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Villa Cicolina
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Montepulciano
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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tuscany at its Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Idyllic. Welcoming. Accommodating. Delicious. Outstanding . . . adjectives that perfectly describe Villa Cicolina and their staff. In October 2012, my husband and I got married in Montepulciano. Based on the beautiful pictures of the villa and the surrounding area, we decided that Villa Cicolina would be "home base" for our wedding. Our immediate families were a part of this trip so we booked two rooms (Il Balcone, Lavigna) and the private cottage. From the moment we reached out to the villa to book our rooms we knew we had chosen the best place to get married and spend a wonderful week in Tuscany.

You can definitely tell the owners strive to make Villa Cicolina the best stay in Tuscany. The attention to detail is remarkable. The villa rooms are beautifully decorated and super clean. The views from the upper rooms are breathtaking. Every morning, the villa florist is on site making fresh floral arrangements for every room in the villa. The grounds are immaculate. The gardener is there around the clock, tending to the grounds. I mean when you consider that it's a 19th century structure, it is so well maintained.

When it comes to the staff, again the owners are making sure they have the best. Everyone is so welcoming and really go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. I can't say that I've stayed anywhere else where I've felt so at home.

The food at the on-site restaurant is outstanding. Our wedding reception far exceeded our expectations. Our pasta was handmade that morning by Mimmo!

This isn't your typical 5-star experience because it's not "big-box" five star but Villa Cicolina is a five-star place that is authentic. If you want to experience the best of Tuscany, choose Villa Cicolina as your home base. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: For the best view - Il Balcone.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank francesca2010
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Francesca,

Thank you very much for you kind comment.

Thank you also for sharing your wedding experience with TripAdvisor users, we know that the wedding day is the most important day in lifetime, so we try to give attention to everything to make it memorable, we appreciate your choice to celebrate your wedding in our property.

As you and your famiy Group stayed with us for a week, you can consider your vacation a wedding and a honeymoon vacation as well.


All the staff of Villa Cicolina is sending his greetings to you, your husband and your family and we look forward to having you again, maybe to celebrate your wedding anniversary with the Whole Group.

Best regards from Monteplciano

Sayed

Villa Cicolina
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NYC
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We enjoyed and celebrated our Wedding at Villa Cicolina and must say that everything at this wonderful old Villa was perfect. The house keeping, front desk, manager, owner, food and my favorite Romanian guy that does everything including taking care of the entire property who also dons a suit and drives us to the church was beyond expectations.

Rooms were perfect, clean and roomy. This was all accompanied by the beautiful landscape that makes Villa Cicolina. If you're looking to get married here contact Italia Celebrations owned and operated by Brenda Babcock. She fits your budget and doesn't miss a beat. Otherwise, this Villa is a must.

Too much to describe, but it was unforgettable.

Go here!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank M U
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Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

My Wife and I stayed at Villa Cicolina during our honeymoon. The property was beautiful. Our secluded cottage was the perfect balance of comfort and convenience. The food was amazing. We took a cooking class our first night which was very fun. Sayed was there to assist us throughout our stay and Aliyah hand picked the perfect vineyards for us to visit and arranged everything. Our only regret is that we could only stay two nights, this place deserves a week or more! We'll be back someday!!!

Room Tip: Two room cottage is seperate from the main house, has two bathrooms, and a quaint patio with spectac...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SteveHfromAZ
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you very much for your kind feedback, we are very glad that you liked your stay with us.
Thank you again for your note about your breve stay, so next time you can come and stay with us for a longer period.


We look forward to welcoming you again and please tell everybody you know, when they visit Tuscany, they must come here and they will not regret.


Best regards from Montepulciano

Sayed


Villa Cicolina
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Set in the Tuscan hills with stunning views over looking Montepulciano Villa Cicolina is a beautiful 11 room villa set in fabulous grounds with a spectacular swimming pool. We stayed for three nights in a gorgeous room called Montepulciano that was spacious and charmingly Italian. Delicious home cooked Tuscan food and attentive and very helpful staff. We loved it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank piglet28
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

"Average" is relative. We've traveled "around the block" a few times, and, for us, this was, at best, an average accommodation. I must give credit where due - the lovely grounds of this charming physical property are maintained by a very hard working gardner. Bravo! We thank the friendly,courteous and efficient managers, Sayed and Aliyah, for their attention to business. That said, we would recommend to our best friends that they consider staying at a different property in the vicinity of beautiful Montepulciano.

