Immerse yourself in the Victorian-era atmosphere of this gorgeous Tuscany vacation rental, an excellent choice for a family holiday, full of period furniture and elegant decor. Surrounded by olive trees, rolling hills, and the vineyards of Tuscany, you will be at your leisure to cool off in the private pool, enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by the chef, chat with your companions over a game of billiards, or organize a day outing to Florence or Siena. Whether you spend a week or a month at this Tuscany villa rental, you will have no shortage of things to do, places to see, and leisures to enjoy on your holiday.
(90 hectares) Splendid,... ancient Tuscan villa of the 17th century that has been completely restored and set inside a large property of 90 hectares surrounded by olive-groves and vineyards. The villa has enchanting panoramic views over the surrounding country-side and over the towers of San Gimignano in the distance. There is a large, fenced and equipped garden (5500 m2), a pavilion with small bar and a swimming pool which is open from early April to late October. There is covered parking within the grounds. There is a private chapel. There is a working farm next to the villa.
(400 m2/4,305 ft2)
Two floors. The house is very well equipped and is furnished with many antique pieces. There are views from all of the bedroom windows. All of the windows in the bedrooms and bathrooms on both the ground floor and first floor have screens. The other rooms do not.
Ground Floor: On this floor there is a large living-room with doors leading outside, a dining room seating 8 with fireplace, a second large dining room seating 16 with beautiful fireplace, a spacious kitchen with oven, dishwasher - new in 2007, fridge/freezer, toaster, American coffeemaker, Italian coffeemaker. There are two bedrooms with queen-size beds (160 cm) and one bathroom with shower.
First Floor: There is a billiard room, a large living-room with fireplace, and a bedroom with a full size bed. There is a bedroom with queen-size bed (160 cm), air conditioning, and ensuite bathroom with shower; a twin-bedded room with air conditioning and bathroom with shower; another twin-bedded room with air conditioning and bathroom with tub; and a fourth bedroom with double bed and air conditioning.
Extra services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash
* Pre-Arrival Grocery Shopping Available Upon Request: 30 Euro for the service plus the cost of groceries
* Linen and Towel Change Available: 12 Euro per set
* Housekeeping Available: 12 Euro per hour
* Wi-fi Available: 20 Euro per week
* Chef Service Available: 25 Euro per person for a 3-course Tuscan dinner or 30 Euro per person for the steak or fish menu
* Extra Childs Bed: 100 Euro per week
* Baby Bed Available: 25 Euro per week
* Chapel Available: Upon request
* Air conditioning is available only in bedrooms on the first floor (upstairs), for an extra charge.
Additional amenities include: pool table, window screens - partial house, semi-detached house, housekeeping available - extra cost, air conditioning - partial house, fireplace - indoor, cook service available - extra cost, outside area - private, independent villa, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker.
Convenient location and view. My grandchildren loved the pool.
The key holder was a great help. We had lots of room.
Close to many interesting and convenient places.
Vee's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/07/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Vee
The villa was wonderful. It was quiet and the view was beautiful. It was spacious and very clean. Proximity to Fireze was great. We would come and stay here again.
The pool with its view and the proximity to Firenze.
Firenze and San Gimignano.
Bill's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 10/22/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Bill
Excellent. Our group was so excited when we all arrived. They could not believe how great our accommodation was. The view over the pool, the noise of hunters in the nearby forest, and the feeling of having the villa all to ourselves, made our overseas holiday one to remember for all time.
Basically everything. For me personally it was the joy that everyone in our group had and how they liked different aspects of the villa. There was not one disappointed person in our group of 14. My children swimming in the pool with a view of San Gimignano was special.
We where close enough to Coops and the rail station in Certaldo where we could accommodate our groups' needs. A short drive by car. We found a cooking school that 5 of our group enjoyed in Certaldo Alto. Drives to Siena, Florence, the Chianti wine region and San Gimignano were done as day trips quiet comfortably.
Roberta's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/23/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Roberta
It was a wonderful experience. Beautiful, restful, and a perfect location.
