Your house is AMAZING! It was beyond my expectations! We had a magical, wonderful time and the week went by too fast. We enjoyed eating on the gorgeous patios--even made pizza in the pizza oven!--I could go on and on. I guess the best compliment I can give is to say that we wish that was OUR house! Thank you so much...I hope we go back one day.
P.S. Lolita's meal was fantastic!
Jenny and family, July 2013
We had such a marvelous time in your Tuscan farmhouse. The house is so well equipped and the grounds stunning. Our grandson loved cutting the fresh lettuce leaves from the garden; we all watched in wonder the night the Fire Flies danced in the shrubbery; and the pizza we made and baked in the outdoor oven was the best ever!
Sandi and family, June 2013
Our trip has been fabulous.. nothing that we would change about it I am glad to say!
Lottia was at your home upon our arrival. She had a roaring fire going which was welcome due to damp, chilly weather. She made us feel at home as well as filling us w/her delicious meal which was enough for 6 or 8. We enjoyed her leftovers into the week.
Your home was just as the photos depicted.. attractive, comfortable, extremely well maintained in a picturesque setting that will not be forgotten! Truly lacking of nothing aside from a toaster & clothes dryer for us spoiled Americans. We adapted quite easily and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly!
The information you shared which we fondly called "our Tuscany bible" was a Godsend! We used and followed it on more occasions that I will mention. We made it to ten villages/towns as well as our overnight in Florence. We took in an opera in Rome for we wanted our youngest who was traveling w/to have the experience since he sings. We hired a guide on our return to Rome to take in a few spots we didn't want to miss.
Typical to the way we prefer to travel our favorite part of our trip was your Tuscany area. A slower pace with beautiful sights and as the saying goes, roads less traveled.
Thank you for sharing your home with us!
Jennifer & family (April 2013)
"The house was really great and we enjoyed every moment in it. It was sometimes difficult to convince ourselves to go out sightseeing, as we were so comfortable in the villa and around the swimming pool!" Sylvie and Jean-Noel (August 2012)
"Rien à redire, tout était parfait: la villa, la région, les équipements. Nous étions 11 personnes + 2 enfants (6 mois et 2.5 ans) et nous avons eu suffisamment d''espace pour tout le monde. La maison est très bien insonorisée. On ne manque pas d''équipements (ustensiles cuisine, machine à laver, planche à repasser, nombreux transats + jeux de piscine...) les petits plus: terrain de pétanque, four à pizza, potager dans lequel on peut se servir (mais attention peu de légumes!!)" Eva (August 2012)
"We absolutely love the house. We are all settled in. You have done a great job appointing the house. Have walked every inch of your garden. The lettuce is wonderful, have picked some ripe tomatoes and will use them. Have been thinking of every way to use all the fabulous rosemary. So far have made a meat bolognese sauce (not very Tuscan but one of my favorite sauces). ... I also already made sauce for pizza and am excited to use the pizza oven. We had chicken cacciatore for dinner tonight and some great salad. ...Every day we have been going to a different town and have a list still to go. The kids love the pool." Madeleine (July 2012)
"La villa è davvero fantastica, completa di tutto quello che si puo'' desiderare. Abbiamo trascorso una settimana bellissima senza quasi mai uscire dalla tenuta, tanto era accogliente l''ambiente. La casa è fornita di tutto, compreso addirittura la connessione ad Internet, il forno per le pizze, il campo da bocce, ventilatori in ogni stanza, vasca idromassaggio, orto. Il problema adesso è che non sarà possibile trovare un posto migliore per la prossima vacanza." Franco (July-August 2012)
"Flowers, friends, water, and more – your villa is made for relaxing, re-uniting, and remembering the sweet, bright, humming joys of life." Laura (June 2012)
"You have a stunning home. Perfect, really. To your other guests – don’t miss the gelato place in Monte San Savino; best we had anywhere. And Piero’s frescoes [Piero della Francesca], and Prada, and the Mall!!" Cris and Carole, and friends (May-June 2012)
"One long week at your villa was a wonderful experience and a special introduction to Italy and especially Tuscany for several of our family members. The house is marvelous and our visits to neighboring towns will never be forgotten (great tiramisu at Il Casseto in Monte San Savino). Thanks again!" Alice, Richard and family (October 2011)
"Our extended family of nine has enjoyed three weeks at fabulous Podere Dadino. Our group ranged in age from 4 to 70 something and everyone had some special activity – bocce ball competitions, and of course the marvelous pool. The villa seems to wrap its arms around a visitor right from the time of arrival. We’ll never forget our stay here – dinners outside (including wood fired pizza), trips to many towns, great food and wines, beautiful weather, and very helpful staff. In short – a five star villa." Tim and family (August-Sept. 2011)
"We had a perfect time at Podere Dadino!! It exceeded our expectations! We were very comfortable , and just had a fabulous time! The property is stunning, the pool so large !
