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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Cicolina Hotel Montepulciano