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Book this 1 bedroom villa in Florence today! A total of 3 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a hot tub, deck, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 23 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $768, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 35% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 02, 2017.
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About the owner
About the owner
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- Calendar last updated:
- 02 Aug 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Italian
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Florence Attractions
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
Pool / Spa
- High chair
- Mountain Views
- Secure parking
- Wheelchair accessible
- DVD player
- Satellite TV
- Bicycles available
- Private garden
- Shared garden
- Smoking allowed
– based on 23 reviews
- Very Good
“countryside close to Florence”
The owners, Mario and Susanna, are very friendly and helpful. Susanna told us about the food festival (sagra) in Fiesole that offered wonderful tastes of local cuisine in a giant family community atmosphere and at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed delicious food with over 200 locals and tourists at outdoor tables on a mountain with amazing views of Florence. There is no air conditioning but it is not really needed with the thick stone walls. The windows are screened to keep bugs out, although the neighbours might sometimes be a bit noisy if you go to bed early. This place is a first floor apartment in a large farmhouse that has been divided into a number of separate units. The countryside was starting to get a bit dry with the warm July sun but it was still absolutely beautiful. Our daughter loved their big, friendly Bernese Mountaindog, "Baloo", who was a lot like his Jungle Book name sake. it is a 15 minute bus ride to Florence from the small town of Fiesole, but you need to have a car because the farmhouse is about 5 miles outside of Fiesole. Fiesole has some nice restaurants and is worth exploring. We liked the American Bar restaurant in the main plaza where the bus stops. We only spent 3 nights here because we planned a week in Montepulciano but we would love to return to this spot and spend a bit more time here.
“The Perfect Finish for Our Honeymoon”
First I must apologize for not writing this review sooner - we have had a whirlwind year of marriage and travel! In October, we had the absolute joy of spending the last week of our honeymoon in Florence, staying at Villa Gemella. Susanna e Mario could not have been more wonderful, and our time in their beautiful property is among the most beautiful memories we have from our trip. We arrived in Florence by train, and had a horrendous time trying to find our rental car company. Susanna had tried (wisely) to warn us ahead of time that we may not want to rent a car - it can be challenging to do so in Florence for tourists - but we really wanted the freedom to be able to explore Tuscany on our own, so we went ahead anyway. Once we finally got the car, Susanna and Mario met us in charming Fiesole to show us the way to the Villa. They kindly waited for us, though we were running late, and drove us up through the hills to their property. It was after dark when we arrived, so we went inside right away to settle in. Once in the door, we were greeted with the most lovely setting - a beautifully set table, with soft lighting, along with a bottle of champagne and lovely basket of local specialties to say congratulations on our marriage. Susanna then made us the most amazing and delicious dinner (so welcome after a long day of travel), with the most incredible tiramisu that either of us have ever tasted for dessert. Susanna and Mario made sure we were comfortable, and left us to enjoy our dinner and settle into our first night in Italy. The next morning, we awoke to a beautiful day. The first steps outside literally took our breath away. Since it had been dark when we arrived the night before, we had no idea what our surroundings would be like. One step out the door brought us into one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen - the view out over the hills, with a vineyard below us and an olive grove above made me realize I would never want to leave. Susanna and Mario helped us greet the day with a lovely breakfast, and some tips on where we might like to go explore for the day. We finished getting ready and were on our way. Coming back to the villa each day felt like coming home. With its beautiful, newly renovated interior, with the perfect blend of history, there wasn't a single thing that was missing or that I would have changed. With hosts who clearly truly care about their guests, we felt like we had instantly made new friends we hope to see again one day. When our week at Villa Gemella was over, I found myself wishing we could extend our stay just a little bit longer. But we left knowing that we will return someday. And this time we will let Mario pick us up from the train station, because once we get to Villa Gemella, we will not need to leave!! :-)
“The most wonderful place”
We cannot thank Mario and Susanna enough for making our stay in Villa Gemella so wonderful. The accommodation itself is beautiful and the surroundings are absolutely breathtaking. What made our holiday so amazing though, is having Mario and Susanna as our hosts. They really are the most fantastic hosts and are such a wonderful couple. They really go out of their way to make sure you are happy and comfortable in their home. We already have spoken about returning to this beautiful part of the world and cannot wait to see Mario and Susanna again!
“All we hoped for and more!”
Visiting Tuscany was a long-held dream for us, and staying at Villa Gemelli was absolutely perfect. Susanna and Mario, our hosts, were so attentive and helpful in every possible way. From picking us up at the airport late at night to driving us to get our car rental, they were wonderful. They were like family to us, and we loved talking to them. The villa was lovely and just what we hoped for. The garden was a beautiful refuge to relax in. All around us were vineyards and olive groves. We even had a Nightengale to sing to us. A dream come true!
“A wonderful place to experience Italian hospitality.”
My sister and I had a great time at Villa Gemella. It was peaceful after a day of exploring Florence and other Tuscan cities. Susanna and Mario's advice on what to visit was much appreciated. The meals we had there rivaled anything we had in the restaurants. We went to celebrate my sister's birthday and Susanna and Mario made it a birthday to remember. A wonderful place to experience Tuscany.
“Little piece of Tuscan heaven!”
