Wind & Blank' family
Dear Francesca & family, thank you so lot for our wonderful stay at this beautiful villa.
We really enjoyed the marvellous view and the silence and our children loved the pool :-)
We all felt welcome and well cared by our friendly hosts and we loved your tiramisu.
All the best for you and your family. We really hope to come back one day!
Isle of Man 01.09.2017
Hello Francesca and family, we have had a lovely time at Il Colle di Sotto. The villa with its beautiful settings and swimming pool has been the perfect location for our family holiday! We have enjoyed the delights of Tuscany, such a stunning place. Thank you for the lovely welcome, for your warm and friendly hosting skills. P.S. Your homemade tiramisu was delicious :-)
Thank you Francesca for all your help throughout our holiday. Your holiday villa is just fantastic. Locaction wise superb too. Vinci is a pretty little place and the restaurants you recommended in Montelupo were perfect. Thank you soooo much for helping us retrieve my daughter's lost bag, you were very generous with your time. The tiramisu was a beautiful treat and enyoyed by all. Thank you once again for being the perfect host, you were these when we needed you but felt we enyoyed a tremendous amount of privacy too.
Hopefully we will be back, so much more to see and do this beautiful part of the world. Much love.
Anders, Emma, Emil, Nikoline, Fie, David
We all loved your "Colle di Sotto" very much! It was wonderful to have this view everyday and to have a pool to ourselves
(especially in the hot Tuscan weather). Thank you very much for your hospitality and the great tiramisu!
Thank you so much for a lovely holiday in your beautiful house. We've had an amazing week! :-)
you have a lovely summer. Best wishes
Pierre & Maria
Seven days of beautiful weather in Tuscany! And this delightful villa became "our home away from home"!
The pool is beautiful and Francesca was a lovely hostess!
Stuart, Aline, Olivia, Louisa Wilson
Dear Francesca, thank you for the lovely welcome. The villa has been a home from home and we have had a wonderful time!
The girls have loved the beautiful pool and we have made many memories. With very best wishes.
Selda, Mehmet, Kaan, Mert, Aran
Istanbul - Turkey 09.07.2016
Dear Francesca, we had a marvelleous Holiday in Il Colle di Sotto! Thanks for your hospitality. We enjoyed Montelupo, San Gimignano, Panzano, Siena, Lucca, Viareggio and of course Florence. Thanks to cental position of the villa. Hope to see you in Istanbul!
Germany - 18.06.2016
The location of the property is sensational - breathtaking view. Is also very good for cycling and excursions. The equipment is sufficient and everything is in a clean and tidy condition. The pool with integrated Jacuzzi is perfect to relax. The owners are helpful, very friendly.
Munich - 02.01.2016
Dear Francesca & family! We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Il Colle di Sotto on this green hiltop with its panoramic position. We had a great view over Empoli and Montelupo Fiorentino. As it's not usual for us to come here for Christmas holidays we felt very comfortable with the central heating. The surroundings of the villa are really quiet and charming and what to say about landscape with its typical olive-trees, cypresses and vinegards.
The strategic position of Il Colle di Sotto allowed us to easily reach Florence, Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano and a lot of restaurants with good wine and good cuisine. The villa is fully equipped with all necessary. Once again thank you for everything - especially for the delicious cake!
Steph & Paul
UK - 05.09.2014
Thank you very much for a lovely stay at Il Colle di Sotto. We couldn't have asked for a nicer villa or a better view, absolutely stunning especially at sunset! It has been the perfect way to finish off our honeymoon; a good mix of visits to nearby towns and cities and relaxing by the wonderful pool.
Thank you for all your help with organising the wine tasting and massages, and for your vey kind gifts when we arrived and your mother's delicious Tiramisù - Yummy! We would definitely like the recipe for that! Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see you again in the future! Love
Erih, Cindy, Sophie, Frederique
The Netherlands - 26.07.2014
Dear Francesca and family, thank you for such a warm welcome and lovely villa! We really enjoyed the beautiful pool and the wonderful view, especially at night! Also, thank you for the delicious Tiramisù. All the best for you and your family!
Phil, Lynda, Josh, Martha
Oxfordshire - UK - 12.06.2014
What a wonderful holiday!
We would greatly recommended Florence, San Gimignano and Lucca, excellent on every way. Thank you for the wine, olive oil and Tiramisù cake. The villa was the perfect place to come back to after a long, hot day. An evening dip in the wonderful pool was the best way to cool down.