The view, and the house was fascinating.
We went to so many beautiful towns: Florence, Montereggione, Orvieto, Siena, Certaldo, and San Gimignano.
Dr Leslie Jay
Dr Leslie Jay's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/16/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Dr Leslie Jay
It was a great value for the money.
Simple and straight forward.
Suzanne T.'s review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/09/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Suzanne T.
This villa is a great place for a multi-generational family reunion! It is a good value, well-located, has beautiful views from the patio, garden and pool area.
The outside area, including the pool. The views. The several sitting and dining areas which allow for space and privacy. The villa was perfect for our large family!
The small, narrow bathroom and tiny shower between the two downstairs bedrooms. Also, the door from one bedroom into the bathroom sticks. The steep stone stairs to the first (U.S. second floor) floor.
The proximity to Certaldo, San Gimignano, Siena, the Chianti region, Volterra, etc. The area is beautiful. I actually prefer this area to the Chianti; it is more accessible.
Kathleen's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/11/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Kathleen
Overall, we had a wonderful time. We were very glad we'd arranged to have dinnners made for us and some grocery shopping done prior to our arrival.
The view was spectacular, the house was well-kept except for the ants (see below, the bedrooms were very spacious and comfortable with screened windows, and one of the things we enjoyed the most was having Maria and Francesca prepare our dinners 3 nights- they were wonderful and everything they made us was delicious.
The ants were a real nuisance in a couple of the bedrooms and bathrooms. They got in to everything despite our efforts to control them.
The surrounding area was peaceful and beautiful.
William's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | William
The views, the pool (it was very hot), the large space for our group of 15.
The ants, especially downstairs. It would have been nice to have been provided with fans as it was very hot to sleep, especially in rooms without cross ventilation...even if you charged a bit more for the extra electricity.
Tuscany, what's not to enjoy. But I think the Barberino is located in an especially beautiful area. The towns Greve, Panzano, Radda, Castellina in Chianti and Monteriggioni were great, as was Certaldo Alto.
Paul's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/24/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Paul
The house, the location, panoramic views and the surrounding area exceeded our expectations. We had a fantastic visit and didn't want to leave !
The awesome view, the large outdoor spaces, the pool and huge living space in and around the house for eating and relaxing. You really felt like you where in a different world. Very authentic experience.
No major issues. The person who met us at the house did not speak much English, however, she was very nice and everything worked out fine. Make sure you confirm that hot water is turned on and how to use kitchen appliances and washing machine.
The beautiful views of the countryside - lots of olive groves and vineyards, little hill towns and good proximity to Florence and Siena.
Spencer's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/30/2009 for a stay in June 2009 | Spencer
Our overall experience was excellent.
The views, the size, the position, the condition of the property. The local wine and olive oil are very good.
It turned out that the girl who met us was new, and so was not well versed in how to help us. For example, she had not told us how to use the phone at the villa for reporting a problem with lack of hot water. We discovered how to turn the hot water on the next morning by ourselves. The washing machine was not easy to operate and took a long time.
The proximity of everything was great. The Coops in Certaldo Poggibonsi were very good. Trains from Certaldo to bigger towns were good. The restaurant up the road, Wilma's, was a godsend! It was only about a 300 mt walk. The local ladies, Francesca and Maria, were wonderful, although the first evening meal was better than the second one.
Leila's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 10/31/2008 for a stay in October 2008 | Leila
Our time at Villa Barbarino was delightful! We loved sitting out by the pool and watching the lights in the surrounding hill towns come on as the sun went down. The local cooks, Francesca and Maria, prepared wonderful dinners
We loved the views and the big kitchen. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed opening the windows and sitting outside.
The indoor stairs were a little treacherous for older guests. Also the rooms were on many levels with one or two steps between rooms.
We loved the views, and the drumming that we could hear from a nearby church. Some of us swam in the frigid water of the pool. Others sampled the wine from the grapes grown on the property.
Karen's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2008 for a stay in September 2008 | Karen
Very nice - very relaxing, quiet beautiful villa. We had a very good time and enjoyed most the kitchen where we prepared and ate most of our meals and the outdoor patios where we could all congregate and talk and laugh.
