STAY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE WHITOUT A CAR ! THE TRAIN STATION IS LOCATED 1,100 METERS DOWN THE HILL.
35 TRAINS DAILY. 17 MINUTES TO FLORENCE, 46 MINUTES TO PISA, 90 MINUTES TO SIENA/CINQUE TERRE AND MORE DESTINATIONS. FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM/TO THE VILLA FOR ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE.
Villa Lysis is located on the border of a charming hamlet perched on a hill top just a few miles west of Florence.
The villa was built in the twelfth century as a fortified Lombard farm to guard the fertile Arno Valley.
In 1989 the property passed into the hands of the present owner who embarked on an immense renovation, which respected the auth...enticity of the space whitout neglecting any of the modern comforts. In the process of the renovation the original Tuscan style framework, frescoes, wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, brick vault, and cotto floors were all preserved.
The villa has been furnished, equipped and decorated to the highest standards respecting authentic aesthetic and functional considerations. The furnishings and decorations are a combination of fine antiques and updated, high quality sofas, chairs and beds. The warm, cozy and quaint interior of the villa gives life to the feel of Tuscany, while maintaining a unique pleasing atmosphere - a rare combination of traits to find among the rental options of this countryside.
The main entrance gives way to a large and elegant living room with an open fireplace, original cotto floor, lovely beamed ceiling, library of art, cuisine, and travel books, not to mention all the comforts and conveniences of modern life (satellite television, CD player, radio, upon request also DVD player with large selection of movies in original language ). In addition, the living room has access to a garden.
Off the living room is a neoclassical style double bedroom with an oversized bed (140 x 190 cm ). 2 windows provide view over the quiet courtyard. Adjacent to the bedroom is a large full bathroom appointed with a private shower area.
The kitchen has a spacious cooking plane with 5 gas range and electric oven, microwawe, American coffee maker and an abundance of cooking utensils. This finely appointed kitchen is equipped for the preparation of a light snack or an entire gourmet dinner.
The formal dining room is enchanting with its large Tuscan style fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, cotto floor and view to the garden via a large window and glass paned door. Treat yourself by serving meals in the style that one would expect in Tuscany - with stemware and china provided.
On the first Italian floor (second level) there are two double bedrooms and a full bathroom. The master bedroom is graced with an iron framed king size bed, beamed ceilings and a view of the Tuscan hillside with Florence visible in the distance. The second bedroom has a double bed (matrimonial or twins), and a floral detailed ceiling from the 20th century. 2 windows provide view over the quiet courtyard. Both bedrooms on the second level are air-conditioned. The bathroom is equipped with a tub and is decorated with lovely Italian tile and cabinetry (modern convenience and comfort was not spared).
A Medieval Cellar with stone walls and a curved vaulted ceiling serve as an enchanting dining space for six. As a note of interest, during the most recent renovation, a hidden vault was discovered filled with period pieces which now adorn the villa.
The yard and gardens are adorned with wrought iron furnishings and comfortable lounge chairs from which you may enjoy the scenery. In addition, an outdoor Jacuzzi ( no heat, just bubbles - open mid May/mid September-depend on the weather ) is available for your pleasure.Read more
CHARMING ROMANTIC MANSION OVERLOOKING FLORENCE Lastra a Signa, Tuscany, Italy
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From the garden there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the Arno Valley with Florence visible on the horizon. From another side of the Villa you will be mesmorized by the tranquility of an enormous 18th Century baroque monastery residing on a nearby hilltop. The
Only few steps away from the villa there is the gourmet restaurant Edy Piu'.
They serve typical tuscan family style meals composed by different appetizers, fresh pasta, grilled meat ( awesome florentine steak ! ), deep fried chicken and vegetables and much more.
They have also an huge cellar with large choice of tuscan and italian wines. Special wine tasting ( 15 Euro x pers. ) or pic-nic basket ( 35 Euro x pers. ) can be arranged on request to a nearest farm. Cooking class with tuscan chef is available at an organic local farm/winery in the same area . The school start in the morning and the lunch is composed by the dishes prepared during the class. The cost is 80 Euro x person all includs.For mInimum 3 persons.
Also recommended are the services of an in-house personal Tuscan chef, Signora Carla. Signora Carla has been working in Tuscany preparing regional favourites for the past 30 years. An extensive selection of appetizers and main courses are available, and requests are particularly favored by the chef . The owner is available to provide you with mobile phone ..WI-FI Internet access is also available for your lap top hook up, I-Pad, I-Phone.
The owner will be very happy to arrange a walking tour in Florence discovering unknown, secret, special places and many others places, most associated with americans past and present. WELNESS TREATMENTS are availables at the organic farm few steps away from the villa, where you can try also a full buffet breakfast with home made food and drink. Price 7 Euro x pers.
