On a hilltop, close to Florence. Chianti Rufina region. Tuscany. Peace. Views
- english, german, italian
Thge owner's name is Paola , and I'm her sister My name is Maria Luisa. I've been spending a great part of my life in this area of Tuscany, which I know very well.The houses which we offer for rent are part of a country estate which belonged to our mother's family. Since we inherited the property we've been spending time and money to restore them and decided to rent them out in order to maintain them in good shape and pass them to our children and grandchildren in the future. I'm in charge of the bookings for my sister Paola , who will Always welcome you warmly ., but you can Always referto me, because I live quite near and know everything about the cottages.I love this job. It gives me the opportunity of meeting knew people who sometimes become good friends and like visiting us year after year.
What makes this Cottage unique
The farming area around the cottages , mainly olive groves, gives the landscape a typical Tuscan appeal. We have always farmed organically without using any kind of chemicals and therefore the air is pure healthy and filled with the natural fragrances of the original plants grown in our gardens, Scents of lavender rosemary and wild roses will welcome you on arrival. The views are fantastic , being the cottages set on top of a hill 450 mts on sea level.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking outside only
not in the pool area. Only one pet
Children not allowed
Regular check-in times are 16.00 to 19.00.Exceptionally we can accept arrivals until 22.00
heating if needed is paid on consumption
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Nice cottage in the Tuscan countryside
Arco was a charming little cottage, about a 10 minute drive up a mountain from Londa. The road to get to the cottage is a narrow 2-way road with lots of switchbacks, which took us a bit of time to get accustomed to driving. However, the views from the cottage were stunning. We also loved spending time at the pool, which was just a few minutes away. It was fairly easy to get to Florence from here, and the restaurants in the area serve delicious food.
It was nice having a washing machine available, but laundry took longer than expected since the washer kept tripping the circuit breaker. Also remember to bring your own detergent, as it is not supplied.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. Maria Luisa, Paola and their family have been very nice to us and they were also easy to reach whenever we had any questions. Thanks for having us!
Thanks , for your nice review . As you underlined the views are beautiful from our cottage and it's a reward for the narrow mountain road to get up here . Remember thoiugh that we are in a mostly mountainoius country . Italy has a 75 percentage of hilly or mountain land , and this is part of its beauty!
A stunning location for the perfect relaxing holiday
We chose Cantina Di Bacco because we wanted somewhere peaceful, a little off the tourist track, with great views - and this little gem exceeded our expectations. The property isn’t about mod cons, it’s about simple, rustic beauty; a clean, comfortable well-designed living space in an idyllic location. The outside space is lovely for your meals, the pool area (which is 5 min walk away) is exceptional, and never felt busy despite being shared, and Londa is a charming little town. We also recommend Il Geko restaurant in Dicomano for really great pizza. We feel completely relaxed following our 2 weeks here and will definitely be back. Grazie Mille to Paola, Maria Luisa, Tommaso and everyone who showed us such wonderful hospitality.
Dear Katryn, what a beautiful appreciative review . Thanks a lot . It's a great reward for our effort to know that our guests appreciate our simple , rustic but authentic prpperty and warm hospitality You'll be Always welcomed back.
We loved the cottage! It was hidden away in the mountains away from the busses and busses but an easy drive into Firenze or Sienna. The fresh air, scent of cowers and scenic views were breath taking! The drive up the mountain the first day in the large vehicle we rented was a little hairy but once I got the hang of it I didn’t mind at all and rather had a chance to enjoy the view
Thanks Jo, for your lovely review. We are so grateful when our guests take the time to write a review about our property and we realize they liked it- You and your daughter will be welcome back! Maria Luisa and Paola
Our memorable stay at Cantina Di Bacco
We had the most amazing stay in this little beautifull cottage, set high up in the Tuscan hills, above the little town of Londa, where there were bars, restaurants and shops. The attention to detail inside, and outside, the property was second to none. It was very clean and well maintained. Fresh wild flowers in all the rooms, gave off a divine scent throughout. The bedroom upstairs had a lovely door out to a little courtyard and was a delight. A well equipped kitchen with washing machine. We especially liked eating outside under the pergola in the pretty garden. We loved everything about the place, the scenery was to die for, like a little piece of heaven on earth. Our hosts were extremely kind and helpful, before and during our stay. We arrived to a bottle of local wine, bread, jam and milk for our breakfast. Our hosts even helped us to arrange travel arrangements to visit Rome, which we did by train from Florence, we would recommend taking the trains into Florence for the day as well, leaving the car at Contea Londa and taking the train. We also visited Siena, about an hour and half journey away, but well worth the trip. We spent our 40th wedding anniversary there - truely breath taking. The Cantina Di Bacco is well situated for sightseeing day trips. We also loved the swimming pool which is a short walk away, with sun loungers, we found it so peaceful after our busy days out. The setting around the swimming pool was clean and very well maintained, and of course the views were stunning. Up in the Tuscan hills it is really peaceful, tranquil and awe inspiring. We would love one day to return to this magical place and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a sightseeing or relaxing holiday, you can experience them both here. Once again we would like to thank our hosts for their help and kindness during our stay.
