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Dear Kristin, Kirill and Jessica,

It is good to be back from our trip to Italy. Six of us started from Milan (Linate Airport which we recommend as it is smaller and not as crowded) and drove to Stresa, overlooking Lago Maggiore. Beautiful place. Next we traveled to Venice after taking a one day tour of Verona. Venice was great but expensive and extremely crowded. We spent the next week at a villa outside a small town called Panzano near Florence. It was a spectacular place and we enjoyed visiting the surrounding towns. We spent one day visiting Florence. Our last week we spent at Villa Riviera Toscana on your recommendation. What a jewel. It was the highlight of our trip. The hotel is no longer run by Claudio and his wife, but has been turned over to their two young sons (ages 20 and 25). We didn't start off too well as there was a mix up on our reservations and they didn't have a room available to us on the first night. I think it was partly our fault since we originally booked 7 days then canceled a day and subsequently booked it again. The brothers were really upset and immediately arranged for us to stay at another hotel on the beach for the one night. They felt so bad we were treated to dinner that night. When we finally moved into the hotel we found our rooms were large, comfortable, and very private. The views from the windows were spectacular. The breakfasts were good and plenty coffee (great for the American guests). The dinners were spectacular. We found the location perfect for seeing the countryside. We spent each sundown at a small bar at the end of a pier relaxing with the drink of the evening. I cannot overstate what perfect hosts the two brothers were. They made us feel at home, they entertained us and provided invaluable advice about the countryside. Thank you for recommending the place to us.

Rich S.


Hi Kristin,

We just got back from our trip to Italy last Friday and I just wanted to let you know all went very well and we had a great time.

In Chianciano we stayed in Palazzo Bandino; our absolute favorite place. What a great place to stay. We stayed in for dinner every night (3 nights) since the food was really good and we met some nice people over dinner. The staff again was very nice and our room (we stayed in the little cabin next to the main house) was great.

Next we went to Lido di Camaiore were we stayed at Villa Riviera Toscana. The hotel was very nice and we had a great room with a large balcony. The downside was that the season was over and there were only very few people in the hotel. I had read before that they serve really good food at the hotel but not this time of the year. There was only one restaurant open in Lido di Camaiore; the place was just closed for the winter. We had booked the hotel for four nights but decided to leave a day early and go back to Florence for the last two days.

The car rental and museum tickets worked all out perfectly. And also the Airport hotel worked out great at the end of our vacation (we had a 6:00 am flight out of Florence).

Thank you for all your help, you made planning our trip so much easier. The website was also of great help as we printed off many pages with info to bring on our trip. Thanks again and we hope to travel to Italy again in the next years. We had a wonderful trip.

John and Joke N.


Dear Jessica:

We have just come back home after a wonderful trip to Italy arriving there on 09/24 and departing on 10/3. This was our second trip to Italy, the first being four years ago. This trip we flew into Rome, took the train to Florence, staying there 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our short time there. Picking up our rental car (rented through you), we drove out into Tuscany, truly beginning our adventure. We stayed in Valdechiana, near the Umbrian border, at Casa Bella one of your recommended B&Bs. As you said, we would not be disappointed, Mario and his son Carlo are extremely gracious and thoroughly enjoy hosting, cooking, and sharing their knowledge of Italy. Mario is a truly gentle, kind and caring man which is so evident in his manner. The 200 year old home has been lovingly restored, the baths lovely and the beds extremely comfortable. Most all of the ingredients used in meals prepared there are grown on the many acres that the estate owns. Incidentally, we entered the house walking under a grape arbor heavy with grapes which are used to make the house's homemade jam. As we drove away, I had such a warm happy feeling about our stay there; Mario is the best of hosts and it is so evident that he thoroughly enjoys the never ending work of hosting. We highly recommend Casa Bella!

We drove on to Lido de Camaiore on the Italian Rivieria and stayed at Villa Riviera Toscana. This is truly a charming property; a gorgeous mansion with lovely grounds, the former home of a renowned Italian artist which made it all the more interesting. Host Claudio was very engaging and helpful. Breakfast was very good, the town and connected beach resort towns all have many wonderful restaurants, bars, boutique shopping and lovely sights to offer.

Thanks again for such a great website and good service!

Lisa & Fabio G.


