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Property Details

Sleeps:
4 - 5
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
20244
Nearest Town:
San Casciano in Val di Pesa (Chianti Area)
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Tuscany Apartment in a Castle Hamlet Close to Florence

Machiavelli - Canonica 1

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About The Experience

Sample Old-World flavor in the Chianti, including an historic 9th century castle—once home to Machiavelli—and its surrounding hamlet. Choose an apartment in one of the village farmhouses, parsonage, or in the castle itself. Spend your time strolling about the hamlet and taking in the magnificent views, or take day trips throughout Tuscany, including Lucca, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Volterra.

Location Description

The former home of one of Renaissance Italy's leading figures, this castle and its surrounding hamlet enjoy a hilltop location in the heart of the Chianti. The nearest towns are Montefiridolfi and Bargino. The nearest food market is about 2 km away. Additional shops, banks and a post office can be found in San Casciano.

Nearby Attractions: Be sure to experience the wines produced by the estate in their weekly wine tastings. Further afield, there are many other opportunities for wine tasting: La Sala Winery (San Casciano), Il Solatione Winery (Mercatale Val di Pesa), Cennatoio Winery and Villa Cafaggio Winery (Panzano). In Florence, explore Bargello and the Opera del Duomo which house two of the greatest collections of sculptures in the world. Along with the top museums like Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia, and Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, be sure to visit the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Museo Stibbert, which has a famous collection of armor.

Pisa: 100 km/62 mi
Siena: 50 km/31 mi
Florence: 21 km/13 mi
San Casciano: 6 km/3.5 mi
Montefiridolfi: 4 km/2.5 mi
Bargino: 2 km/ 1mi

Exterior Description
(Entire estate 6,000 m2/64,583 ft2)

The castle dates back to the 9th century, while the hamlet is from the medieval period. The estate, which includes separate, independent apartments located in either the village farmhouses, parsonage, or the castle itself has amazing views of the Chianti hills. The castle is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. For information or assistance throughout the rental period, there is a reception office open every day. There is a shared swimming pool, open May to September, and a shared garden equipped with tables and chairs. There is a large parking area at the entrance of the hamlet. The road leading to the castle is paved.

Interior Description
(99 m2/1,065 ft2)

Ground Floor: This apartment has an entrance/living room with a sofa bed (most comfortable for one). There is a dining room with table and chairs, and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher and an Italian coffee machine. There is a bedroom with a queen size bed (160 cm) and a bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, and a second bedroom with a queen size bed (160 cm). There is an additional bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, sink, and toilet. There’s also a garden area with a table and chairs.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Breakfast Service: 10 Euros per person
  • Housekeeping: 25 Euros per visit
  • Extra Linen Change: 15 Euros per person
  • Wine Tasting and Olive Oil Tasting: Upon request
  • Firewood: Upon request

Please Note:

  • Wi-Fi is available outdoors, but not available in the units.
  • There is a fan in each bedroom.
  • The barbecue is shared with other guests.
  • During the summer, there are often weddings and receptions held at the castle on the weekends.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Inside Home
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Outside Dining
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Jacuzzi Tub - Inside
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Oct-28-2017 - Dec-16-2017 $1,599 1 wk
Dec-16-2017 - Jan-06-2018 $2,162 1 wk
Jan-06-2018 - Mar-17-2018 $1,471
$1,030
1 wk
Mar-17-2018 - Jun-23-2018 $1,667 1 wk
Jun-23-2018 - Aug-25-2018 $2,059 1 wk
Aug-25-2018 - Oct-27-2018 $1,667 1 wk
Oct-27-2018 - Dec-15-2018 $1,471 1 wk
Dec-15-2018 - Jan-06-2019 $2,059 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 200 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Tourist Tax (Daily - Per Person): 1.5 EUR