Lolita was lovely. We had her and her mother cook one evening and everyone enjoyed the food tremendously. She was very patient with our millions of questions.
We also cooked ourselves, and were able to make a salad for 9 using the vegetables from the garden. An extra bonus / surprise was that there was internet. We had not expected that. One person had an ipad, so many were able to check email, etc. I used my iphone. We never had to use the house cell phone. Phone reception was very good.
Despite our fears we rented 3 cars among us, and did not have any problems. On our last night we had a memorable dinner at La Roca (Lucignano) on the roof top patio. It was spectacular, and the fish feast excellent. Your house book was very helpful. We went to a few markets. We thought Sinalunga was the best. We went to Siena , Arezzo, Cortona, Asisi. The best shopping we thought was Cortona. We bought lots of purses there. Two in our group went to an Andre Bocelli concert near Voltera. That was an adventure, but worth it.
It was a great vacation, and no one wanted to leave." Ulrike (July 2011)
I can’t even begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Podere Dadino and Lucignano. It is truly heaven. We had wonderful weather, enjoyed the festival of flowers, the local markets, visiting many Tuscan villages, drinking great wine and eating great food and everything Tuscany has to offer. We had a wonderful dinner at Lo Steccheto and would highly recommend it. We let the chef/owner choose the menu and wine and had an incredible dinner with enough to take home for dinner the next night – and all at a very reasonable price. We were a group of 11 which he easily accommodated. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home. “The Girls from Hawaii” (June 2011)
"We had a fabulous time ... Your Villa is spectacular and worked out perfectly for us and yes we did take in the festival and really enjoyed it. It really would have been a shame to have missed it. Lucignano was our favorite part of our trip. I can see why you picked this for your get-a-way in Tuscany. We had beautiful weather and enjoyed some hikes, visits to neighboring villages, market days, lots of food and wine and relaxing and playing games by the pool. It was really very special and I am sure you will see some of us back there in the future." Gerry and friends (May-June 2011)
"We had a great time ... Your house is beautiful. We now want one." Karen (March 2011)
"What can I say, we just loved Podere Dadino. Every detail was perfect right down to the Alessi coral bowl at the top of the stairs. Thank you for sharing some of your personal items with your guests. I felt like I was in the home of a close friend. Both my husband and I love to cook and we found the kitchen to be very well stocked with everything we needed and the garden was icing on the cake. We harvested lettuce for salad and sandwiches, tomatoes for a chicken stew and herbs for everything. Our nephew loves to grill and build fires so he was in 7th heaven, the pork chops and Chianina beef he grilled was perfection. We also loved Lucignano and ate some of the best meals we had in Italy there, my favorite remains pici with cacio e pepe, so simple so delicious. … Our only regrets were that we couldn’t stay longer and didn’t see any cinghiale." Diane (October 2010)
"One week was hardly enough to enjoy this wonderful house and its environment – but we gave it our best effort. Thank you for sharing your garden with us. The fruits of it (tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, etc.) complemented some great home-cooked meals – (Tuscan style chicken and pepper stew; pork chops; bistecca a la Fiorentina), which we supplemented with some great regional wines. We came as a family of 7: [siblings, a daughter, a son, and two spouses]. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful home." William, Susan, and family (October 2010)
"The villa was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! We visited so many beautiful places, had a private wine tour from some business acquaintances in the Chianti region, cooked fabulous meals, took many wonderful walks and hikes. Went to two Termes [hot mineral spas], shopped in Cortona, followed a ton of restaurant suggestions from Victoria in the book. The house was great, you and Victoria are great for having it and sharing it. I could not imagine a better way to celebrate my 50th. … We also went to two festivals: one is Monte San Savino the first Sunday we were there (the Pork Festival) where we ate wonderful grilled pig and tried many pecorino cheeses. The next Sunday we went to the Olive Oil festival in Ciggiano and then went to Castello de Chiana (not sure of the name right now) and then to a restaurant on the other side of the hill that Victoria said you and she had been going to for decades. All my friends loved the house, - I would not do Tuscany any other way." Ann (September 2010)
"Thank you very much for renting us your lovely Tuscan house for the week. We had an absolutely wonderful time and everything worked very well including the wood fire pizza oven! The local pizza shop made us fresh dough so it made life very easy! Your comprehensive instructions were very useful, including your restaurant recommendations and towns to visit! We found the location magnificent, so close to so many beautiful towns! We went for runs and walks around the area which were just fantastic. The pool was lovely and the Bocce court was lots of fun as well. Thank you very much again and we would love to rent your place again sometime. We will also highly recommend it to friends and family. P.S We did a superb wine tour around Montalcino which we would highly recommend!" Simon and Vanessa (Australia), August 2010
"Thanks for the nice holiday! We are back in cold Belgium (15°c) and miss the sunshine of Tuscany!!!!
