I travelled to Tuscany as part of a small group organized by Carol Ketelson of Delectable Destinations. Carol designs unique culinary trips to Italy. She discovered the Villa a few years ago and returns each year with her groups. The theme of this journey was Storytelling Through Food Styling and Photography. Carol works closely with Veronica (the owner of the villa) to create unique culinary experiences for her clients. Veronica is passionate about her Italian culture and seeks out typical local produce and products to create custom menus for her culinary classes and meals for her clients. She also has an extensive garden, grape vines and olive trees from which she produces wine and olive oil. Her classes are a delight to the senses and an investment in one's knowledge of eating healthy, uncomplicated, but delicious traditional Italian food. You feel like a part of the family and that you are living a true Italian experience.
The villa itself is a spectacular stone building with high ceilings, charming windows with shutters, stone walls and a traditional style fireplace in the livingroom. The rooms are a generous size with adjoining bathrooms. The kitchen is large and complete with all appliances including a washer/dryer, microwave, coffee/tea and a gas stove. The livingroom is spacious with plenty of room for a large group. The outdoor pool is lovely with chaise lounges to soak up the Tuscan sun.
The nearest town is about a 20 minute walk and you can get a bus from there to go to Florence. We had many lovely walks along the roadway with spectacular views of morning sunrise, evening sunset and night skies full of stars.
i highly recommend the Villa La Quercia for anyone looking for a genuine Italy experience. The cooking classes are a MUST and the villa is superb. Veronica's father was a famous Tuscan painter and his artwork is displayed throughout the villa. Veronica's art is her creation and presentation of beautiful food and her perfectionism with regards to the immaculate decor and upkeep of the villa. I would return in a heartbeat to this inspirational place.
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A beautiful authentic Italian villa, in the midst of the Tuscan countryside. All the benefits of being "off the grid", while in close proximity to the wonders of Florence and Siena, and numerous spectacular Tuscan villages. The property is exactly as it is described; the views are spectacular from each and every window. The home is immaculate and the owner is attentive without crowding you.
For our 40th wedding anniversary our entire family, 10 of us...six adults and grandchildren that ranged from 3 months to 12 years, flew to Rome rented two cars and drove to La Quercia! Away from all traffic, but close enough to get to the Coop in Impruneta, (amazing small grocery with everything fresh that you need and great meat) our family could not have been more pleased with our week at La Quercia. We took day trips to Siena and San Gimignano, Pisa and Luca; ranged through Chianti looking for that special wine and evening meals and drinks on the loggia with our finds from the day.
The Villa was so comfortable and the setting could not have been more beautiful. The family did everything they could to make our stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. We loved the butler-served dinner put together by Veronica. It was one of the best meals we’ve had. That meal pointed out our one error; we should have taken cooking classes from Veronica!
On the financial side our banker thought we were nuts for wiring money to someone we didn’t know, but ALL of the financial arrangements worked. After our stay we went to Florence for three days and everyone agreed La Quercia was the best.
Also we want to give Margareta a shout out for taking care of the children for us twice. You were excellent.
We would love to return,
The Fulcher Family from Nashville
3 generations of our family made the trip to Italy this past summer, and it was truly one of the most memorable few weeks of our lives! 7 of us - ranging in age from 5 to 70 - spent 2 amazing weeks in Tuscany, and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Our first week was in Impruneta at La Quercia. Impruneta is a beautiful town and La Quercia is quiet villa nestled amid vineyards and olive groves, and yet just an easy 20 minute drive to Florence. We loved being able to get to the city easily to explore all the sights, but when it was time to head back to the villa, we could relax with a glass of chianti on the deck and enjoy the sunset. The villa was well stocked with everything we needed, and we had a great time learning to use the antique shutters and doors that made the place truly feel like “a castle” to our boys. Veronica was an incredible host, and made us breakfast for our first morning in Italy and a great picnic for our first day exploring Florence. We couldn’t have asked for more!
It is always a little nerve-wracking to reserve a home sight-unseen, relying only on pictures and past reviews. La Quercia exceeded our hopes and expectations. It provided the perfect setting for a magical family vacation. The villa itself was spotless and spacious and well-appointed and charming. The grounds and the views are spectacular. And the hosts, Veronica and her daughter, Margherite, were gracious and responsive to our every need. Be sure to take a cooking class with Veronica one day. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The bus from Impruneta to Florence is on-time, regular and so easy -just about 25 minutes. The one thing that I would point out is that the walk into Impruneta is certainly doable, but it is uphill much of the way in and we ended up shuttling people to the bus stop more than expected. You definitely need to have at least one car. I would definitely rent this villa again and I can highly recommend it.