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 5 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
My wife and I had a wonderful stay at Machiavelli. The grounds and view of the countryside were exquisite. Our villa was a great mix of old world charm and modern conveniences and the staff were beyond personable - they were truly friendly, caring and helpful. The location afforded us the opportunity to visit many of the region's wonderful small towns.
Enjoyed Most:
I'd have to give 2 answers here - the staff and views of the countryside. We felt well cared for by the former and transported to another world by the latter.
Enjoyed Least:
The only negative, if you want to call it that, was the road up to the villa. It's quite steep and there are many turns, but after a couple of trips, I felt comfortable with the drive.
Surrounding Area:
The overall landscape is fabulous. Of all the day trips we took, I'd have to say we enjoyed our visit to Volterra the most.
Nearby Events or Locales:
I wouldn't recommend walking to the nearby towns because the roads are so narrow, though we noticed some visitors who did that. The nearest town is Montefridolfi, where we had a great lunch at a local restaurant. The next closest town, which is a bit larger is San Casciano, which we visited several times. We really enjoyed taking advantage of the restaurants and outdoor market there.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you like sitting outdoors, I'd recommend insect repellent so you don't have to worry about getting mosquito bites. All the restaurants that are recommended in the villa brochure were great. The one in Montefiridolfi was real fun! I'd also recommend a trip to Volterra - it was a bit farther than San Gimignano but worth the trip
Directions:
No, the directions were great. We did have a GPS that helped as well.
Check In Out:
We actually arrived about an hour prior to the official check-in time thinking we wouldn't be able to check in, but the staff was very accommodating and we were able to sneak in before it got too crowded in reception.

Aaron, October

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Overall:
Our visit was everything one could hope for in a vacation. Machiavelli - Canonica 1 is near perfect. If you offered a "Most Excellent" review category, I would have checked those for all but the kitchen--which was still pretty good. Sarah and the staff are most helpful and suggested places to go we would not have found on our own.
Enjoyed Most:
Solitude, privacy and a fireplace that made the cool, windy, damp weather an asset. BTW, they provided all the firewood and starter needed. The fact that Canonica I is attached to the castle chapel made it a heavenly experience.
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing to dislike. (Okay, one 'gripe': The beautiful mountains with their forests, olive groves, vineyards and stately villas on the other side of the valley from Bibione blocked what could have been our view of Florence?). That is a joke!
Surrounding Area:
The exquisite scenery must be seen to understand. Sort of like the Grand Canyon or Machu Picchu. All of the nearby excellent restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino. Because the castle is set on a high hill and the walk on the narrow road is steep, walking down/up, walking into town is impractical.
Tips or Restaurants:
Maybe I missed it, but, I would let visitors know that almost everything shuts down from about 1 pm to 4:30 pm everyday. Because of the location of the castle, and a vacationer's tendency to a later schedule, we found ourselves driving to town just in time to see the shops close and then had to kill a few hours. Your suggestion to bring plastic bags was most helpful as it allowed us to store the left-over meats, cheeses and breads we bought at the supermercado (COOP) in S. Casciano. We stocked up on wine, cheese, prosciutto, salami, bread and a few staples so we could stay 'home' and enjoy a few home cooked meals. Trattoria del Pesce in Bargino was excellent for fresh fish (the seafood display in the entry had crabs still crawling slowly on ice). A local suggested we drive to Trattoria del Folocare in the little village of Montagnana to try their "Steak Florentine." Most excellent. The two of us split the steak and still had enough left over for another meal. Caffe del Popolana in nearby S. Casciano was very good, also. The fried rabbit was a different treat.
Directions:
Your directions were clear and precise. Yes, we had a GPS that was useful most of the time (kept forcing us back to the autostrada when we wanted back-roads).
Check In Out:
Again, Sarah made everything so easy there is nothing to improve.

Phil, May

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Overall:
This was a beautiful property and location. It was amazing and an experience to be remembered forever.
Enjoyed Most:
The view and the rustic atmosphere were superb, and the wine-tasting/castle tour was wonderful. The caretakers and all staff were very friendly and helpful. Additionally, the location was perfect for all of our day trips. We were able to see San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Greve, Radda and Florence with no more than an hour's drive (at the most).
Enjoyed Least:
There were some annoying bugs...but this is hard to avoid in a rustic dwelling.
Surrounding Area:
I don't know where to start. San Casciano was an inviting and charming nearby town. We loved the restaurant Cantinetta della'Nonna that was there. But the property is not far from any of the wonderful Tuscan towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano was the town that we were familiar with. It's about 5 minutes away driving, not walkable.
Tips or Restaurants:
The caretakers of the estate provide an excellent booklet of information that includes recommendations for restaurants.

Rachel, October

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