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Casa Serena was beyond perfection. You could see the attention to detail throughout the house both in the beauty and in the comfort. Both bedrooms are thoughtfully laid out and the beds are divine (one of the best night's sleep I've had in a while!). Amenities are great too-hair dryer in the bathroom, extra toiletries, snacks/coffee/Italian breakfast, stereo with Bluetooth connection for your music, plenty of storage in the rooms to unpack your bags. The peace of sitting on the terrace was truly one of my favorite memories of my stay there, the view is stunning.
Part of what made Casa Serena so special was LaCinda. She provided thoughtful suggestions for me and my friend. I'm a chef by trade and my friend has Celiac's so we were very particular in our desires and LaCinda managed to give incredible ideas across the board. The local restaurants she recommended were amazing, the wineries were great, and the bakery....oh my goodness, I would love one of their strawberry tarts right about now! She managed to balance all of that with our desire for a quiet afternoon and we got to enjoy the peace of Solonghello uninterrupted.
A couple of things to note. You will definitely need a car. Public transportation was a once a day bus to the village which is out in the countryside. As long as you have a car though, it was easy to navigate the area and to get to all the local attractions. Wifi is not meant for streaming, just a quick email check here and there to stay in touch. But to be honest, it was so nice to disconnect.
Overall, this is one of my favorite places I've visited in Europe. The combination of Casa Serena, Solonghello, and a lovely host was truly a gift and I cherish it.
My family stayed in this wonderful property for five nights at the end of August and we loved it. We wish we could have stayed longer. The hosts were extremely welcoming and helpful. The house was gorgeous. Extremely clean when we arrived, and very well constructed. Everything was perfect. We had been traveling for a week when we arrived and it was nice to have more space and to relax. We used the pool and the ping pong table. We were all delighted by the family pets - the dogs and the cat.
Without question this was our favourite spot on our two week holiday.
The village of Voltaggio is lovely.
The only thing that makes us sad is that we don't know when we will be able to return.
I will recommend Gian and Laura's fabulous house to my family and friends. It is really, really lovely.