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Reviewed June 24, 2014

If you are looking for an authentic Italian and thoroughly relaxing holiday, Aia Mattonata Relais is the place for you. Bursting with a warm welcome and generous hospitality Elizabetta and Mario are providing a truly one of a kind romantic destination.

The Villa itself is elegant in its restoration and the grounds are planted full of roses and olive trees. The beautiful pool is also crystal clean as is the rest of the house and gardens.

As we were staying here as part of our honeymoon trip to Italy in May 2014, they had paid extra attention and left a little gift for us when we arrived with complementary nibbles as well. The fridge in the room was well stocked with drinks for our use and towels for the pool also laid our for us. Careful detail had been placed on all the little things that you would expect from a luxury stay.

The beds are comfortable and the rooms cool which is welcome respite from the midday heat.

And the view....Amazing !!!! The view from our suite was far out over the rolling hills towards the city of Siena and was just out of this world.

We could not have asked any more from our kind host with Mario dropping us into town on our first evening and recommending the most delicious places to eat in Siena. Elizabetta is also a wonderful hostess and even had emergency ice creams for us when we got back from a days cycle.

Warning: If you play fetch with the gorgeous German Shepard dog Runa, you will have to play with her for your entire stay :)

I am going to work hard on my Italian and we will definitely be back :)

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Room tip: Suite at the front of the house has exceptional views of the surrounding countryside.
Date of stay: May 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Dear Carolyn O,
we very much appreciate you taking the time to post your review on the site, it is very important for us and thank you for your kind words about Elisabetta and me.
So nice to read that you had a very special experience with us on your very special occasion, it was our great pleasure taking care of you.
We agree about Runa…if you play with her once…you are compelled to play with her forever!!!!
We look forward to seeing you very soon in Siena .
Warm regards,
Mario & Elisabetta.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Aia Mattonata for 3 nights in late May. Our plan was to explore Siena and the surrounding hill towns but hopefully have more than a 'hotel room' to return to in the evenings or if we wanted a slow morning start. Aia Mattonata couldn't have been better! It is a wonderful spot and added greatly to our Siena visit -- it took less than 10 minutes by car to be inside the Siena city walls or to jump on the main roads leading to the area's hill towns (and auto parking is included in the room cost!).
We saw more, and relaxed more, because of the capable help and generous amenities that owners, Elisabetta and Mario, provide. They do not only the big things needed to make their property first-rate (getting us a tomtom gps system when Europcar could not), but many many small things as well. The kinds of things you often wish were offered but usually are not -- such as small snacks of fruit/crackers/cookies and a variety of beverages being always available for self service, and a lovely shared sitting room stocked not only with great books but also with after-dinner liquor for a complimentary small night-cap! Mention an interest or area you are thinking about, and Mario has a recent hard-cover edition he'll quickly locate and insist you borrow for your stay.
Our room was exactly as depicted online. It was very nice, as were the other ones we got a peek at. Plenty of space, and outfitted with quality fixtures, linens, towels, soaps and shampoos, etc (I think Elisabetta tries everything out first to make sure it not only meets but exceeds what she is hoping to find when she travels!).
The staff is EXCELLENT. Friendly, competent individuals and all of them genuinely pleasant. And all of them clearly looking to make a guest's visit comfortable and enjoyable. Hat's off to all of them!
The grounds are very well maintained and extremely pleasant. It was not quite warm enough for a swim during our stay, but the beautiful pool and luxury lounges looked more inviting in person than the website photos.
The included breakfasts were the best we had in Italy, and provided about everything you could want. If you can't find lots of good things to eat from their +12 foot long serving table you simply must not really be hungry. If that's the case, you'll likely be content with having one of their excellent teas or cappuccinos!
In the future if we are ever within 20, no make that 50!, Kilometers of Siena we know exactly where we will stay - Aia Mattonata and are happy to recommend it to others.

Date of stay: May 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Dear JandMpdx,
thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful comment on the site following your stay with us and for your kind words about Elisabetta and me. Thank you so much. We are delighted to hear that you loved every aspect of your stay at Aia Mattonata and that you found the staff excellent. Roberta, Stefano and Silvia work really with passion.
We are also pleased that you enjoyed our breakfast and thank you for recommending our little gem!
We very much look forward to welcoming you back in Siena.
Warm regards,
Mario & Elisabetta

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is our 7th trip to Italy and by far one of the best places we have stayed in Italy. Mario, Elizabetta, Victorio, Roberta, Stefano and of course Runa made our trip to Siena magical. Everyone here made us feel like we were family. The property is perfectly manicured, its located minutes from the Autostrada, rooms are spacious and comfortable, great morning breakfast buffet, and the view of Siena from the garden dining area is beautiful. If you are planning to stay in the area you must stay here. All the reviews you are reading about this place are spot on. We are in the hospitality business in Atlanta and we were impressed from the first email correspondence to when we checked out. We will be back.

Do yourself a favor, book it.

Date of stay: June 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Dear AtlantaCh,
thank you for your very kind words following your stay at Aia Mattonata. We are delighted that you had an incredible stay in Siena with us and that you felt like family! Thank you for this compliment and for recommending Aia Mattonata. All the staff, with Runa of course!, will be very glad to welcome you in a not too distance future.
Thank you again!
Warmest regards
Mario & Elisabetta.

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Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband and I and another couple stayed at the lovely Aia Mattonata in May.....what a charming and wonderful place! The owners (Mario & Elizabetta) couldn't have been more friendly and helpful in regards to directions, places to eat, etc.......They make everyone feel like you are their only guests!! The breakfasts were wonderful and our breakfast was even prepared early on the day of departure.....The views were breathing and it was situated in a perfect location to visit nearby towns and points of interest. We would highly recommend the Aia Mattonata to anyone and I hope we can return again someday!

Room tip: the rooms were very spacious & quiet with very comfortable beds! The bathrooms were large too.....
Date of stay: May 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Dear CoCo272,
Thank you for taking the time to post your beautiful feedback following your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear that you liked the location, the view and our breakfast. Nice to hear that our advices were useful and that you recommend Aia Mattonata. Thank you again!
We hope we will meet you again in Siena.
Warmest regards,
Elisabetta & Mario

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

thank you mario, elisabetta, victorio , roberta, stefano and cecila. we knew from the first moment we arrived and how you took such wonderful care of us, after a long delayed flight, we were just where we belonged. we can not thank you enough for making our first trip to italy such a magical one... we can not wait to return next year.....your hotel boasts of perfection and you definitely can tell you truly, truly love what you do... we are very particular people and you all went above and beyond our expectations. thank you for your tremendous recommendations for our restaurants and our great tour guide corrado, but most of all, thank you for making us feel so special and comfortable. we feel like we have family in siena, italy......looking forward to seeing you again next year and many, many thanks for all that you do....best, best vacation ever....xoxo debby & bobby

Date of stay: June 2014
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Mario_Olivo, Proprietario at Aia Mattonata Relais, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2014

Dear Debby & Bobby,
thank you so much for your lovely review and for sharing your experience on the site. It’s rewarding to read such a positive feedback, to hear that you really had a magical vacation and that you felt like you had a family in Italy! All our guests are special for us and we are so glad when we hear that they would like to came back in Siena!
We do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back next year.
Warmest regards ,
Mario & Elisabetta

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