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Agriturismo La Colombaia
Reviewed August 17, 2010

We stayed at La Colombaia, in August for 1 week as part of a package holiday with Thompson's. Weather was glorious.
On arrival we were treated as if an extension of the family. Elena and Daniele are both very welcoming and hospitable people, where nothing was too much trouble. They kindly gave us advise on places to visit locally and a little further a field. Providing us with maps and directions to places we really wanted to visit.
We were luckily enough to enjoy watching a typical Tuscan wedding reception including a medieval wedding ceremony at the Villa as it was a family wedding taking place on site. We were treated to wedding cake and bubbly to join in with the celebrations.
The Villa is stunning, very clean and well equipped, breath taking views of the surrounding Tuscan hills and Cypress trees.
Daniele and Elena, gave us a tour of their vineyard and we got to sample wines they produce as well as olive oil.
We loved the place so much that we have booked for 2 weeks this year (2010) we are also taking our dear friend Jenny with us to share this beautiful place.

Look out Daniele and Elena we will be back soon can't wait to see you both again.

Daniel and Steve
Reading England

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

me and my husband have been here for 2 weeks booking indipendently (they work also with a package of tui group) and first of all we had some problems with an unexpected strike in pisa airport, so that we had to arrive a day before.. they have been very flexible and nothing seemed to be a problem for elena and daniele (the owners...). they did a bit of shopping for us (we sent them a short list) because we arrived very late in the evening... the best place to have rest in the night (apartments very confortable and friendly..) just to be ready to explore tuscany during the day pisa, lucca, firenze, siena and san gimignano with their suggestions are very easy to visit and they have maps of any part of tuscany... ask them where to park, how to reach places probably they know tuscany better that a proper guide.... they will tell you to go tofirenze by train , it's a great idea tickets are no so expensive and you are just in the centre... all the family is involved in this "way of life", they never talk about work or job...they follow everything: bookings, cleaning,welcoming.. everything is perfect.. at the beginning we were ready to go out every day and look for restarurants but in the end with a bit of shopping in the kitchen we learned to cook proper italian food and we used their bbq (for free) even if the quality of food in the restaurants they sugggested was great... during a sunday afternoon we went to play golf in san miniato (just the occasion to visit this small town ) ... a day in and a day out expolring... we definitly will go back and as soon as we can...

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

This is an absolutely stunning location, spectacular views, gorgeous grounds and pool. We stayed for 2 weeks last week in May, first week in June. It's a good base to explore Tuscany as most places of interest of within a maximum of an hour and a half journey. We visited Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and of course Florence. We drove to them all apart from Florence to which we travelled by train. Train station is in Empoli which is about a ten minute drive from La Colombaia, parking was about 3 euros for the day and it cost about 18 euros return for the 3 of us. One thing to note is you have to get your train tickets stamped ( no one advises you of this ) for both your outward and return journey, there are machines on the platform to do this. Once ticket is stamped it has to be used within 6 hours so obviously don't stamp your return tickets til you make your ret journey. If you are caught without a stamped ticket it's a 50 euro fine and inspectors are on most trains. If you plan to visit the Uffizi you are best asking Elena the owner to ring and reserve tickets, otherwise you would have an extremely long wait for tickets.
Driving In Italy is something else, my life flashed before me a few times ! Italians drive very aggressively, constantly beeping, overtaking on bends and suchlike but we managed to survive without any mishaps. Tuscany is a beautiful place but quite unlike anywhere I have ever been before, The little villages surrounding La Colombaia seemed unused to tourists and were like ghost towns in the evening. In Vinci and Cerruto Guidi I think there were 2 restaurants each and were both incredibly overpriced, there is also a osteria very close to the vineyard but between us and another couple we tried to go there 5 times and on each occasion it was either shut or was open for a private party!
We have always eaten out every night on a self catering holiday but were unable to here due to lack of facilities and the extortionate prices.
There is an excellent Coop ( nothing like the ones in UK) in Empoli with everything you could possibly need but this is where La Colombaia lets itself down, we had a 2 bedroomed apartment which supposedly catered for up to 5 people but all we had were 2 rings and a microwave so it was impossible to prepare proper meals.
Apartment was very rustic but quite charming but there were few things that let it down, the double beds were 2 singles pushed together, there was a 2 seater sofa bed with slats missing that served as the only seating in the living area apart from the dining chairs, Apartment was only cleaned once a week, towels, bed linen only changed once a week, if you wanted extra cleaning it was 15 euros, extra towel change was 10 euros per person per towel ( now we've always had clean towels every day, there were 3 of us, you work it out ), can't remember how much extra it was for extra linen change.
The owners were lovely, very friendly and helpful, we had a free tour of the vineyard and on our last evening they threw a pizza party with plenty of their own wine flowing which was very nice.
All in all we had a good time but think a week would have been enough mainly because it's quite isolated ( probably fabulous for some people but in reality it gets to be a drag) and also because of the lack of comfort.
Tuscany is truly stunning but take lots of euros !

