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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

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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
(87 m2/936 ft2)

First Floor: This apartment is situated on the first floor of one of the medieval village farmhouses. The spacious and bright living room is the focal point of the apartment. It has been decorated with antique furniture and modern paintings and equipped with all modern conveniences. The living room has been divided into a sitting room area with fireplace and two single sofa-beds, a dining area, and a kitchen area with stove, oven, Italian coffeemaker, and a dishwasher. This room enjoys a splendid view of the Pesa Valley. The bedroom has a double bed (150x180cm) and a view of the main entrance of the castle. There is a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.

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
  • Maid Service: 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
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Mar-13-2021 - Jun-26-2021 $1,373
1 wk
Jun-26-2021 - Aug-28-2021 $1,667
1 wk
Aug-28-2021 - Oct-23-2021 $1,373
1 wk
Oct-23-2021 - Dec-11-2021 $1,226
1 wk
Dec-11-2021 - Jan-06-2022 $1,667
1 wk
Jan-06-2022 - Mar-12-2022 $1,226
1 wk
Mar-12-2022 - Jun-25-2022 $1,373
1 wk
Jun-25-2022 - Aug-27-2022 $1,667
1 wk
Aug-27-2022 - Oct-22-2022 $1,373
1 wk
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

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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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 29 Reviews

Customer Reviews

It was SO beautiful and enchanting staying up in the Tuscan hills in a 9th century castle. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and the views from our windows were breathtaking! Loved the combination of old world beauty with a modern infinity pool!
Enjoyed Most:
Being able to stay in such a beautiful newly restored castle and medieval village from the 9th century - was truly amazing! Our exquisite apartment - one of the medieval village farmhouses, was so spacious and decorated in lovely antiques from the traditional Italian Tuscan style. It was perfect! There were so many beautiful fragrances from the various flowers in their natural setting. So romantic!
Enjoyed Least:
Very steep walkways/roads within the village and traveling up and down the hill, and no place within walking distance to buy food.
Surrounding Area:
The overall natural beauty in a peaceful setting, as opposed to the busy life in Florence.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town of San Casciano was not within walking distance. But we loved roaming its streets and dining in its restaurants - all had great, homemade meals and many tasty, local wines! We were very thankful for the castle's groundskeeper who often rescued us by offering late night, after dinner rides when there were no taxi drivers to be found! It would have been a long 5-mile walk back up to the castle.
Tips or Restaurants:
Learn to speak a little Italian especially if you plan to rent a car and need to get directions. Better to rent a car and get apps for your phone if you hope to communicate with family or house sitters back in the states. If you must have a soft pillow to sleep on - bring your own. Breakfasts at the the castle were wonderful and staff recommended excellent restaurants in San Casciano.
Unfortunately we did not rent a car but all taxi drivers had a GPS. If you do drive a car in Italy be prepared for a totally unique driving experience, get a GPS or speak Italian because this will be needed for getting directions. Drivers tend to be aggressive but very courteous.
Check In Out:
Keep in mind the times you need to check in and check out because the office is not open 24 hours.

Linda, June

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Loved the location, setting, the pool, and the helpful staff.
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful scenery...and we were blessed with great weather. Nice combination of Old World and modern.
Enjoyed Least:
Difficult to access easy transportation to neighboring towns. Even being in very good physical shape, walking up or down the hill, with vehicle traffic, would be dangerous.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful countryside, wineries close by, small towns with great restaurants, and not very crowded.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano. Not within walking distance, but nice to walk around once there.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring your favorite soft pillow, and stock up at a grocery store beforehand. A car rental available at, or very near would have helped. Learn some Italian, especially to assist you with obtaining directions.
Most cab drivers (in Firenze) did not want to travel outside of the city limits, so getting to and from the castle without a car can get expensive.
Check In Out:
Staff was very helpful regarding the checking in and out process.

Richard, June

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It is a vacation I would recommend to anybody looking for a perfect home base for day tripping through the most beautiful Tuscan towns.
Enjoyed Most:
Proximity to small villages.
Enjoyed Least:
Lack of A/C
Surrounding Area:
The views were breathtaking.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino was 2 km away, but it would be a tough walk home as it is all uphill.
Tips or Restaurants:
In Bargino there is one restaurant and it was amazing.
I think a GPS is a nessesity if you plan to day trip, or things could get frustrating. We bought an Italian GPS in Rome for 60 Euros and sold it when we got home for 40!!
Check In Out:

Barry, June

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