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People's Comments


A very pleasant stay

A very pleasant stay, lovely towns and countryside. Bella Vista was very peaceful and met all our needs thank you
L Cavannagh

Bella Vista is something special

It sounds to simple to say Bella Vista is something special, but it really is a special place and perfect for our family vacation;3 generations ages 9-80! Besides all the obvious beauty of the place here is what we loved: Visits from the dove and cat; thunder and lightening to rattle your teeth; cooking from herbs from the garden; figs fresh from the trees; walking in the woods;big skies and views of the valley that change every 20mins;being awakened by church bells; dolci & gelati from Catania Natale; the video arcade in Lastra (says Daniel); the pool of course; golf at Montelupo and fun with the water pump.

The house was truly magical

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Bella Vista this June. The house was truly magical. Our extended family enjoyed every part of the house (pool and outdoor areas too) and being so close to Florence, yet out of town was a delight for us all. We thank you for your hospitality and for connecting us with Riccardo who drove us all over the place. We had wonderful meals in and around Florence and enjoyed all the outlying areas.

It was what we had imagined it to be, private, peaceful, clean and typical of Tuscan living

Wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at Bella Vista. It was what we had imagined it to be, private, peaceful, clean and typical of Tuscan living. Next time - cooking classes! The pool area was very nice, but too cold to use, probably because of the time of year. One thing - I just wish we had rented a little car, just to get to the train station and back, we were able to go down ok, but coming back was too much of a climb and had to hire taxis. Ricardo was very accommodating and helped us out so much. We`re ready to come back.

Thank you for a wonderful holiday

Thank you for a wonderful holiday. It has been simply fabulous, your hospitality is as beautiful as your house and gardens.

We truly enjoyed

We truly enjoyed your home, your hospitality your traditions and especially welcoming us into your family. We hope we will be able to return the favour in the future. We will never forget the unique Italian food that Maria prepared for us. Her meals are the essence of Tuscany! It was also so wonderful to return home after our busy days of exploration. Thank you for giving two families the opportunity to fulfil a dream of spending time together in Italy
The Millers The Coiro`s

Very relaxing and enjoyable

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks. The house, pool and grounds are fabulous. Marias cooking is exceptional. We would like to come back soon.

Great Hospitality

A beautiful place , wonderful food. Great hospitality.Hard to believe but even better than last time we were here.

Villa Aretina is the perfect spot

Villa Aretina is the perfect spot to sit and meditate the place for loosing all are`s cares but not for loosing weight. We know Maria was a star The moment that we meet her, our first impression was confirmed on meeting her bruschetta. Wine followed wine , course followed course. But nothing than Maria cooked for us surpassed the pasta. But now we must leave, its garden, its gattini. We leave with grateful thanks to La Famiglia
Tim and Chris

What a beautiful restored home!

What a beautiful restored home! We enjoy our stay and we want to take Maria home with us, she was a delight, our best to you and your family! We will be back!