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“Fantastic Tuscan Vacation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa di Piazzano

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Villa di Piazzano
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Cortona
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Helena_Alexia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Tuscan Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2007

We returned from Villa di Piazzano a few weeks ago. The pool is set in a stunning location surrounded by the Tuscan hills. The breakfast is delicious with FRESH FRUIT salad every morning. They had different selections of cereals such as Special K and fruit n' fibre, great selection of yoghurt and plenty of croissants and even prosciutto ham - Yum!

We were in a junior suite and had a huge king size canopy bed with two windows overlooking the garden. The bathroom was great and also had a great view. We chose this location mainly for the restaurant since we wanted to just relax rather than having to drive around each night searching for a place to eat. It seems that most places in this area are just b&b and the restaurants in Cortona mostly have indoor dining rooms which is a bit stifling in the summer so were glad to have found a place where we could dine on a terrace in the gardens. I calculated we paid around Euro 35 per person, excluding the wine, which to us did not seem expensive but rather good value for money. On the Tuesday we had a cooking lesson and saw the kitchen and also how they prepare the food and we realized how much preparation goes into their cuisine. They produce fesh pasta on a daily basis and bake their own bread. This was really a pleasant ending to our vacation in Italy and we certainly will be coming back. Cheers to the Wimpole family!

  • Liked — Stunning location
  • Disliked — The food was so good I gained 3 lbs.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Helena_Alexia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2007

We know Cortona well, and were going just for two nights for a family birthday, but were pleasantly surprised by the standard of Villa di Piazzano. My husband and I booked the double de luxe (£372) and our children were in adjoining rooms £271. Both had bathrooms with excellent products (soap from olive oil), comfortable beds, lovely views and good minibars. The turn-down service in the evening ensured the beds were always tidy - a plus with children.

On the minus side, staff delivered a sweet to each pillow (naff, and bad for children) and there was no basket of fruit or complimentary water. The reading lights were so small and low-wattage as to make reading impossible, though the air conditioning worked well (a bit noisy, though). The TV stations not satisfactory: we, too, couldn't get the advertised BBC, and we should have got Sky films for the price we felt.

The pool is lovely, beautifully positioned and maintained. I can well believe a previous visiotr who disliked the cottage nearby - it looked small and is too close to the pool for peace. The main rooms are extremely nice, and breakfast on the terrace lovely - but no muesli, and no fresh orange juice. So: lovely setting, nice staff, comfortable rooms, but needs a bit more attention to make it enitrely worth the price.

  • Liked — comfortable beds & lovely views
  • Disliked — poor breakfast, poor reading lights
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ladylazarus
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London, England
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2007

We stayed for five nights at Villa di Piazzano in early September and returned home with mixed feelings. Yes, it's a in a stunning location, and it's a lovely building which is well maintained. Nice pool, although it's one of those annoying ones that you can walk along the entire length. We paid 250 euros a night for a deluxe room and were in fact upgraded to a junior suite; the room was huge, nicely furnished, but rather lacking in luxury. No fruit basket, no free mineral water (which you would certainly get in a British hotel at that price) although nice toiletries. The TV reception was lousy and you couldn't get the BBC World Service (a minor point, I know, but they claimed you could get it, so it was annoying.)

The breakfasts were a big disappointment - too many sweet things, no muesli, no fresh fruit, poor selection of bread. Very good room service - our rooms were cleaned in a flash - but our sheets weren't changed in the five days we were there - again, at that price, I would have expected it.

We had dinner in the hotel one night and it was pleasant but very expensive - far better food at a fraction of the price is on offer in Cortona and Camucia.

I wouldn't want to put anyone off staying here, and I can understand why so many people rave about it, but I don't think we'll go back. There is better value to be had elsewhere.

Stayed September 2007
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Surrey, UK
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2007

Magical, relaxing and superb location buried away on the Tuscany/Umbrian border. We are just back from a week at the Villa. All hotels should be run like this. Discrete but helpful family run service at it’s best. If you have had enough of the overcrowded tourist cities of Italy stop here to re-charge your batteries. We too stayed in the Garden Cottage set in it’s own grounds in the gardens down beyond the grassed pool area and thoroughly enjoyed it. With it’s own private patio and garden furniture you could not choose a better location to watch the sun go down with a bottle of the local Vino.

The service was excellent could not be more helpful and they even supplied a specially made cake and champagne when they found out it was our anniversary. Thank you ‘Alima’ and also Mr Wimpole for the Port !

We based our stay here and toured the local countryside and hill top towns around the area such as Cortona, Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno (take the boat trip to Isola Magiorre). Here is a chance to see the more unspoilt areas of Italy compared to the main attractions of Sienna and Pisa which we visited on the way out and back.

Enchanting. peaceful and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Liked — Superb accomodation in the peaceful Tuscany/Umbrian countryside
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank AripadvisorMember
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2007

Having spent 2 nights in this beautiful setting in Toscana, near Cortona, I can only say one thing - what a beautiful, wonderful place!!

I picked this accomodation based solely on research on Trip Advisor, which just goes to show how helpful honest reviews on this website can be. I was not disappointed, it was exactly as reported.

Our party of 4 arrived at the Villa relatively late in the day - early evening, actually (due to flight delays, and a stop in Orvieto enroute...), and fell in love immediately upon driving through the glorious Cyprus tree-lined driveway. We were exhausted, having flown (flight delayed) Toronto to Rome, and driven from Rome to Cortona. Unfortunately, we were informed by the staff (who were marvellous throughout) that the dining room was fully booked for the evening. However, seeing our pathetic, sad, exhausted little faces, they immediately set us up with "dinner for 4" in a private area of the Villa. It was marvellous! Imagine four weary travellers (attempting to celebrate a birthday that day, as well) in a candle lit private room of this glorious Villa, with champagne and fantastic service. It was the cat's meow. We went to our lovely rooms afterward, and slept soundly.

