The testimonies of our guests
Dear family of Podere Casanova,
We are very glad to help you with our experience to put on your website.
We stayed at Podere Casanova in may 2009 with our 9 month-old babygirl.
We loved it because of the friendly and warm welcome the family gave us. Our appartement was perfect and clean.
The view over the Tuscan hills and the goats by the swimmingpool we all enjoyed it very much.
Once a week it was possible to eat a homecooked tuscan meal and it was quite a sensation.
At home we still often talk about the lovely pizzas with strawberries.
I hope this note is good enough to publish?
We wish you all the best of luck.
Hello Podere Casanova family,
Our memories run deep of our fabulous trip to Italy and our stay at the beautiful Podere Casanova. We are still connected with the friends from New Zealand that we met there and ofcourse with you. We won’t easily forget your welcoming upon our arrival and how our comfort was your top priority. The memory of your wine still lingers in our senses as well as the lovely olive oil that we traveled home with. We loved Chianti and all that it had to offer most specifically the serenity and the warmth of our hosts. Rest assured we will be back one day. Owen and Nadine, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Friends; not to be forgotten. Richard and Mel traveled to Italy, with their daughters, to get married on the Almalfi Coast and spent part of their honeymoon at Podere Casanova. On Pizza Party night, you made them a special dessert pizza to celebrate the occasion. Shown in the picture Richard, Mal and Amelia (Britany must have been over talking with the chefs).
The other pictures are of the unit Malagrano.
I hope this is what you are looking for. We do not have a lot of people photo’s that would look good on the web site but that we will cherish. Pictures of the family and of pizza nite. If you think you’d like me to send a couple, I will and you can decide.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new website.
All the best, Nadine and Owen
Ciao ragazze e famiglia,
Ci siamo accorti che non abbiamo una foto dove ci siamo tutti e tre, per cui vi mandiamo una foto con Giusy e Gilda in piscina, siamo dispiaciuti che quest’anno nel possiamo tornare da voi in quanto abbiamo visto che in Agosto non avete più disponibilità ed è veramente un peccato perché ci siamo sempre trovati benissimo sia per la vostra gentilezza e simpatia, sia per i vostri appartamenti sempre in ordine e pulitissimi, sia per il panorama bellissimo che si vede tutto intorno al vostro podere e per non parlare del pranzo quando si arriva e delle pizzate che si fanno al mercoledì.
Con la speranza di poterci vedere presto vi mandiamo tanti saluti ed un grande abbraccio a tutti voi in famiglia.
Mario Giusy e Gilda
A wonderful place in the heart of the Tuscany!
We came the first time to the Podere Casanova in May/June 2010 with friends already several times were here. We have liked it so much that we were here once again 2 weeks in June 2011 and come again this year end of may with our children. Lisa and Lara and the whole family Lorenzo are fantastic and hearty hosts, making us feel as if we staying with good friends. The welcome banquet and the pizza night were highlights. Delightful self-prepared traditional Tuscan food, good own red and white wine and the fantastic Limoncello are an experience in we always with pleasure think. The old farm house and all flats are big, clean and formed affectionately with own patio and grill place. The kitchen is completely equipped including coffeemaker. The swimmingpool is nicely big and in summer ideally for cooling after one of many excursions. The Podere Casanova located in the centre of the Chianti area. Great for couples, a group of friends, or a family. All important places of the Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Sienna...) are in immediate surroundings, also a day trip to the Mediterranean Sea was no problem. However, one needs anyway a car. The surroundings of the Podere Casanova are also suited very well to the walking and riding a bike. Indeed, you should have no fear of steeply rising and falling roads. The Podere Casanova located higher on a mountain and you have a wonderful view (picture book). For shopping particularly the new shopping centre is suited in Empoli, directly in the motorway Florenz/Pisa/Livorno ("Fi Pi Li"). There is everything what you needs.
We will spend here with certainty even more often a nice vacation!
Many thanks for everything!
With Love Heiko & Ilona
We look forward to see you and your family end of May at Podere Casanova.
Many lots of love to the whole family!!!
With love Heiko, Ilona, Alessio & July
Our holiday in Podere Casanova in June/2006 was very nice and relaxing.