Diane & Dave
Canada - 26.05.2014
Dear Francesca & Marco, thank you so much for making our special day (Wedding Anniversary!) that much more special by your presence! Love
Paul Zehke & Caroline C. Bennett
South Caroline (USA) - 26.10.2013
Buongiorno, Francesca! My husband and I are still dreaming about our
wonderful visit to Italy last week. We have looked at the photographs
over and over already! Many thanks for your hospitality, guidance and advice on the best drivers/cooks/guides. I'd love your mamma's recipe
for the vegetable soup, if possible.
Again, thanks for all you did to help make our 20th anniversary extra
Kari, Idlen, Steve, Maddie & Jessie
We had a wonderful stay. The location was perfect for day trips to Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, wine tasting... We packed so much in, but our favourite times well spent here cooking our meals and relaxing in the evening. Thank you for taking such pride in your guest house. We loved it!
Brian & Jonathan + Rick & Susan Schroeder
Austin (TX) & Vancouver (CA) - 25.05.2013
Francesca, thank you for helping us to have a wonderful vacation. Your home is beautiful, tranquil and conveniently located. It served as base from which we explored Tuscany + Umbria. We particularly enjoyed our visits to Orvieto, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti and Lucca. We also visited San Gimignano on your recommendation and we are glad that we did. We ate a fantastic luch there in a little restaurant set in a superb medioeval setting. Food, oh the food!!! The meal your mother made was excellent, so were the meals in Montelupo Fiorentino at the restaurants you suggested. Our final night we went to Osteria Livornese and ate so much incredible sea food. Francesca, you are a wonderful host! You are hospitable, give good travel advices and were very helpful. Thank you for calling the B&B in Monterosso ;-) With Great Appreciation!!!
Rich & Kathee Martin
North Caroline (USA) - 22.11.2012
Bella, Bella, Bella...We so loved staying in your wonderful home...so tranquil after sighseeing all day long and in such a wonderful location. Montelupo was delightful and the food wonderful. Our experience here was everything we had hoped for and more. Thank you for fullfilling a part of our dream. Barbara (the chef) was wonderful, thank you for arranging for her to come. And of course your mother's tiramisu...was wonderful!!!
Nadine & Jany, Linda & Sue
Northbrook (USA) - 13.10.2012
What a beautiful home to return to from days of sight-seeing in Tuscany! Thank you for extending your hospitality and delicious tiramisu!!!
We loved our week!
Patricia, Thierry, Sandra, Marion
France - 10.08.2012
This was our first time in Tuscany and we enjoyed it a lot. We loved your beautiful house and its great swimming pool. Thank you for your kindness, Francesca. Colle di Sotto will have a very special place in our hearts and memories.
Arnoud, Petra, Milon, Florien & Yoris
The Netherlands - 28.07.2012
This was our second stay in Tuscany but the first time in Colle di Sotto, and WHAT A PLACE! The view, the food, the environment, your hospitality - Francesca - and of course the really tasty tiramisu; everything was nice! We enjoyed this week! CIAO
Alicia & Tyler
Arizona - USA - 18.01.2012 (16.03.2012 email)
Hey Francesca, I just wanted to thank you for letting us stay at Il Colle di Sotto in January for our honeymoon! During our trip there, we stayed in Rome, Montelupo, and Venice. Staying at your property in Montelupo Fiorentino was by FAR the peak of our honeymoon. It was absolutely beautiful! We had a terrible experience in Rome, but this has more than made up for it. The scenery/view was amazing, and even the town was so quaint and comfortable! You are certainly living a dream. The olive oil you provided us was and still is incredible... I'm not sure if that was for us to keep, but we took it back to the states with us regardless! It is a miracle that we were able to slip through U.S. customs with it ;). Thank you again for this opportunity. The property and your availability and support alone has clearly defined our vacation together in Italy. I had a lot of trouble planning that trip, and had gotten in touch with several travel agents... but your e-mail to me few months ago regarding transportation information alone had proved to be more useful than anything or anyone else! Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to sending this letter... I've been very busy ever since our return. I have constantly been thinking about this, however; it is important to me to let you know how grateful I am for having been able to meet you and stay there! We were very lucky to have you around. Really! A million thanks, Francesca. As sincere and honest as I have ever been, you have been a blessing. Tyler & Alicia Ellis
Alicia & Tyler
Arizona - USA - 18.01.2012
Thank you for opening up villa il Colle di Sotto to us for our honeymoon. Our stay here was amazing and it was a huge surprise to me and it could not have been better. The views are incredible and it was so nice just being able to relax after our trip in Rome. Montelupo is a beautiful town, the people are great and the property and location is just simply incredible. I'm certain that this place is and will remain the key note in our honeymoon. We're very very very grateful and we would love to come back one day when time allow!
