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San Casciano in Val di Pesa (Chianti Area)

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Tuscany Apartment in a Castle Hamlet Close to Florence

Machiavelli 4

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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 (2 km) and Bargino (2 km). The nearest food market is 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: 44 km/27 mi
Florence: 15 km/9.5 mi
San Casciano: 5 km/3 mi
Montefiridolfi: 2 km/1 mi
Bargino: 2 km/ 1mi
Exterior Description
(Entire estate 6000 m2/64,583 ft2)

The castle dates back to the 9th century, while the hamlet is from the medieval period. The estate, which include 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 from 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
(119 m2/1,281 ft2)

Ground Floor: This traditional Tuscan farmhouse has plenty of space and all the amenities. The living room, complete with two couches (one of them a sofa-bed) and Kilim rugs, sports a beautiful open-beam ceiling and other antique furniture. Exposed stone walls lead into a dining room with a table for four. In one corner an old circular staircase leads up to the first floor. Beyond the dining room is a kitchen, decorated in antique blue and white terra-cotta tiles and equipped with an Italian coffee machine. Here is everything you need to prepare your own authentic Italian cuisine—including the modern convenience of a dishwasher! There is also a smaller table for informal meals. Step outside the kitchen door and prepare an open-air meal with the terra cotta and stone barbeque; eat outside at the provided table and chairs.

First Floor: Upstairs, spend a cozy evening in the second living room (entrance hall), warming yourself at the fireplace or curling up with a book on the daybed (suitable for sleeping one). On one side of the living room is a bathroom and bedroom with a queen-size bed. On the opposite side is another bedroom, this one with two twin-beds. Bathrooms are located off of the dining room on the ground floor and next to the double bedroom (bed is queen-sized) on the first floor (accessible from the upstairs living room and double bedroom). Each is equipped with a toilet, bidet, shower, and sink.

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.

  • Firewood Available
  • Housekeeping Available:€25 per visit.
  • Extra Linen Change: €15 per person.
  • Breakfast Service: €10 per person.
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Wine Tasting And Olive Oil Tasting Available

Please Note:
  • Clients can use Wi-Fi outdoors but it is not available in the units

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Outside Dining
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jun-28-2014 - Aug-30-2014 $2,134 1 wk
Aug-30-2014 - Oct-25-2014 $1,865 1 wk
Oct-25-2014 - Dec-20-2014 $1,660 1 wk
Dec-20-2014 - Jan-06-2015 $2,134 1 wk
Jan-06-2015 - Mar-27-2015 $1,660 1 wk
Mar-27-2015 - Jun-27-2015 $1,865 1 wk
Jun-27-2015 - Aug-29-2015 $2,134 1 wk
Aug-29-2015 - Oct-24-2015 $1,865 1 wk
Oct-24-2015 - Dec-19-2015 $1,660 1 wk
Dec-19-2015 - Jan-06-2016 $2,134 1 wk

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Arrival Times

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  • 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 any extra charges or 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
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Non-refundable fee to arrange Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc): $30 paid to

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 41 Reviews

Customer Reviews

This is the perfect location to get away from the crowds of Florence and a great home base for day trips throughout Tuscany. Machiavelli 4 exceeded our expectations with clean and spacious accommodations that could easily accommodate 6 people with room to spare. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms were modern with plenty of hot water and kitchen was adequately stocked to allow for cooking in when tired after a long day of sightseeing. Just as memorable, however, is the staff who took great care of us. Sara, Christiana and Valeria helped with every question and request we asked of them. They were so friendly and helpful and made certain our visit to the property was everything we had hoped. Not to be forgotten is the amazing pool on the grounds. The sounds of the water removed all stresses of the day and the view from the pool brought relaxation to a new level!
Enjoyed Most:
It was so lovely and well appointed that we felt pampered...which is always great when you are trying to do as many sightseeing activties that are humanly possible during a trip to Europe. I guess the best thing was the staff -- they were wonderful, kind and informative.
Enjoyed Least:
Everything was wonderful and perfect - so I hate to be critical. It did seem odd that guests had to pay for a tour of the castle/premises.
Surrounding Area:
Tuscany, the area around the complex, is absolutely beautiful. We loved the surrounding medieval towns and vineyards. We enjoyed very good restaurants, including those that were recommended by the staff. In general, the Italian people were lovely to us.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Montefiriodolfi and Bargino -- 2 km. No.
Tips or Restaurants:
Osteria Alla Piazza Castellina in Chianti; Tre Archi Castel in San Gimignano.
After a few days, we started using CityMaps2Go and it was wonderful to help us navigate. Rick Steves recommends it -- you download the maps before you go, so you do not use 'data' and it does not require access to the internet. It even shows you exactly where you are on the map as you travel.
Check In Out:
The process in/out was very easy.

