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Sleeps:
2 - 4
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
1
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
14877
Nearest Town:
San Casciano in Val di Pesa (Chianti Area)

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Customer Reviews

Overall:
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.
Directions:
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

Overall:
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.
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

Overall:
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.
Directions:
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:
Perfect.

Barry, June

Overall:
The property was exquisite with incredible views of the vineyards and olive orchards. The infinity pool was awesome as you looked out over endless landscape. We loved this oasis after being in Rome for five days. We would highly recommend breaking up your trip with a week in Tuscany.
Enjoyed Most:
Our unit was huge and had everything you could ever need. The staff was very helpful, pool was great. We barbecued one night--be sure to get accelerant available at Coop(a bag of ceramic stuff) in addition to the charcoal.
Surrounding Area:
Greve, Florence, San Casciano. We tried to visit Siena but the traffic and parking were bad so we came back to our villa and enjoyed the pool.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano is about 10 minutes away; no way you could walk there. The Coop in town was great but a little hard to find the first time. You have to have a car.

Marci, September

Overall:
A really lovely, tranquil setting. Staff at the property were great.
Enjoyed Most:
Very well maintained property in an amazing location, with lots of peace and quiet.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds. While the one bed in the bedroom was serviceable, if not great, the fold out and couch were extremely uncomfortable (and I'm not a whiner about beds). It's not really accurate to say the unit sleeps people in more than one room.
Surrounding Area:
Excellent restaurants in surrounding villages, easy access to off-the-beaten path Tuscany.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Not walking distance, as the property is at the top of a steep hill--but a short drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cinque di Vino restaurant in nearby San Casciano, superb. The property has a free Internet hotspot, which is very useful. If you pay for breakfast, it's good but simple. For Americans used to big breakfasts, you're better off eating there before you get on the road for the day than taking your chances elsewhere.
Directions:
We used GPS, which was fine.

Michael, June

Overall:
The highlight of our 3 weeks in Italy.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything, the view from every window, the very helpful staff, and the beautiful, well-kept gardens.
Surrounding Area:
It was close to the main freeway. Beatiful countrysid; we discoverd lots of small villages.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino. Machiavelli is set on the top of a large hill. Unless you were very fit walking, to the village would be a challenge.
Tips or Restaurants:
If arriving on the weekend, buy food supplies before you arrive as most shops close Saturday afternoon and Sundays.
Directions:
We used our own GPS and we downloaded maps before we left.
Check In Out:
The staff was very helpful.

Kim, March

Overall:
Very romantic.
Enjoyed Most:
The views, the pool, our suite, and the staff.
Enjoyed Least:
No shower curtain.
Surrounding Area:
San Casciano is just 10 min away. Siena is only 30 min. Firenze is also close by. Taking the back roads to Greve in Chianti was great.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano is only 10 min by car.
Directions:
Good directions. The Garmon was very frustrating to us in Florence.

Stephen, October

Overall:
It was truly the best part of our 3 week vacation in Italy. We loved our castle! We hope some day to return!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything. The accommodations were very roomy and the views were magnificent! The pool was incredible! We also loved the wine-tasting and learning about the castle's history. Sara, Valeria, and Cristiana were so extra friendly and helpful!
Enjoyed Least:
We loved absolutely everything!
Surrounding Area:
The grounds were gorgeous, the views were magnificent, and we liked the easy access to the highways for our daily trips to the surrounding villages.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We went to San Casciano for our grocery shopping and eating out one night--it is just a 7-minute drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
All of the restaurants we went to were fantastic. We loved eating in the little town of Panzano--outstanding views!
Directions:
We did not have a GPS but with the staff's directions and maps--it wasn't needed.

Sue, July

Overall:
Excellent, perfect for our family.
Enjoyed Most:
Excellent location, close to Florence and easy access to the highway. Apartment was very comfortable, roomy, and well-equiped.
Enjoyed Least:
We were unable to arrange for cooking lessons at a reasonable rate because we did not make reservations for this in advance.
Surrounding Area:
Very scenic, quiet, rural--felt like an escape.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino. Not within walking distance
Directions:
We used a GPS but they were doing construction on the highway--blocking the exit ramp for our villa, so this made things somewhat complicated.