I will share with you the reason - basically, for us, the Villa Cicolina fell short in the area of accommodation. The pretty exterior physical property gives the impression of greater luxury than is provided. We were not comfortable. In their responses to clients' critiques, we read that furnishings are from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Hmm. Think about this. Tables from those periods are fine, but reading chairs? beds? bath furnishings? Our mattress, on a kind of metal camp bed frame, and mattress cover were very thin, the blanket exceedingly tired. "Country chic", as described by another visitor, may sometimes be quite shabby.

We found the bathroom ill conceived. While I did relax in the "traditional" bath, the "curtain" was more for show and cute appearance than for function and my husband was not a happy camper. The bathroom was flooded in every attempt to shower while keeping water in the tub and - don't even try to wash your hair! In addition, the bathroom "mood" lighting was ineffecive.

Breakfasts offered a satisfying selection of yogurts, fruits, eggs, cakes, cheeses and meats. The coffee was very good. However, dinner on the evening of our arrival, was truly inedible. Two gals in the diningroom bragged that they had prepared the evening meal in their "class". If such swill had been served in my school cafeteria, I would have gladly trudged the mile home every day in the snow. Not one element of the dinner served was acceptable and we had to pay for this dumpster fare.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Shi Hu
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villacicolina, Front Office Manager at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with TA users, thank you for your positive and negative comments about our property.

Regarding the notes about the antique furniture, I don't know in which room you stayed, so I cannot explaine about the furniture, but if you send us an email in which you tell us where you stayed, this will help us to revise your comments and improve our services, now the villa is closed for the end of the season and will reopen in the end of March and we are working hard to make mentainence and provide new services which we will pubblish as soon as we are done.

Regarding the dinner, lots of people come here to take cooking class, I think you may disliked the idea that students prepared dinner by themselves, but guests takes notes and help the chef to prepare the evening dinner under his control, but it is almost done by our chef, can you tell us which day you had dinner, so we can revise the menu and see if we can improve that menu please??

Thank you again for helping us to give more attentive services to our future guests and we look forward to welcoming you again at Villa Cicolina.

Best regards

Sayed
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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at the Villa in October for our honeymoon and we were so happy we selected this Villa to stay at. We stayed in the room " Il Pozzo" which was absolutely fabulous. It had a living room area and a bedroom and a huge bathroom with a rain shower and a beautiful bathtub. We felt like royalty upon arrival. The grounds were spectacular, there was a beautiful pool looking over Tuscany and several areas that we could get away just us and enjoy some great wine. Every member of the staff knew us by name and were so personal and helpful The breakfast and dinner's were amazing. They offer dinners cooked by your own personal chef each evening which is an amazing way to meet other guests staying at the hotel. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. You have to go and experience it for yourself. We will return very soon. Thank you to the staff for really making our honeymoon so special. It was the highlight of our trip.

Room Tip: Il Pozzo- THE BEST ROOM!! We really enjoyed being on the bottom floor the best and we had easy acces...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LFeger
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villacicolina, Front Office Manager at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Guest,

We cannot tell you enough how we are happy with your comment and how we are happy to have been a part of your honeymoon in Italy, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Il Pozzo suite which is one of the most favorite rooms by our guests.

Don't be late to come back and stay with us again, so make your flight tickets, prepare your lugagge and we are waiting for you......

All the best from Villa Cicolina

Sayed
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Villa Cicolina is a beautiful 11 room villa set in the hills of Tuscany. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and the view is amazing. We had a gorgeous room that was spacious and charmingly furnished. The staff was attentive, available and very helpful. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. A waiter there by the name of Florian made our experience more enjoyable by his attention and service. The whole setting is relaxing and inviting. We stayed for four nights and loved it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sherry G
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villacicolina, Front Office Manager at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Dear Sherry G.

Thank you very much for your very sweet words about Villa Cicolina, we feel very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you soon.

All the best from Montepulciano

Villa Cicolina's Staff
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Property: Villa Cicolina
Address: Provinciale 11, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Cicolina 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Restored villa dated back to the 16th century with charming gardens and endless pool located in from of the secular olive grove, some of the rooms have an amazing view to the tuscan countryside, Villa Cicolina offers daily tuscan dinner with chef Mimmo, cooking lessons, wine tasting in the historical cellar, organization of wine tasting tours in the countryside, wedding at Villa Cicolina is a dream which can be realized. ... more   less 
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