We often remember it thinking that maybe we should go there once more, maybe when we are retired.
We started our days by having a breakfast by the pool and then swimming, mainly alone, because we are
early birds. Sun was shining and the scenery to the Toscan hills was amezing.
During the days we visited villages nearby and also Firenze, Sienna and Pisa.
But still we got the slow and nice feeling when we came back to Podere Casanova.
It was a holiday
The accomodation was more than satisfactory and Toscana around it beautiful.
Ciao Lisa e Famiglia,
This a picture of me on my 25th wedding anniversary taken by my beloved Brian. We had the place to ourselves as everyone was off touring. We enjoyed some wonderful tuscan food overlooking the magnificent coutryside, your pool and the quiet solitude of our apartment. You were an oasis of calm in an otherwise whirlwind European tour. We hope to come back to relive our moments some day!
I know Bill would be delighted to do this, since it was the most wonderful experience we had together. In July, 2011, Bill passed away from a brain tumor. This invitation to honor him in your new publication is terrific. I just recommended Podere Casanova to friends in Georgia.
All is well with myself. My children and 5 grandchildren keep me busy. Only wish I could come back and spend time with you and your wonderful family.
I wish you continued success.
We spent a wonderful holiday in Podere Casanova. We went to Tuscany in the autumn so we had peace, tranquility and beautiful views. What I remember most, is a wonderful morning coffee on the terrace overlooking the hills of Tuscany ... And then, reading books and drinking wine on the grass... Next time we want to come earlier to use the pool in the garden, and have some fun with the other guests. In Podere Casanova we found what we were looking for - a house with a soul of Tuscany! We really like the place and the people who create the wonderful atmosphere in Podere Casanova.
Magda & Tomek
Lisa, if you need something else, let me know! ;)
Ciao Lisa, Lara and Your Family
We send You several photos from our stay in Podere Casanova. There was very,very nice time - sun, beautiful views, friendly, good people, exscellent pizza and wine :). We hope to visit Your Farm once again. We wish You a lot of health, and successes in Your project.
Kisses from Olsztyn
Ryszard, Beata, Justyna, Maciej
Hello again Lisa and all of the Lorenzo Family!
Please feel free to use any photos of us that you took while we were at Podere Casanova. You may also add the following to your website:
We had a wonderful two weeks at Podere Casanova in April! This was our first trip to Italy and we could not have chosen a better place from which to experience Tuscany! Lisa met us with her huge smile, making us feel like family from the very beginning. Podere Casanova did not disappoint us in any way and even exceeded our expectations. The apartments and surrounding farm are beautiful with spectacular views! For a great holiday or Italian getaway, Podere Casanova is the perfect place!
The Lorenzos have done a super job of restoration. We will certainly consider returning to Podere Casanova in the near future!
Lisa, We hope this gives you something to work with on your new website. Give our love to your entire family! God bless you!
Love, Gayle and Gerry Walker
"We stayed in Podere Casanova June 2011 with our 3 young children (ages 5, 3 and 1). It could not have been better. We stayed in apartment Ginestra. Very clean, spacious, the kitchen well equipped. Ginestra is a fun appartment since it's located in its own little building. We BBQ'd often in the little private terrace with stone BBQ (which every appt. gets). The washer & dryer are situated right next to the apartment, which was nice.
The pool was simply amazing. Very beautiful. Great pool beds. Awesome view of Tuscan hills & many olive trees while splashing around. The kids loved it!
Podere Casanova also hosts a pizza party (which the kids LOVED!) and a welcome buffet.
Great food, great pizza! We loved the white wine (even brought quite a few bottles with us back home), which is made of grapes of this farm.
Lisa and her family are really nice, friendly and thoughtful. Lisa was always happy to provide us with anything we asked/ needed and was super fun with the kids. She also was really helpful with questions about attractions, maps & transport.
The location could not be better. It's a gorgeous part of Tuscany, right in the heart of Chianti. Excellent location to have day trips.. We made (half) day trips to Pisa, Siena, San Giminano, Florence, St. Galgano abby. Montelupe, a nearby town, often has festivals. This agriturismo is a true gem. We're returning this June already!
Thank you Lisa & family for our wonderful stay! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon.