Robert, June

Overall:
It was a great week. We loved the villa, the staff was great and very helpful. It was very easy to access the roads for travel. Overall it was a wonderful time.
Enjoyed Most:
The central and easy access to highways, as well as the kitchen which was stocked with all items needed to cook.
Enjoyed Least:
The villa sits over another residence which had a young child. Since the floors are stone it did not buffer the child's cries. It was our 25th anniversary so this was a bit bothersome in the middle of the night and very early mornings. But it was not enough to make too much fuss over.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful area, great views, easy travel to Florence and surrounding towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino is the closest, but we went into San Casciano more often for groceries. None are really walkable.
Tips or Restaurants:
As someone else suggested, go to the grocery if you are checking in on Saturday before check in. The grocery is open Sunday but only until 1pm.
Directions:
Directions were perfect and very clear!
Check In Out:
The staff was wonderful. Christiana was very helpful and made it all very easy to enjoy our stay.

kimberly, November

Overall:
It was great. Staff was very helpful and friendly. In the unit below ours was a young baby who cried alot. That was the only problem.
Enjoyed Most:
Its hilltop location offered great views. The unit itself was large and comfortable. We felt like we were alone there most of the time.
Enjoyed Least:
Everything about the property and staff was excellent. The day before we left we purchased some wine and olive oil there and talked to the staff about flying home the next day. Our wine, etc, was not allowed on the plane and was taken from us. I wish the staff would have mentioned this.
Surrounding Area:
The town of San Casciano was delightful. We explored the restaurants and kept going back to two. Great food and wonderful staffs. The staff made us feel special and were very friendly and helpful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano was about 5 kilometers.
Tips or Restaurants:
I brought many of the things recommended in your booklet. Didn't need any of them. Kitchen was well equipped.
Directions:
Our GPS wouldn't work. We called the contact person and she gave us excellent directions.
Check In Out:
Very friendly and helpful.

Gerald, May

Overall:
Overwhelming, absolutely beautiful!
Enjoyed Most:
The structure, the views, the size of the rooms which were enormous.
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing to dislike.
Surrounding Area:
The hills and valleys, vineyards on the slope, the ugly beauty of the olive trees.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano, a short drive away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Maybe a hair dryer. The villa had a dishwasher, however as there was just the two of us, it was easier to hand wash. I would recommend that if possible, get a washer-dryer and ditch the dishwasher.
Directions:
Very easy to find.

Tom, October

Overall:
Very good...
Enjoyed Most:
The location and the apartment itself were great.
Enjoyed Least:
I would have really liked to have more and better quality kitchen equipment. There were very few pots and pans and kitchen utensils. I would like to have had better quality knives as well.
Surrounding Area:
The location was great....right next to the highway that allowed easy access to Florence as well as Chianti region.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring soap to hand wash clothing.

Pamela, June

Overall:
The villa exceeded my expectations in size and location. It was a beautiful spot with spectacular views all around.
Enjoyed Most:
The history of the venue was a big draw for me. It was also nice to see how well the modern amenities have been integrated with the old buildings.
Enjoyed Least:
There is nothing really to complain about.
Surrounding Area:
The location was so close to many attractions including Florence and Siena. There was plenty of opportunity for discovery walks in and around the property.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The village of Bargino was close by but the walk down the hill and along a busy road would have been difficult. I would recommend renting a car to take advantage of the surrounding area.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Villa was very well equipped with linens, cutlery, towels and utensils. My only suggestion would be to enjoy the local wines and breath in the fresh air.
Directions:
It would be good to know that the road leading to the villa is immediately after exiting the A1 highway.

