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Tuscany Villa on a Hill Close to Florence

Villa Niccolo

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With traditional furnishings, a private swimming pool, and a fantastic location just south of Florence, this Tuscan villa for rent is right out of your Italian fantasies! This is not a bare hotel; this is a home, a Tuscany villa near Florence filled with character and elegance. From this vacation villa in Tuscany you can tour the wonders of Florence, explore the countryside, or simply relax by your own pool.

Location Description

Just 2 km from the Superstrada linking Florence and Siena, this villa is located near Bargino and Montefiridolfi, a couple of very small villages. Grocery stores and restaurants are just a minute or two further, in San Casciano. Due to its strategic hilltop position just outside of Florence, this hilltop town was repeatedly savaged until the year 1356, when its fortifications were completed. Gradually, it began to act as a "lookout" for Florence, and finally turned into an area where rich Florentines vacationed. There aren't many "sights" here, but plenty of general services. The real treasure is in the valley below: the majestic city of Florence. World-renowned for its art and culture, go here to shop the Ponte Vecchio, marvel at the statue of David, step back in time at the Pitti Palace, or tour the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery (remember to get tickets in advance!). Of course, you could also simply relax in the square outside the Duomo with a book or a cappuccino. ...And might we also recommend climbing something tall, to take in the wonderful views? The countryside, of course, is also fantastic for exploration: this is prime Chianti country, with fine wines, medieval villages, and rural views that just can't be beat.

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

This ancient farmhouse , surrounded by olive groves, is situated inside a beautiful and historic estate. The 11th century castle and the 13th century stone houses make up the hamlet. The property was purchased in 1511 by Niccolò Machiavelli, whose descendants restored the complex. The house has a stupendous view. It is bright and cosy, furnished with period pieces and ancient kilim rugs and is equipped with all the modern conveniences. The outdoor areas and the swimming pool (10m x 5m), which is open from the beginning of May to the end of September, area are well maintained and equipped. The farmhouse is well located for visiting both Florence and Siena, with the Superstrada connecting the two just a few minutes away - 2km from the house.

Interior Description
(352 m2/3,789 ft2)

Ground Floor:There is a large living/dining room with two comfortable sofas (both are single sofa beds). There is a bedroom with a queen-size bed and a bathroom with shower. The small kitchenette is perfect for preparing light meals.
First Floor: Spacious living room with fireplace, lounge with double sofa bed (comfortable for one; cozy for two), a large kitchen (with dishwasher), a dining room with seating for 8, and a loggia with table and chairs for outside dining. There is also a bathroom with shower and a washing machine, as well as a guest bathroom with sink and toilet.
Second floor: On this level, there is a sitting room, two queen-size bedrooms, one of which with an ensuite bathroom with tub (with handheld shower), and a twin-bedded room, and another bathroom with tub (with handheld shower).

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.

  • Chef Service Available: Upon request
  • Housekeeping Available: Upon request

Please Note:
  • The gym shown in the images is for the exclusive use of the clients staying in this villa.
  • This villa is independent and is located approximately 150 meters from the Machiavelli complex.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Outside Dining
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Gym Equipment
  • TV - Local Channels Only
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
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  • 4.0 Star Rating Overall
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Driving through the gates and to the property is absolutely lovely. The villa was extremely relaxing with a wonderful view and in a great location.
Enjoyed Most:
Loved the surrounding scenery , privacy and location. San Casciano was about a 15 minute drive for some really good dining and grocery stores. Sara, the welcoming agent at the property was lovely. So friendly and accommodating. We were about a 25 minute drive in to Florence, about an hour from Siena, an hour and a half to Pisa, 2 hours to the Cinque Terre which gave us a lot of options for exploration during our week stay. We hired a private chef to come cook for us while there and that was a fantastic experience as well!
Enjoyed Least:
Door frames were really low for my husband who is 6'4--he had to duck going through. The uneven and concrete stairs to all bedrooms were difficult to negotiate for those of us with mobility issues. There was no handrail to the pool area. Bathing situation was tricky as they are not stand up showers but rather handles to use while sitting in the tub. Lack of air conditioning was an initial problem however we were fortunate with the weather while we were there and were able to use fans and open the windows. I couldn't imagine being at the villa in the heat of the summer.
Surrounding Area:
Everything! Restaurant Cinque de Vino in San Casciano was one of the best in all of Italy during our 2 week tour
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano- no. 15 min drive for groceries.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cinque de Vino in San Casciano
We used GPS in the rental car. There is another location with a similar address at a different zip code. Unfortunately we drive 30 minutes the wrong direction to discover our error.
Check In Out:
Sara was wonderful. We scheduled breakfast at the cantina on the day we left and it was wonderful.

Melissa, June

Lovely, relaxing stay with easy access to onsite property managers.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, pool, isolation.
Enjoyed Least:
Surrounding Area:
Easy to get onto the motorway - also easy to stay close to home and enjoy the local eateries.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Montefirodolfi - not quite within walking distance if you are not in good shape.
Tips or Restaurants:
Rent bikes; Eat at Anitica Calcinaia in San Casciano Val di Pesa.
Easy to find.

Katie, July

We loved everything about it. It was the perfect place to spend Christmas with our family. It was very roomy, and the separate apartment in the basement was nice to have for our teenage kids to have a little space of their own.
Enjoyed Most:
The location was great with easy access to Florence as well as many other quaint towns. We also appreciated having a staff on hand to help us out. They were very accommodating and helpful. The villa stayed really cozy and warm even with snowy winter weather outside.
Enjoyed Least:
Not enough hot water.
Surrounding Area:
Many wonderful small towns are near by with an endless supply of great restaurants and shops. It was nice to be so close to Florence about a 20 min drive and yet still be out in the country.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino, but it is very small. You could walk but it would be a hike back up- about 1 mile or so up a steep road. San Casciano was about 5 km and it is a good size town with grocery stores, restaurants etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had a wonderful meal at the Restaurant "La Delfina" in the small town of Artimino, about a 30 minute drive from the villa. The views from the restaurant are amazing.
It was very easy to find even in the dark. It is right off the Superstrada which makes it very easy to get to.
Check In Out:
The staff was so helpful. They even did our laundry for us when the washing machine broke.

Holly, December