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“Straight Out of a Storybook!”
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Villa Cicolina
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Montepulciano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2012

If you're like me, you have a very clear picture of what you’d like your stay in Tuscan paradise to be. As a frequent traveler with very particular tastes, I knew what I wanted, hoped I would find it, but searched for what seemed like forever without any progress. Every time I found a promising property, something was missing and I got more frustrated - as I'm sure you know by now, there are a million options in Tuscany and finding the right place can be overwhelming at times.

One night, I happened to click on a Trip Advisor user's profile after reading an excellent review of her stay in Venice; there it was, my Tuscan paradise!

To say that our stay at Villa Cicolina was magical doesn't even do it justice - it's like stepping into a fairy tale! As everyone has mentioned, the grounds are beyond gorgeous, meticulously maintained, and just absolutely perfect. The groundskeeper puts in so much effort and you can tell he cares so much for the property - it shows. Beautiful fragrant flowers everywhere, hydrangea and lavender...heaven. There is great attention to detail here, from the lanterns where candles are lit in the evenings to the birdhouses and hidden gardens and sitting areas.

We stayed in the Il Balcone Suite for our wedding anniversary. Upon arrival, a bottle of prosecco and a congratulatory card awaited us - this was the ONLY property of five that we visited on our 16 night trip that acknowledged our celebration, despite the fact that we stayed at mostly small boutique hotels. Little details like this are just a small part of what makes Villa Cicolina so special. The suite itself was beautiful all-around. If I had to be nitpicky, the air conditioning wasn’t as strong as I’m used to. The balcony was small and the chairs not the most comfortable, but the views were incredible.

The pool is to die for, with its infinity edge practically dripping right over the hills. We spent much more time here than we had originally planned - it was just absolute tranquility, nothing but the sounds of the birds, bumblebees, and the water falling over the edge of the pool.

The food was also worth mentioning – I am still dying for one more freshly made croissant, better than those we had in Paris just a few months ago. Excellent breakfast and excellent, well priced dinners. Of our four nights at Villa Cicolina, we had dinner on the property twice and weren’t disappointed.

I can’t imagine that anywhere else in Tuscany would have exceeded the experience we had at Villa Cicolina. Excellent experience from start to finish. Huge thanks to the entire staff for making our stay so perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We tried to reserve a junior suite for 5 nights, but they could confirm only 4, we accepted to take 4 nights because this hotel was highly recommended by a friend, we got more than our expectations, we arrived at noon, we only wanted to leave our lugagge as we know that we were early, but they insisted to offer us a drink and in 10 minutes we had the room ready, very large room with a lovely view; the staff was very kind and expert, they parked our car and took our lugagge to the room as they told us that from the moment we arrived, we have to do onlly one thing: Relax, and that what we did.
We had a daily dinner there as we tried the romantic dinner in the garden with candles and fresh flowers on a rrival and we coudn't go our for the following days for not missing the delicious dinner with this lovely atmosphere.
This is really what we desired from our Tuscan Adventure. Thanks you Villa Cicolina

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

Villa Cicolina is located approximately 1 kilometer from Montepulciano. It is a great place with nice green gardens and fruit trees. The staff of the hotel was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean with all the necessary facilities. We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel and it was just excellent.

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Reviewed 28 July 2012

Villa Cicolina was absolutely gorgeous. We were looking at Trip Advisor before we booked and thought, "these pictures can't be real. Everything is so gorgeous." Oh my gosh it looks that beautiful in person. The flowers were in bloom, staff was so helpful and friendly, and the room was very clean. You drive up and know it's going to be an amazing stay. Our favorite part was asking for a bottle of wine out by the beautiful infinity pool. We sat outside and drank wine and enjoyed the view. Such a perfect night. We also spent one night eating at their restaurant. The food was amazing and we were glad to just stay in after several nights of travelling. I would 100% recommend this place.

Room Tip: We had a suite. Very nice!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We've been to Italy many times but not Tuscany outside of Florence. We chose Villa Cicolina for it's proximity in the region, the good reviews on Trip Advisor and the reasonable pricing. It was everything the good reviews said and more. Finding it was at first tricky as the address on GPS and iPhone comes up somewhere downhill. We called and found it right away. Sayed welcomed us with open arms and made us feel always at home. It is an old, well maintained mansion with stunning views, beautiful gardens, pool with a view and just rustic enough to make you feel you are in "the country".

We were first checked-in to a very large suite on the ground floor but asked for a smaller suite on an upper floor for the view of the valley. Beautiful, older furnishings with a flat screen TV - which we never used as we rarely watch television when on holiday. There is wifi throughout but mostly strongest on the bottom floor. No big deal since we were on holiday but before a big conference in Rome and had to check in once in a while.

The breakfast spread was great, with limitless, super cappuccinos and espressos for the asking. We wanted to try the local restaurants the first two out of three evenings of our stay and will review those later. The last evening we dined at the Villa's garden tables outside and and were again not disappointed. Good food, great service and we had a bottle of wine we purchased from one our days out in wine country. If I had any complaints (more of a suggestion), the pool area was great for relaxation after a warm day touring. *They should offer poolside service for added revenue. They were happy enough to bring wine and nosh when asked but you had to go in, find someone and ask. I think they should just rove the pool area and take orders and make it a profit center while providing another level of service. I think I would have given them that fifth star!

Thank you again Sayed!

Room Tip: Get a room with a view. They only have 11 rooms.
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Additional Information about Villa Cicolina

Address: Provinciale 11, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Montepulciano
Price Range: ₹ 11,565 - ₹ 17,463 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Cicolina 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Restored villa dated back to the 16th century with charming gardens and endless pool located in from of the secular olive grove, some of the rooms have an amazing view to the tuscan countryside, Villa Cicolina offers daily tuscan dinner with chef Mimmo, cooking lessons, wine tasting in the historical cellar, organization of wine tasting tours in the countryside, wedding at Villa Cicolina is a dream which can be realized. ... more   less 
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