Stephen , May

Overall:
My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time in Tuscany! Machiavelli's Castle was stunning. The apartment was perfect for us and larger than expected! The view we had every morning was breathtaking! This was a perfect location for all of the surrounding hill side towns. Florence was 20 minutes with Sienna 30 minutes with many other great places to visit. Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Cortona, Montepulciano, Pisa and Lucca were all delightful towns with their own personality. The Italian people were gracious, warm and very hospitable. Both of the girls in the office were very helpful and spoke very good English. They assisted with reservations in Florence for the Accademia and the Uffizi. All in all, we would return and we will also use Rentvillas.com again!
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds were immaculate and well groomed.
Enjoyed Least:
There was a television with limited English channels; we were able to view BBC and a documentary channel. Our apartment did not have a washing machine like some of the others do. I would like to recommend they have a common area with a washer and dryer for those units that do not have them.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The closest little town is San Casiano where we shopped at the COOP which is a large grocery store. Good prices and good product.
Tips or Restaurants:
The day we arrived they informed us there was a wedding that night at the Castle and to advise about the music. Our apartment windows opened onto the courtyard area where the reception was being held and we were able to observe some of the festivities. It was fun to snoop! The music went until about 1:00 AM, and could bother some, but we rather enjoyed watching! We also attended their onsite wine and olive oil tasting, both produced on the Estate. This was truly a treat! The wine and oil were both outstanding and we ended up bringing a case of the extra virgin olive oil home!. We met two other lovely couples one from Ireland and one from England at the tasting and we continued the "tasting" in one of their units until midnight!

Janis, September

Enjoyed Most:
The views from the property were breathtaking. It was just beautiful there. Our villa was spacious and we had views from every window.
Surrounding Area:
The property was close to highways to get into Florence and Siena. It was also fun to drive to all the local towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano was the nearest town. You definitely need a car if you stay here.
Tips or Restaurants:
La Cantina in Greve was our favorite restaurant.
Check In Out:
The girls working in the office were very helpful and accommodating.

Susan, September

Overall:
We had a really lovely week. The location is just great and our accommodation was spacious and attractive.
Enjoyed Most:
The location with lovely views across the valley
Enjoyed Least:
The beds - not very comfortable, and the fact that the shower was in the bath and had to be held by hand. The lighting was poor also - difficult for reading at night.
Surrounding Area:
Good proximity to a lot of small lovely towns and well as only 20 min drive to Florence. We found parking easily outside a city gate.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Bargino. It was at the bottom of the hill. With young children, I would say it definitely wasn't within walking distance as the walk back up the hill would be tough. There was an excellent Coop supermarket in San Casciano - 5 minutes drive away.
Tips or Restaurants:
The kitchen was basically stocked but had everything we needed for cooking simple Italian meals. The wine tasting and tour of the castle once a week was a lot of fun and very interesting - well worth doing.

Rachel, April

Overall:
I appreciate that the description given by RentVillas was accurate and the property was, in fact, even better than I had anticipated. It was an ideal vacation spot for rest and relaxation and a great base for touring the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
Enjoyed Most:
The estate was beautifully situated and the grounds were lovely. Our apartment was clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. We also enjoyed the large swimming pool, table tennis, mountain bikes, and barbecue.
Enjoyed Least:
The only thing that dampened our vacation were the mosquitoes. Also, there are some small lizards that can get in the apartment. We weren't bothered by this but some people might not enjoy having reptiles as extra guests.
Surrounding Area:
The estate is well situated and close to many charming small towns. We particularly enjoyed Panzano and visiting its famous butcher and "macelleria," Vinci, the home of Leonardo da Vinci, Greve's excellent enoteca, and the one day cooking course in Badio di Passignano is well worth the price of 130 euros.
Nearby Events or Locales:
For supplies, groceries, using Internet, etc, we went to San Casciano but it is about 5 or 6 kilometers away so a car is necessary.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring bug repellant and ask for the plug-in kind that the estate provides. The Osteria di Passignano is very good and its winery sells an excellent Chianti.

Mary, July

Enjoyed Most:
The outdoor areas were wonderful, especially the pool. Easy access to the Florence-Siena highway made sightseeing easy. The kids especially enjoyed the ping pong table.
Enjoyed Least:
The noise from the Florence-Siena highway was intrusive at times.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful countryside, wonderful towns, great art.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano was the nearest town and it was not in walking distance.

