Travel Blogs from San Gimignano
When your in Tuscany or even in Italy, it is a MUST to go wine tasting and sure enough that's what's we did! We joined a tour where we visited 2 different wineries in the Chianti region near San Gimignano. At the first winery we were taught wine tasting etiquette. Once we learned the basics we tasted several different wines from their vineyards, as well as olive ...
Today's adventures were first and foremost about ensuring that we experienced as much of what San Gimignano had to offer as we hoped to, including sights, tastes, and shopping. Having spent yesterday evening wandering the streets of the city for more time than we'd expected, we had already seen the vast majority of the city's layout and architecture -- and the city really is the primary attraction here (unless you really want to visit both of the ...
... The restaurant is empty, and has the same amazing panorama as I have from my terrace, so I am able to eat breakfast whilst once more devouring the Tuscan fields with my eyes. After breaking my fast I stroll in to town, and as I walk past the shopkeepers, pulling up their shutters and setting out their wares, I'm relieved to see that there are only locals out on the streets. As I turn on to the Piazza della Cisterna, just one solitary figure occupies ...
Florence was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I knew we'd be off to a good start when we arrived at our B&B, and our host, Giuseppe, greeted us with a map and a giant jug of wine to share with him and his amici (friends). Classic Italian hospitality! We started our first day by walking down to the Duomo (cathedral). The outside of the Duomo is so ornate that it's almost gaudy, while the inside is so simple that it's almost plain. It was an ...
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The drive to Monte Ovieto was stunning; we made a few scenic stops along the way and when it was called for went wandering up and down the round for a while taking everything in. Oh and don’t worry we have noticed that walking on the road is a natural thing in Italy and motorists are used to looking out for people. We walked single file but we have come across numerous people that walk side by side on the road and you simply have to go around ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Villasanpaolo San Gimignano
Great Value for Money
We just stayed at Villa San Paolo for a week (before easter weekend). It was lovely - and every comment that was written before is true. Very helpful and skilled staff. Good breakfast, clean and nice room, tasty diner and good wine selection makes your stay very unique. The view to San Gimignano is superb, like a postcard, just everything you expect from Tuscany.
My husband I stayed here in Sept 2005 for 4 days. We loved everything about it. The room was fabulous. Large bedroom area, separate little sitting room area which opened onto a private courtyard. Big bathroom with spa.It was all exactly as you would expect Tuscany to be, with its lovely colour scheme, leather furniture, outlook over the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The restaurant was open and quite up market food consistent with a 5 star hotel, and all delicious. A little bit pricey but what you would expect at a top class place. Breakfasts were great with a very extensive range.
We just stayed at this hotel for 3 days while touring Italy. Granted we made the mistake of thinking we could take the train to San Gimignao and walk to the hotel. No! As previous poster said, this hotel is 4 km from the town. We ended up taking a taxi from the train station to the hotel which cost about 15 euros for the two of us. When we got to the hotel we were greeted warmly. Our room was still being made so while we waited we had free drinks and were offered snacks. We stayed in room 108 which faces the pool. The receptionist took us to our room herself and showed us how things worked (like the AC and Do not Disturb button). We had a nice king size bed and a great view of Tuscany.
We we're there on our 25th Anniversary April 2005, and we we're not aware that the renovation was going to be in progress. The Hotel will be beautiful, but they forgot to service us with any ammenities. No shuttle to Town, which is about 4 miles away, Restaurant wasn't open, no turn down service and not really any one to speak to. The Hotel would of been beautiful if they had ammenties!! We would not return...
Just returned from Italy, what a blast!
The Villa San Pedro was everything we expected. charming and beautiful. They are building another wing, with a spa, we'll definitely be back. The construction is almost complete and didn't bother us at all. No loud noises or debris in the area. It's going to be a great addition to their hotel.
The Villa San Pedro was the highlight of our trip.
Enchanting hotel, unfortunatly undergoing major changes.
We stayed at the Villa San Paolo this July (2004) for two nights. The room had a balcony which overlooked the pool and gave us a breathtaking view of San Gimignano. Excellent staff, great breakfast, beautiful room; it is like having your own villa. They are undergoing MAJOR construction. In my opinion this hotel is about to lose its charm. They are adding a "motel" type building in the back which does blend in well with the current structures.
Much to our dismay, our Tuscan countryside vacation was cut short by the dawn til dusk construction currently underway at the Villa San Paolo. It appears the project has just recently started, and despite the grounds being breathtakingly beautiful, the staff being warm and welcoming, and the rooms being quite spacious given the price point we selected, its simply impossible to sleep past 6am due to construction -- a less than idea scenario for one's vacation. We transferred to a different room after our rude awakening on our first morning but found it no less loud. The Villa is simply too small to offer rooms that are out of construction earshot, which is just a shame because its a stunning property. The construction project will add another wing to the Villa along with a spa, so I would eagerly return once the job is complete. For now, however, our stay at Villa San Paolo rates as one of our most disappointing.
Your own private villa with stunning views
Stunning views of the towers of San Gimignano Wonderful villa that makes you feel as if you are staying with rich relatives for a weekend!
Pool, tennis, friendly service, comfortable rooms, great breakfast...and so close to San Gimignano, but so far from the crowds...try it, you will love it