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Reviewed 23 June 2017

We returned to the Hotel Villa Sangiovese for the first time in five years. What a pleasure to go back. The things that make it such a wonderful place to stay were just the same – the owners, the staff and the way that it is run. When we think of being relaxed and happy in a hotel, this is the one that comes to mind, above all others.
What is it that makes the Villa Sangiovese so good?
The front of the hotel, located in the piazza in the ‘new’ (but, still rather old) part of Panzano is plain and dignified. There is nothing flashy about it. Inside, it is all about under-stated elegance. Not the sort of style that an interior designer tries to win prizes with, or a stately home has to protect with a rope barrier, but elegance that looks natural and does not try to draw attention to itself. The simple, mostly antique, furniture and the various pieces of art on the walls are easy on the eye.
Our bedroom overlooked the piazza, where locals sit and chatter for hours every day. Other rooms, at the back of the hotel, have a view of the garden and the Tuscan hills. Ours had a tiled floor, comfortable linked twin beds, a big wardrobe and chest of drawers, plenty of space, air-conditioning and a well-appointed modern bathroom – with a big mirror and a handy little clothes line over the bath. The neat bedside tables and easy-to-use, modern reading lights that provide light where it is wanted, show an understanding of what makes life easier for guests.
When the weather is good, breakfast is served on the terrace. The weather in Tuscany was kind to us, so we had breakfast outside every day. The self-service buffet seems to have been replaced with a simple but good breakfast with rolls and croissants, but, this being the Villa Sangiovese, the jams are home-made and, of course, delicious. Not only that, but, Carla, who serves breakfast, remembers perfectly the guests’ likes and dislikes. On the terrace, there was a wonderful display of flowers, mostly in terracotta pots and when you are not looking at the pelargonia, there is the view over the olive groves and vineyards (where some of the hotel’s wine comes from) and beyond to the Tuscan hills. Little wonder that some guests seemed in no hurry to go when they had finished their breakfast! If you have not already forgotten the outside world, you can have access to the hotel’s wi-fi on the breakfast terrace and in the breakfast room (it does not reach the bedrooms, though).
Panzano has many restaurants, so, if you want to stay here and eat out, you have a good choice. We stayed in for dinner, except on Wednesday, when the hotel’s restaurant is closed. We were not disappointed. The pasta dishes (try the one with funghi porcini) are excellent; the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is superb and the prices are reasonable. As you would expect, the wine list concentrates on the wines of Chianti and offers good value. If you ask him, Ueli, the owner (he speaks several languages) will help you find a wine that suits you. We enjoyed a ‘Fontodi’ (about 25 euros), ‘Le Fonti’ (great value at 16 euros) and an excellent house red at a remarkable 9 euros a bottle. Desserts were mostly ice cream, but, we tended to finish up with ripe gorgonzola and fresh pear – lovely. Service, by Ilaria, was smiling, thoughtful and efficient. The dining terrace has wonderful views of the Tuscan hills and as the sun begins to go down during the evening, the changing colours of the landscape would inspire an artist. It is no surprise that people sometimes get up from their table and go to the terrace wall to take photographs.
Below the breakfast and dining terraces are mature, lovingly-kept gardens and when we were there, the scent of the roses was wonderful. Crazy paving and gravel paths lead down the terracing to a well-equipped changing room (which has a refrigerated honesty bar for soft drinks) and a large and beautiful swimming pool – carved out of the hillside. The views from here – over olive groves and vineyards – are, of course, delightful. Silvery-leaved olive trees stand above the pool and, all around it, mature lavender attracts countless butterflies. If you simply want to soak up the sun, there are plenty of chairs and good quality sun beds.
Panzano is a wonderful place to stay. So is the Hotel Villa Sangiovese.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back look over the countryside. Ours (Room 17) was at the front and looked over the piazza - an excellent room.
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The restaurant at Hotel Sangiovese is a little-known gem in the Tuscan hilltop town of Panzano in Chianti. Fantastic food at extremely reasonable prices, amazing regional wine selection, and friendly efficient service. Dinner for four, including antipasti, promo piatti, secondi piatti, contorni, dolce, coffee, and grappa was €100. The food was freshly prepared and delicious!!! The vino del casa (house wine) was a phenomenal local wine at €9 per bottle---and was outstanding!

Stayed: October 2016
2  Thank Appinhighlander
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

What a shame that a lovely dinner was spoiled when the owner tried to insist we paid in dollars on our credit card and not in euros charging us an exhorbitant exchange rate! Up until then we had enjoyed a lovely dinner in a slightly austere dining room. I had had a rabbit dish and my husband went for a steak served with a nice bottle of wine. Not the most inexpensive but pleasant until we came to leave. Watch this if you pay by card. Cannot recommend because of this and felt very ripped off even though we won in the end.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
5  Thank 932deet
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were greeted on our arrival by the lovely Cecelia and given our rooms with no delay. Cecelia helped us to our rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors. Our room (14) was exactly what we wanted with great views over the valley towards Greve. Great comfortable beds and heaters on to ward off the evening chill. Located right in the middle of the beautiful town of Panzano overlooking the village plaza. We walked out Sunday morning and were straight away in the middle of a lovely market filled with fruits and vegetables, cheeses, cured meats and roasted meat and vegetables as well as an array of clothing and handcrafts. Right across the road is the famous Dario Cecchini, master butcher and restauranteur. Many other lovely bars and restaurants are in the town. The views of the surrounding area are breathtaking. Panzano is a 1 hour bus ride to Firenze or Siena, and many other great towns such as Radda are also close by. Thank you for a lovely stay to our hosts Ulderico and Anne-Marie. The gave us great information and a beautiful place to stay.

Room Tip: Get a nice view of the valley from rooms 5 or 14.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MarkPeregian
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at Villa Sangiovese mid Sept. Arrived at a time when they were having a wine festival in the Square . Found out they were having this every Tuesday in September , which was an extra plus, and gave us and activity we could participate. Room was comfortable, bathroom roomy and clean. Breakfast was good. Staff friendly and helpful with info about touring surrounding area. Beautiful in back with Vineyards and olive trees , also you can view the historic area from Terrace. Had to use steps second floor. No elevator. Staff were helpful carrying our bags up for us and out for us at checkout. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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