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“You Will Love Villa Il Santo!”
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Contemporary look renovation in a 1000 y old villa, heart of Chianti, stunning views, great location
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8 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tuscany

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ginger-c
san francisco, ca
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“You Will Love Villa Il Santo!”
Reviewed 19 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Our group of 9 adults and 2 kids stayed at this beautiful villa for a week in June and every single person in our group loved everything about this villa. We started planning the trip nearly a year in advance, and Annagloria was a huge help. She responded quickly to every email and helped us schedule tours, wine tastings, and drivers for the week. When we arrived, we could not believe how beautiful and spacious the villa and grounds were. As gorgeous as the pictures are, they do not do this property justice. The furnishings and décor are truly spectacular and the views over the valley toward San Gimignano from the pool and all the many outdoor seating areas are unbelievable. The villa is also very conveniently located, as we could make easy day trips to the surrounding hill towns and wineries. There are many beautiful properties in Tuscany, but for us what set this one apart were the owners, Annagloria and Enzo. They were friendly and helpful in every way -- from stocking the wine cooler with their own (delicious) wine available for purchase at an incredibly reasonable price, to recommending and making reservations for us at wonderful, small local restaurants, to arranging a magical concert and dinner in an historic nearby church just for their friends and villa renters, to helping us plan a dinner and birthday celebration on the last night with a chef who cooked and served a multi-course dinner for us at the villa. And speaking of chefs, the price for the villa includes a first-night dinner cooked by a wonderful chef, Rosanna. We enjoyed her, and her cooking, so much that we hired her to give us cooking lessons in the villa a few nights later. If you have a chance to do this, we highly recommend it! This week in Tuscany was the highlight of our 3-week trip to Italy, and we cannot wait to come back!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
26 Jul 2016
hi
thank you for your nice review n most of all thank you for keeping such fond memories of your stay in our house and of us. we really enjoyed to have your group n it is always a pleasure to succeed in pleasing our guests. Happy to know you are so enthusiastic about your stay
hope to have the chance to host you in the future, have a great summer
annagloria
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HoppySeat...
Seattle
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best. Vacation. Ever.”
Reviewed 11 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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This villa is beyond lovely - crazy good views, beautifully updated interior, numerous and beautiful gathering spots, including two over-sized dining tables perfect for a large group, yet providing intimate space. The beds are super comfy, and the renovation is very well thought out. Perfect location, centrally located to anywhere you might want to go in Tuscany. You will need a car! The owners are totally on the ball, available for all questions and concerns, and VERY responsive. One thing to know about the pool/"hot" tub - neither is heated. You'll be so busy with everything else you won't notice or miss it, but it would have been nice to sit in a hot tub and look out over the glorious view. I would also suggest that new bed pillows be obtained. But these are minor comments. I would absolutely stay again, and thank Enzo and Annagloria for helping us achieve a trip of a lifetime.

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jaybird25...
Seattle, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Heavenly”
Reviewed 19 October 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Villa Il Santo is the quintessential Tuscan getaway. The villa has been beautifully restored yet still maintains much of its old-world charm. There's an instant sense of calm that one feels once you enter the villa. Enzo and his family took care of our every need and we loved the meals cooked by Rosanna - a bonafide Italian nonna! Be sure to try the wines and olive oil produced by Enzo; all are delicious!

Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
5 Nov 2015
thank you! it has been a pleasure for us n our kids to meet you n your friends! happy you enjoyed your stay, hope to host you soon again
ciao annagloria
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MaryT9511
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 27 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

outstanding week spent with great friends at this beautiful Tuscan villa. Highly recommend
Because if it's central location, wonderful in house cook if desired. AnnaGloria and Enzo are the perfect hosts and are always available to answer questions, plan events or hire guides to
Take you where ever you want to explore.

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Liked best: Everything!!
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Management Response
29 Sep 2015
Dear Mary
thank you for your nice comments. we enjoyed to meet you and your lovely friends as well...happy you enjoyed the concert, our cooks and our suggestions!!Have a great fall
Annagloria
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MaryT9511
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Magical”
Reviewed 27 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

A stay here should be number one on your bucket list. This villa is stunning and yet very comfortable. We had 8 couples roaming the Tuscan Hills and at the end of the day came back to a relaxing time at the villa and a beautiful home cooked dinner by Rosa. Highly recommend
AnnaGloria can arrange most anything you would want to do, guides and tours very good.

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Management Response
5 Nov 2015
Mary
thank you for the beautiful review!! waiting for yoru olive oil order!! You will enjoy it! give a review to the bruschetta you will taste with it too!!
have a great fall n winter
ciao Annagloria
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Lilian B
Maaseik, Belgium
1 review
“Unforgettable”
Reviewed 7 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

A very special place.
We have many beautiful memories of the magnificent views, the tasteful furnished and maintained rooms, the delicious diners and houswines we enjoyed at the outdoor patio's, Annagloria and Enzo attending to our every needs. The villa is perfectly located for for visiting the many ancient towns in the area. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at villa il Santo, with our family and friends.

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Liked best: de gastvrije, ongecompliceerde sfeer
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
29 Sep 2015
HI So happy to know your stay by us is unforgettable!!thank you for your nice comments
hope to host you soo ngain
annagloria
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Sea_Man_6
Seattle, Washington, United States
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Fantastic location, splendid villa and great host!”
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Wow, what an awesome stay at the Villa Il Santo! Our group of friends (with some kids) had just an incredible experience.
The location is perfect, the Villa is in the middle of the Chianti region and is perched on the hillside for stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys (+the towers of San Giminiano), with beautiful sunsets. You can enjoy the view from so many places in the villa: the dining balcony, the rear shaded area, the solarium, the swimming pool and many of the bedrooms. The location was great as a base for some day trips to Pisa, Siena, Florence and Lucca. All within 1 to 1.5 hours away.
The villa itself is stunning. Beautiful ancient buildings (a main house/tower with his barn) restored to exquisite taste and comfort while preserving the historical flair. Each of the room is very large and very well decorated. Lots of attention to details like very large double shower heads, double sink basins, comfy towels, comfortable beds, etc. Lots of common rooms for reading, relaxing and socializing. Beautiful modern kitchen and dining rooms.
Everything was great with the villa and the spacious rooms and décor far surpassed my expectations.
The nice swimming pool was a hit with the kids (and adults too...). The lawn with bocce balls provided some good distraction before site visits.
The owner Enzo was very present and attentive to make sure that all was going for the best. We organized several services with him (like cook, baby-sitter, wine/cheese tasting etc.) and he was very helpful in organizing everything with delightful local people.
All guests were super-impressed with the stay. Couldn't think of a better place for our Tuscany vacation.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
5 Nov 2015
thank you for your beautiful review
it has been a pleasure for us to host you n your family n friends. Happy to know you enjoyed your stay n your have fond memories. Hope to host you in the future again, we will have some new experience to offer you
Enzo n Annagloria
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