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“ideally placed for Piero della Francesca trail”
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Podere Violino
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Sansepolcro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Podere Violino was our base for a week in July when following the 'Piero della Francesca Trail'. It's ideally placed, if you have a car, being a few minutes drive from Sansepolcro, a pleasant town with plenty of good shops and restaurants as well as the Civic Museum (with 2 Piero paintings), Duomo and other historic attractions. It's also about half an hour from Arezzo, and about an hour and a half from Urbino over the hairpin bends of the mountain route. There's loads to see in this area, including plenty of ancient hilltop towns within easy reach, such as Anghiari, Monterchi and Cisterna, all very quiet, few tourists around, but excellent maps, tourist info etc, and free parking at the edge of the town. Very scenic area, lots of sunflower fields and steep wooded hills. We also visited Siena (1.5 hours away), Perugia and Assisi (both about 1 hour) and Citta di Castello (20 mins).

Podere is a charming restored Tuscan farmhouse, we had a lovely room with ancient beamed ceiling, shuttered windows (with mosquito screens - worked well), big comfortable bed and private bathroom, all clean and spacious. The pool and sunbathing area was lovely especially after sightseeing on a hot day. There were a few flies around so insect repellent is worth packing, but not really a big problem. The restaurant was great, so convenient being on site, we ate on the terrace four evenings out of our seven, and had excellent, simple local food. The Siena da Cinto (?) pork steak, a local speciality, was possibly the best meat I've eaten, so tender and flavoursome. Also delicious were the grilled vegetables, and the hot crostini starters, and the pasta dishes with local mushrooms and truffles, and the pecorino cheese (we asked for some instead of dessert to finish off our wine with, and they brought us a lovely plate of three or four varieties). Breakfasts were buffet-style, plenty of coffee, juice, cereals, fruit, croissants, cakes, cheese, ham, eggs, etc. The staff were quiet but efficient and everything ran well. It was excellent value for money, we won't hesitate to recommend it to our friends and would return if we visit this area in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Wonderful setting and charming premises. However the breakfast buffet was very standard and never ready on time. The Restaurant's menu was almost totally the same day in day out. The bar was unattended most times and the place is infested by musquitos which are treasured by the staff as their presence guarantees close encounters with swifts. 15 days after leaving we are still counting the bites.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Podere Violino in Sansepolcro is a family run hotel on the banks of the Tiber river which is an excellent fly fishing beat for trout and grayling.

The staff are always friendly and available for all your request. The Chef is excellent and his meals will make you stay extremely pleasant. Great for family holidays. There is a beautifully kept garden, a pool and there are horse riding facilties right next door!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This hotel was really everything we (as a young familiy) were looking for:

- the staff was very very nice, they treated our 3 years old daughter (Yana!) as their own!
- the king size room was very beautiful and clean
- great restaurant: Stefano & Fabio every day worked with fresh ingredients
even when the restaurant was (everynight) fully booked, they first prepared dinner for our daughter!!
So she could go and play in the garden and we could dine at ease :-)
I suggest to make reservations for the restaurant, because people come from a long distance to eat over there. It's very very good!!!
- there's a garden with playtoys for the children
- great swimming pool

and there was.. Stella; the hotel-dog!
That was even the biggest attraction for our child!

On Monday & Tuesday the restaurant is closed for lunch, but you are allowed to picnick (bread,...from the supermarket) on the terrace!

We will surely come back and allready recommended Podere Violino at our friends, parents and colleaugues!

|Baci da Yana, Monisha & David|
||Lummen, Belgio||

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Podere Violino deserves an Excellent rating because (1) location near the Piero della Francesca towns; (2) private, park-like setting -- pool, playground, and an equestrian center; (3) main building and bedrooms that have old farmhouse estate character; (4) terrific staff; (5) excellent restaurant; (4) bar available all day; (6) all for 85 euros a night. Italian couples and families were enjoying a weekend in the country while we followed the trail of Piero della Francesca's painting and explored local fairs and ancient towns. Breakfast was a large spread that included homemade cakes. At dinner, we enjoyed entrees that included wild boar. Our waitress brought us a special liqueur and the biscuits that go with it -- on the house. The receptionist kept us with our wanderings and suggested a very good restaurant in Sansepulcro for our last night (Podere Violino is 5 minutes outside Sansepulcro.) Location, Value, Charm, and Friendly Helpfulness are my keys to a favorite lodging. I don't like chain hotels or resorts. I'd love to return to Podere Violino. They also offer spa items like massages, but I didn't have one; also, they have a nice looking pool, but we were ahead of swim season.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2017
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Room Tip: quelle da me frequentate, in più volte, sono tutte accoglienti
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 21, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Del Tevere, 1150 | Loc. Gricignano, 52037, Sansepolcro, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Sansepolcro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Sansepolcro
Price Range: $89 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Podere Violino 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inside the farm, in the province of Arezzo and just a few kilometres from the Centre of Sansepolcro and Anghiari, stands, surrounded by the greenery of the Tuscan countryside, agriturismo Violino. Typical construction, in his notes, pastel colours prevail-rich light and brio and every room is furnished with taste and simplicity. ... more   less 
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