La Selva Giardino del Belvedere - Private Villa in Tuscany


Thanks to all the guests who write their comments on "Il Libro di Campagna"
after a vacation at LA SELVA Giardino del Belvedere

I publish all 182 pages of the guestbook from May 2008 to October 2014 to share every words with you.
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Comments from the previous guestbook (before 2008)

We had the most fantastic time at La Selva Giardino del Belvedere.
The villa itself was beautiful, as was the surrounding countryside.
The weather couldn't have been better, I could go on.

Paolo & Francesco couldn't have been more welcoming,
even baking us some traditional tuscan bread in their newly built, wood fired oven on our arrival.

I'm not sure if you knew, but we actually came to Tuscany to get married (we actually wed in Siena),
and I have to say that the whole experience was one of the most amazing I have ever had, and I know everyone who came along with us feels the same - the villa played no small part in that, so I don't think La Selva or Tuscany could be improved upon!!

It just remains for me to say thank you for introducing us to La Selva,
and providing such a comprehensive website

All the best

Martin & Isabelle

ASE - Association of Space Explorer
17-5 th Planetary Congress

Fostering space exploration through Italian vacations

Karol "Bo" Bobko
Daniel T. Barry
Owen K. Garriott
Jake Garn
Russell L. Schweickart



Columbia - Sony Music Entertainment Italia
Ivano Fossati

Ivano Fossati, with the best musicians in Italy
rented the villa for 3 months and transformed it in to a recording studio for the recording
of his CD "La Disciplina della Terra"

What a beautiful restored home!
We enjoy our stay and we want to take Maria home with us, she was a delight, our best to you and your family!
We will be back!

Matthew Y,
Dallas, Texas


La Selva is the perfect spot to sit and meditate the place for loosing all are's cares but not for loosing weight.
We know Maria was a star The moment that we meet her, our first impression was confirmed on meeting her bruschetta.
Wine followed wine , course followed course. But nothing than Maria cooked for us surpassed the pasta.
But now La Selva we must leave, its garden, its gattini.
We leave with grateful thanks to La Famiglia Cioncolini.

Tim and Chris W,
Washington, USA


A beautiful place , wonderful food.
Great hospitality.Hard to believe but even better than last time we were here.

Amanda D
London, England


We had a very relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks. The house, pool and grounds are fabulous.
Marias cooking is exceptional. We would like to come back soon.

Juditt N


We truly enjoyed your home, your hospitality your traditions and especially welcoming us into your family. We hope we will be able to return the favour in the future. We will never forget the unique Italian food that Maria prepared for us. Her meals are the essence of Tuscany!
It was also so wonderful to return to La Selva after our busy days of exploration.
Thank you for giving two families the opportunity to fulfil a dream of spending time together in Italy.

Boston-Montevarchi !
The Millers The Coiro's

Many thanks


Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
La Selva has been simply fabulous, your hospitality is as beautiful as your house and gardens.

Maria B



Once again I would like to say that I truely enjoyed all the time I spent at your villa.
It was a little shot of paradise.
Staying at your villa was the perfect location for a pefect trip.
Everything worked out beautifully and every guest was thrilled with the time they spent their.
The wine was magnificent and I would love to order a few cases from time to time if that is possible.
Please let me know.

Once again thank you for everything and stay in touch.
Your villa was beyond my wildest dreams in it's beauty and splendor.
It's perfect location with a stunning view and the magnificent ambience put the final touches on the most joyous vacation I have ever had.

"....Of course everything was to our expectations and far beyond.
I speak truthfully when I say that my entire trip to Italy was the most enjoyable and memorable occasion of my life.
The Wedding simply made an excellent trip perfect.
I could never have imagined having a better wedding.
Your professionalism in handling the service and the efficiency with which you pulled the details together was astonishing and greatly appreciated..."