Luli & Greg - Lulifama
Miami - 17.11.2011
Thank you for an amazing stay at Il Colle di Sotto! It was everything we wished for and more! Thanks your mum for that delicious cake. We hope to return soon to this wonderful villa under the Tuscan sun! Love
Grea & Phillip
Canada - 24.09.2011
Very hot while we were here. We really enjoyed the beautiful pool and view, expecially at night looking down the valley. The cake was very good to! It was incredible!!! Thanks a lot.
Cheryl & Bruce
UK - 20.08.2011
We've had a lovely time - our boys don't want to leave the lovely swimming pool! Lovely views, my husband and I have enjoyed the beautiful sky with a bottle of wine! Fabolous chocolate cake, best we've tasted...thank you! And great location for exploring Tuscany although a bit hot for too much sightseeing. Thank you again!
Nancy & Bob
Alberta - Canada - 18.06.2011
Thank you for the wonderful vacation home. We travelled all over Tuscany with the trains. This was an excellent place to have our base. The tiramisu was wonderful. Sitting and side in the evening on the deck was the perfect end to each day. The pool was expecially refreshing as it got hotter. Once again THANK YOU! Warm regards.
Chris & Kate + Rose & Mahanzie
Australia - 11.10.2010
Thank you for having us in your villa for a great week in Tuscany. We saw Pisa, Siena, Greve, Florence and even a bit of the west coast (fantastic). San Gimignano was spectacular.
- "Antica Osteria del Sole" dor "Bistecca" (T-bone steak); be prepared for "rave"
- Viareggio; great place for lunch after Pisa
- Rita's dessert!!!
- Piazza market on Sunday in Greve in Chianti
Wonderful time in region and the house. Surely someday we will be back! Warm regards.
Pieter Jan Stegeman & Eliza
Holland - 02.10.2010
Thank you for the wonderful stay at Il Colle di Sotto. We really felt at home and enjoyed the pool and beautiful view. Of course we also did a lot of site seeing and experienced the Tuscan life.
A few special recommenations that we would not like to leave unmentioned:
- diner at "Le Mossacce", Florence; traditional food for a very good price
- for another great food experience "Osteria del Carcere" in San Gimignano would be the best choice
- for a cheesy evening at home with a movie you could go to "Antica Pizzicheria Chiantigiana" in Siena for the best cheese and cold cuts selection. Very tasty.
this week has really been above our expectations, one again, thank you very much. If you ever visit The Netherlands, please don't hesitate to contact us. Regards.
Maxwell John Baxter
Australia - 07.08.2010
Thank you for a wonderful stay. The place wea superb. It was the perfect place to stay for visiting the Tuscany region. Our trips to Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca and San Gimignano were equally superb. The final night in Montelupo at a restaurant in a lovely quiet street was the perfect.
Thanks once again.
Geoff & Diz Green
Canada - 12.06.2010
Thank you for such a lovely villa and pool, and for providing all the amenities such as the high chair and crib. The tiramisu was a great surprise and delicious. We enjoyed many Tuscan experiences including the wine festival in Montespertoli, the dinner at Oliveto's Castle, a horse+carriage in Florence and walks through vineyards.
We very much enjoyed speaking with your neighbour Lando and "his chickens". Grazie!
Phil & Lesley + Peter & Jennifer Hanlon
Scotland - 06.06.2009
Our third visit was as lovely as ever. The tranquil setting is a pleasure to spend time in. Being familiar with the surronding helped us enjoy it on at a very leisurely place. Thank you for all your kindness. Grazie e Arrivederci.
Jamie & Monica Smith
(USA) - 30.05.2009
Thank you for being such wonderful hosts. We loved staying at your villa and will recommend it to all our friends should they visit Tuscany. The fruits bowl was wonderful and the tiramisu was the best we have ever eaten. We will certainly miss staying here. Ciao!
