THE BEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES
Perfection does not even begin to describe how exquisite this villa is, the traditional Tuscan architecture with beautifully fitted out interiors with all the mod-cons (if you love cooking the kitchen is divine, or there is a chef you can request too), outstanding views over the valley towards San Gimignano which glows like a magical city in the Tuscan sunshine, the exceptional owners Annagloria and Enzo make the stay so welcoming.
We chose this venue for our wedding celebrations and we were not disappointed. It was probably the best week of our lives, this was also stated by many of our guests.
We had 15 people staying in the villa and it never felt over crowed, the rooms are spacious, the bathrooms beautifully designed, there are a number of outdoor terraces on different levels making it easy to hide away if you want some quiet time.
We will definitely be returning to this villa and highly recommend it to all!
Thank you Annagloria and Enzo for making our wedding week unforgettable
All the Best Russell & Helen
PS: your Olive Oil is Amazing
Russell & Helen 22 June 2018
The Trip of a Lifetime!
We spent a week at Villa il Santo, and it was by far the best vacation we have ever been on! We were a group of 15 and the Villa had more than enough space to accommodate our group. The grounds were just gorgeous -- with a beautiful lawn we used for bocce and relaxing, an immaculate outdoor table we used to enjoy multiple breakfasts and family dinners, an amazing pool we enjoyed every day -- all of this on top of a surreal view overlooking the Tuscan hills! Annagloria and Enzo were so welcoming and kind. They made sure we had everything we needed and were quick to recommend places to eat, shop and sightsee. Annagloria even took the time to take us to a local leather and silver shop! If we ever get the chance to go back to Tuscany, which I hope we do, we will without a doubt be coming back!
East/Gullotti Clan 25 September 2017 United States
A week at Villa il Santo was just perfection! The location afforded marvelous views and vistas. The towers of San Gimignano in the distance were magical. And the fields and vineyards created a masterful patchwork quilt for the eyes. The rooms were spacious, the outdoor spaces inviting, and the kitchen well-appointed The meals we had prepared at the villa were some of the best of our week in Tuscany. I would highly recommend Villa il Santo to any large party of friends and/or family.
Beautiful Villa - stunning views and accommodations!
We spent a week at Villa Santo in October with five other couples. Such a beautiful villa - the views are stunning and the accommodations excellent. Enzo and Annagloria are gracious host and are full of suggestions for excursions/day trips. We enjoyed a photo tour with a local photographer, delicious Italian meals cooked in-house by Nadia, sight seeing adventures to Sienna, San Gimignano, Florence, Greve, Panzo, Monteriggioni, and the laughter and fellowship of great friends in this fabulous villa. Hope to return soon!
Dream vacation in Tuscany
Villa Il Santo is straight out of a Tuscan dream. The views of the Chianti valley are simply spectacular and can be appreciated from both inside the house and from the multiple outdoor terraces and seating areas. The villa is only 30 minutes from Florence and 10 minutes from the nearest grocery store and yet it is isolated and extremely peaceful. The buildings themselves have undergone extensive renovations that seamlessly blend old, Italian charm with stunning modern finishes. The kitchen is state of the art and easily accommodated our 12 guests. Our hosts, Annagloria and Enzo, were warm and professional and very prompt to respond to questions regarding the villa. Simply put, I cannot recommend this villa enough and cannot wait to return!
Beautiful Villa & Exceptional Owners
Villa II Santo did not disappoint. This house is beautiful and the views are just lovely. There was plenty room for the 14 of us and with the bedrooms split between the hay barn and the main house we didn't feel like we were all on top of each other all week. There are several sitting areas around the outside of the property too and that made it nice for getting fresh air with a different view each time. The location is far out and I downloaded the taxi apps once I got a SIM card but none of them would service the area through the app. I caught a taxi to the property from the airport and he got to the area easily but we had a time finding the correct driveway turn in. Other than that there are no other complaints about this stay. Annagloria is a really awesome host. She came to make sure we knew all details we needed to know about the house and she was always available if we had questions. She made arrangements for a group outing for us and when the car service wasn't going to make it in time for us she and her husband rounded us up in their cars to make sure we made it to our wine tours on time. I decided on the last day to move into Florence and without hesitation she said her son would be able to take me into the city and he was there on time the next day.
