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“A Tuscan Dream” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Cicolina
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Montepulciano
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A Tuscan Dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We recently spent two and a half weeks in Italy, and the Villa Cicolina was absolutely my favorite place that we stayed. I found this hotel about seven months before the trip and knew we had to make a stop there. We spend six days in Tuscany and had hoped to spend two at the Villa Cicolina, but because they were booked we changed our travel dates just so we could spend one night there. I definitely had high expectations as it was our "splurge" of the trip (we stayed in a Junior Suite, did a cooking class, etc.) and I am happy to say that my expectations were absolutely exceeded.

- Room: We stayed in the Il Camino Junior Suite which was an absolute Tuscan dream. It was massive with windows on three out of the four walls (all with amazing views of the property, garden, and countryside), wood beamed ceilings, and beautiful paint detailing between the beams. The king-sized bed was absolutely the most comfortable one we have ever had in Europe. The room was filled with stunning antique furniture, art, rugs, and a fireplace (not sure if it is a working fireplace since it was 80 degrees when we stayed, but it was lovely none the less). It was clear the hotel paid attention to details such as putting a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in the room. My favorite part of the suite was the bathroom. It was huge with his and her sinks, a beautiful view of the countryside, antique rugs, and a stunning black antique claw foot bathtub. It was absolutely heavenly coming up to the room after dinner and falling asleep in the bubble bath.

- Villa: The villa itself is absolutely stunning. The ceilings and walls on the first floor are covered in beautiful pastel frescos. It is filled with beautiful antique furniture, chandeliers, tons of books, art, and a massive fireplace which I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in the fall/winter to cozy up around. The color palette is light, airy, and regal (to me it has a bit of a French flair to it). So beautiful and luxurious.

- Cooking Class: We signed up for the 2-hour cooking class (an absolute steal). It ended up just being my boyfriend, the chef, the sweetest girl from the hotel who helped cook and translate, and myself. This was a nice treat as we didn't pay for a private class but since no one else signed up for the day it was just us. Essentially we assisted the chef in cooking the dinner they were to be serving at the restaurant that night. We learned how to make focaccia, pappa (a Florentinian bread soup), crepes with spinach and ricotta, and apple pastries. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it!

- Restaurant: The restaurant is in a converted stone barn and is absolutely gorgeous. Surrounded by trees and flowers with a huge fireplace and a gorgeous wooden bar that takes up a whole wall, it is a truly lovely ambiance. The food was delicious (and extra fun for us since we helped cook it in our cooking class) and the service professional. Highly recommended!

- Property: Where can I even begin? The drive up to the villa is surrounded by a huge variety of lush flowers and fruit trees. The infinity pool, surrounded by olive trees and flowers and overlooking the rolling Tuscan Countryside below, is the perfect place to lounge away the afternoon with a glass of wine and a good book. There is a small but amazing Italian garden (which we could see from our bedroom window) with a tiny little chapel (?) next to it. It is easy to find a romantic, secluded little nook anywhere on the property to spend a few quiet moments with your loved one. It really is the essence of Tuscan luxury.

- Service: By far the best service we received during our whole trip. Everyone we met was professional, kind, and helpful. From the sweet gardener to the chef who taught us the cooking class to the woman who when we asked for a light lunch put us together the most beautiful spread of Pecorino cheese, honey, bruschetta, and fresh fruits from the property (the figs were absolutely amazing) in a secluded garden, it was perfect.

Ultimately our stay at the Villa Cicolina exceeded our very highest of expectations. It is truly a magical place that makes you feel as though you have stepped into another time. I cannot recommend it enough and look forward to when we have the opportunity to return!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Il Camino Suite which was absolutely gorgeous and had a stunning clawfoot bathtub.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Buogiorno Molly,

We would like to thank you a lot for your kind comment , we are happy to know that our villa was your favourite among the places where you stayed in Italy. It was very nice meeting you and your husband, we feel sad that we couldn't satisfy your request for a longer stay as the hotel was fully booked, we hope that next time you can have a longer stay to enjoy better Villa Cicolina.

Looking froward to welcoming you, we send you the best wishes of Cicolina's staff.

Sayed
Villa Cicolina
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Auckland
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121 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

We rented the two bedroom cottage for ourselves and our 4 year old so it was perfect for us to be away from disturbing the other guests. The cottage also has two bathrooms and a little kitchenette although there no were cups, cutlery or crockery so we couldn't use it - seemed odd. Breakfast is served at 8am so if you wake early as we did it was a little frustrating not to be able to make a cup of tea.

