Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1378: Owner, Villa Luciano
7bed/7bath villa in Londa, Tuscany North
2001, 1 week
In early Spring 2001, my girlfriends and I were searching for a gracious Villa that could accommodate a group of 10 women generously. It was hard to find since there are few reasonably priced properties with this capacity anywhere in Europe. Our friend Lisa found Villa Luciano and we fell in love. It was a real thrill driving up the hill at the top of the lake town of Londa a few months later and approach the home from the exact trajectory pictured on the website.
The house was everything we could have wanted and more. Beautiful, expansive views from every window and balcony. Modern marble and tile bathrooms with plenty of hot water and a big jacuzzi in one of suite bathrooms. We had many parlors, sitting rooms and alcoves furnished with comfortable seating and antiques collected for generations by the family to socialize in. The manicured formal gardens were a great place to paint, talk and listen to music. We enjoyed a perfect balance between historical restoration and modern convenience.
Londa Centro is just down the hill - a 3 minute walk across the creek from the Villa. We were the only American tourists seen recently and everyone welcomed us and knew where we were staying before we told them. We bought groceries, wine and other supplies all on foot in the quaint town.
Everyday we split up in different directions by car or rail to Arezzo, Cinque Terre, Perugia, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti for wine tours, San Sepulcro, Montepulciano or countless other historic towns, all an easy drive from our abode. Some of us spent leisurely days right at the Villa and in town. The pool wasn't opened since we visited in March, but it had beautiful views and lemon trees all around and would be ideal in warm weather.
Some nights we cooked ourselves with local, fresh ingredients in one of the 2 modern kitchens. Other nights we were out for the evening in nearby towns on and off the beaten track. And through everything, Sandra, the Concierge at the Villa, was right across the street in the offices available to guide and help us with anything we needed.
And, perhaps most notable, Paolo, the owner, actually hosted an evening for us in his modern apartment in Florence .... All nine of us! He was warm, communicative and gracious before, during and after our visit and we are friends to this day. Paolo's family built the roads in and out of Londa in the thirties and forties and they built the dam that created the lake enjoyed by locals today. He also owns other apartments and properties around Londa.
On our last night at Villa Luciano Sandra arranged a private chef to cook and serve us an indigenous 9 course meal. Bellisimo!
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