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Memorial Week stay 2019
My family and I had a great time staying at this home! Flying in from San Francisco, Denver, and Washington, this 170 year old home gives quite the Tuscan feel while getting settled! The drive to the house is up windy, narrow roads that set the tone for the week ahead. The interior is updated enough where you don’t lose the Italian country feel but still have updated amenities. I would recommend this home to anyone looking to go back in time to enjoy a couple bottles of wine near the pool or garden or in front of the massive fireplace! It’s all “Perfecto”!
This home was lovely and atmospheric in all the right ways (Tuscan but with a bit of modern sensibility) with a pool with killer views! The host was charming and helpful.. The drive up was not for the faint of heart as it was barely a one lane road. Follow the host’s driving instructions and not your GPS!
Beautiful Property - close yet remote
Our family of four couples spent a wonderful Christmas week in this villa. You feel as if you are many miles from the city, a feeling enhanced by the drive on narrow twisty roads, but you are only a short ride to the heart of Florence. The home was lovely, well-stocked, and large enough to accommodate all of us while still feeling cozy. It was too cold to swim in the pool but it was so gorgeous we were tempted; I'd love to go back and enjoy it in the warm weather. The whole setting was beautiful, from the hill overlooking Florence to the olive groves and the charming roads to Settignano. We explored all over the property and the area on foot. The caretaker, Claudio, was friendly and helpful, and we had him retrieve us from the village a couple of times - the walk down is easier than the walk up! We heeded their advice and did not rent a car but instead took either the local bus from Settignano or made use of Tommaso, Lorenzo and Luca from Tuscany Shuttle to make our day trips and forays into Florence, including going to the grocery store in Florence (Settignano does have some supplies but you can't do big grocery shopping). The route to the villa is every bit as challenging as they say, so if choose to drive it on your own, make sure you are prepared. We loved the ease of having drivers that knew what they were doing and where to go. We had the recommended chef, Cristina, come to the villa to do a cooking class and it was top-notch. She kept everyone involved, taught us much, and managed to help us create a fabulous meal in spite of our lack of skills. That was definitely a highlight. We also tried several of the local restaurants and had great experiences at all of them. We asked the owner of La Sosta Del Rossellino to choose our menu for us and we had amazing things like a cheese flower with 72-yr-old balsamic vinegar and Florentine beef. We ate at the two smaller restaurants right on the square and enjoyed them also, especially the pastries. Our last night we ate at Trattoria Da Ruggero in Florence, once again asking them to recommend our menu, and it was a perfect ending to the week; great food and welcoming staff in a traditional Italian restaurant. The villa, Settignano, and the wonders of Florence made this an unforgettable trip.
Florentine villa amongst olive groves
We enjoyed a relaxing and very pleasurable stay.
The villa is delightful, tucked into the hills above Florence surrounded by olive trees with fabulous views of the city below. It is elegantly decorated but very comfortable with well equipped kitchen and very much a family home.
The swimming pool is sensationally positioned for a perfect view of the city and surrounding countryside and we happily sunbathed, read then cooled off in the pool which is also very well maintained.
It is a fifteen minute easy drive into Florence with excellent parking and a pleasant walk into and around the city. The access roads to the villa are narrow lanes ( very similar to Cornwall!) but present no problem once you are shown the easiest routes by Giovanni the helpful owner who also showed us the nearest shopping centre and whose English far surpassed my skills in French or Italian! Equally helpful is Claudio who manages the farm and villa and makes sure all is tidy and comfortable on a daily basis.
It is an ideal point to explore the region both from an historic , countryside and wine culture point of view or just to relax in the comfort, facilities and peace of the area.
My family ( all adult children ) all enjoyed our stay very much and could not recommend it more highly a beautiful , peaceful location with all we required.
Whilst there is public transport and taxis available we all had cars which make the location much easier to access and to travel and explore the region.
A wonderful holiday.
Just Fantastic - Wonderful stay just outside of Florence
My wife, daughter (age 1 yr) and another couple with their son (age 2yr) spent a week in this villa. We had a wonderful time. We found the property perfect for our needs as it was a perfect place to relax with amazing ambiance and views but also close enough that it was convenient to get into town. We both rented a car and used public transportation. We found that both worked well for us. There are so many highlights! We were introduced to Claudio who took great care of us on the property. Christina was introduced to us as a resource for cooked meals and cooking lessons in the Villa. This was one of our favorite experiences. We explored the nearby area and visited a winery very nearby (Poggio de Noce) which was relaxing and fun. We spent time in Florence and the surrounding area - who can say more. We even did a day trip to Venice for lunch - amazing. All in all, we had a wonderful stay and this location and the hosts were better than we could have expected. I'm certain every member of our group would highly recommend this property and we all talked about how we would like to come back to this very place again and again. Thanks to Giovanni and all of the wonderful people he exposed us to who treated us so well while on holiday!!
Charming Old Villa with Modern Amenities and Amazing Views!
I have nothing but great things to say about our experience at this villa. The owner and Claudio, the man who works on the olive farm were incredible, welcoming and answered every question we had. We were a group of 6 and had plenty of room inside the house and never felt cramped. The views of Florence from the pool are breathtaking at night and during the day. It is an old and charming villa that has every modern amenity. This villa was exactly the experience that we had in mind when we rented a house in the hills of Tuscany. One warning; if you are not comfortable driving hairpin turns and tight roads then you should not rent this house... BUT if you have any sense of adventure you should absolutely take the small roads to Florence every day. This really is a great place and can't say enough good things about the experience. Thank you so much Giovanni for sharing this house and farm with us and please know what a great guy you have in Claudio.