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Villa Sassolini, Tuscany, Italy

January 10, 2010

View from the bedroom.

Villa Sassolini was the second hotel we stayed in while travelling through Tuscany on our honeymoon. We drove to the small town on Moncioni, near Montevarchi in the Chianti region, after our four night stay in the town of Lucca. Approximately 3 hours southeast of Lucca, Moncioni is perched atop a hill surrounded by olive farms and scenic views of the Tuscan countryside. By the time we finally made it up the steep hill of long, windy, narrow roads, we came upon the non-descript villa that you may mistake for someone’s grand private home.  The villa did used to be a summer home for a local family, possibly royal of sorts if I recall correctly, and was eventually converted into a villa to host travelers. The accommodations were great modern amenities, a restaurant, outdoor pool, friendly and attentive staff and spectacular views. By the time we arrived in late October, the tourist season was coming to an end and we were one of few guests left. So for us the atmosphere was very quiet, but I’ve been told in the summertime that guests really enjoy the quiet outdoors and spend hours by the pool socializing. Since the town of Moncioni does not have much to offer, we spent each day taking day trips to surrounding towns like Sienna and Cortona and experiencing Tuscany by car which is really the only way. Most places were at least an hour away so it was somewhat inconvenient to make those drives each day, but in the end it was a pleasant stay and the other traveler reviews also rave about  their stays.

Read the complete Villa Sassolini review on my Trip Advisor Contribution, “Secluded Hilltop Italian Villa”.

The bedroom.

Local olive trees.

Villa Sassolini in late October

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