing.

We love to cook and had a great time between the two excellent and well equipped kitchens on the first floor. The dining room seats twelve and is quite lovely. There is a large terrace off the dining room where we enjoyed daily wine and cheese from the surrounding area, especially Frescobaldi which is very close.

Londa is a pretty little village with small grocers, a hardware, shops, post office, pharmacy etc. The grocer at the bottom of the hill will deliver to the villa. They have a good selection of wine, meat, cheese and vegetables. There is also a moderate price/casual restaurant with delicious food and excellent service at the end of the lake.

Be prepared for a very brisk walk up if you walk down to the village! The villa is floor floors tall and there are five massive stone staircases. Although there are many steps, the pitch is comfortable and there are rails.

For friends and families, I absolutely recommend Villa Luciano. It is obvious that the owner and staff take great care and have pride and love for this beautiful home in the tranquil hills of Tuscany.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Property: Villa Luciano
Address: Viale della Rimembranza 3 | Londa, 50060, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #174 of 298 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Number of rooms: 3

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