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Luca’s hotel and family management

By 21 February 2019April 8th, 2022No Comments

Located two kilometres from the historical centre of Volterra, Hotel Residence Villa Rioddi has some features that make it unique. Housed in a 1400’s Villa, an ancient stagecoach station, it faithfully reflects the original, sober and elegant building.

Its panoramic position offers visitors a splendid view over the city and the Cecina Valley. Hotel Villa Rioddi is a 3-star hotel in Volterra, set in an ancient residence dating back to the 1400s and consisting of 14 rooms and one apartment.

Villa Rioddi is a small family-run hotel: Luca and his wife Luciene welcome customers with kindness, friendliness and warmth, offering a personalised service based on the needs of the tourists.

Luca, equipped with maps, big and small, business cards of restaurants and even equestrian centres, can offer you excellent information about Volterra and the surrounding areas, indicating the things to see within a radius of a kilometre.

You will appreciate his wife Luciene for her cakes and culinary specialities: indeed, one of the highlights of the hotel is the rich breakfast.

The optimal position of the hotel, 2 km from the centre of Volterra, and the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by greenery, make Hotel Villa Rioddi a valid solution for people who love travelling by car or motorbike across Tuscany and visiting the cities of art (Volterra is close to Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano) and for people who simply want to relax in the silence of the countryside.

 


The history of the ancient residence of Villa Rioddi

The building where the hotel is located today dates back to the 1400s, although some non-certified sources date it as far back as 1100.

Over the past centuries, the building has served various purposes, but always similar to its current use.

In 1600, it was a stagecoach station for people passing by, when Volterra was an important link between Florence and Cecina (traces of a narrow downhill road, which was the ancient road to the sea, are still visible next to our swimming pool). The carriages were on the ground floor and the guest rooms on the upper floor.

Even before that, in 1400, it was already a sort of inn: when the city gates closed at 5 pm, as was the custom at the time, the building was used for the night by wayfarers and travellers.

In more modern times: the house was purchased in 1982 and after a careful restoration in 1994 it was turned into a hotel, returning it to its ancient vocation as accommodation for tourists and foreigners.

Why is it called Hotel Villa Rioddi? A fun fact. Our hotel is located in the village bearing the same name, Rioddi, next to Volterra. And, as a matter of fact, the name Rioddi originally came from our establishment: in 1800, the house belonged to a man named “Oddo”; since there was a stream nearby, everyone spoke of the place indicating the stream, “rivolo”, of Oddo, which later became Rioddi.