Thanks truely,

Matthew and Kimberly Hill
Plymouth, MN USA

Matthew and Kimberly in front of the Villa

from right : Kimberly, Matthew,
Paolo, Anna and Maria our chef


Lyle E

Scan from the old guestbook


We all had an ace time, Maria cooking was definitely an highlight of the holiday and the pool was a good send.
Thanks for letting us to use your lovely house
love and thanks.

Steven Family


To the Cioncolini family
We had a magical week,
Everything was perfect and we will cherish the memories of this visit.
Your hospitality was wonderful and we feel we can call you a good friend.

Laurence family


To Francesco et all
Thanks for a lovely week -unfortunately all too short
The house, the region an the wonderful food , wine from Maria all combined to make this one of our most wonderful adventures
We look forward to seeing you next year and maybe back in Texas at Rodeo.

The Deans,
Houston Texas


Thank you for a beautiful holiday at LA SELVA Giardino del Belvedere
What a charming villa,
beautiful views, lush land, and exquisite wine.
Thank you for our delicious welcome
Tuscany dinner land your warm hospitality
Italy is beautiful country
We so enjoyed our first visit and will carry many, many memories of our stay at the lovely
LA SELVA Giardino del Belvedere
Mille grazie !
warmest regards

Rick W
San Francisco, California


A most beautiful place to spend two weeks with our friends from Houston - TX - USA
We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Cioncolini family - Maria's cooking was delicious Tuscan is the perfect place to be

Karol "bo" Bobbko Astronaut NASA
and family
Houston, Texas


TO Paolo, Anna, Francesco and Andrea
Thank you so much for sharing your
"Giardino del Belvedere" with us and for your warm welcome and delicious dinner the first night.
Your beautiful house and gardens were a wonderful place to gather our family of three generations .
It felt like home to us upon returning each day from visiting Florence, Siena, Venice and the Tuscan hill towns.
You have a made our two weeks very special and we shall treasure the memories for many years to come.
Best wishes from your American friends

Bob amd kay Sogge - Eugene, Oregon

Rick Jonasse, Pam Sogge and Alexandra (age5) from Oakland

Steve, Jane, Kyle (age 13) and Kim (1) Sogge Woodinville , Washington

Mike, Jill and Andrew (age 1) Black Baltimore, Maryland


The villa was more beautiful than I imagined . . it felt like home
We all enjoyed our fist meal - the wine the food and the company were wonderful.
I hope I get to return someday soon !


Ginger C
Seattle, WA


Thank you for a beautiful Tuscan vacation spot.
What a wonderful treat the first night to meet your family, then also to have the privilege of Maria to cook for us, there is so much to do here for us
thank you for a great time

Debi W
Napa valley, California


This is our last night here
we all agree that LA SELVA has wrapped us in its spell, we don't ever want it to let us go.
Your graciousness will be forever remembered .
I hope to return one day
Grazie !

Lisa B
Atlanta, Georgia


We love the place and really appreciate the first night dinner.
I m going to recommend this place to my friend back in Georgia !
This is great location and it S close to the shop and to Florence

Jacqueline M


Dear friend
we wold like to thank you for the lovely welcoming we got on the first night and for the use of your amazing property thanks again

Williams R


Is it possible to find a better place ?
Everything, has been beautiful, the weather, the food, the villa, the people.
We thank you so much

S. Ranna Olafsdottir


We all really enjoyed our stay here. The environment is wonderful relaxed. Thank you for everything,
Two week of excellent relaxing in a beautiful house
Maria is the best cook ever !

Rob - William


We enjoy the wonderful hospitality of your home and the surrounding countryside ,
Thank you family Cioncolini

Barber party - England


Dear Francesco

First of all thank you very much for a fantastic stay at La Selva Giardino
del Belvedere, it was great for all of us and we hope that we one day can

Also please pass our very best regards to your family

We are back in Denmark and back to work but we can still dream about our
wonderful stay in Toscany

Lars L


"Now for all of us to have found this lovely place and the wonderful people associated with it"

Elizabeth N


"Having sun we had fun when it rained we sustained. The life was good guest in the mood. Lovers of toscana and of this house from Finland"

Fred B


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