Phil & Karen Haeck
Charle & Carol Gattuso
Roanoke - Virginia (USA) - 20.09.2008
Thank you for your warm hospitality during our stay. Our week at Collesotto began with Francesca's friendly smile, a beautiful bowl of fruit and a fine bottle of wine. What a way to start a restfull week at your beautiful place after we spent two weeks touring the Italian country. At mid week the elicious Tiramisu helped to finish off a great dinner at Osteria Livornese Restaurant in town; the food was excellent. Every evening we enjoyed sitting on the patio and enjoying the incredible view. We did not get te chance to enjoy the pool (too cool!) but it too so beautiful to look at. Your villa was very comfortable and provided with everything we needed. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen had everything needed for us to prepare our meals. Francesca, thanks again to you and your family! We hope to return some day.
Steffi, Stefan, Jurgen, Easy Scholaster
Memmingen - Allgau (Germany) - 25.08.2008
Dear Francesca & family,
thank you very much for the wonderful stay at Il Colle di Sotto. We enjoyed a lot. The menu was fantastic, also the Tiramisu, it was the best ever! We hope we can come back soon, all the best to yu and your family!
Nicki, Neil, Tom, Lara Whitmore
Stratford Upon Avon - Warwickshire (UK) - 16.08.2008
We have had a fabulous time at your villa this week and none of us want to leave! You made us fell very welcome on our arrival and even though you were away during the week on holidays we appreciated being able to contact you for advice, etc. So thank you for that! The pool iswonderful and we enjoyed our night-time swim last night. The children thought it was great fun watching the sun go down and waiting for the lights in the pool to come on!!! We have had a wonderful weather and it was so great to escape the British summer. Thank you for the gorgeous Tiramisu and blackberries from your mother, we finished the last of it this evening, lovely! We hope to return here anther year. Thank you again!
Henri, Ellen, Rodolf, Golia, Hidde De Koning
Amsterdam (Holland) - 12.07.2008
Dear Francesca & family,
many thanks for the very warm welcome, wine, fruit and of course "la grande sorpresa" the Tiramisu from your mother. Delicious!!! We loved staying in Il Colle di Sotto and we will certainly come back some day. The house is lovely and the pool is even better. All the best! Ciao!
Bristol (UK) - 24.06.2008
The villa was exactly as described and was perfect. The family were very friendly and saw to our every need. First class!! Volterra and Certano were simply beatiful if you want to avoid the crowds in Florence and Siena. The villa is in an idyllic location surrounded by olive groves.
Robert & Caroline Hopkins
UK - 21.06.2008
Dear Francesca and family,
what a wonderful week, beautiful villa, pool views, we spent so much time enjoying these and a short few days being tourist! Your reccommendation fo ice-cream at "Malagigi" and dinner at "Antica Osteria del Sole" were wonderful, highly reccommend it to all future guests. We are now starting our journey to the Amalfi Coast for a week and we are so glad. We found this villa and your home surrounding villages are just so lovely. Thank you for welcoming us wth wine, fruit, pasta and your mum's cake was very jummy. Once again THANK YOU! Best wishes kind regards to all. See you again!
Germany - 28.05.2008
Colle di Sotto liegt traumhaft auf einem Hugel mit Panoramablick und bietet einen gro?en sauberen Pool mit herrlichem Blick auf die nahegelegene Stadt und die Umgebung. Liebevolle Betreuung durch Francesca vor Ort, wir konnen dieses Haus nur empfehlen!
Angela,Thomas, Stephen, Amelia, Jonathan Hei
Newcastle - Washington (USA) - 12.04.2008
grazie for your wonderful hospitality and to your mother for making us her delicious Tiramisu (and thank you for the recipe). We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in your beautiful and very comfortable villa. Next time we will come during the summer so we can enjoy the pool. the villa truly was very convenienty located for all our treks in Tuscany. Please keep in touch and we hope you visit us if you ever come to the USA - Seattle. Grazie!
Randy & Heather Barker
Canmore - Alberta (CANADA) - 15.09.2007
Dear Francesca & family,
thanks fo putting together this great place for us to visit We enjoyed the villa and all the surronding area. It was a good place to explore Firenze to Roma and places in the middle. We made good use of the corkscrew and all the kitchen. We didn't use the pool much as it was pretty cool even for us Canadians...maybe next time we'll come earlier in summer when the weather is hotter. We appreciated all the food and wine you left us...thanks again!
