|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Gorgeous villa with private swimming pool close to Florence (35 min by car or train) very large garden, accommodates up to 14 people. FREE WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION.
Location is in a wonderful and undiscovered place, LONDA VILLAGE, shops and restaurants 5 minutes walk from the Villa, an excellent base from where to start visiting Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and the main historical towns of Tuscany (San Gimignano, Cortona, Pienza, etc).
By car within one hour you can easily reach Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, Lucca, San Gimignano. By train you can reach Rome,Venice, Cinque Terre within one hour and half.
Villa Luciano is perfect for a family or a group vacation, for special events such as weddings, anniversaries, meetings, cooking classes.
Accommodation is up to 14 people, offers infinite space and total privacy. It is exquisitely furnished with antiques and comfortable furnishings.
The Villa is surrounded by acres of garden consisting of neatly clipped hedges, trees, flower-filled terracotta pots and a private swimming pool.
Sandra is available during your stay at the reception office next to the Villa, she can help you with planning your stay and suggestions. She is knowledgeable about the area living in Chianti Rufina.
Staff is available onsite for daily cook and maid services.
To enjoy an authentic Tuscan experience, the Villa organises Special Tuscan Dinner, Cooking Class, Wine Tours/Tasting.
In searching for just the right villa near Florence for a group of 4 couples, I researched about 450 villas throughout Tuscany. Villa Luciano offered all the right qualities and amenities that we wanted: enough private bedrooms and baths, plenty of public space, gorgeous grounds, an inviting pool area, a decor that spoke to the villa's history and authenticity, and a great location within a small village that would be convenient for day trips to Florence. All 8 of us fell in love as soon as we arrived! Situated on 10 fully landscaped acres on a street that overlooks this mountain village of 1100 friendly Italians, we had a commanding view on every terraced level of the grounds and spent hours enjoying all the different sitting areas. Most people in Londa don't speak English but they are very helpful and welcoming. We also felt very safe walking anywhere in Londa. Sandra, the village manager is more than helpful and accessible. We loved shopping locally and did so daily. Two local restaurants offer excellent food. We hired Gabriella, the available cook two nights and were so glad we did. She introduced us to the simple Tuscan dishes that have made Italy famous and showed us how are Americanized version of "Italian" is far less appealing. The website accurately represents the villa, its cleanliness, the amenities, the privacy, and the authenticity of the villa as an 18th century home. The Spagnoli family has retained the villa's grandness as a family estate but kept it comfortable and useable. My husband and I renewed our wedding vows in the courtyard, surrounded by rock walls draped in honeysuckle, hedges rows, and potted plants. We couldn't have scripted a more Italian or more romantic setting. Leaving the villa and Londa was very sad for all of us. It was the perfect place for our group, the kind of Tuscan experience we'd longed for, and it was convenient to Florence and other towns. While a car is not absolutely necessary, we were glad we had them. They allowed us to drive off into other areas and explore the stunning countryside.
Our family of 13 had a great stay at the villa. It was perfect for a large family gathering with plenty of space for all. We all enjoyed the beautiful pool and grounds. We had the cook prepare our meal the first night and it was so good that we had her back again on our last night. The local restaurants were also very good and easy to get to by car or walking. The location was great for seeing sights all over Tuscany and part of our group even drove to Venice for the day. Having the train nearby to get to Florence also made that trip very easy. All in all it turned out to be more than we expected and a great vacation spot for the whole family.
The only downside was getting enough hot water for showers at times.
The listing description and photos accurately reflect the villa but let me reflect on just how wonderful this place was for our family vacation over Easter week. Fifteen members of our family stayed in Villa Luciano for eight days in mid- April. Six kids under 10 and 9 adults including two grandparents. The Villa met all of our initial requirements and more- reachable in one day from California, rooms/beds for all guests with plenty of bathrooms, large common room (there were two), walk to cafe, restaurant nearby, pool. .The kids loved running and hiding in the lush grounds including the hedge maze. Some used the pool although it was quite cold. Though there is wifi at the house, kids were told "No screen time for a week". We played games and did puzzles, ate, relaxed and then went on a daily excursion either on foot, by car or by train. The jacuzzi got lots of use. We enjoyed being off the beaten tourist path and in a small, friendly Tuscan town. There are small, excellent wineries to visit, bus service to the next town for the train to Florence (who wants to drive in Florence), and many archaeological and historical sites in under an hour's drive. Only one bedroom was cold but warm clothes including wool socks are needed in April. Contact with the owner and staff was excellent. The cost was more than reasonable for our group. Most of us have been to Italy, including Tuscany, before, some of us at least 10 times and our stay at Villa Luciano ranks near the top. You do not have to go to Chianti country (much more expensive) to get a true taste of Tuscan living. Londa and the nearby Casentino valley and the Villa Luciano have it all.
A Villa, more like a castle (!), with its own enormous garden maze!! We had a delightful stay at this wonderful Villa – we were 3 families all with young children + my mother. We had an amazing time enjoying the great pool with beautiful views, having Gabriella cook us great 3-course meals, spending time in Firenze (easy train ride to and from), visiting Lucca (must-see) and sipping wine at the Verrazzano Winery (a must). The kids *loved* exploring all the nooks and crannies of this 18th century Villa. The house was clean and well-appointed and spacious. With two fully functioning kitchens, a great dining room that fit all sixteen of us + large bedrooms with clean sheets & towels & blankets, we felt very much 'at-home'. There are 2 wings, so the spacing of the rooms worked out well as our family had one wing while the other 2 families had the other wing. Sandra, the manager, was incredibly helpful and went above and beyond her call of duty (thank you!). The only thing that we struggled with was maintaining a balanced water temperature during showers/baths (kept changing from scalding hot to freezing cold) – particularly difficult with young children. I believe that Susana will be looking into this issue because all of the families during our stay had water temperature problems. But, even despite this, I will give it FIVE stars due to the central location, the picturesque setting, the amenities & character of the house, and the super helpful staff! I would recommend this Villa to all my friends.
Outstanding visit to Tuscany. Our villa was exceptional-full of old world charm, yet wi-fi accessible! Sandra was most helpful and Gabriella our cook was a talented teacher and fabulous chef. I highly recommend this villa for a large group. We had plenty of room both inside and outside the villa.
After three years, we had the good fortune to return to Villa Luciano in June, 2013. Everything was as we remembered and our group of 6 enjoyed all the Villa's amenities as well as everything the town of Londa has to offer. Once again, Sandra was always there when needed and Garbriella cooked two wonderful meals for our group.
Staying at Villa Luciano is truly a unique Tuscan experience that should not be missed. We felt blessed to have the opportunity to come "back home" to the Villa and the lovely town of Londa.
We finally realized our dream of traveling to Tuscany and we did it in style at Villa Luciano! This grand estate is beautiful and steeped in history with the stone walls, Italian gardens, quiet wooded paths sitting above the lovely town of Londa. We loved the blend of old and new - the downstairs 18th century kitchen with brick oven or the two modern kitchens on the main floor. The antique funishings yet complete and modern bathrooms. The villa's manager Sandra was an excellent hostess and she guided us to some of our best finds in the area such as the winery Il Prato or the ancient city of Montereggioni. She also introduced us to Graziella, a true Tuscan gem, who cooked a beautiful milestone birthday dinner for one of our party. Now we dream of a family reunion one day at Villa Luciano.
TYPICAL TUSCANY MEALS, COOKING CLASS, WINE TOURS AND WINE TASTING
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice,
the above rates are for 6 people