Located on the hills beetween Florence and Fiesole ; WiFi, Parking .
- english, italian
About Alba Quarantotto
I am a retired Teacher with 2 married doughters and 5 granchildren. Some live in Florence city center some in Sicily. I like reading, gardening and host my Guest
Alba Quarantotto purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Alba Quarantotto chose Pontassieve
I bougth this property with my husband Piero since we felt in love with this ancient house and its surroundings. The view, the stone house and the fresh air in summer.
What makes this Cottage unique
The view is unique , and the house is cool in summer (Florence can be very hot indeed) and cozy in winter
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Very atmospheric villa, perfect location in the Florentine hills
As a family of four with two teenagers, this was the perfect cozy base of operations for trips to Florence, Lucca, Siena and Pisa. It’s location in the hills and under the shade of trees made for a more cool environment than hot Florence, easily 5-10 degrees lower inside. Alba was a wonderful host together with Alfredo who supplied us with advice where to go for shopping and eating local delicacies. Nearby Santa Brigida had the nicest supermarket with a predominant Tuscan selection of cheese, meat and wine. The house itself had all the amenities you want so we could make meals ourselves, had a dishwasher, laundromat, coffeemachine etc., we didn’t miss anything. You can indeed hear traffic passing by in the distance, especially with windows open but we didn’t mind that much, the cicadas were often more loud. If you want a quiet, cozy place to stay near Florence with added benefits of local products, being less hot in the summer than the city itself and with a very interesting historic feel to boot, we would heartily recommend staying here! Family van Neijenhof
Lovely villa, stunning scenery & a very kind owner.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely, cosy & comfortable villa, there was ample room for 3 adults & everything we needed.
The surrounding scenery is stunning, especially with the forests in their autumn colours. It was easy to walk from the villa onto the great footpath network, through the beautiful oak & chestnut forests.
Whilst there was a little road noise, it certainly didn't spoil our stay in anyway. Its an ideal base for walking, visiting Florence & the surrounding area.
The owner Alba was exceptionally kind to us & very helpful.
Dear Sally and Trevor and Martin
It was a great pleasure to have you here
You are perfect Guests
We are happy you enjoied your stay, the house and walks
I loved to spend some time touring my beautiful city with you
And thank you for the private email you send me
I will keep it in my best memories
We stayed for two weeks in September and were greeted by Alba on arrival who was very pleasant. The place was very clean and tidy and contained the basics in terms of foodstuffs when we arrived. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen contained all that had been promised in terms of equipment – basic and compact but adequate for 2. There are wonderful views from the patio across the rolling hills. We spent a lot of our time out and about in the region and found the location very convenient for visiting Florence and the other main attractions.
Some points we had difficulty with – this is not our idea of a “villa”- its more like a two bed apartment. We discovered that the structure seen in the photos is in fact divided into 3 apartments. The nearby house complex (with the tower) also houses 3 families. This results in the small car park containing over 6 vehicles at night and limited privacy due to designated “communal” areas. We found our part of the villa to be quite dark and gloomy and lights were needed at all times of the day. While Alba is an exceptionally hospitable lady she does not speak English – and relies on Google translate. There was little or no interaction with her and the other residents – probably because we were away a lot and also we speak very limited Italian. The house did not contain any “welcome manual” listing local restaurants, shops and the other usual suggestions re places to visit, important phone numbers in emergencies etc. etc.
Our biggest negative was the road noise. When booking the property we asked then about proximity to the road but were reassured that it was “ a quiet country road with very little traffic”. In fact there is loud, continuous road noise 24/7. This is much worse during weekends and lengthy rush--hours/school-runs in the morning and evenings. Due to being on a steep hill there is the whine of constant racing engines and gear changes for cars, trucks and the extra loud, very numerous, motorbikes and scooters. To sleep we were forced to close windows which is not very desirable at 25 degrees. The noise and the smell of fumes made it unpleasant to sit on our wee patio in the evenings for a drink.
We have experienced many holiday gites/cottages in other parts of Europe which were much better and for that reason we are able to give only limited endorsement.
I thank you very much for your stay
I am happy you enjoied your stay and all the visit in our beautiful region
Really we had few opportunities to meet since you went around every day
Thr Villa is about 1000 sqm and it is composed by 4 units including my house and yours.
It is clearly written we live on the other side of the garden.
