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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 - Canonica 2

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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
(79 m2/850 ft2)

Ground Floor: This apartment has a living room with a sofa bed (most comfortable for one). The kitchen equipped with a dishwasher and an Italian coffee machine. There are two double bedrooms, each with a queen size bed (160 cm) and two bathrooms, each with a Jacuzzi bathtub, sink, and toilet. There’s also a small terrace with a table and chairs.

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.

  • Housekeeping Available: 25 Euro per visit.
  • Extra Linen Change: 15 Euro per person.
  • Breakfast Service: 10 Euro per person.
  • Wine Tasting And Olive Oil Tasting Available

Please Note:

  • Firewood Available: Free of charge
  • Clients can use Wi-Fi 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
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Jacuzzi Tub - Inside
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jan-06-2021 - Mar-13-2021 $1,471
1 wk
Mar-13-2021 - Jun-26-2021 $1,667
1 wk
Jun-26-2021 - Aug-28-2021 $2,059
1 wk
Aug-28-2021 - Oct-23-2021 $1,667
1 wk
Oct-23-2021 - Dec-11-2021 $1,471
1 wk
Dec-11-2021 - Jan-06-2022 $2,059
1 wk
Jan-06-2022 - Mar-12-2022 $1,471
1 wk
Mar-12-2022 - Jun-25-2022 $1,667
1 wk
Jun-25-2022 - Aug-27-2022 $2,059
1 wk
Aug-27-2022 - Oct-22-2022 $1,667
1 wk
Oct-22-2022 - Dec-10-2022 $1,471
1 wk
Dec-10-2022 - Jan-06-2023 $2,059
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
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
  • Peace and Quiet
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  • Outside Area
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Based on 3 Reviews

Customer Reviews

This was the most wonderful experience I have ever had. Think of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun... well, this villa is exactly that on steroids! So romantic, staff was wonderful, everything in the pictures is exactly as it looks. This is a great location for day trips! I would go cackle in a minute, wouldn't even bother looking for any other places. Magical!
Enjoyed Most:
The property, the quiet, the scenery.
Enjoyed Least:
Surrounding Area:
The quiet
Nearby Events or Locales:
You will need a car
Tips or Restaurants:
They had everything we needed. It would be kind of nice to have an American coffee maker, but this really wasn't a big deal.
We rented car from AutoEurope and also a gps unit from them for 85.00. It was the best money we spent!
Check In Out:
Actually we called early on the day we were to check in and our villa was ready and staff told us we could come early, which really gave us a lot more time on our first day.

Jackie, June

Amazing, would return tomorrow.
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quiet, the surrounding beauty, the kindness of our hosts. We enjoyed breakfast in their dining area.
Enjoyed Least:
Due to the warmth of the season, we kept windows open. This invited in the mosquitoes, obviously. Bug repellent spray and citronella candles from the Coop were helpful.
Surrounding Area:
Chianti Classico, sunflowers, the town of Greve, Firenze. It was nice just to drive. We did go to Pisa and Livorno, and the white sands of Vada and into Florence.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bug repellant. Best restaurant was Cinque de Vino.
Special Experiences:
We enjoyed a welcome reception with Chianti and bruschetta. It was lovely.
GPS helps tremendously, just a little confusing getting out of airport and meeting your first roundabout. But really it was not terribly difficult. On the map it makes the road look like it dead ends, and it isn't.
Check In Out:

Marcie, July

Our overall experience was very good to excellent. The location is ideal for getting out and seeing Tuscany. The property is very well kept and the apartment was in great condition and very comfortable. Provided us the perfect "base camp" from which to explore.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the history of the property and the location. You get peace and quiet and amazing views and yet are only a few minutes to major roadways/highways.
Enjoyed Least:
None of the windows have screens, which is very nice and provides unobstructed access to the views of the countryside, but we were eaten alive. We ended up having to keep all the windows completely closed all day and all night, which meant it was quiet warm inside the house. I recommend bringing mosquito netting.
Surrounding Area:
We loved heading out and finding gems along the way. For example, we headed out towards Tavernelle and found along the way an excellent multi-generational wine and olive oil producer, an amazing 12th century church and more. The small grocer in Bargino was convenient, and the restaurant next door was excellent.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino is the nearest small town it isn't really walkable but is quite close with a car. You technically probably could walk there but it would be difficult as the home is off a busy roadway with no sidewalks that I saw, and is up a winding hill (i.e., so it wouldn't be an easy walk and not advisable for older people, etc.)
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely bring insect repellent. I would also suggest hanging wet towels outside the windows on the ledge (most everyone else did this too), as the bathroom has a skylight but may not be warm enough to completely dry your towels each day. The property manager provided us a small booklet with their recommended restaurants--we tried several and found their list and suggestions to be very good! The restaurant in Bargino is quite good (especially the spaghetti olio!) There is a large grocery store within about a 15 minute or less drive.
We did not use a GPS (we rented one with our car but it was set to Russian and neither we nor Hertz could figure out how to set it back to English or even Italian) and found the directions to be very good. The property was easy to find, and is market with signs. Signs are small, so you have to be watching, but they are there.
Check In Out:
Check in-out process was very easy. Lovely property managers who were very helpful.

Gabrielle, June