View, spaciousness, kitchen, and outdoor patio areas.
Please tell people to get a GPS before trying to find the place! We had 4 rental cars coming from different directions and each one got lost.
Certaldo and San Gimignano were great little towns to visit. Beautiful breathtaking country vistas, sunsets.
David's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | David
We had 13 in our group and the house comfortably accommodated everyone. The weather was very warm and the pool was a welcome spot every afternoon. A perfect location for touring the Chianti region and day trips to Florence and Siena.
We liked the pool and cabana and the dining table just outside the front door where we ate most of our meals. We had Francesca and Maria cook us a delicious six course dinner on two nights - well worth every penny!
The ants. We think it would be a good idea to provide a more detailed description of appliances and kitchenware so renters can plan accordingly.
We liked the peace and quiet of the area and the ability to drive less than 20 minutes to hill towns in every direction. Drive east into the Chianti region and go to charming towns Castellina in Chianti and Greve in Chianti. Certaldo Alto is a hidden treasure nearby.
Virginia Tvl Agt
Virginia Tvl Agt's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/30/2008 for a stay in June 2008 | Virginia Tvl Agt
Loved the villa. Just wish there had been better shower heads.
Loved Tuscany countryside and the people.
Cathy's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Cathy
Bradford's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Bradford
We were more than pleased. We thought the villa looked even better than the on-line pictures. It was immaculate, roomy, beautifully furnished, charming, and the kitchen and bathrooms were outstanding. Ten of us had room for privacy, but plenty of room for the whole group to be together. We particularly liked the veranda overlooking the pool and San Gimignano visible in the background.
The location was beautiful and convenient to places we wanted to visit. We appreciated how well this 1616 property had been restored and maintained. We arranged two dinners prepared by the local cooks Francesca and Maria and they were wonderful--both the cooks and the food.
Everything was wonderful! It might be useful to note that the washing machine is small so plan time if you have very much wash to do.
The beauty of the views and the three excellent restaurants we discovered nearby.
Rebecca's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Rebecca
Wonderful location -- we enjoyed olive oil tasting and wine, local restaurants, nearby cities, sitting outside.
The living area upstairs, the grounds, views, setting, the peace and quiet and nearby towns.
No Internet access. The beds were almost all made as shared and we had no couples. Ants. Some maintenance-renovation could be good.
Siena, San Gimignano, oil and wine producers, a restaurant we found outside Certaldo.
Judy's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 08/31/2007 for a stay in August 2007 | Judy
It was wonderful.
The villa was easily large enough to allow 12 adults sufficient privacy, which was great, and sufficiently warm and intimate enough to allow for great get togethers, both cooking together in the great kitchen and dining together in the formal dining room and outside. We loved the setting.
A more efficient clothes washer and dish washer would be a great addition.
The villa was so close to many wonderful day outings, whether to Certaldo Alto, Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano, and Firenze, yet, it was totally private and quiet, tucked behind the operational farm of olive orchards and Chianti vineyards.
Jack's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2007 for a stay in May 2007 | Jack
We were there with a few other couples who are good friends over a two-week period, and the consensus of all was that it was the best part of the time we spent in Italy.
The architecture, ambiance, relaxing atmosphere, the views, the sunsets, the dinners. It's very relaxing to have such a nice place to come home to after a day trip to Chianti or one of the hill towns. We enjoyed sipping wine on the terrace in the evenings and waking up to the birds in the morning. Although we expected there to be no heat since it was May, the radiators did come on during some of the cool nights. It took us a while to figure out how to regulate them, and one of the upstairs bathrooms had one that remained on regardless of what we did. The house was quite comfortable, though, and it turned out that utilities were included, and were not an extra charge.
Minor things - the house is a bit dark inside, but after all, it was built in a different age. The weather was wonderful so we spent all available time outdoors anyway. Some chandelier bulbs need to be replaced in the dining room and upstairs sitting room. Water pressure is quite good everywhere except the downstairs shower, which might simply be clogged with mineral deposits.