We respect the privacy of tbe Guests and are available on request of course
I will take in great consideration your advise and will prepare an House book instead of giving time by time all information , as we do usually, in base of interest of the Guests
The Villa is at 300 meters from the main road, all windows and doors are equipped with double glazing also with thermal and acoustic function
I'm sorry you were still disturbed
We our best wishes
The friendliest rental we've had
This is a lovely holiday rental with fabulous views. Alba, her family and neighbours could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We were given copious amounts of delicious fresh and home-made produce on an almost daily basis and took up a kind invitation to watch the stunningly clear lunar eclipse with the neighbours. The house is scrupulously clean with screens on all doors and windows to minimise bugs inside. The road is a little noisy, but we felt that the advantage of not having to drive along unmade and pot-holed tracks for miles (as we have done in other properties) off-set this. Having two outside areas meant that we had a choice of sun or shade all day long and pleasant places to sit in the evening.
If you choose to spend your holiday here I am sure you will find, as we did, that Alba and her family will make you very welcome and will strike the right balance between ensuring you are happy and respecting your privacy.
Thank you Alba for your flexibility in accommodating our changing needs. We had a terrific holiday in a beautiful part of Italy.
Beautiful countryside, owners friendly, BUT.... No one mentioned that there is a very busy and noisy road just outside and for the first 3 days and nights we were inundated with motorbikes going to a large rally. The villa was clean but tired and filled with second hand furniture. The plumbing was inadequate and both shower trays filled to overflowing with water when used and bubbled up with murky water when other people washed or showered elsewhere. We felt, having paid extra for cleaning, we might get clean linen or towels in ten nights, but no.
We would not return.
Good evening Paul,
I'm very sorry for your review
we met every day with many smiles and I could not imagine your dissatisfaction
I remember well the BBQ party you had for the 60 birthday of your wifw were you invited friends and we were pleased to offer flowers
About cleanings: I offered you an extra cleaning but told me that there being a laundry with washing machine and dryer you did not need help Anyway we gave you 8 complete set of bath towels
The cleaning you paid is the final cleaning, usually done at tbe end of each stay
As for the furniture: the house is not furnished with Ikea furniture but with family furniture, some antique, the sofa in the living room was purchased last year. I’m sorry they have not been your taste.
Regarding the traffic of bikers the first two days of your stay coincided with the Grand Prix of Mugello, the annual competition of great international appeal. but for this you will understand I can not intervene
Finally I take note of the problems you had with the bathroom and I will intervene immediately. I could have done it during your stay.
I regret that you conclude that you will not come again while I am hoping to see you again for a peaceful reconciliation
Please give my greeting to your friends and family
Fantastic place in the heart of the mountains
This historical home is beautiful and fully equipped, we spent four nights while touring Florence, Pizza and Tuscany areas. The owners were very welcoming and friendly and live in the same area. Love to go back and stay again.
Thank you very much for your nice words! We loved to have you here
Looking forward for your return
Alba and Family
GPS coordinates are: Latitude: 43860208 Longitude 11355739
on Google Maps search Pontassieve Via alle Croci 8/b
or on your Tomtom look for Pontassieve Strada Provinciale Molin del Piano (SP 84) we are at Km 10 .
We will be glad to email you more detailed directions when you confirm the reservation
From North (Milano or Venice) A1 Motorway direction Firenze exit Barberino del Mugello and follow indication to San Piero a Sieci.Take the road SS2 called Faentina. When you reach the place Vetta alle Croci turn left and drive on the road SP84 to Santa Brigida - Molin del Piano. After 2 Kms ( milestone indicating KM 10) you will see the medieval complex Torre di Colonne. enter the white road and park the car.
From South ( Naples or Rome ) Motorway A1 direction Firenze, exit Firenze Sud and follow the road without any turn. At the end of the road turn right on the road SS 67 - Aretina - direction Pontassieve ( no enter in Ellera stay on the main road). When you reach the village of Le Sieci turn left at the crosslight taking the SP 84 in direction Molin del Piano - Santa Brigidain direction OLMO. We are at Km 10 km. You will see on your right the medieval complex of Villa Torre di Colonne. Enter the white road where is the milestone 10 ....and park the cra at the parking lot.
From Florence City Center: Piazza delle Cure, take via Faentina road direction Borgo San Lorenzo. Follow the road, in direction Olmo. Take the first on the right and pass the intersection following toward Molin del Piano- Santa Brigida. Follow the road SP 84 for the 2 Kms you will see on your left the tower of the villa , enter the white road where is the milestone indicating KM 10 . Take the white road and park the car.