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Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Our week long stay at Torre di Ponzano was certainly one of the highlights of our three week trip to Italy. We felt at home at this modernized 1,000 year old villa in the heart of Tuscany. Sonny and Alba were wonderful hosts who happily provided helpful and informative information about the area. We were easily able to make day trips to Florence, Sienna, Greve, San Gimignano, and Montepulciano, with Pisa and other desirable destinations within easy driving distance. The rooms are very comfortable and nicely furnished and the views are breath taking! I would highly recommend this place to anyone staying in the Tuscany region. Our only regret is that we did not have more time to visit with Alba and Sonny.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Dear both, we are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay in Torre di Ponzano!
Thank you so much for your review and for your nice words, it is indeed a pleasure to end up 2013 with your review.

Hoping to have you again among our guests we take this opportunity to wish you both a very Happy New Year.

Our best wishes to you and to all our guests from all over the world for a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2014.
Alba & Sonny

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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Sunny and Alba were wonderful. They have great restaurant recommendations and directions. We stayed in the il fienele (private villa). It had an awesome view. Only thing I wish this place had was a breakfast. We had a kitchen in our place so we could make breakfast but I wish they had it at hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2013

Hello! Thank you so much for having taken the time to write a review,
we enjoyed your company on your last evening at Torre di Ponzano and hope you and your family are together during these Christmas holidays.
We hope you can take another break from your work and visit us again in the future, in the meantime we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.
All the best
Alba & Sonny

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We went to Torre di Ponzano for a few days during our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. We stayed in 'Il Fienile' and it was a dream. It's a beautiful house with a kitchen, living room, den, 2 bedrooms, a TV....everything you may need on a vacation (it was only two of us but an entire family could easily stay here). The backyard is stunning, with a patio, tables and chairs and a spectacular view of the property's organic olive tree orchard and Tuscany's rolling vineyards and hills. The view is what you dream of when you dream of Tuscany. We ate our breakfast and dinners out there. They also have a great pool, surrounded by lavender and a cherry tree (that was in season when we were there!). The owners, Sunny & Alba, are extremely generous and charming, and they were more like friends than hotel/inn owners. They gave us wonderful tips on what to do, including hand-drawn maps that were spot on. We had a car (which I recommend for Tuscany in general) and took a day trip to San Gimignano, which is a beautiful medieval city with wonderful museums and windy streets. We did some wine tasting too but honestly drank most of our wine relaxing in the backyard, watching the sunset. If we go back to Italy, which we hope to do, we would definitely stay here again, no question.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Manager at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2013

Dear both, thanks a million for the stunning review.
We are really happy to know that you had an enjoyable time in our place while in your honey moon. As we often say it is a real pleasure for us to see our guests to be able to relax and enjoy our country side.
Now the season is very different from when you were here, Autumn is taking over ... the leaves of the trees start to turn yellow and they will soon be of a marvelous red colors ... although it is not cold we have started to make the 'vin brulè' a delicious red wine with spices served warm.
Thanking you again for having taken some time to write a comment on Torre di Ponzano we wish you all the best for your life together.
Alba & Sonny

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

So lucky to find this wonderful place; full of character and with wonderful hosts for our last 2 nights of holiday (though we could have stayed much longer if we had the time!) We had the tower which was perfect for us a family of 4. Don't expect a quick hello and 'here are your keys' when you arrive as you must plan to sit down and chat to Sonny and Alba so they can explain about the house and find out how they can help you - which they most certainly do. We were given perfect restaurant recommendations, places to park in Siena and SG and lots more besides. My 14 yr old son spent most of his free time sitting in the office utilising the wifi and bantering with Sonny while we sat round the pool, surrounded by lavender bushes and chilled out after a hot morning in Siena. Siena is 1/2 hour a way and SG was perfect for an evening visit - make sure you go to the right Gelato cafe there (Sonny will tell you!) With longer we would have been able to visit Firenze, Chianti country all on the doorstep. Pisa was 1 1'2 hrs away and we did the Leaning Tower on our way there to fly home (went at 5pm got on timed ticket climb at 6pm all v easy). Would heartily recommend this place just remember its a 900 year old building with character.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Hello and thank you so much for the long, detailed and so very nice review! It was nice to meet your family and yes, two days were a bit tight to see around but now you know your way to 'your italian country side house' so ... hope to see you soon!!!

