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Review of Rocca del Palazzaccio Dolce Vita Living

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Rocca del Palazzaccio Dolce Vita Living
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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic hosts and outstanding accommodation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

What an amazing place to stay in Tuscany, so close to Florence. Forget staying in Florence; come and stay with Jen and Francesco at their amazing residence instead. They are amazing hosts who truly put the needs of their guests at the forefront. They are helpful (getting breakfast for you from the village, writing walking routes in Florence for you, having bus tickets at the office, driving you up to the local restaurant, the list goes on!) and so very friendly. A true Kiwi-Italian combination!
The accommodation is lovely, we stayed in their smallest room but it was still roomy and comfortable, with a separate full kitchen and lots of space to put things. The rooms were impeccably clean and had everything you would need. There's also a communal laundry.
We would recommend staying here at any time of the year and try to make it as long as possible as there is a lot to see around the area.
Thanks Jen and Francesco for making our stay with you a highlight of our trip, we are so glad we chose to stay the extra night!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

This absolutely gorgeous place is a must to stay at for a visit to Italy and most definitely if you are visiting Florence. Jen (kiwi) and Francesco (Italian) are an absolutely delightful couple that make you feel so welcome and at home. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, including driving you up the road for a dinner out. The place is gorgeous, apartments are very clean and it is only 20 mins by bus into Florence. What more could you want after a full day in Florence is to come home and relax, sitting by the pool and gazing out over the stunning scenery - very peaceful and relaxing. This place is suitable for families or couples so enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bex I
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Panama City, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Just returned from our stay in Tuscany. Our stay at the residence was one I will never forget! We had 2 rooms for our family if 5 adults. The rooms were clean and each room had a kitchen with most everything we needed. We had a nice patio off of our room that we used to enjoy our evenings all together. Most of all the hosts Jennifer and Franchesco went above and beyond to make our stay unforgettable!! Jennifer helped us with reservations and sites to see, and arranged a wonderful wine tasting for us. Franchesco drive us to the market and on our wine tasting adventure!! You can also catch the city bus into Florence and walk to the market. All in all I will say my stay at the residence was outstanding.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ayessman
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable stay at this wonderful location in the heart of Tuscany. We stayed in the tower with another couple and we all found the facilities great. The most outstanding feature of our stay we're our incredibly welcoming and helpful hosts, Jennifer from New Zealand and Francesco from Italy. They went out of their way to help us plan and arrange day trips and booking visits to tourist attractions. Also they provided a wonderful barbecue dinner for all their guests. They treat their guests like family and we would happily stay with them again. We have recommended Residence Rocca del Palazzaccio widely to family and friends.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nokia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We stayed again in Rocca del Palazzaccio and it was as wonderful as earlier. Apartements are really comfortable and very clean. Best are the hosts Jennifer and Francesco, they really make us feel at home. It will be nice to come back there again quite soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VirpiK2013
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Israel
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Large villa suite with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom with exit to a small garden. The host, Francesco was extremely nice and helpful. Pretty close to Florence (about 20 min), we were with a car but there's a bus line nearby.
Finding the place was little challenging... There is no breakfast included and not much places to eat around (it's just near a small village), though I guess you can use the kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank itaysk
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Edinburgh
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stayed here for a week as part of our honeymoon tour to Italy and we could not have had a better time! It was our first time in Italy and after spending a few days in Rome, this place was truly perfect. We had read the fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor, but we were sure it couldn't be as great as everyone said, could it? Well it was! And then some!
We had a one bedroom apartment, which was spacious and cool - even in the height of July. The kitchen was well equipped, though we had mainly breakfast and lunches here, cooking only one night out of seven. There was a nice living area with sofa bed and dining table, and a large bathroom. We had a little patio terrace off the bedroom which was lovely and secluded to sit out on in the evening - we watched the fireflies from here one night!
The facilities are also great: a nice swimming pool with plenty sun loungers, and there was access to a washing machine to take care of anything like that.
The location was perfect and really suited us. It is around 30 mins on the bus from Florence in a quiet commuter town. We used the public transport as we had no car. The Residence is only a 5 minute walk up a hill from the bus stop. The town of Tavarnuzze offered a few lovely restaurants, including I Mal'Avvezzi Vini e Cibo, a wine shop come restaurant run by some very knowledgeable young guys. So much so, we went there twice and bought wine to take home!!
As pretty much everyone else has mentioned, Jennifer and Francesco made our stay so memorable. They could not have been more friendly and helpful if they tried! That is not to say they were intrusive, but were there if you wanted them.
My husband had been in email contact with them before we arrived and they truly made our honeymoon all the more special with little personal touches. We also booked a 'wine and gourmet' tour via them, which we would highly recommend - visiting Siena, Montalcino, Montepuliciano and Pienza.
I would also highly recommend the wine tasting with Francesco offered at the Residence. We had some fabulous wines and Francesco's knowledge of the region was second to none. This also came with a selection of local meats and cheeses, which were all delicious.
I feel this has been a rather gushy review, but it really is one of the best places I have ever stayed and I will most certainly be going back!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jennipark
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Property: Rocca del Palazzaccio Dolce Vita Living
Address: Via Palazzaccio 5 | Via Cassia 290, 50023 Tavarnuzze, Impruneta, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Impruneta > Tavarnuzze
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Tavarnuzze
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Number of rooms: 8
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