My boyfriend Jason and I stayed at the Villa Gemella in Fiesole on October '12. This was my very first trip to Italy. I wanted a place where we could immerse in the Italian culture. The Villa was a perfect start to our journey through Italy. Susanna and Mario are such wonderful people. They were so warm and welcoming. They became like family after just a few days of stay. Jason and I took the bus from Fiesole to Florence most of the days. It's only about a 10 min. ride from Fiesole. The other days we stayed at the Villa. I recommend not having a car. Mario and Susanna are so helpful. They dropped us off and picked us up. The Villa is absolutely luxurious. It's peaceful and serene. We had breakfast everyday and dinner on select days. Absolutely delicious! The Villa has all the amenities I am used to in the us. The pictures on the website are just a glimpse of the villa and surrounding areas. It's breathtaking to be there. I hope time allows us to do it all over again. After Fiesole, we went onto Cinque Terre, Venice, and Paris. I miss it all!
“Heaven on earth”
From the moment we arrived at the villa we knew we had hit the jackpot. We were hoping for a true Tuscan experience and this is exactly what we got. We were greeted by the most amazing hosts Susanna and Mario and they welcomed us into their home like we were family. We travelled with a 6 moth old baby and she spent just as much time with them as she did with us. The property is set in the most spectacular part in Tuscany. Surrounded by rolling hills covered with sprawling vineyards and olive trees. Just or short trip into Florence and even closer to the most charming little Tuscan town - Fiesole. This was comfortably the highlight of our 6 weeks European holiday. Since we've got home, we have already recommended this accommodation to friends and family. And don't forget to take Susanna up on her offer to cook you dinner. Better than any restaurant in Italy - seriously!
“Go to Villa Gemella...”
We stayed at Villa Gemella for two nights and it was one of the highlights of our vacation. Staying with Susanna & Mario will make you feel like you are meeting up with old friends... Our first view of their house was everything we hoped it would be: beautiful green vineyards surrounding their classic Tuscan styled home. They gave us a quick tour of the apartment as we tried to contain our excitement: spacious bedroom with comfortable bed, modern kitchen, bathroom with sauna, and living room with any kind of wine you would want to try! Both nights we ate outside in the backyard at a table which sat right in front of a tall row of sage trees. Quite the ambient table setting: lantern candles, fresh grapes, utensils wrapped with giant grape leaves...again, it was everything we could wish for. We wish we could package the dinner atmosphere so we can take it with us...just awesome! The first supper we had homemade tagliatelle? and pesto. It was so good! Fried balls of bread (Coccoli? They were excellent!), fried sage and zucchini flowers with bruschetta made up the rest of the meal...all topped off with homemade vanilla-almond ice cream. Everything was made at home. Fantastic! Our second night we had the most amazing ravioli as well as stuffed tomatoes, caponata, and pizza. We still say that the food we had here was the best we had on of our vacation. The food was absolutely amazing! It was also really interesting to hear them explain some of the history behind each dish as well. Both breakfasts we had were simple yet memorable: espressos, toast and croissants served with fig jam and honey. Their villa also offers many photo opportunities: alot of vineyards with grapes, olive trees, mountains, old Tuscan buildings, long winding roads, and excellent sunsets. We wish we could have spent more time here: you will do very well by choosing Villa Gemella for your vacation! Jason & Kristin
“Excellent sejour à la villa Gemella”
Nous avons passé une semaine idéale à la villa Gemella. L'appartement est tres agréable : charmant, très moderne, frais, même quand il fait tres chaud dehors, et très confortable (même le lit, plus confortable que dans bien des hotels). Le quartier est très calme, entouré d'oliviers, et la vue sur la vallée est splendide. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié l'accueil de Susanna et Mario, toujours disponibles pour nous aider en cas de problème. Ils recherchent avant tout l'échange avec leurs hotes, tout en respectant leur intimité. La cuisine de Susanna est délicieuse, qu'il s'agisse de plats typiquement italiens ou de gateaux. Nous recommanderons sans aucun doute cette location tant nous avons été charmés par la region et par nos hotes.
“A Must Stay - Fabulous Tuscany Experience!!”
Our stay at Villa Gemella was one we will never forget. The owners, Susanna and Mario, were very hospitable - we felt like part of the family! The apartment is clean, spacious, modern (but still with Tuscan charm), all the comforts of home with a private entrance. There is a nice patio area off the front porch which over looks the olive tree garden and vineyard views. We used the complimentary bicycles on numerous occasions to go sightseeing. And if we wanted a ride into Fiesole or surrounding areas, Susanna and Mario were readily available to drive us. When we arrived we learned that Susanna offered home cooked meals in their quaint garden - thank god we said yes, as this turned out to be one of the most memorable dinning experiences in all our travels!! The food was amazing and the ambiance even better. They had a beautiful teak patio set out back with country style settings, candles, wine, flowers... all just for me and my husband - we could not have felt more special!!! We thought we had died and gone to Tuscan heaven!! We would highly recommend Villa Gemella - not just for the great apartment - but for the opportunity to live just like the locals and meet people you will never forget. Thanks again for everything Susanna and Mario!!
Response from the owner Thank you kelly and Chris, we wonder to have guest as nice, polite, kind, curious and nice as you both are! Come back soon!