The breakfast is a buffet and was very good and the selection varied. We also ate in the evenings on a few occasions although with dinner at 8pm it was a struggle for us with keeping our little daughter up late, however we did manage to and it was well worth it. The cost of 33e is excellent value for money and the choice and menu was excellent. Service great and the atmosphere jovial with a mix of Americans and English - we really enjoyed it.

The pool area is great and we spent our Afternoons here after mornings sightseeing. The Gardner was so kind and gave our daughter a floaty toy to play with whilst we were here. We actually left some pool toys there in case management were wondering where a green crocodile came from!!

Can't speak highly enough of both Sayed and Aliyiah (apologies if spelling incorrect) and their attention to your needs. They are both wonderful and an asset to the team. As are most of the staff, from the smiling cleaning ladies to the gardener. A great team and a fabulous stay. Congratulations to all.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Buonasera,

Many thanks for your kind review, it was a pleasure having you and your family in our property, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Cottage il Noce and we thank you for the GREEN CROCODILE.

Kichen was a part of the old cottage, we decided to keep it as it was, we offer all hotel services from breakfast to light lunch to dinner, in some of the rooms kichens are kept just to make you feel as if you are in a real tuscan house ( not in a hotel ), we could have waved them away but we would like to transmit these feelings though our guests don't use the kichen.

So we are awaiting your soonest visit to Villa Cicolina.

Best regards,
Sayed
Villa Cicolina

Best regards,

Sayed
Villa Cicolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I chose Villa Cicolina based on reviews read on tripadvisor. Because of the issues reviewers raised in locating the hotel I put the co-ordinates into our sat nav and it took us straight there - no problems at all.

When we arrived it was early evening, the candles were alight in the courtyard, the tables set for dinner in the garden, cushioned seating areas were dotted around. It was idyllic. By the time we had checked into our delightful attic room ("Montepulciano" named for the view from the windows) and sitting in the courtyard enjoying a glass of Vino Nobile my husband and I were pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming!

Our room and bathroom were spacious, comfortable and clean with a comfy bed and nice bed linen.

Dinner served in the garden (or in the dining room if the weather is inclement) was a delightful four courses - a choice of main but otherwise a set menu. At 33 euros each it was also a bargain. Breakfast was also good and whilst the breakfast hours were suppose to end at 10am we saw many guests arrive after that time and not have any problems being seated and served. The breakfast buffet consisted of a good choice of cereals, jams, honey, bread, cakes, yogurts, juices, fresh fruit, dried fruit, hams, cheese etc and also a toaster, egg boiler and scambled eggs. Everyday the same waiter took tea and coffee orders and was friendly and very efficient.

The infinity pool is surrounded by olive trees with plenty of seating for guests. A wonderful place to relax. We spent most of our days relaxing by the pool before heading out in the afternoon. The gardens are an absolute delight and we noticed that they were being constantly attended to!

I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to others. If you are the sort of person who requires a sound system to plug your ipod into to enjoy your holiday then this hotel is not for you. For anyone wanting a truly relaxing time in a beautiful location with friendly and welcoming staff, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Thank four-boo
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villacicolina, Proprietario at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your beautiful feedback and for sharing it with all the TA's community.

We appreciate a lot your comments about the food quality and the care we have for the gardens and the infinity pool.

We hope to see you soon again at Villa Cicolina.

Best Regards,
Villa Cicolina
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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

This place is magical. The people were very friendly, the rooms amazingly pretty and clean, the food served in the onsight restaurant was fabulous. The grounds are perfect for wandering, the olive trees and flowers positively becon. Absolutely lovely. Note: if you opt to drive, set your gps at the street rather than the parking lot.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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villacicolina, Proprietario at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear April,

thank you very much for your wonderful comment and for sharing your positive experience with all TA community.

We are very happy to contribute in making your stay pleasant and comfortable.

We look forward to welcoming you again and again.

Warm Regards,

Villa Cicolina
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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

'Graved inside it, Italy!" Robert Browning's heartfelt quote could have been written about this lovely property, a villa built in the late 16th century and once owned by a family of nobility. What a welcoming place this extraordinary treasure is to the traveler! Our first trip to Villa Cicolina was in early April 2011. Two years later, in August, we are here again, and we are so happy to return!

We were greeted warmly by the host of the hotel, offered a glass of Prosecco and immediately made to feel welcomed and at home. We had been traveling nearly nonstop for two days and so this genuine reconnection is one of the reasons why we came back.

