I think it's safe to say that we all wish we were still at Villa il Santo! Two families traveled (13 people in total) from two parts of the U.S. to come together for this magical vacation. The home is exquisite. Simple yet lush at the same time. There was ample room for all of us, with various indoor and outdoor sitting areas. We took advantage of the whole property, including the garden area (which became a bocce tournament court), refreshing pool and hot tub (it was hot when we were there - we spent a LOT of time in that pool!). We enjoyed dinner at the home a few evenings, as well as a lovely breakfast one morning. The home is surrounded by olive groves and grape vineyards and the views are amazing. Sitting outside in the morning with coffee and gazing at San Gimignano in the distance will make you not want to leave. The sunsets are equally gorgeous.
Annagloria was wonderful in assisting us with restaurant and activity recommendations of all types. In general, she and her husband Enzo were very responsive to any needs we had before and during our trip. A highlight of our time was a welcome dinner/jazz concert at Annagloria & Enzo's home's outdoor gardens under the stars. Just fantastic.
If you're looking to cook at Villa il Santo, everything you could need is there. There is WiFi connection throughout and a TV / DVD setup (though we didn't turn on the TV once when we were there - even with two younger kids in our party).
Driving is a must. There are many lovely restaurants and shops, as well as two grocery stores, nearby. The home is very close to Siena, San Gimignano and Florence. And please don't miss the lovely home town of Barberino Val d'Elsa and nearby town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. You will fall in love with Villa il Santo; collectively our family can't say enough about how great our experience was. Grazie mille Annagloria and Enzo for a wonderful trip.
We chose the perfect spot for our very discerning and well traveled group of 3 families for a total of 14 adults and young adults at Villa Il Santo. We have stayed in many places and we all agreed this was our best venue as far as quality of the villa, lay out, views and comfort. It was casual but with style, in very good condition and we had the cleaners come every day and they did a great job. we loved the different options for being together throughout the villa which offered different views and sun or shade.Everyone was happy with their rooms, and we can't always say that.
Some of us had a lovely morning walk each day through the country side. We would make our own breakfast and then hop in the car and were off for yet another Tuscany experience. All of our visits were easily located, Florence was the fastest to get to, 30 minutes or so, but then you had to find the parking which took a bit longer.
We had a minor plumbing issue one day and owners had immediate service on it, which we were happy about. Heading down the gravel driveway took us a couple of times to get acclimated, but after that we were accustomed to our private drive!
We deemed the location and privacy of Villa il Santo perfect and we enjoyed incredible views of the valleys of Tthe Chiati region and will remember this trip for years to come as beautiful and touching...we will always have fond memories of our very gracious hosts as well, the beauty of the people, the food and the gorgeous countryside. Bravo Anna Gloria and Enzo, you are wonderful! Please come and visit us soon!
Incredible setting in a postcard perfect tuscan hillside within driving distance of the most beautiful historic, quaint towns of Tuscany, Chianti and Umbria. Accommodates large families and groups. We spend some of the most memorable moments in this setting! Watched the most spectacular sunsets from the side patio and enjoyed delicious home-cooked dinners in the outdoor dining area.
Hope to get back there soon!
Villa il santo is the perfect Tuscan villa. W had an extended family of 5 couples plus 3 small children, all coming from different parts of the US. My husband and I got very lost trying to find it, but Annagloria, our host, saved us by coming to us and leading us there.
The villa is beautiful beyond belief, with views that are amazing. There was plenty of space for everyone. We used the chef service every night, which was a dream. The food was traditional Tuscan, which means a lot of food, but it was delicious and varied. They cooked and cleaned up, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful sunset with wine every night.
The streets in Italy are challenging and very curvy, so we chose not to venture out at night.
The air conditioning worked great as did WIFI. We did a lot of wine tastings and ate lunch out. We loved San Giminangna.
I cannot recommend this villa strong enough. I hope we can all go back some day and would like to stay longer.
A truly spectacular villa with amazing service and great views. One can really feel at home here and enjoy the country vibe of Tuscany. Higlhy recommended !
Superb location with views of the rolling Tuscany hills. Excellently equipped villa, top quality rooms and facilities. The 'Arrival Meal' was a brilliant touch and so good. Everyone we met was very helpful and the recommendations for restaurants and trips out were excellent. Ideally situated for all the historic places we wanted to visit. Certainly to be recommended.
A week at Villa il Santo was just perfection! The location afforded marvelous views and vistas. The towers of San Gimignano in the distance were magical. And the fields and vineyards created a masterful patchwork quilt for the eyes. The rooms were spacious, the outdoor spaces inviting, and the kitchen well-appointed The meals we had prepared at the villa were some of the best of our week in Tuscany. I would highly recommend Villa il Santo to any large party of friends and/or family.