CU Soon dear Lisa!!
What a wonderful stay we had in your newly renovated Tuscan farmhouse. We loved the sweeping view of the countryside from our private balcony. Our apartment was roomy, kitchen fully equipped, and had a very modern bathroom. With our car rental, it was a only a short drive to several good restaurants in Montespertoli, and less then an hour’s drive to visit the vineyards of the Chianti region each day.
Lisa and Lara, you made us feel special with the welcoming cake and other treats, to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Our only complaint is that we did not bring home enough of Podere-Casanova’s own, delicious olive oil, wine, and biscotti to the USA with us.
I am sending you some pictures but unfortunately we have very few pictures with us on it.
Our stay at Pondere Casanova was fantastic. Property is very clean and comfortable with all facilities. View on country from our apartment was huge. Pool is beautiful and its localisation also offers a magnific view. It is quite and charming.
Farmhouse is located centrally and allows visiting a different part of Toscana each day and come back for a rest each evening.
Our hosts were exceptionally friendly and helpfull.
James Harrison Family, Quebec City Canada
Last year we were for the second year at your lovely place!
As you can see our children had a lot of fun with Biaggio…
They can not stop talking about Lisa and Lara, Biaggio, Lorenzo and Carlotta.
Your extreme hospitality and warm welcome are unique.
Our children do not want to go anywhere else! That is the biggest compliment you can get.
Your lovely apartments, the beautiful swimmingpool, the excellent view. All that makes your place perfect.
This year we will be back.
Met vriendelijke bakkersgroet,
Sandra en Sander, Jasper en Pepijn
Ciao, inoltriamo una bellissima foto di una delle tante permanenze presso il vostro podere Casanova. È inutile ripetere, ma le nostre vacanze presso il vostro podere sono sempre state meravigliose e rilassanti grazie alla vostra familiare accoglienza, lo consigliamo a chiunque essendo un posto fantastico. Ciao e a presto.
grazie delle belle foto che ci avete mandato!
Ci ha fatto molto piacere trascorrere con voi anche quest'anno le nostre vacanze in toscana: abbiamo trovato come sempre,
una grande ospitalità, un meraviglioso alloggio in un posto incantevole!
Vi inviamo un paio di foto della nostra vacanza e un caro saluto a tutti.
Alessia, Paolo, Andrea e Alessandro!
Oltre che a dirvi che non ci siamo mai dimenticati di voi e che presto verremo a trovarvi, devo aimè ammettere che le foto che ci siamo fatti sono tutte singole, nel senso che (stando da soli) ci siam fatti le foto a vicenda. Però ricordo anche che nel filmino che avete montato del nostro soggiorno voi ci avete fgatto qualche foto insieme, mentre gustavamo le vostre buonissime pizze......
Ditemi voi se posso far comunque qualcosa di buono per pubblicizzare la struttura.
Un abbraccio grande!!!!
Emiliano e Flavia
How fortunate I feel that for my Big' birthday, my family and I had the pleasure of staying at a wonderful family owned Farm House 'Podere-Casanova in the heart of Tuscany. It was all beyond what I could have ever wished for. Lisa and her beautiful family cooked a fabulous birthday dinner for me and my family and joined us per my birhtday request. It was just like in a movie. We rented two adjoining rentals with the most beautiful view of the vineyards from anywhere on the property. My family loved the swimming pool and the goats that we could feed. We felt like it was our very own private get away. We met other families from other countries while enjoying the mouth watering welcome buffett. Lisa was helpful in pointing out places of interest if we wanted to venture out. Lisa and her family welcomed us and made us feel like we were family. I hope to revisit as this was by far our families best Holidayyet!
Hi Lisa & family We took alot of pictures at the villa but we were not very good at getting ourselves in them.We really enjoyed the pool, the views, our dinners with your family and I got to help with the grape picking and watching the wine process. We just love re-living our time at the villa. Here are a few pictures. Until next time. Don & Susan
De très belles vacances en Italie!
Une famille extra-sympathique, un cadre de rêve, quoi de plus! Les vignes rouges en automne, la cueillette des olives, ....