Jane, July

Enjoyed Most:
The location, which was so close to Florence, yet in an setting that made you feel so far away. The views were wonderful. The apartment was spacious and beautiful, as were the grounds and the pool.
Enjoyed Least:
The pool could have been warmer.
Surrounding Area:
There were many diverse little villages to explore.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small village, Montefiridolfi, was a couple kilometers away and within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Try great wine tasting in a local Enoteca.

Ed, June

Overall:
Loved it, would definitely go back. Would love to try the other apartments out too, some with patio's, etc.
Enjoyed Most:
The property was beautiful. You feel as though you are living in a small medieval community with the castle, the outbuildings, the walls, all lending to the ambiance. With 13 total apartments you are aware that others might be around but we rarely saw anyone!
Enjoyed Least:
The shower takes some getting used to but it's the same in most villas I have stayed in in Europe.
Surrounding Area:
The area was beautiful, right between Florence and Siena, so all of the hill towns are within reach. You have the Chianti region to your east, western hill towns to the west, and the best cured meats a short drive away in Greve.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bargino. You could walk there if needed but there wasn't much of a reason to go there other than the telephone.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you want to dine really well, visit Arnolfo in Colle val de' Elsa. World class, 275 Euros for 2 but easily makes a top ten list in any region. A little more dressy than usual but no ties or jackets required.
Directions:
Watch the turns going up the hill.
Check In Out:
Functions like a small hotel in this regard.

William, October

Overall:
We are already dreaming of our next trip, and will stay at the same property.
Enjoyed Most:
The entire setting was wonderful and peaceful. In addition, it was such easy access to the highway--perfect for day trips around Tuscany plus just a few minutes from Florence. In addition, the staff were wonderful and helpful, especially Kristiana. Also, the hammock was perfect for a nap and watching the sunset. Be sure to do the tour of the castle and the wine tasting! Jillian was knowledgeable about the wines and olive oil, and really fun. It was a terrific evening.
Enjoyed Least:
Minor issue, but the bed was harder than we prefer.
Surrounding Area:
Our first day we did nothing except walk around the surrounding area and enjoy the place. We walked along vineyards with grapes ready for harvest, olive trees, through a tiny village and to an Etruscan tomb. Such an interesting and relaxing day.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nearest small town, Bargino, with a store and pay phone was within walking distance, however the walk back up the hill would not be worth the time spent. Another wonderful town just a short distance away was Montefiordolfi, with a terrific restaurant.
Tips or Restaurants:
Great restaurants recommended to us by the terrific staff were Mamma Rossa, the little place A Casa Mia? in Montefiordolfi, and Nonno in San Casciano. The kitchen was well stocked, except for no toaster. The linens and towels were nice. We were glad we brought tissues and a roll of paper towels, however.
Directions:
Easy.

Kristie, October

Overall:
This is a wonderful place to stay for a Tuscany vacation. We recommend it highly.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa itself, pool, castle and grounds combined to provide a wonderful setting for our stay. It was a serene environment, very much connected to the heritage of Tuscany, uncrowded and beautiful. My wife and I began to unwind from the moment we arrived. Our two kids loved the pool. All of the staff went out of their way to be helpful and welcoming. The breakfasts, at 9 Euros were great, though not cheap.
Enjoyed Least:
In late June plan on fighting mosquitoes in the living room from dusk to dawn. There are no screens on the windows. When we checked in, the staff forgot to give us the plug-in repellants which they have. Be sure to ask for a couple of them. Once we got them it helped quite a bit. There are no laundry facilities and the shower requires ingenuity.
Surrounding Area:
The villa is ideally located, quite close to Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano. The smaller of the two roads going tthrough the Pesa Valley is beautiful going through San Casciano. For a longer day trip consider hitting Montecatini Alto.
Nearby Events or Locales:
If you're into trekking you could theoretically hoof it to Bargino which has a little market. San Casciano, which is a five-minute drive, has a supermarket. It's worth spending a bit of time there.
Tips or Restaurants:
If your stay starts on Saturday aftyernoon, hit a market before arriving as many restaurants and markets are closed on Sunday and Monday. Mama Rosa's was the only local restaurant we tried. I would recommend packing some mosquito netting for a bed canopy or to tape to the windows unless you want to resort to DEET. Perhaps a mosquito coil might be helpful.
Check In Out:
If they had given us the plug-in mosquito gizmo it would have been great. Everyone was extremely helpful and virtually everybody spoke English.

