There are few words to describe HOW AMAZING our experience was at Il Cerretino.
We hosted family and a couple friends (13 total) for a five-night stay + our wedding in early May. The weather was colder than usual, and it rained on our wedding day —and we can still look back and say it was AMAZING!
Benedetta, our host, went above and beyond. Seriously. We have traveled extensively, and it’s rare to find hosts (and people in general) who are as hospitable and accommodating as Ms. Benedetta.
The entire week was planned without ever seeing the villa — so we heavily relied on Benedetta’s guidance, suggestions and accommodations. Including a last minute change of plans to host our ~50 person wedding inside. The villa has so many different rooms, beautiful art, lots of seating, and plenty of open space downstairs. We couldn’t have planned it better. Not to mention, Benedetta was so helpful in arranging all the small details that weren’t a part of her job description as a VRBO host. She truly goes out of her way to make you feel at home.
As for the villa and our stay, all the guests had plenty of space in the bedrooms. The extra bed was very useful too. Would strongly recommend for couples — as there are mostly queen sized beds in each room. All the bedrooms have their own bathroom, with one exception.
The courtyards (!) are stunning. You can see Florence on a clear day.
We loved how secluded the villa was. There’s a grocery store within a 5 min drive, which we used several times. Plenty of cups, plates, silverware, etc. And we loved the communal spaces.
The villa is kept in MINT condition - inside and out. For as old as it is, they do an excellent job keeping up with the grounds, and interior to make it feel as though it’s new.
If you look in the books & magazine room, you’ll find a 1978 Vogue Home Edition magazine. The villa has a 3-4 page spread written in Italian. The photos from 1978 might as well have been from last week - furniture and all. It’s incredible how well they’ve kept up with the place. If anything did come up, they are on top of it right away.
Book this villa. Get to know Benedetta and the whole staff. Enjoy your stay in Italy!