Une jolie propriété à deux coups de volant des sites les plus remarquables de Toscane, Florence, Sienne, mais aussi San Giminiano et Volterra sans oublier tous les petits villages du Chianti!
...A recommander vivement!!! et ce c'est ce que je fais à tous mes amis qui veulent voir la Toscane ! quand on a goûté à Podere Casanova, on n'a envie que d'une chose, y retourner!
Merci à Lisa et à sa famille!
Ciao Lisa and Laura
More than happy to help. I hope I am not too late with this, we have been extremely busy building a new house. Could you please tell dad that we are going to build a wood pizza oven inspired by his design.
Note for your web site:
The highlight of my young family’s trip to Europe was our time spent in the heart of the Chianti at Podere Casanova. The setting was stunning and the hospitality displayed by the Lorenzo family will never be forgotten. We were greeted with warm smiles and had many of laughs over a pizza or two and a glass of wine. I highly recommend this as a must do when visiting the Chianti.
Regards Wade, Emmalene, Graice (10 years old) and Bethany (7 years old)
Si tratta di Jennifer "godendo un pranzo di fattoria italiana nella Casita"
(This is Jennifer "enjoying an Italian Farm lunch in the Casita")
Pensiamo di farm spesso e piacevole come nostro soggiorno e stato
(We think of your farm often and how enjoyable our stay was)
Jim & Jennifer De Maria
Roseville, California, USA
We spent our honeymoon at Podere Casanova and fell in love with Italy and hope to someday live there. Lisa and her family treated us like members of their own family. They answered any questions we had, were very friendly, and even cooked us dinner one night. We loved to play cards in the gazebo over looking the vineyards, and cooked most of our meals on our private deck. We can't wait to take our three daughters to Italy and will stay at PodereCasanova again. We would recommend Podere Casanova to anyone who wants to visit Tuscany.
you were asking for some Photos. Here they are from us:
Tille and Ludwig with the 'kids'
Franziska and Lothar
We got many more nice Photos but it would exceed the capacity of the mail.
They sample covers our holidays in 2009 and 2011.
We will surely came back, perhaps next year.
All the Best from Vienna!
We visited Podere Casanova for the second time in the spring of 2008 and this time we brought our two children Caitlin and Michael. My wife Rhonda and I were so excited to show our kids the beauty of Tuscany and Podere Casanova. Lara, Lisa and the entire family are so friendly and the food is fantastic!!! Be sure to make it back in time for pizza night as it is outstanding!!! The homemade pizzas baked in the homemade brick oven are the best inItaly!!! Also, if you time it right you can experience the Wine festival in Montespertoli...just across the valley...you can see it from Podere Casanova. We love the place so much that we plan on returning to Podere Casanova in the fall of 2013!!!
David & Rhonda Munro...Atlanta, GA USA
First of all my apollogies for the late response! Of course we want to help you!!
I have enclosed a picture that reflects all the fun we had at the pool.
Below the tekst;
We stayed at Podere Casanova for two weeks july 2011. We had a great time from the moment we arrived. The welcome the family gives is very warm they make you feel right at home. And the dinner they serve when you arrive must not be missed! The view is absolutely stunning, the location is secluded but the city is only a short drive. It's an ideal location to visit all great places like: Firenze, Pisa, Lucca. We have enjoyed the garden and the swimmingpool. When you relax on the beds or take a swim you get to enjoy the incredible view. Please do not forget to taste the wine and olive oil, and take some with you! The kitchen is very well equiped, The espressomachine is our favorite.....
This summer 2012 we will come back. The boy's are already looking forward to it and so are we!
A note from Lisa
Thank you, thank you, thank you...
Podere Casanova is a small, family-run holiday estate and getting others to find us is not always easy. Our largest supporters are our guests who keep recommending Podere Casanova to friends, family and colleagues and who write reviews about their experience at Podere Casanova.
We asked our guests whether they would contribute some thoughts to this page and to share their experience with anyone else thinking about staying with us: and here it is!
Myself and my family thank you for all of the affections, smiles, photos, gifts and for having chosen us to spend your vacation in Tuscany!
Warmly... Lisa, Lara, Letizia, Tommaso, Babbo Biagio, Mamma Maria, Lorenzo e Carlotta.