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

We have stayed here 3 times and are returning again in a few days time. Located on a quiet and picturesque vineyard with great views in all directions, this is the perfect spot if you want to relax and also for visiting Florence, Lucca, Pisa and the coast. A hire car is pretty essential but there's loads of places to visit within a hour.
They are very friendly people, speak good English and make lovely, good value breakfasts. Also the wine and olive oil produced on the farm are excellent, we even shipped a box or two home to England.
We drive to Empoli, about 15 minutes away (cheap easy parking) for reliable trains to Florence, Pisa or even Rome.
Highly recommended for a good value and peaceful holiday, would suit singles, couples and families.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

We stayed at La Colombaia in the middle two weeks of June, 2009. We'd previously been on a half board hotel holiday to Italy, and were looking for something where we'd have a bit more freedom. La Colombaia turned out to be the perfect choice. The hosts, Elena and Daniele, were faultless - their welcome is second to none, and they did everything they could to make us feel at home during our stay. They have a well stocked information area with leaflets and maps of the local area, and were always willing to share their local knowledge, make restaurant bookings, or give helpful suggestions for places to visit. The accommodation has everything you need, although the cooking facilities are basic (two gas rings and a microwave); there is a barbeque in the garden freely available to guests, and you can help yourself to vegetables and herbs from the garden. Our apartment was one of two with a covered outside terrace, which we found invaluable for shade on the hot days. It was mid 30s for most of the time we were there, so it was particularly good to be able to relax in the swimming pool after a hot tramp around Firenze or Lucca.

Elena and Daniele hosted two events for guests over the fortnight we were there – a pizza party and a wine tasting at their winery in Ceretto Guidi. The pizza party involves Elena making the pizza bases and guests putting on their own toppings, before Daniele puts them in the pizza oven. Plus, chocolate pizza for afters! The night was such a success that we decided to have a barbeque the following evening. All this made La Colombaia a really exceptional place to stay.

Some practicalities:

Eating in: the self catering facilities are adequate, but you need to be aware that the local supermarket in Ceretto is small (although you should be able to get everything you need), and it is shut between 1.00 and 4.30 and all day Sunday. The town has a butcher, baker, etc, also closed in the afternoons and Sundays. You may want a larger supermarket if you are looking for greater variety of supplies. The nearest large supermarket (the Coop) is in Empoli – but make sure you find the Coop Centro, which is in a shopping centre with Obi, Media World, and various other shops and cafes. It's a good place to go on your first day to get some lunch and stock up, but it may not be open every Sunday (or any Sunday? not sure). Don't make our mistake of going to the smaller Coop in Empoli and wondering where the cafes are!

Eating out: there are only two restaurants in Ceretto as far as I know, and both are fairly expensive. We ate in Adriano's on our final night, and spent about 75 Euros on some excellent food and a small bottle of wine, which was fairly modest and we felt it was worth it. The other is Gaia, apparently run by a British ex-golf professional, but we didn't get there. There are some restaurants in Vinci which Elena can advise you about.

Travelling: Car hire is essential. Make sure you know the best route and parking facilities before you go. Elena will clue you in. When we went to Lucca we used the local roads and it took us 2 hours including half an hour driving around looking for the car park. The Autostrada is inexpensive and quick, so don't be put off by the toll road system. Florence is best tackled by train, which cost us just over five Euros each for “andata e ritorno”. There is a car park next to the railway station which cost us 3 Euros for the whole day. You need to get there early if you want to park in the shade, and be aware that signs to the station tend to disappear when you get anywhere close. If you find yourself driving directly toward the station, you need to go round the square anti-clockwise (to the right) or you'll end up driving out of town.

Mosquitos: if it's hot, you'll need something to keep them away. We found it cheaper to buy in the UK before travelling.

