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Hotel with great restaurant in Tuscany region

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We are beginning plans for a trip to Tuscany. Haven't narrowed down where, exactly, but we will partly plan that around food. We'd like to stay in a nice hotel, with a pool, and a really, really good restaurant on site so we can just hang out if we choose. WE love fine food, so this is very important for the quality of our trip. We'd like to be able to drive easily to Florence to explore the city. Any suggestions?

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  1. We haven't taken our trip yet (end of March), but we're staying at the Villa Bordoni in the Chianti region. It has a restaurant attached and the reviews I've read on Trip Advisor have been very positive. Unfortunately, no one on Chowhound has reviewed the restaurant.

    http://www.villabordoni.com/

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    1. re: Samantha

      Samantha ~ I look forward to your review of Villa Bordoni as I *just* booked a 3-night stay there in April. Are you going to participate in their cooking class while you're there?

      1. re: sonoria

        We haven't decided on whether we'll take a cooking class, as we will only be there for 2 full days (3 nights). It does look lovely though, doesn't it? And the restaurant sounds wonderful. I can't wait!

        1. re: Samantha

          Ah, got it. We're stayign for the same length of time and decided to do the class on the evening of the 3rd night. I can't wait!

          1. re: sonoria

            I'm happy to report that the cooking class at Villa Bordoni was a FANTASTIC experience, as was the entire stay at VB! The restaurant was a foodie's dream! If it weren't for our doggies back home, we could have stayed there forever.

            www.villabordoni.com

             
             
             
    2. Like Samantha, we haven't taken our trip yet, but in late April we will be staying at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Castellina in Chianti. It looks lovely, and the reviews I've seen have all been favorable.

      http://www.palazzosquarcialupi.com

      1. A bit of a drive from Florence, but highly recommend Villa Cicolina in Montelpulciano. Gorgeous small hotel with a wonderful restaurant (if you ask , "mama" the chef will provide cooking classes) and pool.

        Also, in Chianti, in a little town called San Sano is Castellare de' Noveschi - an amazing 4 room B&B (though more like a mini-hotel) right across the street from Grotta della Rana, where we ate 3 nights in a row it was so wonderful. The son is the maitre 'd, the mother the cook, and the father runs the little market adjacent to the restaurant, which is perfect for picking of fruit, wine and cheeses for a tour of the countryside. We spent 2 weeks in Tuscany on our honeymoon, and this was my favorite spot. If you like quaint, quiet, and want to feel like a true native, this is the place. The warmest hospitality and delictable homemade meals.

        1. In Montalcino is Albergo Giglio. Giglio is one of the best restaurants in the area. Nice people as well.