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Certaldo (Chianti Area)

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Villa in Tuscany Near Certaldo and the Chianti Region

La Vinaia

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About The Experience
Looking to explore the Chianti region of Tuscany with all the comforts of home and more? This newly refurbished accommodation (all on one level!) in a Tuscany villa has it all! The owner, who lives on the estate in the family villa, is American and she's furnished the villa in Tuscany to American tastes. So relax or dine on the covered terrace, hike through the woods across the country lane, explore Certaldo Alto with its Pretorio Palace, or take a day trip to Florence and beyond! There is another large apartment on the lower level, as well as Villa Sella, right next door (with its own pool), and Villa Certaldo, near the owner’s villa.
Location Description

The property is located four kilometers from Certaldo, which has all the necessities combined with small-town charm. Pick up groceries or eat out in the modern section and spend the rest of your day exploring Certaldo Alta, the old medieval village. In July, you may find yourself in the midst of a lively Renaissance festival, complete with street artists, actors, musicians, and more. And don't forget to get your fill of medieval architecture! You can explore the Pretorio Palace or marvel at the profile Certaldo castle cuts across the sky. Like museums? Visit the house of Giovanni Boccaccio (author of the Decameron). Day trips can take you to San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence. Pisa and Florence airports are easy arrival points where you can rent a car.

Nearby Attractions: Horseback riding 6 km, tennis 4 km, vineyards everywhere; nearest wine tasting 3 km.

Lucca: 60 km/37 mi
Pisa: 45 km/28 mi
Volterra: 42 km/26 mi
Florence: 40 km/25 mi
Siena: 35 km/21.5 mi
San Gimignano: 13 km/8 mi
Poggibonsi (Train, Bus): 8 km/5 mi
Certaldo (Train, Bus): 4 km/2 mi
Exterior Description
The home comprises the ground level of a newly renovated canteen, originally constructed in 1939 by the grandmother of the current owner of the estate. The building was used for wine production for only a few years until the breakout of WWII at which time it served as a safe hiding place for those desperately attempting to avoid capture by the Nazi forces. The main villa of the property lived in by the owner of the estate and his family was occupied by the Nazi Officials and used as their base for this area of Tuscany in July of 1944. The owner’s family escaped by foot, walking for more than two weeks to the property of a relative near San Gimignano. There is a hand dug WWII hideout in the hillside next to La Vinaia, as well as two other hideouts in the 25 acre nature reserve comprised in the estate property.
The home is identical in floor plan and amenities to the La Solaia, as this structure contains both rental properties, each completely independent from the other and occupying separate levels of the two story building.
The home is reached from the parking area just a few yards from the private front yard. Six steps lead to the covered porch where a terra cotta bust of the Roman Emperor Caracalla overlooks the outdoor dining area furnished with table and chairs. This loggia provides the entrance to the home from its arched double door glass entrance door.
Due to the unique construction of the building, La Vinaia is the coolest of the properties on the estate in the warm summer months of Tuscany. The underground level below the home still houses enormous wine vats and a large hand dug underground canteen (25m l x 7m w x 5m h) which was used to store the wines produced.
Interior Description

Note: All furnishings and appliances are new (2014) unless otherwise indicated.

Ground Floor: (All Rooms) The home is naturally very bright due to its large windows providing natural light entrance. The walls are white and all rooms have ceiling fans for guest comfort. The table lamps are handmade from typical Terra Cotta vases. The entire home is covered with wireless internet for guest use for unlimited use at no additional cost. All bathrooms are luminous and each has window openings.

Living Room, Dining Room/Kitchen: The front double door entrance leads directly to the living room (25 sq m/270 sq ft) which is comfortably furnished with two sofas (one is a sofa bed suitable for one, with a 120 cm mattress), and easy chair offering guests a large conversational area with coffee table and flat screen satellite television. The wood burning fireplace provides ample warmth on due to its central location in the room. There is also a writing desk. The room is adorned with a terra cotta bust of the Roman Emperor Caligula, and various stamped prints of the ancient entrances to Paris. A large arched opening joins the living room with the kitchen/dining room areas (2 sq m/270 sq ft). The kitchen island provides a spacious and functional food preparation area as it overlooks both dining and living rooms. The kitchen provides a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, electric ceramic glass cook top, and electric oven as well as all standard kitchen equipment and utensils. All kitchen appliances and home accessories including pots, pans, plates and utensils are new (2014). Two large lithographs from the 1800’s in gold colored frames depicting Marie Antoinette embellish the dining area. There is also a lithograph of Marie Stuart. The spacious dining room area offers a large table with comfortable seating for 8 persons.

