| WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE SAID
Thank you for making our stay in Tuscany so lovely. We felt very welcomed, love the villa and enjoyed all the sightseeing. Your place is just gorgeous, we were able to relax and enjoy the countryside. Thank you so much for inviting us for dinner at your house. We were absolutely amazed……the whole evening was like a dream.
S. and S. London UK
We would like to thank you again for your hospitality while we stayed at your villa. You were both so helpful in planning our day trips, restaurants, directions, etc.. We so enjoyed your stories, and have told many friends here in America that they should travel to Italy and stay at Villa Paterno if at all possible. The accommodations were excellent……as was the wine!! The view is as wonderful as any we saw while on vacation.
L. and S. San Francisco CA USA
We have returned safely to NZ and miss talking with you both. On behalf of all of us many many thanks for your hospitality. It was like we had been friends for a long time. I do miss the Villa and wish we could all be back there as I am sure there is still lots to see and do. We all loved Firenze and voted it our best place.
V.W. New Zealand
Thank you so much for your great hospitality! You both made us feel so very welcome and at home. We feel so lucky and privileged to have met two such generous and interesting people and we sincerely do hope we will meet again before long. We really enjoyed our time at Villa Paterno and your company very much. Excellent accommodations, beautiful surroundings, great food and wine, what more do we want?
K. and K. Toronto, Canada
You were both such outstanding hosts, always willing to spend an extra hour talking or driving us somewhere or showing us something on the map. Your home is so beautiful and you truly opened your doors and hearts to all of us. We have so many great memories from our time in Tuscany from horseback riding to sitting on the patio drinking your wine, to dining with you two, to swimming in the pool. We look forward to finding our way back someday and once again seeing you two and Ghita. Thank you for being so friendly and wonderful. You both made our week very special.
K. and M. Maine USA
What a wonderful stay we had! You were both such gracious hosts and the property is stunningly beautiful…..we have many fond memories! Thanks again.
I.P. New York USA
We so enjoyed our vacation at the Villa. There has been much conversation about a return trip another time to Paterno because you have such a beautiful Villa.
P.D. Boston USA
S. and I and D. and S. really enjoyed our stay at your beautiful Villa. The marvellous accommodations, beautiful vistas and most importantly the graciousness you both showed us during our stay made our trip memorable. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the delicious dinner at your home and for picking us up at the train station and for equipping the kitchen with coffee, bread, fruit and cheese. You are both wonderful people and you made our stay most enjoyable. S. and I will be returning to Italy with 2 of our children with their spouses in mid June next summer and would like to stay at your Villa again.
J and S. Oregon USA
We can not begin to thank you enough for everything that you did for us! Our time at your Villa was wonderful. What made our stay there so spectacular was not just the charm of Villa Paterno, but your hospitality and friendship. From the moment you met us and our “motorcoach” by the store, we felt welcomed. I can not even put in writing how much we enjoyed everything. The dinner welcoming us, the groceries, the drinks by the pool, the directions to the train, showing us your special parking area, the grappa, the wine, taking us for a gelato, the lunch with you in Florence, the tour of the chapel and your property……everything just made us feel so welcome and comfortable. Our few days in Rome were nice but, nothing like Florence. We had been spoiled!
D. and C.F. Tucson, AZ USA
We had a wonderful time staying at your Villa. You were terrific hosts, and your home is beautiful. It was very hard for us to leave, and A. and I hope that we can return soon. I hope that you will visit us when you come to America. We would love to return your hospitality.
G.P. Maine USA
Letter from a USA travel agency:
I thought you might want to see this splendid letter from your Clients. What a review but honestly I would be surprised if it had been anything different. You are so splendid we cannot believe our great fortune in finding you. With love, S.C.
“ We recently rented Villa Paterno through your agency. It is a very special place. We were absolutely delighted with the house, the grounds, the magnificent view, and especially Alberto and Antonella. Apart from being charming and friendly, they could not do enough to make us feel at home, including dinner, bottles of the estate’s wine, a tour of the grounds and wine cellar, insights into places to go and how to get there, and even an offer to drive us to the railway station in Pontassieve to show us Alberto’s secret parking spot. While I have not stayed at any other property in Tuscany, I would wholeheartedly recommend Villa Paterno to others.”
J.W. Portland USA
I did not want to wait until we get home to tell you how happy you made us. The week we spent in your beautiful home was the best part of our trip. You opened your hearts to us and gave us the gift of your friendship. We thank you for that.
A. and M. San Francisco CA
We just wanted to thank you both again for providing us with a holiday our daughters and we could never forget. From the moment Alberto met us at the car park, until we departed, you both made us all feel like members of your family. Your warmth, graciousness and generosity were truly appreciated. A. and M. felt like little “principine”.
K. and L.S. Cincinnati OH USA
We had a wonderful vacation at your Villa and want to thank you so very much for all of your help, advice and assistance with sightseeing, driving directions, restaurant recommendations, etc. Also, the lovely dinner you served us on our first night was delicious and an unforgettable treat. Thanks again for making our stay so memorable….we have many fond memories of Villa Paterno.
Dear Alberto and Antonella,
Not a day passes that we don’t think back on our week at Villa Paterno. What a beautiful location and wonderful, wonderful house! From the moment we stepped into the cool darkness of the foyer and started up the staircase, we knew we were in a very special place. To then walk out onto the patio and catch first sight of the rolling vineyards and olive groves, were knew we were only a few steps from heaven.
If the magnificent location and house were not enough, we then discovered that our hosts themselves were the very best part of the package. Such hospitality! Such thoughtful kindness! While we had heard that Italian hospitality was wonderful, we were not prepared for the way you welcomed our family. Surely nowhere else are six strangers invited to share the owners’ table on the night they arrive. Antonella and you spoiled us with that first classic dinner. We had no finer meal during our entire visit.
To find the kitchen and refrigerator stocked with everything we would need for the first few days was completely unexpected and amazing. To then learn that the wine and olive oil were from the very vines and trees in the yard below - and that we were invited to help ourselves! - was incredible. Your generosity made it possible for us to give almost no thought to shopping, focusing instead on unwinding and adjusting to a lovely slower pace of life.
Alberto, your generosity began long before we arrived with opening the pool for us. The blue-green water was the crowning touch to the view for us.
As we think back over our week in Paterno, there wasn ‘t a day when you two did not have a hand in making it an unforgettable visit….walking around your beautiful grounds, rides through the countryside, introductions, horseback rides, visits over good Italian cooking. Surely no other host has ever presented glorious flowers to a visiting mother on Mother’s Day! I will never forget that lovely gesture.
So, we are back in our real world, of course, working at our respective jobs, taking care of our own homes, busy with family, friends and colleagues. But because of you and our week at Villa Paterno we are not the same people we were when we left the US. We are far richer for the experience, with memories that will stay with us forever. In the midst of a stressful day someone will ask, “Did you enjoy Italy?” and we are back Paterno. We see the view, feel the tile under bare feet, smell herbs cooking in the kitchen, and hear Antonella calling out across the yard, “Alberrrrto!” - such a lovely sound. With such memories the stress evaporates, and that, we believe, is the perfect result of a wonderful vacation.
T. and B.B. Rockport Maine USA