We enjoyed it a lot, and the house and area are wonderful. We handled it with care as we do our own things, everything you need is at the house ... and there was room enough for 3 families. We lived most of the time outside, because the weather was fantastic. We asked Lolitta to cook for us and the dinner was delicious. We also used the fresh tomatoes, salad and basil from the garden, and it was nice to have some fresh vegetables. We visited Lucignano, Monte San Savino, Arezzo and Siena. Siena is a beautiful city, my husband and I also visited the cathedral, a beautiful work of art!!! Our vacation was really too short for all the nice places to visit and to enjoy the house. Right now we are enjoying the beautiful memories of our holiday, and we definitely will tell our friends how nice the house is!!" Ingrid and Rudi (Belgium), August 2010
"Your home is absolutely gorgeous. We had a great time there. Lolita was great and a very nice treat having her cook the first meal we had in the house - it was a very nice introduction to Tuscany. All of the towns were great - personally I enjoyed Lucignano a bit more than Monte San Savino... La Rocca and La Maggiolata were both great - the owners of the second one were wonderful...and I would love to have their restaurant here where we live. We did enjoy some zucchini from your garden for one of our dinners - a very nice bonus! Again just a wonderful experience and I would not hestitate one iota recommending your home to everyone who wants a perfect Tuscan experience. It is in beautiful condition and the pictures really don't do it justice - and it is so much bigger than we ever thought." Rob and Laura, June-July, 2010
"Just wanted you to know that our stay at your wonderful villa (6/5 -- 6/19) was most enjoyable. We so much appreciated the location and amenities of Podere Dadino. Of course, it's hard to beat Tuscany as a location, but the experience was enhanced by the beautiful grounds, comfortable and tasteful furnishings and special touches you have created. We enjoyed dining inside, on the patio and under the arbor. The pool was fantastic. The kitchen was surprisingly well equipped -- and we took good advantage. We also appreciated all the information in the House Book.
You have created an excellent villa experience!" Marty, June 2010
"We can not express enough how much we enjoyed our stay in your beautiful Podere Dadino in Lucignano. We loved how you decorated and appointed the home in so many lovely ways. It was much more than we had expected. I took many photos of the home and its surroundings, so I have sent you just a few… Please feel free to use them if you like. However, the ones on your website are great. Your hand book was a bonus and gave us many good ideas. We went to several market days and enjoyed a lovely dinner in Lucignano at the Il Goccino Ristorante. The food and service was wonderful. Thank you once again. Paula, June 2010
"Just a note from us to say how much we enjoying staying at your villa. It is set in such magnificent countryside and we loved exploring the various towns around the area. Your detailed information was very useful and we used it on quite a few occasions. The villa itself was very comfortable and we all enjoyed our stay. We had really good weather for our stay and enjoyed the pool on most days. The staff who looked after the garden and cleaning etc were unobtrusive and appeared very efficient... Your villa certainly exceeded our expectations and is one of the best holidays we have enjoyed. Grant and Lyn, June 2010
“We had a great time at your house. Everything was perfect! It was hot outside (more than 35◦ C) and really cool inside. The children and parents enjoyed the swimming pool…We had delicious tomatoes in the garden and lettuce too…We visited a lot of villages and went to Perugia and Assisi… We loved the area and tasted many wines of Tuscany.” Marie-Dominique (France), August 2009
“We had a wonderful time…The house is really nice and the swimming pool also. The children really enjoyed their holidays. We made lots of visits (Florence, Siena, Assisi, Rome… we also went to the beach, quite long). Well, everything was perfect.” Sophie (France), August 2009 “I was about to write to you about our stay at Podere Dadino. We loved it really…Congratulations again on your house. We enjoyed the deer every morning (sometimes also in the evening) and one evening we saw a boar!” Bernadette (Belgium), July-August 2009
“Yes, we liked the house and the lovely area very much. Everything was tops! We really had a great time there.” Ann (Belgium), July 2009
“We had a lovely time in Lucignano the past 14 days. Your house is so beautiful and nice. The region around was the same. We really enjoyed it all!!” Ingrid and Alain (Belgium), July 2009
