Il Sogno not only met but exceeded our expectations. The panoramic views of the
verdant valley and the rolling hills dotted with olive trees and cypress groves provided the background for an idyllic Tuscan retreat. It was hard to believe that we were also
so very close to Firenze.
The house was very welcoming and comfortable. Meals were a delight, kitchen was
well supplied and equipped for easy cooking and for gracious serving. Since it was August, we sometimes enjoyed our meals by the pool which was great both during the
day and at night. We particularly enjoyed the infinity pool with a superb vista, even more spectacular from inside the lovely pool. Swimming laps was never so much fun!
Picking fresh cherries, peaches and berries from the orchard added to our pleasure.
Rossella, the house manager, is also a talented chef and provided memorable meals
that were so good that we decided to forgo some evenings out, to stay at the villa
and enjoy her cooking. A week of this treat was just a tease.
We stayed at Villa Il Sogno for one week, and found it to be a beautifully maintained, comfortable home. The villa is handsomely decorated, as evidenced by the furnishings, lighting, artwork, and rich materials used throughout the house. The villa is filled with Tuscan light from morning till evening: the huge living room has windows on three sides and a fireplace, and the master bedroom has French doors that open onto the lovely courtyard, with breathtaking views of the valley below. The property has a stunning view of the surrounding valley, and is lush with flowering, fragrant vines, lavender, fruit trees, and berry bushes. We were encouraged to pick the fruits for our enjoyment. The magnificent vanishing-edge pool was a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing. While the house is private, rural, and secluded, it is only a 20-minute drive to Florence, and an excellent home base for exploring Tuscan hill towns. The surrounding countryside offers many fabulous restaurants as well as local points of interest, including wine tasting at a nearby 11th century castle.
The lovely housekeeper Rosella, welcomed us warmly and made us feel very much at home. She is a wonderful resource for exploring the area.
Villa IL Sogno is indeed a "Villa of Dreams!"
Annie and Joe Haddad
New York, NY
We spent the last 2 weeks at Il Sogno after traveling from Venice,
Verona and Padua. It was a hot day but as we drove up the winding
Road from the Arno it became pleasantly cooler. The luxurious
linens and spacious double sink bathrooms with Chianti cashmere amenities made us feel comfortable and pampered. . A nice surprise!
The kitchen was nicely stocked with basics along with gourmet
cheese, wine and fruit that we had requested. Most of all we were
enchanted by the setting. Breathtaking views, beautiful flowers and
landscaping. The photos could not capture the beauty both inside
Rossella and the additional staff were very helpful and available to
address any concerns. We only wish we had more time to
spend here. Only complaint was that there was no magnifying
mirror in the bathroom and that you had to drive into town.
New York, NY
GRAZIE- GRAZIE GRAZIE
It would be useless to describe to you the charm, beauty and special place that is Villa Sogno.
suffice- we all felt very privileged to be able for a too short while to
embrace such a special place.
you should be warned that we suspect that for a very short while Tuscany might suffer a momentary red wine shortage- however we are confident that it will be
rosella was charming, helpful- and her dinner was one of the best we had- in our group this is high praise
I suspect that you should expect we will soon again impose upon your hospitality and facility to rejuvenate our need for a firenze-tuscany fix.
although I have not had time to poll the tuscano travotores- I feel confident in assuring it was an experience all will list in their top five or better.
again- MILLE GRAZIE !
We had a wonderful stay at your beautiful Italian home. Your villa is
superb! Rossella was so good to us- her cooking is outstaning and she helped us navigate through Tuscany. Rossella made our stay expecially wonderful and we will miss her cooking and kind demanor. Rossella was a pleasant surprise- so thank you!!
The O’Donnell and Guerrica Families
Thank you belatedly for treating us to the jazz concert at Villa La Pietra.
We felt honored to be your guests and loved the music and incredible setting.
The Villa was everything and more than expected- a true Tuscan experience and designer’s dream. We loved every minute!
Lynn, Brian and Tyler Adams
San Francisco, California
Il sogno is truly a dream house. We've been renting villas in Italy for over a decade and finally in Il Sogno we found the best. Even though its just 20 minutes from Florence, we felt we were deep in the country side. The house is up on a hill with amazing alternating views of undulating hills and flat farmland, especially from the divine infinity pool. I loved going for runs and walks on the road up to the house, four miles of winding narrow country road made shady with tall trees with ample opportunity to pick wild blackberries. The most striking difference between this house and those we had rented before was the quality of the furniture and kitchen. Previously, we had often felt like we had moved into someone's inherited 1970s house, with old appliances, dishes, utensils and furniture. At Il Sogno, the house is very recently rebuilt and refurbished with amenities Americans are used to. The bathrooms are numerous, one per bedroom, all new and shiny, with proper water pressure; the house has air conditioning in all the bedrooms, screens on all the windows, internet and flat screen TVs, and the kitchen appliances are new and in very good condition. If by chance we had a problem, Rosella, the trusty house manager, was always handy to take care of it. The best for us was renting such a beautiful country villa so close to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As city people, we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day exploring Florence and then having a barbecued dinner in the pretty gazebo, next to the peach tree orchard. Nestled among old pine, peach, olive and fig trees, the villa's one drawback was the number of bees we encountered. Even this problem apparently has a simple solution when you present it to the lovely owners with the typically American "can-do" attitude: a specific kind of outdoor extermination at the right time of the year. All in all, our experience was wonderful and I would highly recommend this villa.
New York City