Location Type Rural, Village
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Left on 10/05/2011 for a stay in October 2010 | GG
Villa Lysis proved to be that unexpected treasure tucked away in quintessential Tuscany with glorious views, wonderful antique furnishings and a relaxing ambience that makes you wish you could stay for months. It also has a fabulous restaurant next door and the irresistible market a short walk down the road. It's definitely on my must 'return to' list. The owner was exceptionally helpful and accommodating, even picked us up at the train and made restaurant reservations for us. He also arranged to send a package of purchases to the U.S. for me. I've traveled the world and Villa Lysis, which is pleasingly old world in style and design, is one of my most delightful discoveries.
Left on 06/22/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Michaela
We had a fantastic time at Villa Lysis! Stayed a week with 3 adults and 2 kids (aged 6 & 15.) We took trains into Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Rome which were easy and fun. I would love to go back again and just enjoy the house. The nearby market had everything we needed, and the folks were very friendly and helpful. The Edy Piu Restaurant next door is divine. The train was an easy walk down the hill (but we chose to use Sergio, the taxi driver to get back up! He was full of charm and chatter, none in English.) Andrea is the most patient and kind host imagineable. He picked us all up (we arrived in 2 parties on different days) at the train station and delivered us to the house. He brought us to the supermarket to load up on food. He made travel recommendations. We got ourselves into some goofy fixes, and he cheerfully got us out (not once, but twice!) He was sweet, available and utterly unflappable--it was a treat to meet him. Staying at the villa was a travel experience in itself. It is a gorgeous house, lovingly restored and decorated, in a gorgeous location. A real step back in time. A real Tuscan experience.The bedrooms are luxurious; the kitchen is rustic; the terrace is cozy, quaint and inviting. Andrea managed to marry the 12th and 21st century --WiFi, TV, jacuzzi, washing machine, phone, modern bath, A/C--without losing the old world charm of the place. Surrounded by olive groves, lemon trees, rosemary bushes, geraniums spilling out of windows, delightful people, fabulous tastes and smells, you will be intoxicated, too. Do not miss a meal from Signora Carla!! She is a great character, and a busy woman. Book early. We will dream about that meal forever! We hated to leave, and of course our time went too quickly. You will not be disappointed by the experience!!
Left on 06/20/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Susan
My adult son, recent graduate from college and close friend spent a short 41/2 days at Villa Lysis. We enjoyed every bit of the experience from shopping at the local market, lively couple and wonderful produce, to the fabulous dinners at Edypiu. The Villa was just what we needed after a hectic week in Rome. It is beautifully decorated, with awesome views of Tuscan Hills. The bedrooms areHappy Mothers' Day spacious and grand, the terrace is lovely. Fig trees, flowers and rosemary. Loved it all. Mr Bertini was a fine host and on more than one occasion rescued me from walking uphill. I cannot say enough good things about our stay at Villa Lysis. I hope to go back one day and see more of Tuscany.
Left on 05/11/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | Karen
Andrea Bertini's Villa was so much more than we had hoped for. When we arrived at the Villa we were greeted by andrea. He helped with our luggage, gave a quick tour of the house and showed us maps, train schedules, and information about Lastra a Signa and Signa he had collected for our use. Andrea also answered any questions we had during our stay (and I had a lot!). A perfect host! Andrea did an amazing job of restoration while maintaining many original features of the house. The small washing machine allowed us to pack less clothing. Evey room was clean and beautifully decorated. Plenty of hot water, towels, a small but well-equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds and a peaceful garden with fantastic views. The location was ideal for walking to the local train station, or a very short drive to the Signa train station, with more frequent departure/arrivals. Within minutes you can travel to Florence, and the high speed train from Florence allowed us to spend a full day in Rome. Andrea escorted me to the train station in Signa at the start of our stay to help me purchase tickets to Rome. The villa was less than an hour to Pisa, as well as numerous "must see" villages. A Coop (what a wonderful grocery store) is also very close, and was an experience just to look at all the meats, cheeses, pastas, and produce. A local market was just down the hill. Chef Carla prepared an amazing meal for us early in the week with several appetizers, two pasta dishes, a fantastic chicken dish, dessert, and 2 bottles of wine. Another "must" is dinner at Edy Piu's, next door to the villa. I can't imaging a better place to stay as far as location, local charm, comfort, price, and a helpful host. It was truly our home away from home. Tuscany is a piece of heaven, and while we were busy exploring new places each day we know we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do. We are already planning a return to Villa next spring. Thank you, Andrea, see you soon!
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