"We SO LOVED our stay. It was perfect in every way. Your villa is beautiful, charming and whoever said the pictures on the web site don't do it justice was absolutely right. Andrea from the wine shop took us on a tour of 3 local wineries which was unforgettable. The location was the perfect hub to visit Cortona, Sienna, Arezzo, etc. We had Lolita cook for us one night for a special dinner---I could go on and on! The weather was superb. Thank you so much and please feel free to use me as a reference any time!" Linda, June 2009
"We had THE BEST time and your place is magical. You have thought of everything - from the small practical elements to the big beautiful home. Thank you so much for helping make our honeymoon so special. We will be back!!!" Katrina (London), May 2009
"Just a short note to tell you what a wonderful holiday I enjoyed at your beautiful home in Tuscany. My favorite part of the house was the kitchen. To be able to cook in that country kitchen was the most fun I had. ... We made some wonderful risottos, enjoyed all the produce in the area, including the fava beans and baby artichokes. ... You cannot truly experience life in Tuscany until you have this beautiful home of yours which we were so fortunate to occupy for 2 glorious weeks. To come 'home' in the afternoon, cook an authentic local meal, and enjoy good wine with close friends was magic. I have been to Europe many times and this was the best holiday ever." Don, April 2009
"Thank you for making Podere Dadino so much more than simply delightful accommodations in Tuscany; it felt like home from the moment we walked in. I suffered only a tiny bit of guilt that I did not dutifully explore the countryside each and every day, but more often opted for the porch…with wine, a book and good food with good friends; I don’t regret my choices!" Janet, April 2009
"The place is exactly as shown on your website and the grounds surrounding the house are absolutely beautiful. I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. Lucignano and Monte San Savino are such incredible hill towns to be near for sightseeing and meals. My friends and I allowed ourselves the luxury of spending hours meandering the streets and visiting the little shops in these towns as well as the other places nearby. ... Two of my friends have never been to Italy and are in awe of your place. I told them that not all rentals are comparable to yours (what an understatement) so if they come back, don't expect this quality unless they're planning to rent Podere Dadino." Carol, April 2009
"We had an absolutely lovely time! We said again and again both how beautiful the house is and how incredibly well situated it is. We were able to visit Arezzo, Cortona, Chiusi, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra, in addition, of course, to Lucignano - what a delightful town that is! The pool was simply wonderful; each day the kids and I (and various other adults at various times) got in at the end of the day. Given the heat, which was high, that time in the pool made all the difference. The house worked perfectly for our two families - our 18 year olds took the guest house, and we divided the upper floor easily for the other 4 adults and 1 child." Anne and friends, August 2008
"When my extended family and friends gathered at Podere Dadino in June 2008 to celebrate my 50th birthday, I knew we would find beautiful Tuscan countryside, as well as amazing sight seeing destinations and restaurants. What we weren’t prepared for was to find a home base as gorgeous, comfortable and well-maintained as this beautifully-appointed villa proved to be. From the comfortable beds to the modern kitchen to the sparkling clean pool, this place is a gem. We have rented vacation homes in Europe for family vacations before, but we have never found a property that not only met, but exceeded our hopes and expectations. Since our visit was scheduled for the warm part of the summer, we spent a good deal of our time splashing around the pool after morning trips to beautiful hill towns followed by long, luxurious lunches in nearby restaurants and wineries featuring the best in Tuscan cuisine and wine. Day trips to Florence and Siena were easy and fun, even for the teenagers in our group. In the evenings, we often grilled vegetables grown in our own garden, along with meats we bought from artisan butcheries on our excursions. If you are planning a relaxing and enriching trip with friends or a multi-generational family like ours, Podere Dadino is an ideal destination." Nanci, Lidia, family and friends, June-July 2008
"Podere Dadino is a very special country home in Tuscany. Close to Florence by car or train, and 15-30 minutes to Arezzo, Siena, Montepulciano, Cortona. Farmers markets nearby, designer clothing outlets, incredible food, beautiful country. A very homey place, completely equipped for eating and sleeping for 10-12. We wholeheartedly enjoyed our three months there and plan to return to enjoy another season - the fall." "The ideal site to experience the joys and delights of Tuscany. A wonderful house to gather with family and friends, to cook, party, or sit in classic country surroundings and enjoy the local wines. We had memorable family parties of 12 that were easily accommodated." Susan and Frank, April-June 2008
