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  1. David
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    HI Jenna
    I honeymooned in tavernelle val di pesa in 1996
    I am struggling to fing the villa i stayed in
    Back then it was down a dirt track road off the main street – run by an italian count who was a fine art lecturer i think and he had a pencil moustache
    it had self catering accommodation a beautiful pool with views over the rolling vineyards and a fine separate main house
    Im aware the info is vague but should you or any followers have any info would be much appreciated
    Kind Regards

  2. Stephenie
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    Wow! This is such helpful information. I just got back from a cruise from Naples to Rome. The island of Capri was my favorite. This area looks incredible, too. What fantastic prices!

  3. Janet Krom
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    Hello Jo!

    Thank you so very much for this info! Our dear friends are going to be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary next July and invited my husband and me to come along. They have always wanted to rent a villa in the Tuscan region, so of course we were honored to have been invited. It will just be the four of us!!

    It took us a couple of weeks, but we found this beautiful, pristine villa in the hills of Tavernelle val di Pesa. I have contacted the hosts and they seem to be very accommodating……. of course they are……They are ITALIAN!!! (God Bless them). I am Italian and have been to Italy several times and adore the culture.

    The 32 reviews of this villa are all 5* and the hosts are wonderful guides, especially of their home town. We will be there for two weeks and though our friends would like to visit Florence, Sienna and Lucca we will definitely take in this beautiful town!

    Again, I thank you and am so very pleased we found this villa in Tavernelle val di Pesa! I think we “stumbled ” upon this beautiful gem as well!

    Jan (or Gina as I am called in Italia)

  4. David
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    Have a villa just outside Tavernelle first October. Your information has been a huge help. Have a car but the SITA bus to Firenze looks like a best bet. Cin Cin!

  5. Jenna
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    I am leaving at the end of the week for Tavarnelle, (co-incidentally for a wedding), and after reading your blog, I am so very excited to get there. I have excursion plans to other towns while there, but your blog makes me want to stay in Tavarnelle all week. You are a beautiful writer.

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  7. Laura
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    I just came across your blog and it makes me even more excited to go back to Tavarnelle in June (2017) for my wedding!!

    I came across this beautiful little town while traveling with my cousin in 2011, booked into Ostello for two nights and ended up staying a week!

    It turns out that my boyfriend’s Austrian family visits Tavarnelle a few times a year and we decided it was fate, this is going to be our wedding spot.

    Looking forward to sharing this little slice of heaven with our family and friends. Once they heard there was free wine tasting and pasta making classes, they were sold on the trip!

    Only 237 more days!

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  10. Elaine b
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    Heading to Tavarnelle for two weeks next week, renting an apartment- your post has heightened our excitement thanks Elaine B

  11. mommytalks2
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    I think I just fell in love with Tavarnelle Val di Pesa!! I’ve been looking for somewhere on the outskirts of Florence to experience the real Tuscany….found it! will be booking my stay asap! thank you 🙂

  12. Jess
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    This is a fantastic fantastic post!! I had been trying to find information on this town and the hostel you mentioned and I found both right here! I think it’s fair to say i’ll be booking this ASAP. Have to admit I was gutted when you said all that you saw was brick… then a huge sigh of relief to know there is so much more on offer!

    Thanks Jo!


  13. Anne Forbes
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    i will be staying in Tavernelle for 3 weeks in May. Can’t wait – hope my experience is similar to yours. Had heard about the pasta shop and cooking classes so will definitely be visiting. Also hope to go hot air ballooning whilst there. Thanks for your story!

  14. Kevin
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    Area is great. Stayed in a villa off Strada Provinciale 50 in 2010. Watched Italy World Cup game in Le case di Sciano. Took runs through the vineyards and olive trees. Enjoyed your article. Thanks

  15. Jac
    Jac at | | Reply

    That does sound like a darling place, I love how you just kinda stumble into these adventures and new places, great job!

    (and you’re cooking pasta for me next time I see you :P)

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