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“Wonderful introduction to Tuscany”
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Farmhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Certaldo, Tuscany

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Wendy B
1 review
“Wonderful introduction to Tuscany”
Reviewed May 30, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Thanks you to Matteo, Emma and Giancarlo for a lovely introduction to Tuscany. The Villa was super; roomy, quiet, beautifully decorated and in a brilliant location. I could have happily just stayed at the Villa but then i would have missed the beautiful countryside and lovely people of the area. Matteo and Giancarlo were happy to share their local knowledge and provide directions on how to reach places and times to avoid them too! Emma spoiled us with her cooking and information about the history of the area.
Perfect place to visit to kick back or as a jumping off point to other wonderful experiences.
Thank you
Wendy Barton

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Management Response
Jun 1, 2017
Thanks to you Wendy!
We have been happy to share our time with you, it was a wounderful week.
We hope to see you again soon.
All the best

Matteo
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Trevor B
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Another simply fantastic week in Tuscany”
Reviewed May 22, 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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This was a return visit for us to this amazing property.
Emma, Giancarlo and Matteo go out of their way to share not only their beatiful villa but their incredible knowledge and pride in Italy and Tuscany. The accommodations are truly special with spacious rooms and the serene indoor and outdoor sitting areas can only be appreciated first hand, pictures do not do them justice.
We all looked forward to our planned meals (2) where we had Emma perform her magic. We did not think it possible that she could meet the standard she had previously set, alas she prepared two of the greatest meals we have ever experienced, hard to believe it possible for her to surpass the previous experience but she did. You arrive as tourists and leave as friends planning your return.
Without doubt the best place we have ever stayed and the most gracious hosts you could find anywhere in the world.

Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
May 24, 2017
Hi Travor!
Thanks a lot! We are very proud to be considered as friends by our guests. We have the luck to live in a wonderful place, to
meet new travelers each week and to know their stories. It's a bit like traveling without moving and we have to thank all of you.
We will continue doing our best to let people feel at home and to improve our services.
Thanks again, we are waiting to see you soon my friend.
All the best
Matteo
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909Bill
Bel Air, Maryland
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Perfect Country Villa”
Reviewed December 22, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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person found this review helpful

The view of the Tuscan country side from the sitting/dining room is beautiful and the sunsets are a bonus! We were fascinated in learning about olive farming. After spending a prior week in Rome we found the rural setting peaceful and most welcome. The kitchen was very well equipped, making it easy and enjoyable to prepare meals. The owners are very helpful; they are nice people and helped us make the most of our visit.

Your age range 65+
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Management Response
Dec 23, 2016
Thaks Bill!
It was a pleasure for us to host you at Casa Pietraia.
We hope to see you again, Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Matteo, Emma and Giancarlo
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rossellep...
Seattle, Washington
1 review
“This is a fabulous place!”
Reviewed July 29, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I stayed here with my husband, our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters 13 and 8, and there was total agreement that the villa was perfect for each of us. The house is beautiful -- it is extremely well-furnished, has very comfortable beds, screens and air-conditioning. The grounds are lovely, the pool gorgeous and the views -- especially from the large dining room/sitting room -- are just SPECTACULAR. We could hardly tear ourselves away to go out and explore!
Even with the great physical aspects of our villa, the best part was our great hosts! They are amazing! We were treated royally, in every way. When our GPS failed us and we could not find the villa, son Matteo came out into the countryside to find us and lead us home. When we arrived, our hosts treated us to wine and appetizers and made sure our kitchen was sufficiently stocked for our first night. And there was more -- a fantastic birthday dinner for me on our second night, impromptu invitation to another dinner, and even a ride to the train station on our last day. As they live right downstairs, they were always available to us for whatever we needed. They are simply lovely people who quickly became our friends. The only negative about the property is that it is difficult to find (especially when GPS misleads), and there is no little village store within walking distance so you definitely need a car.

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Liked best: The views and the hosts
Liked least: the directions and the distance from amenities
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jul 30, 2016
Thank you so much for your words! Meeting you and your lovely family was a pleasure for us and definitely as you wrote we have now new friends. Thanks again for choosing Casa Pietraia, hope to see you soon again.
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Robert R
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A lovely bit of Tuscany”
Reviewed June 14, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

The villa is located on the edge of acres of olive trees, a lovely place to stay. The hosts, Giancarlo, Emma, and Matteo, were always helpful and offered excellent advice on places to go and see. The facility was very nice and daily housekeeping and laundry was a plus. The sunsets on the porch were spectacular. If you want a place to relax and also use as a base for sightseeing, you can't go wrong with Casa Pietraia.

Our hosts gave us a lesson on olive oil (differences, tastes, etc.) and prepared a delicious meal for us (probably the best meal we ate in Italy).

It was easy to get to Certaldo to take the train to Florence. It was central to all the other sights we visited. A car is a necessity since you are out in the country. However, driving on narrow, curvy, Italian country roads can be a challenge if you're not used to it. It is definitely not like the USA. Not a complaint, just giving you a heads up.

There is a flight of stairs up to your rooms so that would be a problem for anyone who can't do stairs.

Only complaint is our GPS system steered us wrong (there were street name changes) so best to use the lattitude/longitude they supply.

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Liked best: The special meal the hosts prepared for us
Liked least: Speed of the WiFi (but that is Italy in general, not their fault)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jun 17, 2016
Thanks Robert,
we are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Pietraia. We try to do our best to let guests feel at home when here and the reviews help us to improove our services.
In case of need we have a portable caterpillar track stairs lift suitable for wheel chairs.
We hope to meet you again.
Kind regards

Casa Pietraia
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Bjg016
Bucyrus, Kansas
2 reviews
“Wonderful countryside Italian holiday”
Reviewed October 30, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

The views don't get any better than this! Amazing, beautiful and relaxing. We had a wonderful time at Casa Pietria. Giancarlo, Emma and Matteo, the owners, were the best. Very helpful when needed and just wonderful people, I miss them! If you want they will fix you an amazing fresh, organic and delicious meal.
You will want to rent a car so you can visit all the incredible famous cities, all within driving distance for day trips. Giancarlo, Emma and Matteo have good directions and tips to make your trip, the best.
I would definitely go back!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 6, 2014
Thanks! It has been a pleasure to meet you at the villa, we hope to see you again soon.
Best wishes
Casa Pietraia
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annemarie...
1 review
“Extraordinary villa run by extraordinary people !”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

This was our seventh stay at Casa Pietraia and it only gets better every time. Between the breathtaking Tuscan views and the warmth of our hosts we can't wait to return.
The villa is in a perfect location. It was easy to explore different Tuscan towns or head to Florence for the day. Casa Pietraia is a magical place for our family

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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 8, 2014
Thank you! It's allways a pleasure having you at the villa, we are looking forward to meeting you again.
Regards
Casa Pietraia
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