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- About The Experience
This villa rental in Chianti Tuscany is a small barn that has been turned into a charming rental. Complete with a pool and lovely views of the countryside, this family-friendly vacation rental villa near Florence is perfectly located for day trips to San Gimignano, Siena, and more. This villa in Tuscany is also located close to a small town with wonderful restaurants.
- Location Description
The village of Montagnana is located two kilometers away and has a small food market, pizzeria, steak restaurant, and bar. Montespertoli is only five kilometers away and has a wider range of things to do and see. Here you can buy groceries, handcrafts, go wine tasting, visit medieval and ancient castles and churches, shop for souvenirs, attend food fairs, or eat at one of the many restaurants, pizzerias, or wine bars. Festivals are also held throughout the year if you would like to learn more about local and national cultural celebrations, such as the Chianti Wine Festival in June and September, or the Doughnut Festival in March. Only a day trip away are Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, and Pisa!
Nearby Attractions: Tennis court (1 km away/.6 mi); horseback riding facility (3 km/2 mi away); Vinci, the village where Leonardo Da Vinci was born (15 km away/9 mi); Castelnuovo Berardenga, a castle dating from 1366, located 20 km/12.5 mi from Siena.
Pisa: 70 km/43.5 mi
Siena: 60 km/37 mi
San Gimignano: 30 km/18.5 mi
Florence: 18 km/11 mi
San Casciano: 8 km/5 mi
Montespertoli: 5 km/3 mi
Montagnana: 2 km/1 mi
- Exterior Description
(4,500 m2/48,473 ft2)
This villa in Tuscany was originally a barn built in the 1640's by a noble Florentine Family and has been restored and turned into a charming independent house situated in a panoramic location in the green hills of Chianti. The house is quietly located and has nice views over the surrounding countryside and towards three castles, the closest one is only 500 meters away. The property provides wide green areas with olive-groves and a nicely equipped garden. There is a lovely, partially above ground, swimming pool which is open early May to early October (9m x 4m, maximum depth 1.20 m). Behind the villa is a large covered terrace (40 m2/430 ft2), fireplace (grill) and a patio table seating 12 people. The terrace provides access to the kitchen. There is a large private parking area inside the property.
- Interior Description
(210 m2/2,260 ft2)
This Tuscan villa is tastefully furnished with mostly antique pieces.
Ground Floor: There is a large sitting room (80 m2/861 ft2), a living-room with decorative fireplace, smart TV, Blue-Ray and a dining area with a table for 12 people with access to the covered terrace. There is one double bedroom with king-size bed and a bathroom with shower. The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove and dishwasher and a table with 8 seating places. In the storage room there is a washing machine.
First Floor: There are two bedrooms. There is a large double bedroom with king-size bed, an extra bed, and an ensuite bathroom with shower. The second double bedroom also has a king-size bed, TV, CD player and hi-fi stereo, and a large bathroom with shower and tub.
- Features Description
- The owners are present to work on the pool and garden.
- Fans are located in the living room and each bedroom.
Features and Amenities
- Free Parking on Premises
- Independent Villa
- Outside Area - Private
- Outside Dining
- Pool Towels
- Swimming Pool - Private
- CD player
- DVD player
- TV - English Channels Available
- Computer Available
- Internet - Wireless
- American Coffee Maker
- Hair Dryer
- Iron and Board
- Washing Machine
- Fans Available - Upon Request
- Heating - Whole House
- Window Screens - Whole House
- Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
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Questions and Answers From Our Clients
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Q: Which is the best area in Tuscany to Visit?
A: City of Lucca is just amazing and definately Florence.
Q: Which airport do you fly into when holidaying in Tuscany?
A: The nearest airport is in Pisa
Q: What is the approximate flight time to Tuscany?
A: From Rome maybe 45 minutes. From Los Angeles 14 hours depending on the flight conditions.
Q: What is your overall opinion of Poggio Antico? Location, comfort, surroundings.
What was your most 'un-favorite' thing?
Would you go back?
A: We thought Poggio Antico was terrific, especially for its location. We took lots of day trips to fabulous places like Sienna, San Gimignano and Florence. The pool was great after a long, hot day. The bedrooms were very comfortable (tv in every room, although we never turned them on!) and the outdoor terrace was lovely for dinners. My only complaint was that there were no real wine glasses! We would definitely go back.
A: We had a very lovely week at Poggio Antico, even though we picked a hot week to visit. The house is really very beautiful and the views all around are wonderful. The location is central to Tuscany and an easy ride into Florence and other surrounding towns. It is very close to the house across the lane and they do have a couple of dogs that they keep outside that do bark. We didn't hear them every night, but we did hear them. Even with that, I might pack a pair of earplugs, but I would defintely consider Poggio Antico if I went back to Tuscany.