The villa is convenient to the Chianti Classico area for picturesque towns, vineyards, wine tasting, olive oil, and the wonderful Tuscan rolling countryside. We all had cars, and did day trips to Siena, Volterra - terrific, San Gimignano, Castellina and others. Between the villa and the town of Barberino is a hilltop with views and a replica of the dome of the Duomo in Florence. We loved the spot for watching the sunset with some wine, cheese and bruschetta.
Jay's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 10/31/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | Jay
The Villa is unique and has wonderful links to its origins in the 17th century. We truly enjoyed the features, its multiple rooms and it historical accuracy.
The property needs maintenance, some minor and some major. Light bulbs missing, one light with a short in the plug. One of the ovens does not work. The items were more of nuisance than a hindrance.
The villa sits in a beautiful valley with wonderful views of the area countryside. Read more
Ovens repaired; new washing machine, dishwasher and kitchen utensils; heating system fixed; further renovations. January 2007.
Paul's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Paul
Loved the caretakers of the farm and villa - very nice
Ambiance, architectural structure, location very centrally located, bedrooms and bathrooms, view - most everything!
Minor points - should have a working drip coffee maker. The current one not functional. Also need to provide more than one set of towels per person.
Easy access to Florence, Siena, Certaldo, San Gimignano, Volterra and Chianti country
Georgiana's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | Georgiana
I want to go back!
The villa is spectacular there is a view of San Gimignano across the valleys and hills. Everything exceeded our expectations. The house itself was so spacious, clean, inviting and elegant, yet it was perfect for the six children we had. The pool was so lovely.
No AC and the kitchen was rather dark.
David's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | David
The location, the grandness of the villa, the amount of space, the views of the countryside. The local wine produced sold on the estate is quite good. The cooks prepared outstanding meals for us.
The weather was quite warm and as a consequence, the bedrooms were very warm it was difficult to enjoy the villa because of this. Also, the bees, flies and mosquitoes were extremely bothersome, both in and around the swimming pool and in the bedrooms at night, as there are no screens on the windows.
The beauty of the area. The Chianti region is magnificent. Views are stunning. The food is terrific as is the wine. The surrounding towns are quite interesting and worth exploring.
Keith's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/30/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Keith
If one does not mind being "in the country," there cannot be a better villa, especially for the money.
The outdoor patio, the pool area and the spectacular view. Also, we hired Francesca, one of the housekeepers, to cook several meals for us. She was excellent and the price was less than what we spent in restaurants. We highly recommend her.
Small refrigerator, no instructions in how to use the washing machine, and sometimes poor water pressure.
The area is very beautiful and the central location between Siena and Florence puts all of Tuscany within easy driving for day trips.
Robert's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/30/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Robert
The villa completely lived up to our expectations. In summary, it was a memorable trip and everyone in the party was very happy with the property. We would recommend it highly. Also, our experience with Rentvillas was excellent and we would recommend your company to anyone interested in renting vacation property.
It was very convenient for exploring Tuscany. We took many day trips to Florence, Pisa, Siena, Montalcino, Assisi, and other small towns. Several of us took a two day train excursion to Rome. The housekeeper, Francesca, and her daughter, Chiara (who speaks English) were very helpful. Check in and check out were completely problem-free. We had Francesca cook a Tuscan dinner for us one night and it was one of the best meals we had in Italy. She provides all of the food, cooks and cleans after. Well worth the 25 Euros per person.
As mentioned by others, the property needs better maintenance and property management. Some of the appliances are old and difficult to use--toaster, coffee maker, washing machine. The washing machine is old, too small and very slow. With 10 people this can be a problem. Also there is a bug problem. Plenty of mosquitoes, so bring the bug spray.
The views from the villa and surrounding country were spectacular. Tuscany completely lived up to my expectations.
Victor's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2006 for a stay in May 2006 | Victor
It's a beautiful property that could be made into an unforgettably lovely experience with just some hands on property management and maintenance.