We went with Thomson's, booking a package online of flights, accommodation, and car hire. In the event we received a lot of misleading information about the car hire, and were initially told that it wasn't actually included. We had to book our own car hire only to be sent car hire vouchers with our tickets! The confusion seems to be down to poor information in the booking confirmation letter and the ill informed staff on the Thomson customer helpline. Most of the Thomson staff we talked to were helpful, and the rep at the resort was excellent, but we had a stressful time getting them to pay for our car hire only to have to cancel the one they later offered! Other guests reported similar experiences. But don't let that put you off – Elena and Daniele were completely blameless, and you can always book directly with them.

Finally – hello to Elena, Daniele, and all the friends we made on our holiday, you helped to make it memorable.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

We booked our stay at La Colombaia after seeing it in the Thomson's Italy brochure. The photograph in the brochure was just a tiny photo of the swimming pool, so I searched the web and found the La Colombaia's own web site ("www.agriturismocolombaia.it"). On this web site there were lots of photos and infomation and it seemed to have a good feeling about it. That together with the relative proximity to Pisa, it's central location in Tuscany and the very reasonable price swung it for us and we booked up through Thomson (accomodation only option) straight away.
This was our first trip to Tuscany, we had spent the first week of our fortnights holiday in Sorrento and we caught the train up from Naples to Pisa Airport, and hired a car from there. We found La Colombaia easily using the driving directions from the web site. We arrived to warm welcome from Danielle and Elena, the young Italian couple who own the farm. As soon as we drove up the driveway I knew I was going to enjoy my stay here. La Colombaia is set in rolling hills and sorrounded by vinyards. The beautiful swimming pool stands in the immaculatly presented gardens. And the panaramic views to all sides are breathtaking. Our apartment was upstairs and was 2 bedroomed and 2 bathroomed. We had a lovely terrace too with again those gorgeous views. We opened the shutters and in came the most wonderful cool breeze. The bedrooms were large and the bathrooms had the most lovely handpainted tiles and a fab huge walk in shower. My two daughters (aged 6 and 10) had the bedroom upstairs, and just loved it. The apartment we stayed in was called "La Rondine", it was immaculatly clean (and believe me I'm fussy!). The whole farm and pool area was so clean too, we were all so impressed. Danielle an Elena were the perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them. Although they didn't live on site, they came into the reception area every morning and always asked where you intended to visit that day and gave invaluable advice on where to park and gave us city maps etc. The pool was lovely with the gorgeous views all around it, and it was so warm, just like getting in the bath. My children loved the pool and would have quite happily stayed round the pool all week. We found the location of La Colombaia perfect for exploring Tuscany, we visited Vinci, Lucca, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Pisa. Daniele and Elena have a wine tasting evening on a Tuesday, and Elena made a little buffet to accompany it. On the Friday evening of our stay they also organised a "Pizza party" for all the guests (which was all free!). The pizzas were the nicest we'd had all holiday and cooked in the outdoor pizza oven, and it was a lovely way to meet all the other guests. Wine, juice etc was provided and we had a great night.
The small picturesque town of Cerreto Guidi is only a short drive away, it has a small supermarket (Co-op), restaurants, banks, a post office and 2 gelatarias! Also a litte further way in Vinci there was alovely pizza restaurant that did take away pizzas, we used this a few times and picked salad from the garden to go with it.
Overall the whole experience of staying at La colombaia was fanctastic, and I would urge anyone thinking of visiting Tuscany to consider here and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

we wanted somewhere to stay in Tuscany that was central to all the main places to visit. Thompsons pointed out several to choose from, one of which was La Colombaia. The picture inthe brochure was of a pool (not very inspiring), however we decided to see what we could find on the internet before making a decision. after some searching we found their own website (http://www.agriturismocolombaia.it/eng.htm) and all we could say was WOW, be booked it the next day. the location is Perfect, the views are amazing, the accomodation is very clean and well presented and Elena and Daniele who run it are exceedingly friendly and are always willing to offer advice on where are the best places to go and alternatively where not to go. Oh and they own their own winery which you get to visit (FOC) where they explain the process and at the end you get to try some of the wine. all in all highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Address: Via Sommiano 1, 50050 Cerreto Guidi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Cerreto Guidi
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Cerreto Guidi
Price Range: $106 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Situated on the middle of Tuscany at 2 km from Vinci, 30 minutes from Firenze, Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia and 1 hour from Siena and Arezzo this farm house restructured on 2001 offers the flavour of the old Tuscany country, surrounded by our chianti vineyard, olive grove and wood and the comfort of a new structure. ... more   less 
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