Q: As a previous renter at Poggio Antico Villa we would appreciate your opinion -quality of interior, exterior, pool area, bathrooms, bedrooms, view, area. Telephone? Any information would be helpful. Thank you for your time, Debe
A: Everything at Poggio Antico was first rate: the villa was furnished with beautiful antiques, the view was spectacular, and the grounds were lovely with huge planters of hydrangea and roses. We spent quite a bit of time on the terrace and in the pool. We would happily return any time. In June, it was a bit hot in the upstairs bedrooms since there was no air conditioning, but it cooled off with the help of fans and opened windows, and the beds were quite comfortable with plenty of pillows. One bathroom was small, but it was of no consequence given the property's many assets. Don't hesitiate - it's a gem!
Q: Would you recommend this villa form 4 people (2 adults, 2 18-year olds), or is it too big?
A: No, I don't think the villa would be to big for 4 adults (18 is close to an adult to me), parents could have downstairs bedroom and each teenager their own room and bath. We enjoyed our stay there so much.
Q: Are the views as wonderful as listed? Are there showers in each bathroom?
What is the pool like - is there a view from there? For 6 people, is the house spacious?
A: 1. The views are 360 degrees and wonderful. All vineyards and olive groves.
2. There are 3 bathrooms all with showers, although they may be smaller than people in the US are used to.
3. The pool is an above ground pool but very nice size and since you are at the top of the hill, the surrounding views are very nice. The pool side patio is very nice as well.
4. The house would fit 6 people very easily. There are 3 large bedrooms which would each sleep 2. You could probably go 8 or 9 in the house comfortably.
Q: How hot does the house get without Air conditioning. We are considering going in August.
A: Of the 4 villas that we have rented in Italy, This is the only one that I have seen that has window screens on all the windows. I'm not sure about August because we always go in October, but I would recommend this villa to anyone. It is a beautiful property with very nice owners.
A: It was not hot at all; however, I think our weather for late August was uncharacteristically cool. I would not hesitate to go to the property. It was very special and the owners were delightful. A big win.
A: i am happy to answer any questions. however, since we were there the last week in may, i cannot answer about august. i can simply say that the nights were very cool, and the days were quite comfortable. there were six of us and each of us agreed that the villa was the very best part of our trip to italy - without a doubt. sorry i cannot tell you more. -kelly
Q: My husband has had knee surgery, so I am concerend about the grounds, are they hilly or a lot of stairs, ie, hard to in and out of the home, If you were rating this home like a hotel would it be a 3 or a 4 star hotel
A: I have had hip surgery two years previous to renting the property. In addition I have two bad knees (from palying sports when much younger). Your husband will have no problems with the grounds and his knee. The only concern would be the stairs going up to the 2 upstairs bedrooms.... but I did not have any issues while staying on site. There is a downstairs bedroom and washroom... so if it was a concern then you could always use the downstairs facilities.
As for rating this property it is definitely 4 star! My wife and I really enjoyed our stay there and would like to go back; My one complaint about the star rating would be that the owners frequently visited the property to carry out work on the grounds while we were there. The owners are very very nice and kept to themselves and did not go inside the property while we were there but we found it a bid odd that we rented this place and they were present I think all but one day. I am not 100% sure why that is but all in all we became very friendly with them and so we did not mind it.
A: Hello! My husband has had knee surgery before as well so I understand. The area getting in and out of the house should not present a problem. In fact he can get go the whole perimeter of the property without encountering any hills, etc. There is a bedroom downstairs with a bathroom right outside the door. The other two bedrooms are up the staircase along with two more bathrooms. He can easily enjoy this beautiful house downstairs. The kitchen, living room, dining room are all downstairs and access to the wonderful pool and outdoor eating area are just outside the kitchen.
As to your other question, I am having trouble answering it. It is a very different (and for me wonderful) experience living in a home for a week versus staying in a hotel. It felt like we were coming home everyday after a day of sightseeing. The house is well-appointed, has everything you need and the beds were comfortable. I found mattresses all over Italy to be firm but my husband and I like that. If I was rating it as a villa it would definitely get a 4 star rating. My husband's only concerns for your husband is the amount of walking in Italy (depending on how healed he is) and driving a stick shift (it would bother his knee at times). Other than that, we are hoping to go back to Poggio Antico. It was a fabulous trip. Hope this helped! Have a lovely time.
A: The grounds of Poggio Antico are flat, beautifully groomed and maintained, with no hazzards that I can think of, other than maybe getting out of the pool. Maybe one or two steps to enter the house. The home has a very nice bedroom and bathroom downstairs, as well as two more beds/bath upstairs. Definately 4-star. It exceeded our expectations in every way. (there were 6 of us) and owners were delightful.
Q: How long was the bus ride to FLorence? Please tell me why the bus ride is preferable to driving to Florence.
