We recently returned from two weeks in Italy, spending one week with friends at the Villa Carolina in the heart of Tuscany. This is a charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa near the town of Poggibonsi. Very close to San Gimignano and easy driving distances to Volterra, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, etc. One hour drives to most towns. The town of Poggibonsi is an industrial city (not much in the way of dining or touring) but the villa sits on a hilltown with beautiful views of the valley below. The owners live upstairs but they are very quiet and nonintrusive. It is gated for privacy and security. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful dinner that they prepared for us one night and found the accommodations charming and reasonably priced for the full week. Be sure to include at least one dinner prepared by Lucia....best meal we had on the trip! Free wifi and adaptors provided for electronics such as IPADS and cell phones. I would not hesitate to recommend this to other couples traveling together. There is a pool for use (although it was too cold for us on this visit). We enjoyed sitting outside though under the covered cabana area. The owners went out of their way to make this an enjoyable, relaxing week for us and we would highly recommend it to other travelers in Tuscany. The drive to/from Florence airport is less than one hour and easy to reach.
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We were 2 couples staying at Villa Carol for the first two weeks of October. The Villa itself is spacious, clean, comfortable and wonderfully furnished and decorated. The large, manicured garden, with infinity pool and hot tub, offers a panoramic view of vineyards, olive groves and the small city of Poggibonsi below. The Villa is ideally located for day trips to Firenze, Siena, Pisa and many other historic sites, such as San Gimignano and Volterra. Our hosts, Gabriele and Lucia, were extremely friendly and accommodating. They prepared several meals for us and the food and presentation would rival the best restaurants that we visited in Tuscany. Overall, our experience at Villa Carol was nothing less than perfect.
6 of us recently stayed two weeks at Villa Carolina. I don't think it is possible to find two nicer people than Lucia and Gabrielle. The Villa is central to Firenze and Siena making it a great location for day trips to many locations. Lucia prepared meals for us on several occasions. The accommodations are extremely clean and the kitchen doors lead to a covered patio overlooking a local farm and vineyard. Adjacent to the patio is the pool. Do not miss the Appiano winery which is quite close to the villa. Enjoy the tasting and have some wine shipped home.
A fellow traveler Tom B. summed it up perfectly. We miss the hospitality and two weeks spent in this villa. I recommend Villa Carolina to those planning a vacation in Tuscany.
I must also mention their new location adjacent to the Campari vineyard in the San Gimignano area. We were graciously invited to spend some time at Villa Iris with Lucia and Gabrielle and their daughter. Spectacular is an understatement. Six BRs & baths and large pool.
Our thanks to our hosts for a memorable two weeks
Six of us stayed for two weeks in July and loved every aspect of our experience. The Villa was spacious, the grounds were perfect, and our hosts were truly outstanding.
They cooked wonderful meals for us and brought us to their newest Villa rental nearby and also to one of their favorite restaurants in San Gimignano - Poggio Alloro. You must go here.
We used the pool and grounds every day at day's end and this was a great placed to come home to after a day of sightseeing. The PAM supermarket is 5 minutes by car and is stocked with everything you need including wine. Also close by and two must stops are the winery Sant Appiano (Tele # 335 335073) where you should experience the wine tour and light lunch for 25 Euros and the close by restaurant Secolo Decimo Quinto (Tele # 055 0540260) where the lunch and diner specials are outstanding. Both are 5 minutes away by car.
Not to be missed is asking your gracious hostess Lucia to cook a fabulous meal for you. We did this several times and arranged one in advance so we had dinner our first night in the Villa.
Highly recommend this rental and we would definitely return. We all miss it already.
Our family stayed at Villa Carolina for two weeks and it was heavenly! The Villa is even more beautiful than the photos. There are so many outdoor spaces to relax and look at the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The inside of the villa is very clean and beautifully decorated with modern bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and nice furnishings. The location is perfect for exploring the wine regions, Florence, as well as Tuscan walled cities. Lucia and Gabriele are very kind and helpful. Lucia’s dinners are so delicious – the best we had in Italy! - make sure to enjoy them during your stay. Lucia was very helpful in accommodating food allergies for people in our family. This was an unforgettable vacation and we are recommending this villa to everyone and hope to return very soon.
We adored every single part of this villa. I believe there should be a special feature about it in the broadsheets! Spotless, stylish, tasteful & comfort itself. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming! Even the local stray (but extremely well-fed) cat welcomed us every morning by the door, much to my 6 year old son's delight! I speak enough transactional Italian to survive and the owners speak a tiny bit of English but we communicated well. The rooms are huge with 3 stunning bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen should you wish to cook a risotto or some linguine! The view over the vineyards is truly breathtaking and the villa grounds are magical, lit up at night so that you can sit out and enjoy a lovely grappa or whisky. Our trip was to celebrate my 50th birthday and I will remember it forever. The organisation by "To Tuscany" prior to our trip had been seamlessly executed between themselves and Lucia and Gabriele, the owners. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The couple live in the villa above with their small daughter, Carolina, and whilst they were accessible and helpful whenever needed, were not intrusive at all. The villa is central to the main places of interest and a huge supermarket (PAM) is a couple of minutes' drive away. We are people who like comfort, space and cleanliness. This place beats every place we have ever stayed in, and we are pretty hard to please! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Lucia, Gabriele, Carolina "Conkers" the cat and to "TO TUSCANY" for a gem of a holiday! ("Conkers" the cat now has a loving home with Gabriele's mum, you'll all be glad to know - so even he had his dreams come true!!)
Our family stayed one week of our holiday in Villa Carolina. The appartment was very nice with three big bedrooms with their own bathrooms. The appartment has their own private beautiful garden with an amazing swimming pool. The owners ( Gabriele, Lucia and their daughter Carolina )they lived upstairs. We appreciate the owners helpfullness and discretion. Lucia prepared us a fantastic dinner with 4 courses and served a tasty wine.
Thanks for an unforgettable week at Villa Carolina it was an excellent stay and we really want to recommend it to others.