As we drove up the sweeping drive lined with Cypus trees, we knew we had made a wise decision to stay here! We were greeted by Laura who showed us our two rooms - Lavender and Pink room. Both were huge and each beautifully decorated - shabby chic style with gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside and gardens.
We had booked a tour of the cellars and lunch beforehand (25 euros each), and after settling in, Laura showed the four of us round the many rooms where wine production has been happening for decades. It was absolutely facinating and Laura is extremely knowledgeable answering all of our questions in perfect english. We were then taken upstairs where a table was set out for lunch. Laura explained how to taste the wine that is made there (which is delicious), whilst we enjoyed, homemade pasta with pesto, bread, bruchetta, tuscan salami & prociuttio, followed by Vin Santo & biscotti. This was a truly wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we sat outside in the garden and drank more of the Villa Dianella house wine.
That afternoon, two other couples arrived to stay in the other 2 bedrooms and we all sat together chatting and drinking the wine, sharing stories about italy and getting to know each other. Although there is no restaurant there, there are plenty of local restaurants or as we had had too much wine to even think about driving, Laura arranged for pizzas to be delivered to us and set out the table for us again that evening. They were delicous and we had one of those rare evenings which we shared with new friends and thoroughly enjoyed their company.
We had a wonderful time here and bought a few bottles of their wine to ship back home (thanks Laura for arranging!). We will think of this magical place and what a wonderful time we had there every time we open a bottle!!
This place is very much set up for small weddings and parties - although it only has the 4 bedrooms, I understand that there are many alternative places to stay in for other guests nearby.
I would certainly reccommend this Villa as it is also very well placed inbetween Pisa & Florence.
We are already planning on when to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Dianella Fucini is a beautiful Medicean Villa of the XVI century plunged in the relaxing and regenerating landscape of the sweet rolling Tuscan hills just a few kilometers away from Florence and Pisa.Its position in the center of the Tuscan region makes it the ideal accommodation for people willing to discover the natural and artistic beauties of the surroundings and to visit Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena. The Villa is surrounded by the vineyards and the olive-trees of the Fattoria di Dianella, that produces wine and olive oil, and by the borgo di Dianella that has several halls for exhibitions, meetings and exclusive happenings.There are 2 double rooms and 2 suites decorated in romantic pale colours and provided with all facilities. ... more less
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