Hello,

We will remember our wonderful weeks in Italy for some time and want you to know we found the hotels booked through In Italy to be grand. Our lovely hotel Villa Riviera Toscana had a beautiful garden and friendly staff. It was within easy walking distance to the beach. Please note that the information on arriving by train said the train station nearby was Lido Di Camaiore. It is not the stop to get off! No taxi or transportation...in fact the conductor on the train was surprised we wanted to get off! We walked a distance before realizing we were "lost". A friendly storekeeper helped us call the hotel and they kindly sent someone to pick us up! The stop you want is the one prior which is at Viareggio. From there it is about a 2 mile taxi ride to the hotel. Beware, also, there are no elevators at this lovely estate - stairs are steep so pack light! We are already planning our next trip and will visit your site again when we are ready to go!

Kathy A.


Dear Kirill, 

Thanks for your interest. We stayed at Villa Riviera Toscana and had a very nice time with Claudio and staff. They are attentive to needs and...had we really known how good their dinners are, would have eaten there more--the best in Tuscany. The Lido di Camaiore area is very beautiful and clean. For those wanting a less touristy experience there are nearby locations and lots of stuff to see and do within hours. Recommend it highly.

The Chandler Family


Hello Jessica,

Villa Riviera Toscana was fantastic!!! My husband (Bill) and I were traveling with my sister (Alda) and her husband (John). We felt welcomed and at home. The villa is comfortable, quiet and friendly. We fell in love with Monica. She reminded us of a young peppy Audrey Hepburn, always working, and always making it accommodating for her clients. We enjoyed Claudio and his wonderful selection of fine wines. Originally we had planned not to eat our dinners there, but our schedule changed and so we ate there for 2 of the evenings. We were delighted (to say the least). The food was delicious and they served homemade torta which reminded us of our mother's cooking. Monica gave us her recipe.

I would recommend Villa Riviera Toscana to anyone. The location is perfect. You can walk to the beach and do some shopping. Lido di Camiore is a wonderful location. You are close to Viareggio, Torre del Lago, Lucca, Massarosa, Pisa and 50 minute drive to Florence. Trust me, we will be returning to Villa Riviera Toscana.

Sincerely,
Helen P.


Jessica,

Though I have been back for a while, I still have good memories of my stay in Italy. I think that the Villa Riviera Toscana was great, and I really liked the area as it was not a place where tourists typically stay. This created some problems as we do not speak Italian, but the people were very friendly and helpful so it was not a real issue for us. The folks at the residence were very nice, and we enjoyed their help - I would recommend this place. The only thing that we were disappointed in was the fact that we had to walk 2-3 blocks to get to the beach....it was an easy and safe walk, it was just that I thought that we would be closer.

Jim from Cincinnati


Dear Julie,

We had a great trip, thanks. The accommodations were good at both places.

Villa Riviera Toscana was lovely. I think the town of Lido di Camaiore was a little more of a family beach town than I realized but that was ok as it was a good place to take day trips to Lucca and the Cinque Terre. The "private beach" is a couple of blocks away and we were a little disappointed that we had to pay to use it, and that all of the chairs near the water were reserved so we'd have to be way in the back, quite a distance from the ocean. We opted for the public beach instead, which was crowded but fine.

Claudio was very helpful and suggested two wonderful restaurants for us. Ristorante Ulisse was fantastic and well worth the drive to the out of the way location. They treated us so well there, and chef Mario introduced himself which was nice. We sat on the back patio and had a lovely leisurely dinner there, one of the best of our trip.

We also ate at some of your other recommended restaurants and found all of your info and suggestions quite helpful. Overall it was a great trip and I appreciate your services tremendously!

Best,
Johanna S.


Thank you, Jessica.

We had a lovely trip.

Villa Riviera Toscana. We had a great time there. We ate there one night and it was okay, not great, but the beach is just fabulous for little kids (and adults) and the hotel is easy and nice and Claudio is great. There were a lot of expat Americans there for the music festival which was kind of a drag. We'd been doing so well speaking nothing but Italian for so long. Oh well. We went to Lucca, of course, which was great.

All-in-all, everything was wonderful and all of your recommendations were great. We can't thank you enough! We told everyone we met and everyone we've talked to since about InItaly.com. We think you're the greatest.

P.S. we had a great car, too!

Best,
Kate B.


Dear Kristin,

I recently stayed at Villa Riviera Toscana for ten nights. I was a single traveler and found Claudio and his staff to be very friendly and accommodating. The hotel was well kept and clean, the breakfasts in the garden were very good. I found the free internet access wonderful, as it is hard to find internet cafes in small towns in Italy. The staff was always willing to help you with any request.