The dinner itself was absolutely fantastic, and one of the best that we experienced during our two weeks in Italy Well worth the price, in our humble opinions.

The next day, we drove to Siena and to San Gimagnano, enjoying our day, and then on to Cortona, to a "hotel recommended" restaurant - one that did not disappoint. Initially we were a bit disappointed in having to leave the Villa, we'd wanted a 2nd dinner there (the first was so marvellous), but they were closed on Tuesday evening, and recommended a local Ristorante. It was fantastic! This night was a wedding anniversary night, so two celebrations in two nights, two fantastic meals.....does it get better than that?

All in all, we wished we were able to spend more time in Villa Di Piazzano, it was marvellous. The grounds are spectacular, the staff are marvellous and very accomodating, I even loved Noble the resident cat! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property, I wouldn't hesitate to return there. Unfortunately, our itinerary was booked, and we had to leave after two short nights, for Lucca, Portovenere, San Remo etc. It was a great road trip through Italy, enroute to our cruise from Monaco.

We will return to Villa Di Piazzano.

  • Liked — Spectaular grounds
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, 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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2 Thank Diamondlover
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Chicago, IL
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2007

We recently spent ten days in Italy; the five nights we spent at the Villa di Piazzano were the most relaxing I have ever spent on vacation.

The grounds are lovely; small and intimate with beautiful landscaping and a gorgeous view of the Tuscan hills. Our room, La Colombaia, was a nice surprise given that we booked one of the standard rooms. It was spacious and very clean with a large bathroom (tub & shower). We also had a small sitting area loft reachable by spiral staircase, which was delightful! We especially enjoyed having breakfast on the beautiful patio and sitting by the pool on warm afternoons.

We arrived from Florence via train, and the staff arranged a taxi to pick us up. We opted NOT to rent a car during our stay. This did limit our options (and forced us to relax, rather than drive around from one Tuscan hilltop town to the next). My husband and I are athletic and planned to use the villa's mountain bikes to explore Cortona and surroundings in lieu of renting a car. Although a steep climb up the hill, Cortona is definitely reachable via bike (depending on your physical fitness, the trip should last less than an hour there, with a very fast and fun descent that will cut your time in half on the way back!). In addition, there is a lovely vineyard with wine tasting (Avignonesi) that we visited via bike. One can also ride to Lake Trasimento, although the trip there would likely take at least two hours. My one complaint is that the bikes were obviously well-used for several years. The seat on my bike (the female frame) was so worn down that it was no longer height-adjustable. As I am fairly tall, this made for very uncomfortable riding. Should you wish to use the bikes during your stay, please advise the villa in advance, so that they can send the bikes in for a good tune-up!!! In conclusion, not having a rental car while staying here can be difficult. However, we ended up having more adventures this way

Meals at the villa were very good. Dinners on the patio were enchanting with soft lights and music and an excellent staff. However, the menu is pricey (fixed price is 35 Euro pp not including beverages). Many guests opted to drive to Cortona or other nearby towns for meals. Thus, those without a car may find meal options very, very limited (unless one makes friends with other villa guests who invite them to dinner! for this we were very humbled and grateful!). :-)

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay as the villa's cozy atmosphere encouraged guests to meet and visit with one another. Although, like us, there were many American guests, we also met German, French, and Italian guests throughout the week. It was great fun meeting new people and sharing stories. Alternatively, there were many areas that allow one to be less social, if that is preferred. We had a thoroughly relaxing stay here and look foward to a time when we can return.

  • Liked — Beautiful grounds, social atmosphere, opportunity for sumptuous relaxation, outdoor activities
  • Disliked — Difficult to go anyplace else w/o rental car, bikes in poor shape
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank basianov
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California, U.S.
Level Contributor
73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2007

We stayed here for 4 days in mid-May for our honeymoon. We got the Garden Cottage (or junior suite by the hotel's definition) out by the pool area, which is away from the main building and has a separate patio with table and seats for relaxing. We are a bit ambivalent about the property, not all of it the hotel's fault, so the best way to do this would be to list the pros and cons.

The pros: the hotel grounds are absolutely beautiful. Tucked away in the countryside, well maintained, and helpful staff. The cottage is very private and well furnished. If you are looking to a place to enjoy the countryside or better yet, to stay around the hotel grounds, hike, or sit by the pool, this is the place to visit.

The cons: Given that this is the countryside, our room has spiders and spider webs in every corner. We also found several tiny scorpion-looking creatures. While this is just the nature of living in the country, we were a bit disappointed that housekeeping did not clean up the webs or the dead spiders on our sinks and floor. Second, as mentioned earlier, this place is secluded. We had to drive at least an hour to get to a decent size town in the region. If your idea of a vacation is to visit as many towns as possible, I would not recommend this place. And third, as noted by other reviewers here, this place is overrun by Americans. During our stay, almost all the guests were Americans, and it felt more like a Napa Valley lodge than an Italian villa. Lastly, the food, while good, is expensive for what it is. I recommend driving to Cortona and visit a local trattoria for a real italian meal for half the price.

Despite the cons, we gave this property high marks because of the excellent staff, and it's relaxing atmosphere. Short of renting your own Tuscan villa, this is the closest to it.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank whoisthis
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Property: Villa di Piazzano
Address: Loc. Piazzano 7, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cortona
#2 Family Hotel in Cortona
#3 Romantic Hotel in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa di Piazzano 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historical manor house offering old wold charm and modern world comforts including: a fine restaurant, bar, pool, gift shop, private parking, beautiful gardens, great walking and biking trails and a cooking school with its own monastic vegetable garden. ... more   less 
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