On a hill by the borders of Florence, no car needed as it is comfortably connected to the city center by a frequent public bus service.
The villa is very spacious with plenty of room for a group of ten people: you can party together and enjoy your own time of privacy. The terrace on the roof, the one off the master bedroom and the side of the garden with the swimming pool have wonderful views of the city in the distance. You can see the Duomo towards South and enjoy the pleasant sights of the countryside hills in the other directions. Not to talk about sunsets…
If you have ever been to Florence you know this is a town where “suburbs” takes on a very special meaning. Just outside the very hectic circonvallazioni, the main arteries that lead into and out of the city center, are a host of picturesque residential areas where the aristocratic and wealthy built their spacious villas in the shade of huge umbrella pines.
Cypress trees line the narrow roads that wind upwards past olive groves and tiny vineyards, so that almost at once you forget about the noisy city you just left behind. But it’s there, visible from every curve and terrace, dominated by Brunelleschi’s inexplicable cupola and the forboding tower of Palazzo Vecchio.
What a perfect combination, to have the sights of the Renaissance city but not the smells, sounds and mayhem of 21st century Firenze!
This 17th century villa occupies a hillside on the old road to Bologna, just fifteen minutes north of the city center. It has its own 4500 square foot garden, with a swimming pool that occupies one of the natural terraces where lemon trees used to be cultivated in a great earthenware vases. Facing this side of the property is the glass-enclosed room where those trees were protected in winter; now it holds a table where six people can dine with a view of the Duomo. At the other end of the garden is a cottage with a washing machine, dryer, iron and board, and a small WC.
Also occupying the ground floor of the villa are a comfortable sitting room with couches, chairs and satellite TV, a dining room whose table can open up to accommodate sixteen people, a living room with a fireplace, armchairs and telephone. These rooms have stunning casement ceilings. Next to the dining room is a kitchen, furnished with a full fridge and freezer, oven, range top, microwave, Nespresso Machine, American coffeemaker, and dishwasher. It has a table for two, and opens onto a covered pergola with dining for the entire group.
Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom has a double bed, a roomy wardrobe and a door onto a private terrace overlooking the city. Next door is a bathroom with shower and tub. Across the hall from the bathroom, a door opens onto a tiny back street, perfect for unloading bags and parking if you have more than one car.
The next two bedrooms share a balcony: one has two twin beds, the second has a full sized bed and a single bed. Then there is a suite with its own entrance, featuring a double bedroom, small kitchen and bathroom with shower.
Another flight of stairs leads up to the last bedroom, which has a double bed and a bathroom with a stall shower.
But the villa has more to offer! On the roof, reached by a comfortable flight of stairs, is a large terrace with deck chairs and one of the best views to be found for miles.
All the windows in the house have screens, the property is gated and surrounded by a wall, and in the garden is a built-in brick barbeque.
Just down the street are several small shops and only 100 yards from the door is the stop for the city bus that goes straight down to the center of town.
Included in the quote are linens and towels, exclusive use of the Villa and its outside areas, private pool, wifi, local telephone calls, utilities (with the exception of eventual use of air conditioning/heating is not included and will be billed per consumption, with a guarantee of maximum billing per stay: please enquire for this as it varies during the seasons of the year) and our personal concierge service.
The included high quality concierge service will help you though excellent choices of guided tours in and around Florence (as San Gimignano or even further away such as in Rome, Cinque Terre...), transfer in Mercedes vans with professional english speaking drivers... Andrea, Florence Concierge, offers his high quality services to five stars hotels, and to the guests of the Villa he can deliver the same quality at much lower prices as there is no hotel commission to be paid.
Not included in the price is the city tax, due in cash upon check in. 2,5 Euro per day per declared host until the seventh day: longer stays pay just the same as for 7 days.
Usage of air conditioning and heating is not included and has to be paid upon consumption. Please enquire for the granted maximum billing for your stay.
We are environment friendly, for this reason we recommend to divide trash from paper, glass, plastic and metals, and to save on electricity, water and gas. Please do not throw cigarette butts on any ground anywhere, those shall go in an ashtray or in a bin (they require 100 years to deteriorate).
These are not to be taken as rules, but as a way of living to give the right respect to the planet we are living in.
From May to September we accept only one week Saturday-Saturday bookings (or multiples of that).
Electricity for air conditioning 0.4 Euro per Kw (for a week you can choose to to leave a security deposit of 250 Euro and be reiboursed upon check out for electricity not used under 625 Kw)
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