Nathalie, Mike Gabrielle, Charles Thibodeau
Canada - 28.07.2007
thank you so much for the fruits and pasta you have provided us and the nice attention you gave us throughout our week here. Your constent smile and happiness made us feel really welcomed and at ease. We hope to come back in a near future to this wonderful villa of yours again. Don't forget to thank your mother for he fantatic Tiramisu!!! Mmmm...so good! We wish you and your family all the best! See you soon.
Germany - 27.06.2007
Die Hausbesitzer sind sehr nett, um sich verstandigen zu konnen sollte man allerdings ein bisschen Englisch sprechen konnen. Die Lage des Hauses ist beeindruckend. Das Haus selbst ist sehr sauber und gepflegt.
Espen, Heidi, Bendik, Sebastian Farstad
Norway - 16.06.2007
Dear Francesca & family,
Thanks for a wonderful stay at Il Colle di Sotto! The viewing, the villa, the owners and the surronding area are outstanding! The kids have enjoyed the pool - the grownups the pool side. We have toured Tuscany from Firenze to Livorno, from Greve in Chianti to Vinci. History and wine in a splendid mix. Thanks a lot for having the opportunity to stay here and for the homemade Tiramisu - it was the best! We hope to come back soon!
Wien (Osterreich) - 09.06.2007
Traumhafter Ausblick! sehr sauber und gepflegt! sehr netter empfang und betreuung! riesengro?er supermarkt im ort! tankstelle in der nahe! liebevolle einrichtung! angenehm ruhige lage!
Wolfgang, Josephine, Sophia, Sebastian Mathe
Germany - 26.05.2007
Wegen sehr wechselhaftem wetter konnten wir alle Sehenswurdigkeiten in Florenz, Pisa und Montelupo auschauen. Das Haus und den tollen pool haben wir sehr genossen. Bei familie Mazoni bedanken wir uns fur eine erholsame woche und ganz besonders fur den leckeren kuchen.
Laura & Dan Theisen
New York (USA) - 28.04.2007
thank you for a wonderful vacation...Montelupo Fiorentino was everything we imagined and more! The breath-taking views from Collesotto hit the spot after sight seeing tours of Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Livorno, San Gimignano, Roma, Lucca). The hospitality was better than expected and the sunsets picturesque! We hope to be back to you soon! Thank you again!
Dan & Rachel Miller
California (USA) - 21.04.2007
Rachel and I wanted to thank you for a wonderful setting for our return trip to Italy. We were so sorry that we were unable t say goodbye personally, we hope you understand a time restraint. You villa was perfect...for Rachel and I it was just the best possible setting. Even though the trips to Rome, Pisa, Florence and the like area great, we much rather visit the smaller towns. The setting was perfect to relax, actually meet the people of Italy and not a bunch of other tourists. Your villa offers so many wonderful aspects, the setting and views, it is so private and the varied animals playing around were welcoming. Everything was so clean and comfortable. Again our warmest thanks - best to your Mum and Dad. Regards.
Diane & Ken Marino
St. Catharines (CANADA) - 30.09.2006
Totally awesome experience. Grazie un milione! Amazing view, amazing villa - attention to details. Enjoyed the pool - even in October (Canadians eh?!)! Would recommend restaurant in Montelupo, across the bridge, "Osteria del Sole". We liked Pisa, Montalcino, Bago Vignoni and of course Firenze! Thank you for your mid-week surprise - delicious! Our best regards. We hope to come back soon!
Irina & John Schmottlach
Boston (USA) - 02.09.2006
Dear Francesca & family,
thank you for helping make our dream of visiting Tuscany a reality. Collesotto was the perfect place to explore this glorious area. We ventured to Pisa, Siena, the Chianti area and Florence. We just loved coming back and enjoying the pool, the sunsets (magnifico!) and the scenery. The town of Montelupo Fiorentino is also charming - found great little restaurants and the Coop (supermarket) which has a great selection for meals we decided to have in the villa. Signora Mazzoni - thank you so very much (grazie mille!) for the fabulous Tiramisu. We will remember our experience forever - the perfect way to celebrate our 10th anniversary. How fortunate we were to find you and this lovely jewel! We hope it won't be too long until we meet again. Sincerely...