If you like the beach and to ride a bicycle, it is the perfect place to vacation. You may also want to recommend the beach Nuova Italia in Viareggio (which is close to the villa) to your clients. It was very clean and the management of the beach were helpful and pleasant.

Ciao,
Kathleen G.


Hi Jessica,

We are back home and it is raining and fall-like. Quite a difference from the gorgeous 28 degree weather we were enjoying in Italy.

Reality!!!

We really enjoyed Villa Riviera Toscana. The people who ran the B&B were wonderful, very friendly and helpful, I would highly recommend the accommodations there. Also the breakfasts were really nice and there was a variety, which was nice.

The only thing I would suggest is a better map of the actual town of Lido de Camaiore, which gives the location of the hotel. They have a good map on the back of their business card, which would have been extremely helpful on locating the place on the first day.

Otherwise, it was a great place. Thanks for your help.

Cheers,
Heather K.


Jessica,

The Villa Riviera Toscana no longer has a rail stop a half mile away. One has to go to Viareggio and take a bus or taxi to the villa. It's about three kilometers. We used a rail pass so that sort of information would have been helpful to know. Both places Christian and Claudio, Monica and staff went out of their way to assist/serve us. Their kindness made our stay in Italy that much more delightful!

William R.


Hello Julie.

It sad that the vacation end so quickly, especially when we have such bad weather in Sweden now.... We enjoyed Villa Riviera Toscana very much. It was perfectly situated near the beach. We got one perfect day at the beach from 10-18 o'clock! The other day we went to Cinque Terre. We drove to La Spezia and after some driving around in the town we found the railway station and we parked the car at the port. From there it was close to walk to the station. We took the train to Riomaggiore and walked to Corneglia. Then the train back to La Spezia. A perfect day-trip between 10 and 18. Cinque Terre was really fantastic!! If I should say something negative about Villa Riviera Toscana it is that the room was very modestly decorated. When you see the house I expected more of the room. It was also a small room to 4 persons. We couldn't move inside because the beds were in the way! We like Italy very much and we like to return.

Best regards
Annika H.


Dear Jessica,

Villa Riviera Toscana was a little gem. The hospitality at the hotel was first class. The most outstanding feature was the evening food which was served in the small but lovely hotel garden. It is some of the best food we had in Italy and the service was excellent. The wines that were served were also of an excellent quality. The owner of the hotel, Claudio, really puts himself out for all of his customers and was very warm and friendly as were all the staff. The hotel rooms are pleasant but ours had a quite small bathroom. However they were well cleaned and this was a small price to pay for such a lovely family run hotel. We even stayed in the garden singing with the waiters who played the guitar. All nationalities were singing together but mainly in English! Claudio, the owner, really encouraged this and it was a lovely experience. The hotel has a lot of character as it once belonged to a famous artist whose paintings are in the hotel alongside a grand piano. Best day out from the Hotel was to Lucca-a day not to be missed and only 16 minutes on the train from Viareggio. Best Italian meal by the beach of this resort was at Europa. All the italians go so you need to book early or you can't get in! A great holiday.

Yvonne and Rod W.


Dear David,

A joy from start to finish. From the time that we discovered your Website, to the completion of our stay in Italy. This is the first time that we have ever used a computer to book our holiday. From the very start we felt that we were being dealt with on a personal level. We felt very confident that all would be well. As far as our choice of Hotel, Villa Riviera Toscana, there are insufficient words to describe the sheer delight of our experience. Our host Claudio and his staff were so welcoming that we felt like part of a family. The food ... totally out of this world. The best part being that every meal was a complete surprise as we did not select from a Menu. We were asked our preference i.e. Fish/Meat? on our arrival and the rest was up to them. The food was served in abundance and we haven't stopped talking about it since! We don't want to go over the top, but this really is the most wonderful place to stay. We would recommend this Hotel for any age group. We are not among the Spring Chicken variety, but there were several younger couples there and they were of the same mind as us.

Thanks again for your kind attention, we shall keep in touch.

With kind regards to you all,
Jackie and David C.