Robert, June

Overall:
Overall it was great and we would definitly stay here again!
Enjoyed Most:
The living area was superb and allowed us to entertain on one evening with no problems - catering for 15-20 people. The pool was beautiful and the complex was very well maintained. It was quite breathtaking.
Enjoyed Least:
It didn't have it's own outside eating area, which meant you were limited to the villa when you were preparing food, unless you went to the BBQ area, but this was a long way away from the villa. With a baby, it would have been ideal if we could have sat out on an evening. We asked if they could put cushions on the furniture opposite the villa, but apparently they only do this for weddings. This was a let down.
Surrounding Area:
The location was fantastic for Florence and access to Montereggioni, Siena etc. San Casciano was also lovely and we enjoyed a few restaurants there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town we visited was San Casciano, about a 10-minute drive away. Montefiredolfi is a couple of minutes, but we didn't manage to get there as we were traveling to other areas.
Tips or Restaurants:
As mentioned by another guest, the lack of screens make it difficult to enjoy the evening air, when the mosquitoes are in season. We would suggest that you take citronella candles. Getting to the pool is not for anyone with walking difficulties as it is down a set of steps.
Check In Out:
The information booklet was extremely useful.

Vicky, May

Overall:
Caterina, the property hostess, was an absolute joy. She was incredibly helpful and gave us great info on restaurants, shopping and sightseeing. I would love to go back to the property when the pool is open, but I think the crowds everywhere else might be too much...
Enjoyed Most:
The property was more beautiful then we could have ever imagined!!. Our accommodations were spectacular. We had a huge living area and full kitchen to prepare meals. Our bedroom was awesome. Every time we returned home from sightseeing I did feel like a queen returning to her castle.
Enjoyed Least:
The only thing that was hard for us to deal with was no enclosed shower. We just don't take time for baths and when we tried to use the hand shower, water went everywhere....but it was part of the experience.
Surrounding Area:
The area was truly breathtaking. We did a lot of touring and just drove around a lot. The local town of San Casciano was wonderful. The restaurants were great and the shopping as good as in Florence or any of the outlets. We do not speak any Italian and we found all the people were wonderful, kind and helpful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town is Montefiridolfi and it has a wonderful restaurant called Mia Casa, but reservations are necessary, as it only has about 8 tables. The town is not really within walking distance, but there are some beautiful walks in the area.
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed Greve in Chianti and a very small town close by called Montefioralle. You can only walk it. There is a wonderful restaurant there called Cantinetti di Maria. We had a great wine tour with Nicole at Vignamaggio, scheduled by Caterina from the castle. We were fortunate enough to be on a group of two and learned so much about the Chianti and Chianti Classico, plus an excellent lunch to go with it. Other towns we really enjoyed were San Gimignano, but is has gotten very touristy, and Volterra, a short ride from San Gimignano. If you are looking for Pottery or Ceramics, then Montelupo is the place to go. Not only do they have a great selection, but they will gladly make and ship whatever you want - and it is reasonably priced

Jude, April

Enjoyed Most:
The location was wonderful and the property was beautiful.
Enjoyed Least:
The daybed and the sleeper sofa in the living room had uncomfortable mattresses.
Surrounding Area:
Very convenient for day trips to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Chianti produced at the villa is great.