"Your home in Tuscany is truly a gem! If we could have painted the picture of what we wanted, we could not have created Podere Dadino's presence, its beautiful surroundings, and the warmth of the home that you have created. We loved it as if it were our home and we all gave ourselves over to that feeling. You have done an outstanding job of making your home into a rental for all to claim as their own...you have provided so much to go on and we loved all the notes on restaurants, sightseeing, and other travel and touring info. The wine shop was just too convenient!!!...I hope that we will return one day and we will definitely tell our friends and family about Podere Dadino. Thank you for making our Tuscany trip one to dream about for years to come." Mary Page, October 2007
"My friends and I (seven women) spent two wonderful weeks at Podere Dadino in early October. The house was even better than we expected. Spacious rooms, comfortable beds with nice linens, attractively furnished living areas, and beautiful grounds. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking and having meals. We spent a lot of time swapping stories and drinking wine at the farmhouse table at the end of each day. The house is located between two charming towns and central to that area of Tuscany. Two of us painted every day while others traveled around to see the sights. Several groups took a train from Arezzo and spent a night in Venice! The restaurants in Lucignano and Monte San Savino were fabulous - didn't have to travel far at night for a super Italian meal. The House Book is chock full of great advice and suggestions, we referenced it often. I hope to return to this home in Toscana with my family next time!" Margaret, October 2007
"The short of it is that we had a fabulous time. The house was perfect - better than you had described or we had imagined. And the location was superb - away from the maddening crowds in Firenze, Siena, etc., but close to Lucignano, Cortona and other great towns...highlights for us included lunches in many beautiful places followed by late afternoons poolside, drives through backroads to Pienza and Cortona, and the best meal of our trip on the terrace at Il Conte Matto in Trequanda...." "We are experienced vacation home renters, and this is really the perfect Tuscan farmhouse. Honestly, the photos on the web do not do it justice. It is situated perfectly, the grounds are a wonderful place for kids to play, the garden produced enormous amounts of raspberries and heirloom-quality tomatoes for us (not to mention zucchini, plenty of herbs, etc.), and the pool was wonderful. The layout of the house is just great, with great contiguous spaces for cooking, dining, and lounging....The only thing we regret is that our stay was only 9 days - we could easily have spent several weeks just in this place, exploring all the lovely towns and other sights." Howard, Batia, and family, August 2007
"In short, the house was great. We all had a terrific stay there...The house itself was even better than I had anticipated. Lots of room; nice touches everywhere; plenty of activities; beautiful grounds, great garden, etc. As noted in the guest journal we made good use of virtually all amenities. This was particularly good for the kids. It was Cole's favorite place in the 5 weeks of our travel. The area is also a great place to be situated in. Lucignano was so close by and such a terrific little town." Chris, Sarah, and family, August 2007
"This was our first holiday in Italy and it certainly won't be our last - Tuscany is absolutely adorable and we all had a wonderful time. Your house is beautiful - very comfortable and spacious, a terrific location and had everything to make our holiday just perfect. We also found your guide notes particularly useful. The weather was very kind to us, sunshine everyday...the pool was very welcoming when we returned from our day trips, normally late afternoon. We had an extremely busy holiday, there is so much to see...Both Lucignano and Monte San Savino were very picturesque and fulfilled essential shopping requirements....Our daughters are 17 and 14 and had a fantastic time - they thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing and also had lots of fun in the pool...." Colin and family, July 2007
"...let me start by telling you how FANTASTIC this trip has been. The house and grounds are simply wonderful. It is going to be extremely difficult to leave Saturday am...Everyone has been super...Piero [gardener] is so sweet, and the kids just adore him...the garden was great. We enjoyed so many great fresh vegetables...We were there for 5 weeks and LOVED it." Warren, Tori, and family, June and July 2007