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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 - Castello

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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
(55 m2/592 ft2)

The apartment is equipped with all modern conveniences and furnishings are in keeping with traditional Tuscan style. This apartment is situated on the first and second floors of the castle. It is luminous and cozy and decorated with antique furniture and kilim carpets. There are 30 stone steps leading to the entrance of the apartment.

First Floor: There is a living room with fireplace, a double sofa bed, and a kitchen corner equipped with stove, oven, dishwasher, and an Italian coffeemaker. This room enjoys a splendid view of the castle courtyard.

Second Floor: A staircase of 14 steps leads up to the second floor where there is a spacious bedroom with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi. The bedroom looks out onto the Pesa valley.

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 & Olive Oil Tasting: Upon request

Please Note:

  • WiFi is available outdoors but it is not available in the units.
  • There is a fan in each bedroom.
  • During the summer there are often weddings and receptions held at the castle on the weekends.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Jacuzzi Tub - Inside
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Oven
  • 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
Oct-22-2022 - Dec-10-2022 $1,226
1 wk
Dec-10-2022 - Jan-06-2023 $1,667
1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Questions and Answers From Our Clients

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Q: Is the kitchen in this apartment adequate to cook a nice dinner?
Q: Does this apartment have a refridgerator?
Q: Any advice on where to buy food/provisions for our stay in Il Castello? Any other advice such as good local restaurants and suggestions for making our week's stay at this location as productive/pleasant as possible. Thanks.
Q: interesting i have asked a question and it has not been answered/ here it goes............. is there a shower
Q: how many apartments are in this castle? how many people share the pool? how crowded, noisy was your stay?
Q: Is the bed equipped with linens? How many towels are placed in the room and do you reccomend taking extras?
Q: Does the property manager speak english?

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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
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day

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Customer Ratings

  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 47 Reviews

Customer Reviews

It was a beautiful property and the staff was exceptional especially helping us through a difficult situation we encountered. We would return!
Enjoyed Most:
The view and location!
Surrounding Area:
The beauty of the area and how well they take care of all the properties that are so old. We loved how close we were to so many things to see and do
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino was within walking distance but we didn't go because everything was closed for summer holiday

Kim, August

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Very nice.
Enjoyed Most:
The quietness and being in the country.
Enjoyed Least:
Too many steps up to apartment and in our apartment we had to go upstairs to the use restroom, which wasn't terrible except the steps were so steep. Not good for anyone with mobility issues. The kitchen was a little small.
Surrounding Area:
The views and quietness.
Nearby Events or Locales:
3 miles, but was not walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Not really, we went to other hilltop towns everyday.
We used a GPS. Some of the road washed out for one day while we were there, so we had to go a different direction.
Check In Out:
It was great and the staff people there were always very helpful.

Marty, October

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We had a wonderfully, relaxing time while at the villa. We slept well and ate well. We were very sad to leave at the end of the week.
Enjoyed Most:
The living areas were spacious and were well lit by the sun shining through the windows.
Enjoyed Least:
The steep steps would be difficult for some people to manage.
Surrounding Area:
The private courtyard in the castle; there was no wedding reception during our stay. Walking amongst the olive trees and the rosemary-covered walls throughout the property.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We walked up the road between the olive groves and grape vines to a small town, but I don't recall the name. Other than that, we drove to all other towns in the area.
Tips or Restaurants:
We followed the recommended list provided by RentVillas and had most things we needed for our apartment. There was a hairdryer supplied everywhere we stayed in Italy, so don't bother packing one. The Internet service was adequate for our needs. If you do not have a washer/dryer in your unit, there is a laundry facility in San Casciano that has coin operated machines that provide soap and fabric softener. BYO laundry soap, just in case. The COOP at Viale Europa 20, in San Casciano is easy to get to by car for any grocery needs. Our favorite restaurants were Ristorante la Mangiatoia in San Gimignano, Da Giulio in Lucca, Ristorante il Santo Graal in Firenze - Altarno.
Rent a car prior to arriving at the property. We didn't realize how difficult it would be to take a bus back into Firenze. We purchased maps for our GPS in the US prior to leaving. The GPS provided easy access to the Chianti back roads without fear of getting lost.
Check In Out:
The staff was amazing and very helpful. We had difficulty arranging transportation from Firenze to the property (arrived on Saturday and our car rental did start until Monday) and they went out of their way to assist us.

Lorraine, October

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