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Aia Mattonata Relais
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Spent 3 nights in late September, celebrating our Wedding Anniversary, on a trip through Toscana. We selected A-M from Trip Advisor & were delighted with our choice!
The location is excellent, just 10 mins from Sienna, on a quiet lane, with excellent views from various parts of the Villa. Met some great guests & shared experiences @ Breakfasts, which were ample & varied.
Elisabetta & Mario are excellent hosts & their warmth was sincere. Mario, (A passionate Juventus fan), provided itineraries for parking close to Sienna & Florence, which enabled us to walk into the Cities without any problems.
Mario's advice on the Restaurant in Sienna was "Spot-On" as we enjoyed a late lunch for a change & then chilled out in the Villa one evening with a bottle of Chianti Classico!
Will come back next time around & try the swimming pool!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

TO ALL OUR GUESTS, ALL OVER THE WORLD
Dear Guests,
We thank you for your beautiful reviews on Tripadvisor.
Your appreciation and your friendship permitted us to be very successful.
We remember all of you and we hope you have taken fond memories of Aia Mattonata with you.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013.
We look forward to seeing you in Siena again.
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We spent a week here from late October into early November and felt right at home! Mario and Elisabetta are the perfect hosts, and nothing is too much trouble for them. We had not pre-booked any day trips but once here asked about a wine tour and was it too late to arrange a cooking class? No, Mario organised them both without a moments hesitation. The private cooking class was without doubt the highlight of our time in Italy. As other reviewers have said, Mario is helpful with suggestions for places to visit, had excellent recommendations for places to eat and often drove us into Siena so that we only had to catch a taxi home after dinner.
The rooms were clean, had a large bed and beautiful bed linen. Our 'morning wakeup' was the smell of freshly baked bread wafting up the stairs which Natalina baked.
A truly wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

There's not much I can add to all of the other positive reviews on TA... but I always find something to say...

There is no question that there is real 'value' in Aia Mattonata's rooms, the comfortable (and large) beds, the cleanliness of the room and bathroom, the wonderful breakfasts, the friendly staff, etc etc... but if you simply evaluate a B&B on these, you are missing the real value of this B&B... which comes in the form of Elizabeta and Mario... there isn't anything they won't do to ensure that you have a wonderful and fantastic stay in Tuscany.... we know... we took full advantage of them!

Mario is an 'expert' when it comes to mapping out the most picturesque drives to take, what to see and do, and where to stop for lunch (or dinner) in almost any small town you want to name... and wine tasting, well, he can easily arrange that for you as well.... and Elizabeta found a kindred soul in my wife... unfortunately (for me) Elizabeta told my wife where to find the most interesting shops in Siena and other places.... and both Elizabeta and Mario seem to know the 'right' people so restaurant reservations were never a problem.

An example, during our week in Tuscany we were thinking about visiting Florence for a day... but we'd been there before so we decided we'd try a cooking school... but which one? We knew of a couple and asked Mario... he looked into them for us and they were both about a 45 minute drive away, would run about 3 hours with a group of anywhere between 6-12 people... on the other hand, he knew a chef who had a cooking school about 5-10 minutes away - would we be interested in that? Yes... so he checked, and we were in luck, he was available so we reserved... on the day, Mario drove us over... we arrived just after 11... and we discovered it would be just us and the chef... and we chopped, mixed, pureed, sliced, boiled, simmered, grilled etc etc (oh, and ate!) until just after 4 when Mario picked us up... we had an absolutely fantastic time... this wouldn't have happened without Mario...

So, if you are looking for an outstanding base in Tuscany... look no further... stay with Mario and Elizabeta at Aia Mattonata... and don't be shy... ask them for ideas and suggestions to make the most of your time. You'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

From the moment my sister and I arrived we felt like we had come 'home'. Growing up in an Italian family we were greeted with a warm and friendly embrace from Elizabeta and Mario. They got us setted in our room and helped us strategize on how to see all the different cities we wanted to visit. In less than an hour after we arrived, Mario was driving us to Siena and highlighted the places we should see. He also made our dinner reservation that night at an incredible restaurant. The next two days Mario and Elizabeta arranged a private tour guide for us, (Corrado /Tourstuscany) and checked in everyday to make sure we were happy. Because my sister and I are dog lovers, Runa, the family German Shepard gave us lots of love and attention so we could get our 'doggie-fix' while we were away. Truly, Mario and Elizabeta make you feel like you are home. We will definetly be back and tell all our friends about Mattonata. Thank you so much Eliabeta and Mario. See you soon!!! Annemarie & Adele

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent two nights here celebrating our honeymoon. The rooms were spacious as was the bathroom too. We first noticed how quiet it was and we really needed that after spending 5 nights in Florence. The owner, Mario was very kind and took good care of us while we were there. We didn't have a car and he was kind of enough to drop us in the city for dinner. A taxi back to the Relais was about 15 euros. The breakfast was ample and they provided cereal, yogurt, cheese, meat and pastries. We would stay hear again when we return to Tuscany in the future and use this place as a jumping off point for exploring the rest of the area. I would recommend a car if you plan to visit other nearby Tuscan towns, but the city of Siena is close by and we both loved that city too.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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