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Fattoria San Donato
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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17 reviews
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“Good location, nice stay”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Pros:
- Great location - a few minutes drive to San Gimignano, potential hikes from the fattoria, one hour drive to Sienna.
- Beautiful stone buildings
- Also serves as a wine/olive oil tasting place (we didn't get to try it).
- Breakfast was good and relatively rich (for an Italian breakfast).
- There's a nice outdoors pool.

Cons:
- We didn't have any wifi reception from our room and had to walk out at night to get it.
- The attitude was friendly, but we expected a more personal attitude.
- The room felt a bit "dusty" / unused, no view from the room.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 September 2013 via mobile

Umberto and Frederica operate a busy winery / olive oil business as well as a bustling agriturismo only 5 km from the stunning walled village of San Gimignano. A beautiful, well run establishment makes guests comfortable and allows one to feel at home.

This area is a highlight of Tuscany, and this farm-stay is a little slice of paradise.

  • Stayed September 2013
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

I really can't say enough about this place. Sure there are things to suggest on improving but this easily gets an Excellent rating from me because what it does well it does at a memorable level.

We stayed here for 4 nights in a 2 bedroom 2 bath room. There was a decent living space and cooking area which allowed us to save some money during the trip. The pool was great for the kids. The grounds were interesting to walk around. But this stay was mostly about the owner (Frederica).

While here we sampled all of the wines, champagne, and olive oil made on the property. We had wonderful breakfasts and possibly the best dinner of our 3 week trip. None of it was overpriced. All was great. Frederica made certain we loved everything but also went out of her way to make certain our Tuscany visitation plans were prioritized correctly. In each city she had great advice. Honestly her knowledge of Italy as a whole is amazing and helpful.

And we loved the "we'll see what the garden gives us today" attitude towards cooking.

As for location, I think it is hard to top this place. You are under 5KM outside of downtown San Gimignano on the road to Volterra. From here we were able to visit Florence, Volterra, Sienna, Monteriggioni and of course San Gimignano. None were more than an hour away and the drives were mostly pretty. We found it quite useful to get up early and spend full days in these cities but return to Fattoria San Donato for some pool time at the end of the day and dinner.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Our family recently spent 2 nights in Tuscany. We didn't have enough time to go too far from Florence but by staying at this vineyard just outside San Gimignano we had an opportunity to experience country living at its best, without the hordes of tourists at this time of year. The vineyard is so picturesque, complete with colourful bougainvillea spilling over walls and dogs lounging in the road. The owners were most welcoming and the dinner that night was a most delicious and satisfying one, with all of the ingredients grown locally. They don't serve dinner every night so make sure to find out when they do and don't miss it! Our stay on this farm ranks as one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

This was our first trip to Tuscany and our first experience with a wine tour & tasting in Italy. The grounds of San Donato were absolutely beautiful and this wife-husband pair really know their stuff!! While the husband was off with potential clients, his wife gave us the full history of the vineyard, the Italian approach to wine making, and the general philosophy to wine in Italy (wine IS food). We were then led upstairs to a private room filled to the brim with locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and two liters of wine. Probably the most memorable and delicious food experience in Tuscany!!! We'd recommend this lovely vineyard (and its even lovelier owners) to anyone interested in a true Tuscan experience!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We actually stayed next door (Antica Dimora) but visited for dinner and had both a wonderful meal and fun time...

First up, for dinner, make sure you book ahead - call or pop in. They speak excellent English and probably even other languages too...

Dinner is a set menu of local fare with ingredients all locally sourced (or from their farm) and I believe also fully organic. It also includes the table wine (both white and red as well as dessert wine and grappa). The hosts are happy to share wine pairings advice for their other wines too and also just chat about farm life in Tuscany.

A wonderful experience and a must-visit place just near the overwhelming tourist haven of San Gimignano.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Wilmington, NC
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

After taking a Tuscan cooking lesson at Il Vicario where we were served San Donato's wine, we drove there on our last day to check out their store. Their wine is well-priced and fantastic; have already polished off the first bottle back at home. We also purchased cans of their olio for gifts and a salami for ourselves. We've also dug into the salami and it is delicious. Well worth it! We wished we had stayed either here or at Il Vicario instead of the traditional hotel where we stayed.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Fattoria San Donato
Address: Localita San Donato 6, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 107 Speciality Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fattoria San Donato 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bio agriturismo (farmhouse ) in the medioeval village, center of the Farm, lead by the Fenzi's family.In the green landscape of Tuscany with gardens, swimming pool, park games and tuscan food, for a real vacation in the nature but next to the principal cities of art. There are elegantly restructured rooms and apartments in the respect of the native architectures with furniture ancient and great fireplaces. Restaurant with local products, visit of the vineyards and cellars and wine tasting ... more   less 
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