Hi Julie,

Thanks for your follow-up on my visit to Italy, and Villa Riviera Toscana. My trip was great, and Italy was as warm and fascinating as ever. Since I was there near the end of the season, tourist sites weren't crowded and locals predominated in Lucca, the Cinque Terra and Pistoia. I found the hotel delightful, a fine location near the beach and shopping, a wonderful garden for hanging out, great food and wine. The best part about the hotel is the staff - warm, welcoming, helpful, dedicated to making sure guests have everything they need for a great visit. For example, one day Claudio had to visit the house the hotel rents, and invited me to go along to see it, and the view. Claudio also helped me find a way to get to the hotel from the Pisa airport, since I would be arriving after the last train of the night had left. The only thing unexpected about the hotel was the distance from the beach, which wasn't really a problem since the beach was pretty much closed down for the season. I would nominate the town of Pistoia as an undiscovered treasure - historic center close to the train station, a great food and produce market next to the Duomo, a store making a traditional candy called Confetti, and no tourist junk.

I would definitely return to the hotel, as a great base of operations for visiting Tuscany by train, since you can get to most everywhere from the train station in nearby Viareggio.

Sincerely,
Elisabeth L.


Dear Kristin,

We are a group of 6 women friends (of a certain age, all ex-teachers) holidaying in Tuscany for the first time. Staying in Villa Riviera Toscana certainly made our holiday. We loved the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and enjoyed the food. The staff could not have been more helpful. We were travelling around by public transport and Monica was frequently checking the internet for us for timetables and booking taxis. We found travelling around the area by rail quite cheap and easy, although we don't speak Italian. A special thanks to Giancarlo for getting Puccini opera tickets for us at very late notice. We would certainly visit again.

Good Wishes

Ann R.


Hi. I've been meaning to write to you since returning home to tell you that Villa Riviera Toscana was fantastic! We loved the house, the rooms, the location, but mostly the people there. And parking is extremely convenient, easy and close by which is so unusual. What a wonderful experience. Monica brought us a bottle of wine, olives, and a little bruschetta in the afternoon and was such a doll. Her uncle offered us the computer free for e-mail, printed out train schedules for us, etc. Just a perfect place. We also enjoyed the town, and especially Viareggio which we didn't know about.

I will think about "hidden treasures" to share and get back to you. But I did want to thank you so much for Villa Riviera Toscana - I would go back in a second and have already told several people to contact you about it.

Best, Nancy L.


Thank-you we had a lovely time. The Villa Riviera Toscana was a bit ..... basic - but as other guests had said the welcome was friendly. It's very much a typical Italian family "pensione" and guests should remember that in Italy children are Kings so are generally allowed to run riot until late into the night around the hotel. We enjoyed the Ristorante del Mare on the way to the beach Isonzo.

Best regards,
Sarah S.


Dear Kirill,

First off, thanks for all your help. At times it was invaluable!! Your quick responses to all my questions and concerns made planning this trip alot easier then it would have been without you.

Villa Riviera Toscana was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Now you may wonder how a 3 star hotel could be that great. First off let me say that because the hotel was an historic site, the home of the famous artist Galileo Chini, it offered a different flair. The rooms were not luxurious but that was ok because you really felt as if you were in someone's home. The real reason that the hotel was so great was because of the staff!! They were wonderful and attentive. Claudio, Loretta, Monica, GianCarlo and the rest of the staff treat their guests as if they are long lost family. They were always there to answer any questions you need answered, phone calls you need made or day trips you need help planning. One of the best features of the hotel is the dinner that is served in their front garden. We had all of our evening meals there. For a very reasonable price you get a 4-5 course authentic Tuscan meal. It was great having supper there because after a long very hot day at the beach or touring, you could spend 2-3 hours relaxing having dinner in a very relaxing family atmosphere. The best part was that when the kids were finished eating they played cards in another part of the garden while the adults continued to eat and talk. Again the food was delicious with everything homemade. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to all our friends. Even though I can speak Italian I found that their english was also very good and clear, this is an added bonus for those who don't speak Italian. Sometimes the smaller hotels can be the most charming, warm and inviting and this is definitely the case with Villa Riviera Toscana!!!!!!!

Doug M.


Hi Julie,

The trip was fantastic minus the heatwave factor. Especially in the places that didn't have any AC. Villa Riviera Toscana was so quaint and Claudio was very hospitable. He lent us his bikes to cruise down the boardwalk to Viareggio train station and what a great meal they cook for dinner. Breakfast in the courtyard was wonderful. Unfortunately, when booking my stay there I wasn't aware of how long it would take to get back to Geneva. I wish In Italy had caught that as we ended up leaving a night early to take a night train. Guess that's where the travel insurance would have come in. But I think I did tell In Italy where I was starting off and where I would be departing from. Nevertheless, the night train was a kick. Printed out what In Italy had for the Cinque Terre and still messed up on the trains. Because we were in the last car, when it stopped at Riomaggiore we were in the tunnel and didn't realize we were at the train stop. So ended up doing it backwards from Monterosso, which actually was very nice. We got the steep climbs out of the way, and avoided probably alot of people on the trail.

