We visited in August/September 2013. This was our second visit to Villa Rioddi, the last one was 2003. We will not leave it as long again and will definitely be back soon. The Hotel/Villa is run by Mirella and her son Luca. They both were very attentive and went out of their way to ensure our time spent there was perfect. To start with we wanted to stay in the same room as we had 10 years earlier in the outside part but this was already reserved, although this didn't stop Luca trying to accomodate our wish. He managed to put us next door to this in A6, (which was infact a nicer room) for our first week and then we moved to the second floor (top). The rooms are almost identical and spacious with modern shower facilities, and very clean and tidy. We had fresh towels every day!
Breakfast was a buffet style arrangement with fresh bread (made by Luca daily) and cakes (made by Mirella) meats, cheeses, fruits from the gardens, cereals, teas and very good cappuccino's. What made this special was being sat outside, but sheltered, enjoying the view as Mirella picked the fruit from the trees, washed them, then put them on your plate. Fresh Figs, Apples, Peach and grapes. There is a real family atmosphere during breakfast and Mirella provides a lovely welcome to the day. We both had Birthdays whilst there and Mirella obviously checks the passports for DOB's as she would bring Champagne to the table for breakfast and the most enormous cake or dessert.
We stayed for 2 weeks and many of the days we just lazed by the pool, just when the sun was at it's hottest Mirella would appear with icecreams, fresh chilled Melon or Figs. Heaven!
The Villa is located in a fantastic spot for a real panoramic hill-side view of the Cecina Valley, a real sun spot getting the sun all day. From here it is a bit of a walk to the town uphill, not an easy walk and parts have no path. We used the car most days as it was a bit too hot, and we parked in the underground car park which was quite reasonable and very well located safe, and well lit. The pool is very clean and is maintained every day by Luca. There were lots of sunbeds, and again these were all in good clean condition.
Unfortunately we had an incident with our hire car (we hit a deer at high speed and wrecked the Fiat Panda we were in) and the hire firm were very unhelpful. When I casually mentioned this to Luca he immediately rang the hire firm and got everything explained and sorted for us, this was such a load lifted. I'd recommend the extra waiver insurance in these cases, thankfully we had it. Just an example of the care and attention shown to guests by the hosts.
During our 2003 visit Mirella's grandchildren would be playing in the pool and were aged around 2 and 5 years old, when we mentioned them to Mirella she was very proud to introduce us to them again, though they had grown up a lot, and had very good English.
We were so sad to leave, as we had been made to feel so welcome, on the final morning we had to set off before breakfast, Mirella made a point of seeing us before we left as she had been out with her grand-daughter and bought a leaving gift for me. They had both notice the shoes I had been wearing had a small ladybird on them so they bought me an Alabaster Ladybird (Coccinella in Italian). this was so lovely of her to go to the bother and is another example of the warm welcome we recieved (I cried all the way to the airport I was so touched).
We are difinately going back soon (probably next year) and would highly recommend it to couples. Volterra is lovely and is a warrent of medievel streets
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a splendid panoramic position, 2 km from the historic centre of Volterra, the hotel offers a stunning view over the city and Val di Cecina. The spacious lounges on the ground floor, the huge garden surrounding the building and the pool, together with a family-style management offers a highly relaxing stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Residence Rioddi