The size and location and views of the villa. The cooking and service provided by Francesca and her daughter Chiarra. Chiarra spoke English and helped us a lot. We were also helped by the English tenant, Chris, who held our luggage for us when airline lost our bags for 3days, she also emailed hotels in Italian on our behalf, and pulled local Certaldo train schedule from the internet.
Outmoded or dysfunctional appliances and lack of routine maintenance review. No English instructions for use of appliances. The house phone was poorly located in a bedroom downstairs and had no instructions for how to use the phone.
Beautiful views and friendly people.
Frank's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 04/30/2006 for a stay in April 2006 | Frank
This Villa is wonderful. It is very large and comfortable with a huge amount of space. Excellent location.
The kitchen appliances are old but very acceptable. The only real downside is the laundry room. A small washer and no dryer. And it would not hurt to have electric plug converters that are compatible with American appliances. We burned up a hair dryer and a phone charger using a converter that we brought with us that turned out to be incompatible.
Lovely area! Beautiful countryside and a very good location.
Vicki's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2005 for a stay in September 2005 | Vicki
The property is conveniently located to several of the areas we wanted to visit, i.e., Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and the Chianti region.
The first time we stayed at this villa the property manager lived on the property. We found her presence is be helpful. This visit we did not have the same level of guidance and attention.
Beautiful - beautiful countryside.
Avril's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2005 for a stay in July 2005 | Avril
We really loved the view. The kids loved the chickens and the cat. It was a very charming villa.
Not too much to say that is negative.
The surrounding area was beautiful. There were a lot of places to see and visit.
Fritz's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 05/31/2005 for a stay in May 2005 | Fritz
Would definitely recommend and surely rent this property again! A real gem, exceeded expectations of all 12 guests----and that is hard to do.
Peace and quiet, the views and just the overall setting.
Other renter nearby in a separate house about 40 meters away was dropped off every night at 2:00am------not really too bad after enough wine!
Easy access to just about anywhere in Tuscany.
Jack's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 10/31/2004 for a stay in October 2004 | Jack
This villa lived up to all of our expectations. The property is a working vineyard and farm. so expect the clucking of chickens in the morning and the occasional wandering cat. Andrea, the key holder, was working on this year's vintage, so there was plenty of activity in the afternoon hours. Andrea took the time to introduce the Vintner and explain the wine making process. A day later we returned home to find that Andrea had left large basket of grapes, just picked, waiting for us to enjoy with a glass of wine and the cheese we picked up that day from the little shop down the road. This is the spot to come for a complete relaxing vacation. Wander the olive groves, pick roadside grapes, have a glass of great inexpensive wine while looking at a million-dollar view. I will be back.
The view is wonderful. The property is situated at the top of a large valley with stunning views. Built in 1650, it has exposed beamed ceilings, tile floors, a huge kitchen and many sitting and spacious bedrooms.
Access is a bit tough. To get to a main road you have to travel through a few miles of very narrow and curvaceous roads.
The area around the villa is picturesque. The vineyards, farms and homes are picture perfect. Very quiet and rural setting.
Sylvia's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2004 for a stay in September 2004 | Sylvia
The beautiful location and the overall comfort of the space. The size of the property with many large rooms offered several wonderful settings for our group of ten.
The television is not Satellite but we never wanted to turn it on. There was too much else to do! The following items would improve the property: a large American coffee maker; a CD player and radio for music; the box springs are missing from one of the upstairs bedrooms with private bath; white plastic table on patio could be upgraded; the shower head in the laundry room bath needs to be replaced for better water spray control.
We really enjoyed the beauty of the countryside with access to olive groves, vineyards, farm animals, etc. The proximity to Certaldo, Bagnano and Barberino were all helpful for food, restaurants, train station, information, etc.
Liz's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2004 for a stay in September 2004 | Liz
It's a beautiful property. The house was built in 1616 and has a lot of charm. The fireplace in the smaller dining room is a treat. Andreas, the grounds keeper, has an apartment at the villa, and Chiara did housekeeping and cooked with her mother for us. They were a wonderful help to all of us.