A Slice of Tuscan Beauty!
Over the past 17years we have stayed at this Villa as well as Annagloria and Enzos' other Villa in Tavarenella. Needless to say we keep returning for a reason!! The Villas are just beautiful and the owners are simply spectacular! All of the modern amenities, beautiful surroundings, delicious food, wine and the magnificent culture of the area and Italy itself abound! The owners are amazing in their ability to provide you with the best advice, solutions and ideas to enhance your stay. Balloon rides, cooking classes,wine tours, in Villa chef, truffle hunting,tennis, golf,guided tours of Firenze, Sienna, Chianti and restaurant recommendations. In short they know everyone in the area and can solve any and all problems and questions. All in all it is the consummate vacation experience. Be as active as you like or vegetate in and around the Villas. They are magical places waiting for you to discover and enjoy!!
50th Wedding Anniversary Trip
For our 50th Wedding Anniversary trip we were looking for a place that would work for the entire family, 6 adults and 5 children age 13 to 6. In Villa il Santo we found that place.While we did not have all the meals prepared by a Chef,Those that were,welcomming were great from the welcoming dinner to the extra effort they took for our anniversary dinner. What will be remembered by all will be the night the grandchildren were taught how to make pasta which was incorporated into a meal. IlSanto location was perfect for trips to all of the attractions in the area, from cities to small villages. The Villa was large enough for active play and swimming, and at the same time had nooks to quietly read a book.A special mention must be made of our hosts, Enzo e Annagloria who were most welcoming,gracious and a great resource for information. We would go back there in a heartbeat!
Holiday of a lifetime
Wow....we really did stumble upon a Tuscan gem nestled in the Chianti hills, over looking the valley and rows of vineyards. We had spent hours on the internet earlier on in the year looking for somewhere for our friends and family to stay for the week as Mark and I had chosen to get married in Tuscany. Then, we came across Villa Il Santo. On arrival, as we drove down the drive ,this magnificent building came into sight, standing proud on the edge of the hill over looking the most stunning scenery. The contrast of the bright colours in the garden set against the deep greens in the valley was just breathtaking. The sun was shining and as we got out of the car the first thing that struck me was the silence - it was just so peaceful there. The villa is absolutely beautiful. It is large, and even with sixteen guests staying it still felt spacious with several different places for people to sit and relax quietly without feeling claustrophobic. Annagloria and Enzo have renovated the villa to the highest spec possible. It is so tasteful - it retains all the old characteristics of the hay barn and watch tower and yet it is modern and fresh inside with every household appliance that you could ever wish for. This was by far the best holiday we have ever had - obviously our wedding day was amazing but the stay in the villa was a magical holiday and one that none of us will ever forget. The scenery, the luxury of the villa and the peacefulness are the three things which stick in my mind the most. We will definitely be coming back next year. Thank you Annagloria and Enzo - it was truly wonderful to meet you. You are both superb hosts. The Harrimans
Villa il Santo was absolute heaven! I don't know what my husband and I did to deserve it, but I certainly hope we do it again. Everything was beautiful, and our wonderful hosts, Annaglora and Enzo were the most delightful (and helpful) people - they were truly a part of the fabulous, beautiful, and unquestionable luxurious experience that is Villa il Santo!
You Will Love Villa Il Santo!
Our group of 9 adults and 2 kids stayed at this beautiful villa for a week in June and every single person in our group loved everything about this villa. We started planning the trip nearly a year in advance, and Annagloria was a huge help. She responded quickly to every email and helped us schedule tours, wine tastings, and drivers for the week. When we arrived, we could not believe how beautiful and spacious the villa and grounds were. As gorgeous as the pictures are, they do not do this property justice. The furnishings and décor are truly spectacular and the views over the valley toward San Gimignano from the pool and all the many outdoor seating areas are unbelievable. The villa is also very conveniently located, as we could make easy day trips to the surrounding hill towns and wineries. There are many beautiful properties in Tuscany, but for us what set this one apart were the owners, Annagloria and Enzo. They were friendly and helpful in every way -- from stocking the wine cooler with their own (delicious) wine available for purchase at an incredibly reasonable price, to recommending and making reservations for us at wonderful, small local restaurants, to arranging a magical concert and dinner in an historic nearby church just for their friends and villa renters, to helping us plan a dinner and birthday celebration on the last night with a chef who cooked and served a multi-course dinner for us at the villa. And speaking of chefs, the price for the villa includes a first-night dinner cooked by a wonderful chef, Rosanna. We enjoyed her, and her cooking, so much that we hired her to give us cooking lessons in the villa a few nights later. If you have a chance to do this, we highly recommend it! This week in Tuscany was the highlight of our 3-week trip to Italy, and we cannot wait to come back!