Melinda, October

Overall:
I recommend Rentvillas.com to all who ask me where I stayed. The property was more than I expected and all that I could have asked for. I was very relaxed and comfortable at this property, and wished that I could have stayed longer.
Enjoyed Most:
The castle was fabulous! The renovation of the old castle and outbuildings was very well done. I felt like I was in an old medieval castle, yet I had all the modern amenities of lights and running water! The view from the top of the hill where we were was spectacular! Out the window of my apartment was a classic Tuscan hillside complete with vineyards, olive trees, Italian villas, and tall willowy cypresses. And the night that we had an electrical storm, and I had a window seat on the most spectacular lightening show I have ever seen! The rooms were bigger than I had thought they would be and the kitchen was complete with a dishwasher. Stone walls and stone floors kept the place cool even on the warmer days and the breezes through the windows were delightfully balmy. The on-site masseuse was outstanding! I enjoyed Bruna's services twice in the week I was there.
Enjoyed Least:
I was a little put off when I asked why the cushions were not on the beautiful metal furniture in the garden right outside my apartment, and I was told that they were only put out for weddings. Road noise from the highway in the valley below made for a constant drone of auto noise. Not exactly the total quiet like the countryside can be, but not loud enough to keep me awake at night. The beds could use replacing with new, less soft and squeaky ones.
Surrounding Area:
The area was a perfect location for enjoying Northern Tuscany. I was only 30 minutes from Florence and less than an hour from San Gimignano and Siena. All were day trips that were pretty easy by car. All must see towns!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town that had many restaurants and shopping was San Casciano which was about a 10 minute drive by car. Bargino was just at the bottom of the castle's hill, but only one restaurant and a mini-market.
Tips or Restaurants:
Tuscany is beautiful and best seen by car. Although I was stressed every time I had to drive the freeways or in the larger cities, I would not have seen all the beautiful countryside without it. And even when I got lost, it just added to the adventure of new and beautiful places. Don't leave the windows open at night if you don't like bugs. Without window screens, big flying bugs and mosquitoes were frequent visitors after hours.

Charlotte, September

Overall:
We had an extremely beautiful, peaceful and romantic time at Machiavelli's Castle. We even returned later in our trip to show our daughters the estate. They loved it. I would recommend this property to anyone who wants a strong taste of history, beauty, quiet and antiquity. Other guests we met were equally enamored of the Castle.
Enjoyed Most:
Stunning views from our room and the beautiful pool. High ceilings and large rooms; stonework everywhere. The historical factor of staying in a castle with such a rich history was of great interest to us. Also, the staff was very helpful and we participated in a great castle tour and wine tasting. Also, my husband and I each got an Ayurvedic massage from the facilities - a wonderful masseuse, Bruna. I recommend to future guest that you make the time for a massage and a bit of downtime afterwards.
Enjoyed Least:
No screens. I know, no one has screens so we had to keep our windows closed at night to keep the bugs out. Once we bought a fan we were okay.
Surrounding Area:
Picture perfect landscapes fabulous food lavender- and lemon-scented air great proximity to Firenze, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Monteriggioni and yes, Venezia and Cinque Terre, our new favorite place.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano. No, not within walking distance. We were up so high that we tried not to drive anywhere without running our errands before returning to the castle.
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely bring a fan if you're there in summer. The castle is up high so the breezes are beautiful but the windows must be closed at night. We had a fabulous dinner at Le Piccolo Castello in Monteriggioni. It opens at 7pm and they have a beautiful garden dining room where we had local Chianti and pasta with truffles and cream. Tremendous. We recommend getting one of the good bikes available at the castle and riding along the castle's ridge at sunset
Check In Out:
Catharine, the property manager, was very professional and helpful.

Lajla, July

Enjoyed Most:
We thoroughly enjoyed the breathtaking view that was available to us from any of the windows of our property. We also loved going for walks along the main road leading to the property, as well as to a small neighbouring village. The staff at the Castello was very helpful in offering driving directions to some of our intended destinations, and there was an excellent wine tasting available to guests of the castle.
Enjoyed Least:
We have no complaints about the property. Everything exceeded our expectations.
Surrounding Area:
The view is simply spectacular, with hills, olive groves and vineyards everywhere one looks. Driving from town to town is very enjoyable, and we had some memorable meals in some quiet, local villages.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Casciano was the nearest town, but was not within walking distance, a 10-minute drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Wine glasses were not included in the kitchen furnishings. Our favourite restaurant was Mamma Rossa, a five minute drive from the property. Details of many good local restaurants are available from the reception office.

Danielle, April