When we first pulled up to Villa Paradisino, I thought the cab driver had it all wrong. I was expecting a Villa out in the countryside. In fact, we were in a busy, but small suburb. The magic of this place is that it is so close to Florence, but once you enter the gates of Villa Paradisino, you are in the countryside with everything you've dreamed of, but just a 15 minute train ride to downtown Florence. The Villa has been owned by Costanza and Serena's family since the early 1800's and it is perfect. The rooms are filled with antique furniture, yet still have the modern conveniences that you need (wi-fi in all of the rooms, hair dryers, great showers, bath tubs with whirlpools, and kitchens with the stoves that Americans pay thousands of dollars for! ) You can do your own cooking, if your room has a kitchen, as ours did, but we chose to eat out. The first night, Costanza cooked a wonderful dinner for us. It was so delicious! Every morning we had a beautiful breakfast at the villa consisting of cappuccino, cheese and honey, fruits, breads, ham and eggs. The ground of the villa were so beautiful. We strolled through olive trees, pomegranate trees, grape vines, tomato vines, and a huge garden. We rented a car, and because of the central location, every place that we wanted to visit was less 1.5 hours by car.
I am saving the best part of this review for last: Costanza and Serena! These two beautiful women will do EVERYTHING that they can possibly do to make your stay the best ever. Unlike a pricey city hotel, the hosts of Villa Il Paradisino are truly genuine. They remind me of my mom (who is also Italian) cooking for a holiday meal. The only motive that they have is to make you happy and to allow you to have the very best vacation of your life. Costanza seemed like a long time friend even in our Email correspondence before our trip!
I would stay here again in a heart beat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We’ll welcome you to apartments with precious antique furniture, framed by a property with splendid flowers, vegetable gardens, aromatic herbs and century-old trees. You’ll taste our Tuscan recipes in a place that is rich with history: a renaissance villa, our family home since 1830. We invite you for an authentic opportunity to experience art, nature and gastronomy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Il Paradisino Province Of Florence/Sesto Fiorentino, Italy