Penny, May

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Tuscany was one stop on our trip to Italy and it was, by far, the highlight of our two week vacation. The castle is set up on the hilltop of Tuscany and is so serene and relaxing. The grounds are well cared for, the accommodations are welcoming and comfortable and Sara, Christiana and Valeria are so helpful with everything from finding the local market to giving up their computer for us to purchase your train tickets.
Enjoyed Most:
The accommodations were superb. Traveling with two families, we found we had more than enough room to enjoy the unit without stepping all over each other. Sara, Christiana and Valeria are huge assets to the property. They were so friendly and helpful, even when I showed up to buy a bottle of the wonderful estate wine just as they were closing.
Surrounding Area:
We rented bikes for a couple of days and loved how we could ride through so many small towns within such a close distance to the castle. The beauty and magic of Tuscany cannot be overstated!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Would definitely recommend having a rental car unless you want to stay at the property. You either need a car or a bike to explore Tuscany!
Tips or Restaurants:
Just wander and see what happens!
We were able to find the property with the direction given, only because we saw the sign at the last minute.
Check In Out:
Check in/out was flawless.

Lynda, May

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It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The property and accommodations were just as pictured on The location was spectacular and the views were wonderful. The directions to the castle were clear and the reception staff was gracious and helpful from start to finish. Everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful vacation. I would recommend Machiavelli 4 without any reservation.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything. The location, the views, the facility itself mirrored the Tuscan landscape-lots of stone and wooden beams in the construction. The baths were modern. The kitchen had both a dishwasher and a washing machine. The furnishings were clean and comfortable and provided both an indoor and outdoor place to eat. The graciousness of the reception staff added to our stay. They went out of their way to be of assistance.
Enjoyed Least:
It would be hard to think of anything negative. The hair pin turns to get to the property were slightly threatening. But then how else could one get to the top and enjoy the beauty of the views. May was a perfect time to visit.
Surrounding Area:
We visited all of the surrounding hill top villages and spent two days in Florence. We could have spent more than one day in each of the hilltop towns. We drove the Chianti loop and learned so much about Tuscan history. The art we saw in Florence was spectacular. How can one explain what it is to stand in front of Michaelangelo's David and not be awestruck. The food was out of this world. We ate in small local restaurants and enjoyed Italian cuisine at its finest.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Bargino. It was about one km by car. It had a small restaurant and a small grocery store. For more variety we drove to San Casciano where there was a COOP or larger supermarket type grocery. There were several good restaurants in San Casciano--our favorite was Nello. The notice on the menu said that their food was so fresh they didn't keep a refrigerator. And it was!!!
Tips or Restaurants:
Suggestions: Rent or your own GPS system. We bought the maps for Italy and programmed home immediately. Then no matter where we were we could get back to Machiavelli. Rick Steves' book Tuscany was excellent and we used David Wagner's self guided tours. He had several good recommendations for restaurants. Good idea to call ahead for a reservation if you know where you want to go in advance.
Property direction were good. See above about GPS.
Check In Out:
Everything went so smoothly or both ends we couldn't believe it. From beginning to end we had a marvelous time.

Kathleen, May

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