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Villa Il Paradisino
Gorham, Maine
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Magic outside Florence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

It is impossible to describe the magic of the Villa il Paradisino; you have to go there and feel it. A working villa, a farm, it is a thoroughly modern haven in a 16th century setting. Sheltered behind its walls, it manages to take you back in time without leaving the present. It is both restful and energetic. Comfortable and ancient. The variety of fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs grown on the 10 acres seems limitless -- and maybe is, since the family keeps experimenting with varietals. The magician behind the villa is the proprietress, Costanza, a mid-thirties member of the ownership family. She will welcome you personally and see that you have whatever you need or want. There is nothing Costanza can't or doesn't do for her guests. A few special words about Costanza's cooking classes. Take one. The first of five hours are spent in the gardens and orchards as she explains the various vegetables and herbs, what they are good for and how best to use them. You pick them as you go along to use in the class. In the kitchen, Costanza teaches with energy, humor and a deep knowledge of traditional Italian and Tuscan dishes. You cook a five-course meal of your choosing from a menu. That meal is then served to the other guests and to Costanza's family. (No pressure there!) The wines, grown on the premises as is the Extra Virgin olive oil -- don't use anything else, even in cooking -- is first rate. And get Costanza to hold a pizza party for you, which she and her sister Serena will also cook. Endless kinds of pizza flow from an outdoor, ancient wood-heated bread oven. I have visited there three times, now, and enjoyed it more each time. The Villa il Paradisino is an unforgetable memory and should be an indespensable stop on any trip to Itraly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

A lovely villa, great location and amazing people there to help make your stay memorable. My 2 sisters and myself went here to celebrate my 50th birthday. We stayed 5 nights and had a wonderful time. We were so impressed by the villa that we can't wait to return. We did the cooking course which I feel was the highlight of the stay. The accommodations were kept to a very high standard and exceptionaly clean. The owners were so gracious and hospitable that we felt more like family than guests. There is nothing you'd want for here. Everything and more is at your finger tips. The wine they make is beautiful and is too the olive oil. The fruit and vegetables on the property is there to pick at your will. I greeted each morning with a fresh pomegranate and persimmon/sharon fruit (depending where you're from) picked just outside my villa door. The lady running the Villa will warm your heart and you will hate to say good-bye. Her voice will remain in your head like a song you just can't seem to kick. My sisters and I tried our best impressions of her during the rest of our trip. But only Costanza can be Costanza! Her sister Sereena was also a very impressive woman with such grace and elegance. Her kindness from the moment she picked us up from the train station put us a easy from our long journey. She organized a pizza for us as we arrived late and had not gotten groceries to make our dinner. If you want a magical stay in Florence this could just be the place for you. It is located in a small town close enough to walk to the train station to make you way into Florence. The town has some wonderful coffee shops and bakeries. There is many other shops intown also. Once you find your bearing it's easy to get around. There is a lovely restaurant the ladies may recommend to you. It has lovely food and a nice atmosphere. It's a walk away but we found it a bit long but it might have been because we were wearing highheels?
We miss the villa and the wonderful people that work there. (Not sure if I can say that about the rooster. haha!) I can't wait to return and bring some more people with me to show them a little piece of heaven on earth.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gold River, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Costanza's cooking class was the highlight of our two weeks in Tuscany. When we entered the gates and started our tour of the estate we were instantly taken with her charm, knowledge, warmth and sense of family tradition. As we picked herbs and vegetables for our dinner, her degree in Agriculture was evident as this tour of the estate gardens and orchards became a fascinating lesson on Italian organic gardening, preparing seasonal foods, and the bounty of their 6 hectare property. Our class took place in the kitchen of her family's 15th century home. We arrived at 3:30 pm and by 8:00 had prepared a dinner for 14, as we had the option of dining with other guests of the villa. The elegant dining room and table setting had been prepared by her mother and as we sat down we were grateful that we had experienced this Italian treasure.

Room Tip: All the apartments look great. I've stayed in the two bedroom and it was very comfortable. It...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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85 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

We have just returned from a week here and the 58 five star reviews out of 59 are absolutely justified. This place is wonderful. Everything you could possibly require is catered for from a very well equipped kitchen to air conditioning, pool towels and shampoo. Constanza is a charming hostess, very helpful but not intrusive.
We were a party of seven adults and teenagers. Everyone had only good things to say about Villa Il Paradisino and we all want to return.
Our three teenagers did the cooking course which they were all enthusiastic about afterwards and have already repeated some of the dishes back home. We ate the dinner they cooked and the wine produced on the estate is the best red wine i have ever drunk. Constanza's pizzas are superb and baked in the ancient stone pizza oven built into the villa. Constanza's recommendations for other restaurants were good.
The regular train service of only 15 minutes into Florence made seeing the sights easy and manageable. We also took the local train to Lucca (hire bicycles and ride the city walls).
The road up the hills behind the villa give spectacular views of Florence - better than those from Fiesole. I really can't recommend Villa Paradisino highly enough. The grapes, peaches and other fruit available from the garden are lush.
Only drawback which you must take precautions for are the mosquitos which were around in August evenings- but with Mozzie spray and Constanza's burning/smoking anti mosquito coils they can be dealt with.
This was the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

I know most of you have read all the review on this wonderful place Villa II Paradisino. But I have to say this place is a life changing place. Very inspiring to live a simple life. If you want to relax and feel the true Italian vacation this is the place to be. Our wonderful host Costanza welcomed us in as if we were family. I can't say enough about the cooking class. And to share their family recipes was special. I will never look at cooking the same way again. Thanks again for a wonderful week and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Room Tip: We checked out everyone of their rooms and they were all amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sweden
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34 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

It was not what I was expecting when we came to Villa Il Paradisino as it is located in a town and not on the countryside, which I for some reason had thought. With a high stonewall surrounding the estate we went through the gates and came into our own little Eden. Vines, lemon and olive trees, chickens and gees it was had to believe standing outside the wall what it hid. Costanza, Serena and their mother was sooo helpful with everything from printing out maps, giving advice on where to go, to booking hotels on our next destinations. We also had the privilege to have an amazing dinner cooked for us at the main house, which was like eating at a museum since their house is from the 19th century with loads of old furniture, toys and paintings.

It is so very easy to take the train in to Florence and it only takes about 15minutes.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

Being from NZ, this place is a bit of a trek to say the least but when we returned to Europe a year on from our previous visit, returning for dinner with Costanza was an absolute must!! We didn't have time to stay so we just booked in for dinner with my husbands parents. It was, once again, an amazing experience!! Having married in Florence we feel so fortunate to always have Costanza's amazing cooking to return to in years to come! Can't wait till next time. Katie & Mark

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Il Paradisino
Address: Via Carlo Cafiero 57 | Colonnata, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Sesto Fiorentino
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Sesto Fiorentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We’ll welcome you to apartments with precious antique furniture, framed by a property with splendid flowers, vegetable gardens, aromatic herbs and century-old trees. You’ll taste our Tuscan recipes in a place that is rich with history: a renaissance villa, our family home since 1830. We invite you for an authentic opportunity to experience art, nature and gastronomy. ... more   less 
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Villa Il Paradisino Province Of Florence/Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

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