Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, ancient hamlets and churches, Villa la Grotta offers guests a quintessentially Tuscan experience in the Chianti region. This pale-pink historic mansion was once the home of the Duke of Aosta and has been sympathetically restored to become a charming 12-room property with pretty gardens, and warm, friendly staff.
The little village of Laterina and its castle are a 10-minute drive away, or it's a pleasant ride on one of the hotel's bikes (charges apply). Don’t miss the Il Borro winery, owned by the Salvatore Ferragamo fashion family, which is a few minutes' drive over the hill. The hotel is an hour by car from Siena and Cortona, traditional Chianti villages that are both worth exploring. Arezzo (15 minutes away by car) is host to one of the biggest antique fairs in Italy on the first weekend of each month.
There is no on-site restaurant at Villa la Grotta, but platters of tasty local olive oil, local salami, cheese and fresh bread are available and a laid-back but tasty continental breakfast is included each morning. The village of San Giustino Valdarno, a 15-minute walk away, has a very good gelato shop (Café Marissa) and pizzeria (Bruno's Pizza).
The rooms are spacious and have stunning views of the surrounding countryside -- the three classic rooms even have a shared roof terrace. Upgrade to a higher category for an extra sofa bed and a small kitchenette, with cutlery, crockery, a mini fridge and hob. One of the suites (Caravaggio) has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it suitable for families or groups. Some rooms have rustic open fireplaces, but there is an extra charge for lighting a fire.
This is a historic building so there is no lift, but staff will happily help with bags. Pets are welcome at no extra charge and there is free parking and Wi-Fi throughout. The outdoor pool is not heated and is open seasonally, and massages and facials can be organised on request.
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
Baby-sitting service on request
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Kitchenette in some rooms
Outdoor space for some rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Accessible path of travel
Accessible pool area
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 11am.
Standard checkout time: 10:30am.
Children and additional guests
Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. Extra bed available on request in Junior Suite and higher categories only: 35€ per night for older children and adults. This includes breakfast. Charges will be added to your bill.
Pets are allowed on request and will be charged 40€ per day on checkout.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
There is a three-night minimum stay required in August and from Dec. 21 to 31.
The outdoor pool is open from May to September.
A car is recommended and there is free parking on
site. There are direct flights to Pisa Airport, a 90-minute drive from the
hotel. The property can be a little hard to find -- GPS is recommended. Alternatively,
take a train to Arezzo (50 minutes from Florence, two hours from Pisa) and then
a 15-minute taxi.
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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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