A: There is a SITA bus service to Florence from the local villages of Baccaiano or Montagnana.
The bus terminus in the centre of Florence is very close to the railway station of Santa Maria Novella and one needs to catch the buses for Certaldo or Montespertoli alighting at Baccaiano or Montagnana.
for a schedule follow this link and click on ICE37
By car is is about 30 mins to Florence
Q: What is the weather like in November?
A: hi Mandy,
I went to Tuscany and stayed at Poggio Antico in May 2010 with 5 of my girlfriends. The weather then was absolutely perfect, and we loved the house. It exceeded our expectations, and we felt at home right away. We didn't want to leave!
I have traveled in Italy in November about 8 years ago, through Rome, Sorrento and in Sicily. The weather was rainy and cold some days, though we had some decent non-rainy days too. I would recommend May as the best time to go to Italy, especially if you want to be outdoors a lot (which you will).
Q: What is the best way to get in/out of Florence? I have heard that it is not possible to get around Florence by car. So if you drive into the outskirts of Florence, where would you park your car?
A: Dear Florence Travelers
We drove into the heart of Florence every day and were always able to find parking. Our daughter lived on Via San Antonino near the train station. There is a parking garage there. My advice is figure out where you want to go and follow the signs. Know the major landmarks along the way and that will help. Trying to use a map will make you crazy in Florence itself. Expect to get lost. We did but were always able to follow signs or landmarks to familiar areas. Driving in Florence is more intense than San Francisco but not as crazy as Rome. Good luck!!
A: Hi Nancy,
I always rent a car. There is a parking lot just down the street from the American Embassy and about 7 blocks from the Pote Vecchio. I was referred to this area by the owners of Poggio Antico and it wasn't too difficult to get to. Driving within the very center of Florence isn't possible Mostly walking/moped streets) but walking around once you park is the way to go. Alessando and Renata will give you a map and show you exactly where to park. Drivers near the city can be a bit aggressive but don't be intimidated! It is a fun adventure. :)Cheers.
Q: Our flight gets in at 1:00PM on Saturday. Will the rental car places be open at that time? Will the stores be open to pick up items. I have heard that the stores close early on Saturdays and are closed all day on Sundays.
A: Yes the car rental place should be open at that time. There will be some stores open as well on Saturday. The CO-OP or you will see it spelled as COOP stores are the ones to stop at and buy your groceries. Sunday is a day you don't want to try and purchase any thing much, they close everything up in the afternoon until Monday. Sunday is a good day to relax hang out at the Villa and cook dinner there.
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Peace and Quiet
We had a wonderful time. The house was beautiful and everything we expected.
The house was beautiful and the views amazing.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Montespertoli. Not for us, but some people might walk.
We had no problem with directions. We used google maps on our cell phone.
Check In Out:
Alessandro arrived on time for our check in and was very helpful. Both check in and check out went smoothly.
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We had a great time!pool
Pool and backyard with view.
Beautiful vistas of the vineyards and Tuscan tons.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Used GPS and worked ok.
Check In Out:
Owner couldn't speak English.
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It was magical. When you arrive and open the gate, you are surrounded by roses, hydrangeas, geraniums (with colors I'd never seen) and olive trees. The Villa is furnished with gorgeous antiques, and remained cool even when the temperature hit high 90's. Sitting out at the pool, and looking at the landscape was like being in a movie.
The whole set up, from the terrace for outside eating, to the pool that overlooks the incredible landscape, to a kitchen that was a joy to cook in, to the inside that was a great place to relax in the evening. And, there is Alessandro. He's a charming host, and a wonderful cook. Our meal with him was a true highlight of the week. And, the WiFi was terrific, which was important to us.
The mattresses are VERY firm and the pillows are not American style (not fluffy).
We took day trips everyday, to see and experience as much as we could. We started by stopping in Orvieto on the way up from the Rome airport for lunch, and ended the trip by touring down the coast and having lunch at a seaside restaurant.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The little town is about 1.3 miles away, which we found walkable, but it is hilly (as is all of Tuscany). The little grocery store is terrific. It has fresh bread every morning and Italian ham. That with some butter made for breakfast! It has all of the essentials. (The Coop (large grocery store) is about 15 minutes by car.) The town restaurant is an excellent Tuscan restaurant, serving the famous Tuscan steak. reservations are recommended. There is also an excellent pizzeria in town.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring American style Off. with all of the foliage, there are mosquitoes, and the American Off was more effective than the Italian version. There are screens on the windows, so inside is okay.
We just used Google maps, and it was fine. Note that the last few miles are on narrow, hilly, curving roads. It was a bit of an adventure, but then the beautiful villa appeared.
Check In Out:
Alessandro met us when he said he would and was there when we said we needed to check out.
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