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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Cicolina Hotel Montepulciano