First Bedroom: (19 sq m/150 sq ft) A very luminous and spacious bedroom with two large twin beds, which can be kept separated, or joined together, each with night stand. There is a large window between them, as well as two other windows on the outer walls which overlook the countryside. The mirrored beauty table is an antique Austrian piece originating from the family home near Graz which was the home of the great Grandmother of the owner, the Duchess Du Berry. The room also has an armadio, dresser, and writing desk. The private en-suite bathroom (4 sq m/43 sq ft) has a double sink, WC, bidet, and shower/tub with glass sliding doors and wall mounted removable shower head. The room is adorned with colorful topographic maps from the 1700’s depicting the English countryside.

Second Bedroom: (14 sq m/150 sq ft) Has a queen size bed, two night tables, an armadio and writing desk with chair. The room has three windows. There are lithographs depicting the castles of the King of Naples and the Castle de Rosny-sur-Seine, France. The private en-suite bathroom (4 sq m/43 sq ft) has a double sink, WC, bidet, and shower with glass sliding doors, and wall-mounted removable shower head.

Third Bedroom: (14 sq m/150 sq ft) Has three windows and offers a queen size bed, two night tables, an armadio, and writing desk with chair. The room is embellished with three prints by Canaletto (1700’s) depicting the countryside of the Veneto region. The third bathroom offering double sink, WC, and shower stall with wall mounted removable shower head is conveniently located adjacent to this bedroom and is also easily accessible from the living room.

Laundry Room: The small laundry room has a sink, washing machine, and dryer.

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: 10 Euros per hour
  • Telephone: According to consumption
  • Babysitter: 10 Euros per hour

Please Note:

  • This house is located in the same building as La Solaia and right next door to Villa Certaldo and Villa Sella.
  • The twin beds in the large bedroom can be combined upon prior request; the other two bedrooms have queen-size beds, which cannot be separated.
  • Shared swimming pool (open May 1—October 1) with the owners, and occupants of La Solaia and Villa Certaldo.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Ceiling Fans - Whole House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 5 Nights       Min
Sep-29-2018 - Oct-28-2018 $2,085
5 night
Oct-28-2018 - Dec-22-2018 $1,780
5 night
Dec-22-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $2,454
5 night
Jan-05-2019 - Apr-27-2019 $1,780
5 night
Apr-27-2019 - May-25-2019 $2,454
5 night
May-25-2019 - Aug-31-2019 $2,945
5 night
Aug-31-2019 - Sep-28-2019 $2,454
5 night
Sep-28-2019 - Oct-27-2019 $2,085
5 night
Oct-27-2019 - Dec-21-2019 $1,780
5 night
Dec-21-2019 - Jan-04-2020 $2,454
5 night

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Mon 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Tue 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Wed 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Thu 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Fri 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash or traveler's checks. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 350 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Housekeeping (Upon Request) - Hourly Charge: 15 EUR
  • Final Cleaning Charge (Payable upon Arrival): 250 EUR
  • Tourist Tax (per person) - payable on arrival:

Other Notes

  • 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

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Customer Ratings

  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 4 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Fantastic, better than our high expectations!
Enjoyed Most:
The accommodation, the area, the host Elizabeth, everything
Enjoyed Least:
When it was time to leave for home
Surrounding Area:
The whole area is very beautiful, with old villages and medieval town all over
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo was within an 8 minute car ride
Check In Out:
Thanks, Elizabeth, for a fantastic week!

Harri, July

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We enjoyed the property. The surroundings were beautiful. The history very interesting. Our overall experience was fantastic.
Enjoyed Most:
Probably being centrally located to the places we traveled to.
Enjoyed Least:
That it wasn't in walking distance to a town. We would have loved to walk into town for a nice meal or just a cup of coffee.
Surrounding Area:
All the small hilltop towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo. No
Tips or Restaurants:
We did find a quaint little pizzeria by mistake, but couldn't tell you how to get there or even the name. It was off the beaten path by a lake with a beautiful outdoor BBQ.
I think the directions were very involved. We used a map app. It was great.
Check In Out:
We requested to receive our refund of the security deposit early since we checked out in the wee hours to catch our flight.

Linda, October

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I was so happy with the villas; we also rented La Solaia, which is on the same estate. I would recommend both villas to anyone.
Enjoyed Most:
The views, the history and meeting the owners. They were both such interesting people. Their historical information about the estate made the villas even more special.
Enjoyed Least:
The distance from facilities. It really is necessary to rent a car.
Surrounding Area:
I love the ancient city of Certaldo, all of the vineyards, the weekly local markets in both certaldo and Poggibonsi and the proximity to many other great destinations.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo. No
Tips or Restaurants:
A great restaurant very close by is in Sciano and is the only pizza parlor there. Very good and very reasonably prices. Be sure you get your euros before coming to Italy. There is no place nearby in Certaldo to exchange American dollars. Learn a little Italian. It would have been a big help to know a few basic phrases.
I did not have a rental car with a GPS, nor GPS on my cell phone. That would have been the easiest solution. I don't think there is much you can do to improve.
Check In Out:
None. It was very easy and the owners were very helpful.

Donna, August

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