All in all it was a very relaxing vacation. I think we probably did too much. Should have just visited two places and taken more day trips but we know for next time.

Thanks for all your help,
Samantha T.


Dear Julie,

I had a wonderful trip, thank you. I appreciated your help in choosing the two places where I stayed. I went over to Italy with confidence that I would be pleased with the accommodations, and I was! I tell everyone about your website! But I also love that I can reach you by phone to discuss things.

Villa Riviera Toscana was an oasis. I would come back at the end of a day's exploring and know that there were people who cared what I was doing. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the experience of being in a small "hotel" with other international guests. Twice I ate dinner there and found it very relaxing to sit in the garden. It was so much easier than trying to find a place to eat in town, it was quiet and peaceful and tasty. I did find the location great for day trips- the autostrada was right there and there were amazing sites within a two hour radius.

I find your website dense with helpful information and fun to explore. I am grateful for your expertise and guidance. As I said in the beginning, I knew I didn't have to worry about where I was staying and was it going to be all right, and, because I was traveling alone, that made the trip less stressful. So thank you! Hopefully I'll get over there again soon and will definitely be asking for your help again.

Barbara B.


Dear Kirill,

Yes, we did have a marvellous trip to Italy and our 2 nights at Villa Riviera Toscana lived up to all expectations, coupled too with wonderful weather and superb hospitality from the hosts. The food was so superb we did not feel the need to search out anything else locally. In fact the first night was some sort of banquet/wine tasting night for residents and locals. We started eating at 8.15 and finished at 11.15. Quite the best meal I have ever had. What a way to celebrate your fiftieth birthday!

We found that the railway station in Camaiore is quite a way from the hotel and trains do not run quite as frequently as to Viareggio. We found it was better to have a taxi to Viareggio, cost about 10 euros, and catch the train from there. We will be back!! Regards, and thanks for your help.

Jane B.


Dear Jessica,

At Villa Riviera Toscana we felt like we were visiting the home of friends. The hospitality was tremendous and we were sad to leave. We took a boat ride to Cinque Terre (thanks to the recommendation of our host) and spent what might have been the nicest day of our vacation touring a couple of towns and relaxing AWAY from the weekend traffic. We also saw "Madama Butterfly" at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, the next town over. What a treat! Lucky for us, Andrea Bocelli was performing that night!

Thanks for all your help and recommendations. The literature you provided to us was invaluable. We have already recommended your web site to friends planning trips to Italy.

Regards,
Joanne G.


Dear Julie,

Well I was just getting round to saying thank you when your message came! We had an excellent holiday and loved both accommodations. The food in Villa Riviera Toscana was superb and they catered for my veggie daughter very well. That made it good value as well as a lovely place. We were just getting to know the folks in Lucca when it was time to go. The situation is ideal and very good instructions for finding it. Thank you again for all your help. I had a wonderful 50th birthday!

Maria M.


Dear Julie,

Villa Riviera Toscana was very nice. Claudio was a friendly and most helpful host. He and the rest of the staff were wonderful. We particularly enjoyed dinner and the interaction again with guests from around the world.

Joe P.


Dear Kirill,

Villa Riviera Toscana was, by far, the friendliest place we stayed at. It was akin to spending a couple of nights with the Italian relatives. Getting the car into the driveway takes some maneuvering. You may want to let the hotel staff give it a try. The room was small and we had to hike up 2 flights of stairs everyday but we were all comfortable. We ate at the hotel both nights and it was pretty good food. During this part of the trip we opted to get our laundry done. It was a pain but it is possible. Here is what you do: Drive south to the next beach town. (I forgot the name.) Drive until the main drag along the beach begins to veer left. There will be a city park on the left-hand side across from the beach. Park the car. Walk one block in to find a small self-serve laundromat on the right. I am not bothering to give the street names because you won't see them from the car anyway. You can try asking the hotel staff for directions but following directions from Italians can be a whole new adventure. Good luck.

Stephen J.


Dear Cynthia,

Thank you. We did have an amazing time in Italy, yes. Everything was so beautiful. Villa Riviera Toscana was more than we hoped for. The hotel and rooms were very beautiful, probably the best room on our trip. The owners were very nice, and helpful. On their advice, we went to Cinque Terra. We followed a footpath from Monterossa to Vernazza, and that was some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Definitely worth the trip.