Best regards
Alba & Andrew

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

I would say that it is the best, but then Sonny would get a big head, and Alba would have to live with that. And we all know how Sonny gets. Of course, I am just kidding. These two are the best hosts we have ever met. The type of people you would like to sit and have a glass of wine with. Which we actually did. Sitting in the yard, watching the sun go down over the olive trees and vineyards. What a great way to spend your vacation! A beautiful old building, lovingly restored by Alba and Sonny (ask them to show you the pictures of the restoration, you will be amazed at all of the work they did. And thankful!). Plus, the chianti region is so picturesque! Everywhere you look is a postcard view!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Dear both, we are answering to you with a great delay! Our apologies for having allowed so much time to pass by and thanks a million for such a great review, as we say: 'easy to be nice hosts with such nice people!'
We surely enjoyed to spend some time with you in the garden in front of a nice glass of wine and we thank you once again for your full marks ! your time spent to write a comment ! and, least but not last, for your nice attitude and good spirits!

Best regards and hope to see you some time in a not so far away future.
Alba & Sonny

P.S. … 'supplies' keep being one the nicest joke!

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I've been to Tuscany 8-10 times over the past dozen years, and have a favorite villa for large groups just down the road. However, for smaller groups, the villa and nearby bedrooms of the Torre Di Ponzano B&B are very, very good. Perfect, really.

The location is quite convenient, at halfway between Florence and Siena. The 3-bedroom villa is cozy and quite private. And most importantly, proprietors Alba and Sonny are fantastic. Lovely people who are always ready to help make your stay just a little more comfortable. I have no doubt that we will be back.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2013

Hello! We hope you had a nice trip back to the States.
Thank you so much for such a good review, it was nice of you to take some time to write a comment on our place. We appreciate, as we appreciated your knowledge of the area. We will be happy to have you back in Ponzano and if you come with a larger group ... we can take up to 18 people and you will be all welcome to stay with us!
Our best regards
Alba & Sonny

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

My girlfriend and I visited in July -- the heat of summer -- and loved it. The location requires a car, essentially, but compared to all the big and small cities we stayed in, this country house was better. Sonny and Alba were extremely friendly, AND they helped us arrange tours, activities (wine tasting), dinners, et cetera. Many of these things weren't something we couldn't just do with an email or a webclick, requiring phone calls in Italian to gather information and make reservations -- which Alba did for us, no problem. It was also nice and cool up on the hill, and I imagine keeping the pool up is a lot of work but it was =fantastic= to take a dip in at the end or beginning of the day, or the afternoon, or... anyway. The pool was wonderful, and overlooks picturesque olive groves up and down the hill sides. We're not extremely outgoing or gregarious people, but we ended up watching the Euro Cup final and drinking wine with the owners outside on the lawn one night (Italy didn't do so well). The only knock against our whole visit was that one night a mosquito got into our room... sigh.

The photo I am attempting to attach is a self-made picnic we had on the grounds overlooking the pool; one of our cheapest meals, and absolutely wonderful! A perfect place to relax and watch the day slip away. This is the kind of place you spend time with someone, and decide to marry them. (Sonny and Alba -- we have used this photo from your property on our wedding webpage. I assume that is OK!)

Someday soon, but hopefully not too soon, the owners may retire. If you're thinking about going, I encourage you to do so soon!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Torre-di-Ponzano, Owner at Torre di Ponzano - Chianti area - Tuscany -, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2013

Hello and, first of all, congratulation and our best and warmest wishes for your future life together! The picture you used for your wedding album is a very nice one and we are honored to know that you have used a picture from our property on your wedding web page.
We well remember that evening ... in spite of the result (Italy lost so badly!!!) we had a nice time in the garden watching the match and drinking wine (which helped to gulp down the result of the match!!!).

It was nice of you to take the time to write a long, detailed and extremely nice comment, thanks a million, it would be lovely to see you once again in Ponzano,
take care
Best wishes
Alba & sonny

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Address: Strada di Ponzano 8, 50021, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range: $81 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stone house built on top of a hill with a marvelous view over the Chianti hills. Easily reachable (only 4.5 Km from the exit Barberino on the main road connection between Florence and Siena). Many typical Tuscan Restaurants near by. We can arrange wine tasting and visit to the cellars of different farms. The central location of our property will allow you not only to visit Florence, Siena and San Gimignano (which are only 30 minute away by car) but also to visit Pisa and Lucca - on the north of Tuscany - and Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano - on the south of Tuscany - ... more   less 
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