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We went to Vagli Sotto in late September, and it was a perfect place to stay. The house and the village are beautiful, and we spent a wonderful week there. Joanne was a fantastic host, she was very helpful, providing us with loads of information about the area and local events. She was always available for our questions. Staying at Vagli Sotto was a great experience, recommended to everyone who like trekking and look for a beautiful, quiet environment.
L'acceuil de Joanne a été parfait. Tout chez elle est agréable, sa maison, la localité, sa personnalité. Nous avons définitivement adoré ce court séjour à Vagli Sotto. Merci Joanne
Joanne is great! We absolutely loved our 3 night visit. It is definitely remote but we found it easily with gps. There is a small, family-owned restaurant in town and they were very nice. The same family also owns the little bar next door. Joanne was extremely accommodating with sharing her living space. She was also informative about places to go etc. Her home was very clean and we enjoyed every minute of our visit!
Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Aufenthalte bei Joanne. Vagli Sotto ist ein kleiner niedlicher verschlafener Ort, wo man mal richtig entspannen und die Stille um einen herum genießen kann. Joanne ist sehr herzlich und aufmerksam. Sie hat uns hilfreiche Tipps gegeben und ihr selbst gebackenes Brot ist sehr lecker. Man fühlt sich sehr wohl und von ihrem Balkon aus lässt sich der Sonnenuntergang richtig gut genießen. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen. In den 4 Tagen, die wir dort waren haben wir verschiedene Orte besucht, die alle ihrem Charm haben. Campocatino, Barga, Lucca, Fornovolasco (Grotta del Vento) Es lohnt sich sehr!
Joanne was very welcoming, friendly and informative. It was lovely to stay in a small, picturesque alpine village- Nights were peaceful and the days were beautiful and hot. We enjoyed walking around the village and surrounds. Joanne's house was full of character and very comfortable, we felt at home. Joanne's ricotta bread was amazing! Thanks for your hospitality Joanne, such a nice break from the hustle and bustle of being a tourist!
Wir waren mit 5 Personen (2 Erwachsene und drei Kinder im Alter von 10, 14 und 15 Jahren) für 10 Tage bei Joanne. Wir hatten die Räumlichkeiten weitestgehend für uns und haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt.
Sie hat uns oft mit leckerem selbst gebackenen Brot und unterschiedlichen Überraschungen fürs Frühstück (Honigmelone, frischer Orangensaft, Käse, Wurst ...) versorgt, hat uns gerne und ausführlich Tipps für mögliche Aktivitäten gegeben, und hat einen angenehmen feinen britischen Humor. Die Räume waren schlicht eingerichtet und sauber, für uns völlig o.k. Auch dank Joanne hatten wir eine gute, erholsame Zeit in den italienischen Bergen der Toscana.
We really enjoyed our stay in the mountains, and waking up to a gorgeous view of the Garfagnana hills.
The house is very well renovated, maintaining the original features but with a modern feel.
If you want a taste of a real tuscan experience with less tourism, and more nature then we recommend it highly.
We had an incredible experience at Joanne's beautiful villa in Vagli Sotto. Joanne was lovely host and made our stay so great. She was available to give us recommendations on things to do and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable during our stay. Breakfast was provided each morning and she made fresh baked bread! The house is gorgeous and has an authentic tuscan feel. The views of the mountains from the house are breathtaking. If you are looking for an "off the beaten path experience", you MUST stay at this house. You won't regret it! Thank you, Joanne!
What a wonderful place! We spent a few days in the village with Joanne and enjoyed every minute of it. The house is beautifully decorated and has an authentic Tuscan feel to it. We especially enjoyed sitting out on the upstairs patio in the evening - watching the moon set behind the mountains. The surrounding views are spectacular, and the village hasn't lost any of it's origional charm. Joanne was a great host - recommending places for us to visit. She also gave us plenty of space in the house when we needed it, but was always on hand to help. She baked us fresh bread and stocked us up with fruit and the essentials for breakfast. There were lots of small touches, too - such as the homemade olive oil soap in the bathroom, and the fizzy strawberry apperitivo! We enjoyed swimming in the nearby reservoir at sunset - very refreshing and relaxing and so liberating. The highlight was visiting the nearby shepherds' refugio - and going for a short trek in the hills. Again, wonderful views, fresh air and a great restaurant/bar serving hearty, rustic food. Thank you Joanne for your hospitality. We enjoyed our stay with you immensely. Grazie mille.
A book of superlatives, to describe the experience at Joanne's fabulous house, seems insufficient to express the blissful 2 days that I had the privilege of enjoying. Right from the outset, the inviting pictures of the listed house left me with no doubt that it would be a perfect retreat.
Arrangements with Joanne to pick me up from the train station went swimmingly well & within a few minutes realised why she is a Super-host. A delightful chat on the way home helped me learn not only about Vagli Sotto & it's surroundings but also put me at ease about the next couple of days.
The majestic views of the mountains (that Nature created) from the bedroom/terrace, effortlessly brought a smile, but interiors of the stone clad house that Joanne created was so tastefully decorated that made me want to hug the house :) Every nook and cranny screamed of history & wondered how such a big house is kept so immaculate. Undoubtedly, all credit to Joanne for her relentless efforts in ensuring all guests have the best experience on all fronts. She does go out of her way, not only in preparing/providing ample breakfast choices but also being there for your every comfort need.
Hiking through Vagli Sotto, trekking in the mountains, discovering mountain streams, a liberating swim in the reservoir, sunbathing in the valley etc. and coming back to the cool house to freshen up and sit on the terrace with a glass of wine & reminisce about the day with Joanne were a few of my favourite things (sorry, a bit Julie Andrews-ish)
Surrounded by mountains gave it a feeling of being sheltered from the outside world.Watching the village lights at a distance coupled with the celestial dance from the terrace brings in the simple pleasures of life. I inadvertently did a digital detox that was long overdue & found it quite peaceful. It's a perfect retreat, a gem of a place & felt rejuvenated.
… & for all of this, Thank You Joanne.
Cheerful, polite, discreet. And enthusiastic about my town. A great guest.