In town, we twice visited Ferruccio (Focacceria-Pizzeria located on Viale Colombo, 58). That was by far the best pizza we had anywhere in Italy, with a great atmosphere. The owners were very nice, and even didn't seem to mind our attempts at Italian. We had alot of fun there.

Thank you for your service - it made our trip all the easier!!

Sincerely,
Amy V.


Dear Kirill,

Villa Riviera Toscana was one of our favorite places during our 3 week trip to Europe. The home itself was a nice relief after staying in some larger hotels. The home atmosphere and comfort and attention to the details made it special. We would definitely come back again. It is about an 1.5 hour drive to Cinque Terre, which I would highly recommend to anyone coming to your place. The breakfast was delightful and our friends had dinner one night and said it was absolutely fantastic. Again, the setting and the whole experience here was wonderful. Hope these comments help.

Please give our best regards to the managers of Villa Riviera Toscana. They do a fantastic job!!! Thanks again. Happily satisfied and back in Minnesota (USA) and missing Italy greatly,

The Hamanns


Dear Jessica,

My husband and I just returned from our vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Villa Riviera Toscana in Lido Di Camaiore. The accommodations were superb and the service terrific. Claudio and Loretta the owners are very personable and attentive to your needs. Monica, their niece and the coordinator of the dining room is a delight. The food was exquisite. We did not sign on for board but found ourselves eating at the villa all but two nights of our stay because the food was excellent and the service wonderful. It is close to everything but not in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. A terrific spot that I strongly recommend.

Marilyn M.


Dear Julie,

Villa Riviera Toscana was a treat. I think the warmth and helpfulness of the host and hostess are the biggest asset this place has. The food (I had breakfast and dinner there every night) was tasty and well prepared, and there was a nice selection of wines. It was warm enough to sit outside the first night I got there, and the garden in front of the villa is peaceful and pleasant.

I used the villa as a base from which to explore Pisa and Lucca. Both cities have intriguing streets and squares, beautiful cathedrals and other church-related structures. The cathedral in Lucca in particular has a truly exquisite tomb and an unforgettable Ghirlandaio. San Michele in Foro must also be seen and houses an amazing painting by Filippino Lippi. There is also a very complete street market by San Michele; I sampled the silks and the nougat candy.

Anne F.


Hello Natasha!

We had an incredible trip thank you, returning just over a week ago. It started in Rome and ended in Paris, covering roughly 4000km by car.

After staying with relatives in Rome, we drove north to Villa Riviera Toscana which was the first of our numerous stops along the way. If we'd had more time we would definitely have stayed here longer.

Claudio is a charming host. Ever-present, he never seems to stop from morning to night, and clearly enjoys what he does. This can also be seen in his staff, all of whom greet you with a warm smile and are very eager to be helpful and make your stay enjoyable.

The house is a wonderfully maintained old mansion, which conjures up visions of past splendour. It was our first exposure to european accommodation and a very positive one. It's also well situated, just a short walk to the beach, which stretches up and down the coast - forever! We didn't really do any exploring, but rather took the two days to relax on the beach.

All in all a most enjoyable stay - we'd do it again.

Regards,
John & Tara M.


Dear Cynthia,

Thank you for your welcome home letter and interest in my travels. We enjoyed our stay at Villa Riviera Toscana. Claudio is a wonderful host. He recommended a great restaurant in a mountain town nearby that was one of our best dining experiences during our trip. It was a prix fixe menu and the food kept coming and coming from unique appetizers, three pastas, and several meat dishes. The name escapes me but it was run by a friend of Claudio's.

A couple of suggestions for your advertising however is that you may want to mention that there are lots of children staying there as well, which made for a very noisy stay. It didn't occur to me that there would be a houseful of kids. Also, I expected it to be on the beach from the descriptions. But overall the food was good, and we felt very welcomed despite the language barrier. Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Renee B.


Dear Kirill,

Villa Riviera Toscana was a very different experience, although wonderful in its own way. We had a wonderful room on top floor. The meals were exceptional! We ate at the hotel all three nights of our stay. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We felt very much at home during our three days' stay.

Although it may be a few years before we can plan a return trip to Italy, I will continue to visit your website to dream in the meantime. Thank you for your contribution to a most memorable trip.

Jeane R.


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