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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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Reviews of Tuscany Apartment in a Castle Hamlet Close to Florence

Machiavelli - Canonica 1

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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

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

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

Overall:
The overall experience was very good.
Enjoyed Most:
The location in Tuscany was excellent. We were able to drive to many towns in short amounts of time. The facility was also very nice and clean.
Enjoyed Least:
There was no laundry facility and the second bathroom was not attached to the second bedroom.
Surrounding Area:
The view was great.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino and San Casciano were the two small towns nearest the villa. They were not within walking distance for us.
Tips or Restaurants:
The property was pretty well-equipped. If you use the pool, perhaps bringing towels should be considered. However, we did not use the pool because we were gone traveling around everyday. Not far from the property in San Casciano was a great little restaurant called Ristorante Nello. Good food at a good price.
Directions:
We did use a GPS, which took us directly to the property.
Check In Out:
Check-in went very smoothly and very quickly. We ended up leaving the property before the reception office was open, but they said we could leave the key in the mailbox. So the check-out was very accomodating also.

Diane, September

Overall:
We loved the "villa experience". We had always stayed in hotels in the various Tuscan cities before and having a home to come to each night was wonderful. The experience was enhanced by the staff at the property. They were just so kind, knowlegable, and helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were spectacular and the peacefulness of the property was so relaxing. It was too cool to use the pool but I can imagine how great it is in the summer.
Surrounding Area:
We did not cook dinners at the villa, so we enjoyed eating at restaurants in the nearby villages. The staff had fantastic recommendations and made reservations for us. Each village/town had its own personality and we appreciated that.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Bargino. It's very small but has a great family trattoria. No, we couldn't walk to it.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found the unit to be very well-equipped for our needs. Maybe we would have noticed something if we did a lot of cooking, but our needs were well-met. There is no washing machine but we did hand wash and used a drying rack that was there. Dishwasher worked well. Had fun experimenting with the Italian coffee maker. Just a great little place for 2 couples to share! The restaurant not to miss is Cinque di Vino in San Casciano! We also had excellent meals at Nello in San Casciano, and Da Bule (sp?) in Bargino.
Directions:
We did not get a GPS, but had a good map. The directions you sent us were perfect--no wrong turns at all.
Check In Out:
We could pay the deposit with cash, but we also had the option to leave a credit card impression. I called 2 hours ahead as you suggested and we checked in easily when we arrived

Jaimie, September