Villa Cicolina is situated on a beautiful piece of property in the heart of Tuscany, the views complete with patchwork patterns of fields dotted with the iconic cypresses of the area. Fruit-laden olive trees that shimmer silver in the breezes are all around the property. There is a main residence that has several rooms, including junior suites, some with extraordinary views of the valley below. Our room was behind the converted barn which houses the restaurant and is, across the gravel drive from the residence. There is private parking above the driveway that leads to the villa. The space is well-cared for by a very meticulous gardener. There is an infinity pool that overlooks the valley and vineyards below. Breathtaking, really.

The staff is personable and genuinely friendly, taking great interest in their international clientele. Who wouldn't want to return to such a relaxing atmosphere in the midst of the wine country of Tuscany?

Breakfast is included and offers a wide variety of local cheeses and cured meats, breads, cereals and cakes as well as a delicious selection of fresh juices along with eggs that perhaps come from the small farm just above the drive! The caffe lattes are steaming and there are teas as well. Dinner is available and notice must be given earlier in the day; the menu is prix fixe and offers two possible entrees with appetizers, contorni and dessert as well. Villa Cicolina has a very nice selection of wines from the region, with prices both reasonable and varied as well. We enjoyed a bottle of the Montepulciano with the house label and we found it to be full and delicious.

This is a very special hotel and lives up to its five star status. It is a privilege and pleasure to recommend Villa Cicolina to all travelers who want a sincerely unique and relaxed stay. We will, no doubt, return again and again.

Room Tip: As soon as you decide on your stay, call well in advance to request a room with a view of the valley...
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Thank ntebrd
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villacicolina, Responsabile reception at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Buongiorno from the sunny Montepulciano,

Thank you so much for the sweet comment, thank you for visiting us again, we are very glad that our guests who return and stay with us for several times is growing very fast. I was very happy to see both of you and to contribute in making your stay pleasant and comfortable.

We look forward to welcoming you again and again.

Best regards from Montepulciano.

Sayed
Villa Cicolina
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

My wife and I got married at Villa Cicolina, and I must say that I cannot imagine a more idyllic setting for such an important day. The beauty of this place is truly out of a postcard, as you can see from the myriad of photos on this site, and cannot be understated. However, what truly sets it apart for me is the level of service you receive from the staff and the great food that Chef Mimmo creates every day.

Sayed and Aliya were most gracious hosts, not only in helping us with day trips and restaurant requests (run, don't walk, to Acquachetta), but also patiently dealing with months of annoying wedding planning emails from yours truly. As expected, the day went off a hitch, with the villa's owner even renting me his fantastic vintage Alfa Romeo convertible for the big day. Mimmo's food was amazing and he provided us with a very memorable cooking class later in the week. You can often see him hand rolling every pici for that night's meal, like he did for us as part of our wedding meal. I was perhaps most impressed with Florjan, who works in the restaurant. He went way over and above what we could reasonably expect for service, even coming in at 6 AM long before his shift to make us cappucinos before our flight home.

You never really do know what to expect on your big day, but I can say that my expectations were exceeded by this magical place and its wonderful staff. Francesca and I look forward to visiting with you again soon!

  • 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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london
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

I spent 3 gorgeous nights at Villa Cicolina and despite all of the positive reviews I had read, it still managed to exceed expectations.
The Villa is rustic and charming, the gardens are well manicured and the infinity pool overlooking the Tuscan countryside is stunning.
Our room ‘Montepulciano’ on the second floor had a view over the vineyards to Montepulciano on the hill. The Furniture was an eclectic mix of antique bedheads, fixtures, lamps, dressing tables and clothing rails, which must have been acquired over a number of years by somebody with a very clever and stylish eye.
As a result of the hotel only having 11 rooms, the staff are attentive and particularly personable. They were happy to provide great restaurant recommendations and local knowledge.
Thank you for a wonderful stay Villa Cicolina.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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villacicolina, Proprietario at Villa Cicolina, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Dear Annie,

thank you very much for your beautiful feedback and for sharing it with all the TA community.

Your description of Villa Cicolina really gets the point: we spent a lot of year to carefully select the best forniture to make our guests feeling as noble Tuscan families used to live in their country villas.

We also spent years to "build" a well prepared and professional team and we are very proud of them.

We hope to see you soon again at Villa Cicolina.

Best Regards,
Villa Cicolina
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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 #3 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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