The Perfect Tuscan Experience
Villa Il Santo is everything and more of what we envisioned for this stay. Annagloria & Enzo are true pros and ensure your experience is glorious. The villa is magnificent and proved to be an excellent launching point for daily excursions throughout the region. Local knowledge is huge and these two have it in abundance.
Enzo and Annagloria have created a beautiful villa in Tuscany to share with friends and family! Their hospitality is beyond words. We had a large group stay at the Villa Il Santo for a friends 50th birthday in July 2015. It was a trip full of top notch food, beautiful surroundings, wine and entertainment. Enzo makes sure all your needs are met. Starting with the Villa Il Santo - when we pulled up to the Villa it took our breath away. It's is stunning! The amount of detail and love put into this villa is beyond words. It's a beautiful old farmhouse restored to perfection. It overlooks the hills of Tuscany, and the villa has many balconies and sitting areas that allow you to gaze over the scenery and take it all in. The pool is an infinity pool - it is large enough to accommodate our entire group (approximately 20 guests). The pool is perched overlooking the views. We loved the villa so much that our group opted out of of some of our excursions to the city just to hang out at the Villa. It is extremely peaceful. Looking through the photo album he provided, it took years to restore this Villa to the masterpiece it is today. Congratulations Enzo - well done. Hospitality - Enzo truly cares about his guests and caters to their every need. He will organize outings for you, and will recommend hidden places to see. He offered up wine tastings in our villa, and chefs to come to the villa to cook us up amazing dishes. He even organized a beautiful concert in the woods for us one evening. The concert was hosted on the property of his family home - absolutely gorgeous. I HIGHLY recommend this villa for your visit to Tuscany. You will not be disappointed. If I could give 10 stars, I would!
Judi McAlpine 21 December 2015 Seattle, WA USA
A stay here should be number one on your bucket list. This villa is stunning and yet very comfortable. We had 8 couples roaming the Tuscan Hills and at the end of the day came back to a relaxing time at the villa and a beautiful home cooked dinner by Rosa. Highly recommend AnnaGloria can arrange most anything you would want to do, guides and tours very good.
Fantastic location, splendid villa and great host!
Wow, what an awesome stay at the Villa Il Santo! Our group of friends (with some kids) had just an incredible experience.
The location is perfect, the Villa is in the middle of the Chianti region and is perched on the hillside for stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys (+the towers of San Giminiano), with beautiful sunsets. You can enjoy the view from so many places in the villa: the dining balcony, the rear shaded area, the solarium, the swimming pool and many of the bedrooms. The location was great as a base for some day trips to Pisa, Siena, Florence and Lucca. All within 1 to 1.5 hours away.
The villa itself is stunning. Beautiful ancient buildings (a main house/tower with his barn) restored to exquisite taste and comfort while preserving the historical flair. Each of the room is very large and very well decorated. Lots of attention to details like very large double shower heads, double sink basins, comfy towels, comfortable beds, etc. Lots of common rooms for reading, relaxing and socializing. Beautiful modern kitchen and dining rooms.
Everything was great with the villa and the spacious rooms and décor far surpassed my expectations.
The nice swimming pool was a hit with the kids (and adults too...). The lawn with bocce balls provided some good distraction before site visits.
The owner Enzo was very present and attentive to make sure that all was going for the best. We organized several services with him (like cook, baby-sitter, wine/cheese tasting etc.) and he was very helpful in organizing everything with delightful local people.
All guests were super-impressed with the stay. Couldn't think of a better place for our Tuscany vacation.