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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.

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

Please Note:

  • WiFi is available outdoors but is not available in the units.
  • The pool is open from May until October.

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
  • Iron and Board
  • 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-27-2015 - Aug-29-2015 $1,891 1 wk
Aug-29-2015 - Oct-24-2015 $1,653 1 wk
Oct-24-2015 - Dec-19-2015 $1,471 1 wk
Dec-19-2015 - Jan-06-2016 $1,891 1 wk
Jan-06-2016 - Mar-19-2016 $1,471 1 wk
Mar-19-2016 - Jun-25-2016 $1,653 1 wk
Jun-25-2016 - Aug-27-2016 $1,891 1 wk
Aug-27-2016 - Oct-29-2016 $1,653 1 wk
Oct-29-2016 - Dec-17-2016 $1,471 1 wk
Dec-17-2016 - Jan-06-2017 $1,891 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
  • 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): $40 paid to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival): $60 paid to

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 49 Reviews

Customer Reviews

We loved our stay at Machiavelli 4. The villa was spacious and comfortable. The furnishings were rustic, but added a feeling of authenticity to the experience.
Enjoyed Most:
We all agree that the views from the property were incredible. I enjoyed sleeping with the windows wide open and waking to a splendid view of vineyards and olive groves. Another enjoyable aspect of the property is its beautiful (and refreshing) infinity pool, which had its own incredible view. Having the reception desk on property was very convenient. Cristiana, Sara and Caterina were so helpful with directions, dining suggestions and making reservations.
Enjoyed Least:
Probably what we liked least were the switchbacks we had to navigate to reach the property, but we understand that it is the price one pays for the kind of views that are offered. Also, we had some difficulty with the clothes washer in the unit.
Surrounding Area:
It was easy to access many hill towns from the property. Also, the bus from Bargino into Florence was very convenient.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino and Montefidolfi were close, but the hills would make them difficult to walk to.
Tips or Restaurants:
One of our best meals was at La Scuderia, but there are numerous other restaurants in the area. We were happy that we brought plastic bags, scissors, and tape. Other supplies were easily purchased in the Coop in San Casciano. Definitely buy paper towels and Kleenex, which were not supplied.
Having a GPS was very helpful, but the initial directions to property were quite good.
Check In Out:
Both were very easy and pleasurable because of the amazing staff at the property.

Linda, June

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Very enjoyable.
Enjoyed Most:
Rustic but comfortable.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing stands out, except perhaps the 4 switchbacks up the mountain. Instructions in English are helpful for operating the washing machine.
Surrounding Area:
The views and the history.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nothing was within walking distance. We visited San Casciano often.
Tips or Restaurants:
Overall, I was disappointed with restaurants. We needed to buy Kleenex and clothes pins when we arrived. Remember to order bread made with salt if this is your preference...
We had no problem finding the property. We found that our GPS did a good job getting us to the towns and cities but had a more difficult time pinpointing a specific place.
Check In Out:
No problems with either.

Diana, June

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Beautiful property and extraordinarily helpful staff. We had a wonderful time. Wine tasting and breakfasts were great as well.
Enjoyed Most:
Views and ambiance, helpful staff.
Enjoyed Least:
Beds could have been slightly more comfortable, but that's nit picking. Showers tended to make the bathroom a mess with no curtains, but again, a very minor complaint.
Surrounding Area:
Florence was lovely and we also really loved San Gimignano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano, not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Villa had everything we needed.
Directions were great, maybe include distance to the turn since it's very close off the highway, but we found it with no GPS easily.
Check In Out:
Very easy, helped us ship some wine back home, great to work with.

Kerry, March

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