As others have stated, the view off the back of the property is gorgeous, including seeing the towers of San Gimignano. Our beds were really comfy, we all cooked up a storm in the kitchen and spent a lot of our time on the patio just taking in the scenery.
The vehicle noise from the road is actually a bit loud. And having the phone in one of the bedrooms made it difficult to make calls at times.
It was beautiful everywhere you looked. The restaurant down the hill was good; everyone was really nice. The local Ceramics school was a nice treat. Certaldo is a neat town...check out the castle on the hill. The train station in Certaldo can get you into Florence, etc.
Keith's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 08/31/2004 for a stay in August 2004 | Keith
We really enjoyed the pool and the view from the back. We probably spent 90 percent of our waking hours outside. View of San Gimignano was wonderful. Would suggest removing one of the trees to expand the view. Location was also perfect for sightseeing around the Chianti region. A few of the days we picked a hilltop village in the area to go see late in the afternoon. Had a wonderful meal in Monteriggioni. I can't remember the name of the restaurant.
We had 5 kids ages 6 to 17, so a bigger TV and VCR-DVD would be great. The Olympics were going on, so a dish that picked up English channels would have been a nice extra. With 12 people, we could have used a bigger coffee maker. The furniture on the patio could use some upgrading. We ate and spent a good deal of time there. Also, need a sign out front that says the name of the property.
What's not to enjoy? Barberino was a treat. as was Pertagnano. Easy access to numerous small hilltop villages.
Lisa's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2004 for a stay in July 2004 | Lisa
We highly recommend it! It was wonderful!
The villa was beautiful, the views, gardens and pool superb, the caretaker was friendly and very helpful. The location was perfect and day trips to surrounding hill towns as well as Florence were a breeze. The olive oil and wine produced on the property were very good. The view of San Gimignano from the yard was incredible!
No comment as we really have nothing negative to say.
The countryside was just beautiful, we loved the cupola di San Michele Arcangelo, the tiny hill town of Barberino
David's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 06/30/2004 for a stay in June 2004 | David
It completely met our expectations - we were all very pleased.
The view, pool, comfortable living areas, and location. Kitchen and dining room easily accomodated our group of 13. Very family-friendly layout.
The noise. especially in the early morning but also at night. While you can hardly complain about the roosters, the workers were noisy.
We took day trips to San Gimignano, Voltera, Siena, Florence, Lucca and Greve Chianti road. All easily accessable and interesting.
Patricia's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 03/31/2004 for a stay in March 2004 | Patricia
We had dinner at the villa one night and Simona was delightful as well as the meal!
The view. The rural location. The people who met us and helped us were very nice
It was farther from Florence than expected. We were very cold, and had problems with the heat. The washer was difficult and time consuming to use. The living room was rather cold in feeling and not very comfortable.
The area was very beautiful!
This is the second...
Left on 10/18/2003 for a stay in October 2003 |
This is the second holiday rental trip we have planned for this group of friends and family and they look forward to another trip.
Melissa's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 07/31/2003 for a stay in July 2003 | Melissa
It's a large and beautiful villa, in a beautiful setting. The location is ideal for many day trips. We truly loved everything about it. It's old and has charm and beauty, yet is updated and very functional. We loved the pool.
Beautiful countryside and views of San Gimignano in the distance. A truly perfect location.
Douglas's review of Villa Barberino
Left on 09/30/2002 for a stay in September 2002 | Douglas
The property exceeded our expectations! the photos and descriptions were not adequate in their praise of the surroundings, the views and the people who service the environs.
The cleanliness was immaculate, the vistas breathtaking and the ambiance soothing. The combination of relaxation, rustic but elegant surroundings and the proximity to nature and beauty has been unmatched in my experience.
Only a cultural difference and a slight one at that.., the lack of screens was mentioned by many people in our party. I myself, prefer their absence.
The local store and local restaurants were quite astounding, mixing the flavor of the region with flexible hours one would find more often in stateside situations. The Chianti region is simply breathtaking during this time of year!
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