Dear Guests, it's a great pleasure to receive such appreciative comments about our property , location and hospitality. We do our best to make our guests' vacation memorable and are very happy when we succeed!
Maria luisa and Paola
Beautiful and peaceful holidays.
My wife Kathryn and I had the most wonderful and relaxing holidays at Cantina di Bacco last August. The place is a heaven of peace, it is confortable, well furnished and the views are absolutely stunning.
We arrived late in the evening from Pisa and were taken to the house by Maria-Luisa's sister who leaves in the valley in Londa. The house was spotless and there was a nice bottle of wine and some grapes on the table. The next day, we woke up to sunshine and glorious views. Despite being in a rural setting and surrounded by trees, the cottage is extremely quiet and we could easily have slept till late every day (one could have expected birds to be noisy...).
Walking to the pool takes a couple of minutes through some beautiful olive groves and you can eat plenty of blackberries while on the way. While at the pool, you may meet Maria-Luisa or somebody from the family. Maria speaks very good English and couldn't be more helpful. She knows the area inside out and her advice is invaluable.
Florence is very conveniently close by. It only takes about 20 mns in the train (leave car in Contea and take the train). The service is very efficient and cheap. You'll understand why we get ripped off on train fares in the UK...!!!
Must see are Sienna and San Giminiano and a trip to Poppi is well worth it. We went there on Maria-Luisa's advice and had a great day.
There is plenty of brilliant walking to be done around the cottage or slightly North towards San Godenzo and surrounding area. One thing both my wife and I enjoyed was the fact that very few people spoke good English (unless going to Florence or Sienna) so we had to make an effort to speak a bit of Italian. Absolutely everyone in Londa and surrounding villages was wonderful. They couldn't have done enough to help us and were all very welcoming. Our difficulty to speak Italian led us to some funny and confusing situations on a couple of excursions but all the more enjoyable and better to get to know the local people.
We are not the type to go back to the same place on holiday and actually rarely go back twice unless it is to visit family but...I think Cantina di Bacco and that small corner of Italy will become an exception...
Dear Guests, thanks a lot for so many appreciative comments. we really do our best to be helpful and we are happy when peolple appreciate . The area where we live and rent is still out of the touristic , main routes and deserves some promotion . Thanks a lot!
Maria Luisa and Paola
La Dolce Vita
We have enjoyed 2 lovely weeks at the beautiful Casa Arco. The accomodation was just perfect and so too was our lovely host Maria Luisa who we met on a visit to the pool. Before our visit she made sure we had a detailed email with directions to the property which were very easy to follow. The houses are set in wonderful surroundings in the Tuscan hills. When we arrived our little Arco have lovely pots full of wild flowers and everywhere was super clean and fully equiped for our stay. The village of Londa is lovely and has all the shops you need for your stay. Inside the Arco there was excellent information about places to see and good places to eat. Maria Luisa had also written about the history of the property as it was an old olive mill and has the mill stone visible both inside and outside the property. The area has so much to offer, there is pleanty of beautiful places to visit and the most wonderful food to eat, but it was always lovely to return to the Casa Arco as it felt so homely. This was our first visit to the region and we were very sad to leave but we have already booked to return next year and I hope many years to come.
Dear Guests of Casa Arco , thanks a lot for such a lovely review and so many appreciative comments about the house and the area , pretty undiscovered until now and so more suitable for people in search of a peaceful , unspoiled enviroment.. We really hope you'll visit us again and become one of our regular customers.
Special interest holidays:
Wine tours in our vineyard and wine tasting are possible on requestThe owner personally guides free tours in the family oil- mill in Londa with oil tasting on bruschetta every Tuesday morning in the high season. Pottery painting lessons can be arranged on request with a ceramic talented painter in Londa. People love to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays in our romantic cottages.
Londa is approx 90 miles from the coast. The nearest beaches are Viareggio, on the Tyrrhenian sea and Rimini on the Adriatic Sea.
Londa can be reached from the airports of Florence, Pisa and Bologna and Forlì.
Nearest village Londa 3.75 miles away/10 minutes. Nearest station Contea 15min approx. Approx distances to places of interest: Florence center 25 miles. Arezzo 53 miles. San Gimignano 58 miles. Siena 68 miles.
Further Details: The village of Londa offers a variety of shops including butchers, bakers, two small supermarkets, two greengrocers, 2 restaurants, a church, a pharmacy, post office and bank. The area is famous for its Etruscan settlements and for a choice of mediaeval castles and towns. The Mugello is the " cradle" of the Medici family who ruled Florence for three centuries endowing the city with the masterpieces famous all over the world.
the Mugello race course is just half an hour away