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Florence House Rental - Villa I Cipressi & Villa Calcinaia
Knoxville
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“Perfect in every way.”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

My wife and I and another couple stayed here for a week in May 2011 as part of an extended Italian holiday that also took us to the Cinque Terre for a few days, to Emilia Romagna for a few more days, and to Rome for several more days. Easily, our week at the villa, luxuriating under Paola's loving care and guidance, was the high point of the entire trip.

Let's start with the essentials: You'll need a car . . . but that's about it. The house is completely equipped, including all kitchen appliances, a clothes washer, satellite TV, and super-strong wi-fi. For ANYTHING else in the world that you might need, there's a spectacular Iper-Coop just a few minutes away in town. (Even if you don't need anything, it's worth a trip!)

The car will get you into town, or to any of the many other towns (like Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Sienna, Assisi, etc.) all located within an hour or so of the villa. You can, of course, also take a car into Firenze, but the train is the way to go. The station in Lastra a Signa is only a five-minute drive from the villa, and the ride in to Firenze takes only 17 minutes. (NOTE: The last train back from Firenze is @ 9:00pm. We missed it one night, and had to take an 11:30 train to the Signa station on the other side of the river, and then walk back to our car which was parked at the Lastra a Signa station. It was no big deal.)

As for the villa, I can only confirm what the other reviewers have already said. Sitting atop a hill, overlooking our own olive grove and beyond that, the hills of Tuscany, it's truly magical. Access to the villa property is through a large gate, located a few hundred meters from the villa itself, and walking or driving that rustic road, lined with towering cypress trees and cutting through the olive grove, was a special moment. (We walked that road several times, in fact, heading to or returning from what became our favorite restaurant, Edy Piu, which is a few hundred more meters down the road from the villa property.)

Paola's "Welcome Wagon" of wine, pizza, bruschetta, cakes and other goodies was a really pleasant start to our week, and her personal guided tour of "her" Firenze was another great touch. The pool was brisk but enjoyable (I think we "opened" it for the season!), the landscaping was lush, and the entire setting was our vision of what a Tuscan villa should be.

If we have any regrets, it's that we didn't spend more time just hanging around, strolling the grounds and the immediate vicinity around the villa. We went to church with some of the locals on Sunday, at Santo Stefano a Calcinaia, a 13th century edifice that's another nice walk from the villa, and there were several other close-in sights that we wish we'd had more time to visit.

We'll be going back, though.

Room Tip: Both bedrooms have breathtaking views.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

I cannot find enough adjectives to accurately convey this Italian villa experience. When I envisioned traveling to Florence, this was everything I'd imagined, and far more. The villa is perfectly situated just a few minutes' drive from Florence, yet tucked away on the top of a hill surrounded by olive and fig trees, so you feel as though you're deep in the Italian countryside. The villa managed to combine quaint Italian charm with every modern amenity we could want, including American-style bathrooms.

Our hosts, Paola and Fabrizio, couldn't have been more wonderful. Every morning, Paola arrived at our villa with armfuls of fresh-baked croissants and pastries. She brewed rich Italian coffee while she helped us plan the day's sightseeing. She drove us through the area, showing us many of the sights and restaurants we'd never have discovered on our own. By the end of the trip, Paola felt like family, and we still keep in touch.

If you're going to rent a villa in Tuscany, this is the one to rent. But if you do stay here, you absolutely have to visit Gippino (another Paola recommendation), because it's literally the best gelato in the universe!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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san francisco, ca
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Reviewed December 10, 2010

We cannot for a better place to base our Tuscan holidays than this beautiful place. We have stayed in the apartments with kitchens (in the Villa); and in the stand-alone small house, "Il Fienelino" (heaven). Yes, we go back here again and again. The pool, the proximity to Florence and Rome, the olive trees, the relaxation, the big gate swinging open to welcome you: just the beginning. The real reason to choose this place over all others is the wonderful Paola Cinelli.

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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El Cerrito
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

Our stay at Villa Calcinaia was the best Tuscan travel experience we could have imagined. It started with Paola Cinelli, owner of the property, who so warmly greeted us upon our arrival and had wine along with pizza, foccacia, and bruschetta waiting for us in our own kitchen. The rooms were wonderful, the kitchen well stocked, and the setting was perfect. The location made possible day trips to Pisa, Cinque Terre, Sienna, Lucca, and the Tuscan hill towns. Also close by were wonderful restaurants including the two we tried - Da Delfina and Trattoria Sinesi. Florence is just 15 minutes away by train. My family agrees that the best part of our stay was seeing Firenze with Paola. She took us to some of her favorite places where we had the best espresso, the best truffle dishes, and Europe's prize winning chocolate and more along with sharing her expert advice on things to see and do during our stay. There is not doubt that we will call on Paola when we return to Florence.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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USA
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Reviewed November 12, 2009

We put together a trip that brought together 4 separate family units including two small children for two weeks. That's a daunting task when you need four bedrooms with 4 private baths. Villa Cipressi worked like a charm for us and I highly recommend it. If you stay a week your host, Paola Cinelli will become part of your family. She made certain we knew everywhere to go, and when she found out I was in the jewelry business she took the nine of us to Florence for a full day and took us around to see the manufacturing jewelry district in town which a tourist would never find. There is more than ample room to wander around on the property, the children lived in the ample pool, and it is only a 10 minute ride to the train station where you can park to ride into downtown Florence. My son grilled outside in the evenings while we sat around the pool sampling local wine, and in the morning we'd pick fresh figs from the tree outside for breakfast jam. You'll need a rental car, about 15 minutes from the Florence airport, get a small one, the roads to the house (and everywhere else in Italy) are very narrow. Good wireless internet for those of us who need to stay connected.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

From the window of the bedrooms on the upper floor we would gaze out at the Olive groves and Cypress trees. The air smelled sweet from the wildflowers of Paola Cinelli's garden. We went down to the beautiful kitchen, grabbed the bottle of good tuscan wine the cinelli family left for us as a welcome gift and opened it in the large stone sitting room at the front of the house. We clinked our glasses and smiled. In fact, we smiled for days. This was one of the best places we've ever rented. everything is designed with Tuscan country comfort and modern conveniences like satellite TV and wifi internet. Also on the property is another rental villa the Cinelli family, who are delightful, helpful and a great introduction to Tuscan life. There is the Iper-Coop a few kilometers away. This is one of the best food markets we have ever seen. On our first visit to the IperCoop we spent at least 3 hrs just looking at everything. Florence is a short 15-20 minute drive from the Villa to the parking garage at Santa Maria Novella train station, the best parking garage in the city. However, the new train from Lastra A Signa is easy and often and only costs a few euros. It's a short walk to the center of Lastra A Signa from the Villa. One of our favorite restaurants (and we tried a bunch of them) turned out to be a short 5 minute walk from the Villa. It's called Edy Piu. We went there a lot. Oh and by the way, the pool is beautiful and very quiet.
This has become our place whenever we come back to Toscana. And we will come back.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Florence House Rental - Villa I Cipressi & Villa Calcinaia
Address: Via Leonardo da Vinci 28, 50055, Lastra a Signa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Lastra a Signa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Lastra a Signa
Number of rooms: 2
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