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Reviewed 20 September 2018

The location is beautiful, peaceful and charming.
The rooms were generous in size,clean and the beds comfortable.
Mirella, the host was wonderful. She was very attentive, friendly and caring.
The dinner prepared for us by Luciana was exquisite.
Would happily return

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank maria c
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Mire75, Proprietario at Palazzo del Duca, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you very much for your beautiful words. I truly loved to host the wedding, it was a great party with a great couple, relatives and friends.
I will be more than happy to have you again as our guests.

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Reviewed 19 July 2018

I stayed at the Palazzo del Duca in July 2018 for a cookery and wine trip. I can't recommend it highly enough. The palazzo is beautiful and full of history. Mirella and Francesco are great teachers and with their little daughter Elena make a lovely, welcoming and friendly family. I travelled alone but was well cared for and the wine and cookery classes were fun, interesting and exceptional value. I was lucky enough to stay in the Depandance apartment which has its own terrace. Very comfy bed but steep stairs/ladder to bedroom so make sure you're fully awake if you get up in the night The surroundings are beautiful and having a car meant I could venture out and see the mountains and villages around. I even found the driving easy which came as a surprise and I found myself way up in the mountains without a soul in sight. The Wi-Fi is fine but only available in a certain spot due to the thickness of the palazzo walls! The local bar/ restaurant also has free WiFi though so if you're desperate for technology that's also an option over a cappuccino! Alternatively just chill and relax by the pool among the flowers.

Room tip: Depends on party size. Rooms all high standard. Lovely and quiet and very comfortable .
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank siffers
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Mire75, Proprietario at Palazzo del Duca, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

We are very delighted you enjoyed the stay at Palazzo del Duca and courses we offer. It was a real pleasure for both of us to spend time to teach you what we know about food and wine and to transmit you these passions we have.
We hope you will be coming back in the future for new interesting recipes to learn or just for a visit. All the best in the meantime. Greetings and kisses by Elena :-)

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We just had our wedding reception in Palazzo Del Duca, it was the most amazing time we have ever ever had!! Mirella and Francesco were so friendly and accommodating, they made our stay so fantastic. Mirella is a great host she helped us not only organize wedding for 40 people but she also have cooked our wedding meal which was totally amazing! I cannot express how much I appreciate their help in organizing transport from the airport and to Portovenere church and all tips and advises!!

Many of our guests say they will return as they fall in love with Palazzo and medieval style of Tavernelle.

We cannot say enough about Mirella and Francesco and their wonderful castle, Palazzo del Duca. They have created such a delightful, friendly, and warm environment that none of us wanted to leave. The rooms are so beautiful, furniture stunning what give this amazing touch to finish of medieval style Palazzo! Thank you so much Mirella, Francesco ( and of course beautiful Elena:) ) for being so amazing. We will see you in couple of months :)

Best
Aga and Raf xxx

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mire75, Proprietario at Palazzo del Duca, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Dear Aga&Raf,

thank you for your beautiful comment.
Francesco and I are so delighted that you loved every minute of your stay and all the arrangements behind your wedding.
You are such a great couple; it was such a pleasure to host your wedding party, to know your families and we have been so excited to see you so happy. We can't thank you enough for choosing Palazzo del Duca for your wedding. We wish you all the best for your life! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Best
Mirella&Francesco xxx
Baci e abbracci

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

“Magical” is the word I use to describe the time my family, friends and I spent at the palazzo. Francesco and Mirella are amazing. The palazzo is wonderful and worked perfectly for our group of 18 people. If you are lucky enough to spend time here, I highly recommend that you make arrangements for dinner at the palazzo. Food is amazing and atmosphere is perfect. (Think dinner on the patio under the stars!). There are lots of options for day trips and driving in the area is not difficult. My only regret is that I wasn't able to stay longer. I keep telling people that I have “visited” many places but, because of the unique atmosphere at the palazzo, I feel that I “lived” in Italy and I hope to visit again some day.

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

When you stay at Palazzo del Duca — You do not feel like you are staying in an apartment.. you feel like you have been transported to the 13th century and welcomed home. Mirella with her darling baby Elena is more than a host, with her warm and welcome spirit and helpful nature, she will help you plan a wonderful vacation. The cooking classes she offers are not to be missed. Who knew it was so easy to make homemade pasta. Mirella's good friend Pat Case, an American, is also very helpful in planning tours. She has been everywhere in Tuscany! We did not meet Mirella’s husband, Francesco because he was in the Chianti region picking grapes for his own wine label. We drank some his wine and it is wonderful. There is a case of wine in the hallway for purchase on the honor system… at 8 Euro’s a bottle, we purchased a few bottles..

The 5 apartments are all well appointed, spacious, clean and comfortable. Mirella gave us a tour of each of them. The historical 15th century borgo is a very cool setting. The local restaurant and bar, Il Capriolo, has the best coffee you will find in Italy and the food is terrific. This tiny village is in a beautiful setting about 30 minutes from the autostrada. Away from it all but near enough to visit many great spots ... Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terra is a MUST.
There are good hiking trails and nearby tiny medieval villages that are wonderful to explore. It is a very unique experience. I highly recommend a visit.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Teri H
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