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Franco's Friendly Villa
Ranked #1 of 1 Diecimo B&B and Inns
The Villages, Florida
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91 reviews
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“A real Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

we cannot say enough about the hospitality that we experienced at Franco's. We were treated like royalty . It didn't make any difference what we needed help with Franco Marchetti was at our beck and call with advise on train schedules, restaurants, and places to visit. Diecimo is the perfect place to make your base when going around Tuscany. The train station can be seen from Franco's it is that close . Franco went out of his way to make our two weeks there memorable, to making the perfect breakfast to taking
us to the rental car agency, you name it he did it. The whole place just reeked with class. Out room was the red room with a balcony. And it was beautifully decorated. We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner from the US who is from Diecimo, Franco Ambrogi and he went out of his way to make us happy by taking us around to places the typical tourist would not see, so we felt totally blessed to be with Franco and his lovely and informative wife Ruth. If you want the perfect little place this is it. Make sure you walk around the Village it is something special.

Room Tip: the red room with the balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

The Villa is beautiful with luxurious bathrooms. The bedrooms are spacious, nicely furnished and immaculate. The service was impeccable with the best breakfast served each morning by Franco. The town is charming and the location is close to Pisa, Florence, and many other Tuscany destinations. It's close to train stations, wineries and restaurants. We had an INCREDIBLE vacation and look forward to going back. When we do, we will definitely stay at Franco's Friendly Villa.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Franco is a true angel and should be wearing a halo. He is kindness itself and the perfect host. There is nothing Franco will not do to ensure your every need is met. He is kindness itself. I cannot believe our luck in finding this B and B where we were treated like royalty. Rooms are immaculate and lovely touches at breakfast include Franco's wife's homemade jam and cakes, and organic peaches picked that very day. The Italy of the past still exists in Diecimo which is unspoiled and charming with many places of interest closeby. I can think of nothing negative to say of Franco's Friendly Villa and would most certainly return. I cannot think of a better name for this B and B. Franco's vocation in life is to make other people happy, and he succeeds.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good although there is one room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

Franco is a charming, friendly, thoughtful and dedicated host. He couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and Franco serves up an incredibly good breakfast. We would definitely recommend him and his wonderful hotel!

Room Tip: Balcony room is great.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dillon, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

Our vacation to Italy was made perfect by our stay at Franco" friendly villa . we were very impressed with the accomodations and the surrounding areas of italy. The staff at Franco's was excellent and made our trip so wonderfull as they assisted us with everything we asked for and about. We cannot say enough about Franco and the villa.I would never go to italy without staying at the Villa as it made day outings to the local countryside so easy and we got to see the areas that tourist never see. Tuscany is special and I would recommend Franco's to all. Theirs no finer way to stay in Italy.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mullins, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

This lovely B&B nestled in the historic village of Diecimo was a an unexpected find and truly one of the finest B&B's ever. Franco Marchetti is the consummate host seeking to provide every guest with the perfect experience. The rooms are large, well appointed, and exceptionally clean with every amenity available.
A forty five year veteran of travel, I have very high standards. I hit the jack pot when I arrived at Franco's Friendly Villa in more ways than one. Dollar for dollar (Euro for Euro) you will not find a better value.....anywhere.
I recommend that you arrive....unpack your bags....and make Franco's your travel headquarters. As for me, I made it my home for 10 days and had tears in my eyes upon my departure.
Franco's Friendly Villa and the lovely village of Diecimo.....simply a little slice of heaven.

Ciao!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Beautiful hotel, Great breakfast, great staff. Met the owner who was from the US. Franco was great and was very helpful. He told us the whole history behind the hotel. The rooms were very clean and beautifully decorated. My cousins know Franco and put us up in this hotel so it was very convenient for us to visit them in the next town. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Franco's Friendly Villa
Address: Via del Santo 236, 55023 Diecimo, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Borgo a Mozzano > Diecimo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Diecimo
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Franco's Friendly Villa, built in the 1900s, is a family home lovingly restored to its turn of the century elegance and transformed into exquisite bed and breakfast accommodations set in the heart of Tuscany. We offer a peaceful stay in one of our 6 rooms and suites and an excellent breakfast experience, made fresh daily on the premises with local products. ... more   less 

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