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Locanda dell' Artista
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All reviewsbaker and cristiansorbetgenuine interestimpeccable tastehighlight of our tripprivate gardendetailed directionshomemade jamsour honeymoonamazing hostsbed and breakfasttuscan countrysideyogurtbeautiful placeolive groves and vineyardsheaven on earthperfect view
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Not a lot I can add that hasn't need said. A gorgeous place with wonderful rooms and the best hosts we have ever had at any B&B. Susan and I enjoyed visiting with Baker about his life and experiences and life in general. Barbara was great, the dinner was wonderful as was the wine suggested by Baker. We did not get to meet Cristian unfortunately.

I hate to see Artista get too popular...but I wish them every success!

We went to Volterra one day which was nice and less touristy than Sam Gimignano, but not as interesting. We did not stay long enough on our "highlights of Central Italy" trip and that was a huge mistake. This is one of this places when you get there you immediately know you should have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Thank Bill R
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Grazie for this review. WE TOO...wished you had stayed longer. :0) We have learned, in one year, that it is the guests that make our Locanda special for you bring the joy into our home. Thank you for this and for taking the time to write this review!!!! Baker, Barbara, Costantino and Cristian (who is sorry not to have met you!)

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

My husband and I stayed here at the end of May for 3 nights. It was by far our favorite spot in our 2 weeks in Italy! (It even outdid the St. Regis in Florence!) Baker, Cristian and Barbara exuded love and passion for their villa. Their attention to every detail in their restoration of this fabulous farmhouse created not just a beautiful Tuscan boutique inn-- but a serene place where you wished you could just stay and enjoy its surroundings. Upon arrival, they brought us a glass of lovely wine with biscotti. It was all the special touches that made this such a fabulous place. We appreciated the picture perfect views from our room and all throughout the property, the fantastic food at breakfast and dinner, the fine bed linens, gorgeous fresh flowers, but above all the people! Baker, Cristian and Barbara felt like family--and we did not want to leave them. We will definitely be back--and stay longer the next time.

Room Tip: We stayed in L'Oliveta and loved the views!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marci92009
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Ciao Marci!!!
With a title like this, it makes us SO happy. Now i have not been to the St. Regis in Florence, but i sure do like the comparison! :0) Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Mostly, just thanks for choosing to spend your 20th wedding anniversary with us! Sending you a big hug from Cristian, Baker, Barbara and Costantino!

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We booked this beautiful B&B based on reviews from Trip Advisor. I was so impressed, I cannot wait to return and ask for our room!!! A lot of time was spent perfecting everything about this place from the linens, the wall paint, and the amenities to the wonderful food served fresh every morning. Baker prepares fresh croissants every morning! You have to try one! Cristian, his partner is darling! I adored them both from the beginning. This bed and breakfast overlooks the countryside of San Gimignano with breathtaking views. We had the downstairs room with a gorgeous patio courtyard. I would stay here again and again when we come back to Italy-if I don't move to Italy first. I love it! Hugs to both Cristian and Baker for a wonderful stay. We can't wait to come back.

Room Tip: We asked for a downstairs room with a king size bed. Our room was beautiful. It opened up to a courtyard with beautiful flowers. The room was nice size and beautifully decorated.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Ciao Larry and Debbie!
We miss your gorgeous smiles and sense of humour! Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so grateful to have guests like you. We will look forward to seeing you again in Tuscany whenever you decide to return!!!! Sending you a big hug, Cristian, Baker and Barbara.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

If you are heading to Tuscany, STAY HERE. Hands down the best place we stayed during our 2 weeks in Italy. We just wished we stayed longer! Baker and Barbara were the PERFECT hosts, from morning until night they provided us with outstanding hospitality. The breakfast was delicious, only made better by the exquisite views of the countryside and chatting with Baker and Barbara. Barbara helped us with which wineries to visit and how to get there (which is not easy in Tuscany!). And the dinner was incredible!!! Constantine outdid himself with all the courses he prepared.

We can't wait to go back. I have already told my FB friends that if they are planning a trip to Tuscany that they must stay here!

The only bad part was we didn't get to meet Christian, the other owner!

Room Tip: We stayed in the L'Oliveta and it was lovely. But I can't imagine there is a bad room in the place :-)
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

On behalf of Cristian, Barbara and Costantino, we thank you for choosing to stay with us and share your Italian holiday at our Locanda. With guests like you, life is a DREAM coming true. Thank you. Thank you. Until we see you again in Tuscany, warmest wishes.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Effortlessly perfect, hence the name. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve perfection, but it really takes artistry never to show the effort. After staying here two nights I confirm the name of this beautiful place is very appropriate.

Do yourself a favour and spend some time on site. The Locanda and its adorable hosts are a good enough reason to plan your trip here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Giuseppe M
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Ciao Giuseppe e Lorenzo,
I cannot tell you how much Cristian and I enjoyed seeing you again after so many years. You are a terrific couple and we are blessed to count you as our friends. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. With our hearts we thank you. Cristian e Baker

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