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Reviewed 1 June 2009

We stumbled upon this Villa by accident as we didn't have accomodations booked. What a marvelous surprise! We were thrilled with everything from the moment we arrived. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the grounds are impeccible, the rooms romantic. The four course meal prepared by the chef was wonderful and the waiter was so friendly and helpful....we wished we could have stayed longer BUT we will be back. We have since recommended Villa Cicolina to some friends and can't wait to hear how much they loved it too.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jagiam
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

This is a small, private and beautiful Tuscan escape. While the room we stayed in was lovely - with amazing views over the Tuscan hills - it could not compete with the most beautiful grounds of this Villa. This crystal blue pool is set amongst the lush lawns and olive trees and 'drops off' over the valley of vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany. We visited in spring time and every flower was bursting with colour and the gardens were beautifully tended. The Villa is not large and had a very quiet and private feel while we were there. We stayed for two nights and enjoyed a delicious meal each night - eating outside by candlelight amongst the rose vines and under the stars. The chef very willingly catered for my food preferences and made sure everything was to our liking. The four course meal each night was delicious. As there were only a few tables (of fellow guests) we enjoyed talking to some of the other guests from America, Switzerland and Venezuela.

My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary - and we received a complimentary bottle of delicious regional wine on our arrival. The staff also organised a taxi to pick us up from the train station on our arrival (cost 15 Euro).

The villa is a twenty minute walk to the town of Montepulciano (uphill! ... but of course downhill on the way home!). The town was featuring in a Hollywood film the following week - so I can't say whether it always looks so pretty and well tended - but whilst we were there is was simply breathtaking. It sits high on a hill surrounded by what you imagine Tuscan countryside to look like. At this time of year the surrounding countryside was green and lush and the rolling hills were covered by vineyards and cypress trees and stone villas. The town itself was a typical old italian town ... but without the graffiti and street rubbish that unfortunately plagues so many beautiful italian towns ... and without the hoards of tourists!! The town is set high on a hill and the streets can be steep and winding.... but after staying in Florence and Rome, the peace and tranquility of this town and of Villa Cicolina was just what we were looking for.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank goodtogogo
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Reviewed 12 December 2008

This was one of the prettiest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. The service was impeccable and the food was very good.
I would like to return...

Stayed: April 2007
Thank miltonbarbuty
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Reviewed 23 August 2008

My husband and I flew from Toronto to Rome on July 31, 2008, and immediately picked up a rental car and drove to Villa Cicolina. We left a week later, on August 8, 2008. Our time there was absolutely lovely in every way....

The grounds -- lush with olive trees, plum trees, herbs and flowers too numerous to mention -- are simply gorgeous. The large infinity pool and adjacent jacuzzi tub are situated to offer breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside, and are surrounded by tall shade trees and lounge chairs.

Our spacious suite (the Il Camino) was on the second floor in a corner of the main building and had 4 windows (plus one more in the bathroom) which ensured we had beautiful vistas of the countryside during the day and views of the stars and twinkling lights of nearby towns at night. The breezes coming through these windows at night allowed us to turn off the air conditioning and enjoy the fresh air and balmy August evenings.

The daily breakfast (included) is fresh and plentiful -- croissants, rolls, flans, fruits, melon, proscuitto, ham, cheese, cereals, yogurts, juices, etc. It is served in a small stone and brick building a few steps from the main one. At night, when we chose to eat at the Villa, we were served delicious 4 course dinners under the evening sky. Meat was grilled within view on an outdoor "fireplace." These were some of our best meals during our trip to Italy.

Aside from the location, the grounds, the buildings, and the food, what truly made our stay so outstanding was the warm, friendly, and professional service. Daniello -- our waiter -- had an ever-present smile and was incredibly charming. Sayed and Stefania -- hosts at the front desk -- were full of terrific suggestions for places to eat in nearby towns (including Dolce Maria in Cortona, and Osteria dell'Acquacheta and Enoteca La Dolce Vita in Montepulciano), as well as places to see (the Abby di Sant'Antimo, where we listened to the resident monks sing a service in Gregorian chant, and a breathtaking hilltop home to another religious order just outside Cortona in a monastery called Le Celle). Stefania also suggested a wine-tasting tour at the historic winery Avignonesi, which was a terrific way to learn about the wines of the area. Stefania, Daniello and Sayed were always ready to answer our questions with a smile and did everything possible to ensure our stay was wonderful.

When (not if!) you stay at Villa Cicolina, be sure to visit the medieval towns of Pienza, Cortona, and Siena -- all within an hour's drive. Florence is a slightly longer trip, but well worth it. Our favourite town, though, proved to be the one just 2 minutes up the road -- Montepulciano. And say hello to Daniello, Stefania, and Sayed from the Clarks!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pumpkinpatch_7
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Reviewed 14 August 2008

We recently got married in Montepulciano and stayed at the Villa with all our family and friends for 3 days. We stayed at the Villa last September and loved it so much we decided to have our wedding there. The 3 days were absolutely perfect and the staff were excellent. Stefania and Sayed worked so hard to make everything perfect for us and our wedding party. The swimming pool and gardens are so lovely with spetacular views all around. I don't agree with the previous review about the rooms as they are all beautifully decorated and individual, even the apartments.

The food was good and our 8 course wedding meal was amazing.

Does it really matter what the driveway is like when you get to such a perfect loaction at the end? (and there are 2 driveways anyway).

The villa is intimate, romantic and beautiful.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank AngeHampshire
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