Lisa and Family, (Georgia, U.S.A.)
I searched the internet for several months looking for a villa in Italy to celebrate our 30th anniversary with our children before I settled on Calcinaia. What an incredibly fortunate choice I made! First, Calcinaia is incredibly beautiful. It is a restored 300 year old farm house that sits on one of the most impressive vistas we saw in Tuscany. Dennis & Gilly have redone the inside and have made it extremely comfortable, up-to-date and very attractive and Gilly is using her impressive gardening knowledge to turn the landscape of Calcinaia into something of great beauty.
Most importantly though, Dennis and Gilly are the best hosts one could ask for. They made our stay one we will remember forever - from Sunday lunch at Vasco's, a tour of a villa in Umbria, an evening with 3 chefs, cooking lessons and great food, drink and much laughter, a fabulous winery tour, and excellent suggestions for restaurants & shopping throughout the area. They are ready to help you in anyway that you might possibly think of. But it is Dennis and Gilly's friendship and laughter we will remember the most!
First, book this villa, you won't regret it! Rent a car with 4-wheel drive. Eat Sunday lunch at Vasco's. Explore Anghiari and the old sections of Sansepolcro and Monterchi. Visit Cortona even though some think it is touristy and it is! Use the housebook's suggestions for great restaurants and shopping. Hike down to the lake. Sit by the pool & enjoy the beauty of Calcinaia both day and night!