This estate stretches out over a hillside covered with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. It is set in the very heart of Chianti near the main road from Florence to Siena, only 16 km south of Florence. The lovely estate on the western fringe of Chianti is owned by one of Italy's oldest families, descendants of both a saint and Pope Clement XII (who commissioned the Trevi Fountain in Rome). At one time the property owner could ride all the way from this estate to their palace in Rome without ever leaving their own land. Despite its august background, this property is a refreshingly friendly and relaxed estate: The Renaissance Villa (see pict...ure below), one of the finest in Tuscany, stands on the highest hill in the very centre of the estate. The Italian garden overlooking the Pesa Valley and the vast fourteenth century wine cellars and oil jar-storage, built into the embankment in the garden, complete the picturesque scenario. There is a small family owned restaurant on the premises, by the winery, open for lunch from Monday to Sunday and on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The estate has two farmhouse holiday structures: La Scala offered here, a small and simple apartment for 4 people located in a large farm building with use of the large pool of the Renaissance Villa and La Corte, a detached farmhouse with its own swimming pool (also featured in our portfolio). The two structures are at a distance of approx. 300 metres from each other.
Having entered the hudge estate, and having passed the wine cellars, an unpaved road of approx. 200 m leads to the large farm building: La Scala is located at the corner of the house, while the rest of the house is inhabited throughout the year by long-term tenants. In front of the apartment there is a beautiful fenced 300 sqm garden equipped for meals al fresco. The guests of La Scala are welcome to use the very large pool of the Renaissance villa. The pool is shared with the owners of the villa. Be assured that the pool will never be crowded. Flowers, bushes and a vegetable garden line the path to the elegant pool, which is approx. 250 m from the apartment. You will find sunloungers at the pool area and your private gazebo as well. The pool is spectacularly located on a plateau of English lawn and sits above the valley. Even when swimming in the pool you can savour the enchanting view of one of the most beautiful Chianti valleys. The panoramic view from here is magnificent. And to add to your pleasure, the pool is romantically lit in the evening.
The farmhouse is just outside of the village, approx. 1.5 km distant. You could even walk there! San Casciano offers a good choice of excellent restaurants, a gelateria, several Cappuccino bars, all kind of grocery shops, a cinema, a bank, a post office and a beautiful local market every Monday morning. In the house you will find a list of recommended restaurants and information about the region. If you travel during the colder months you will enjoy the heated public indoor pool of San Casciano which is only 800 metres from the property. The apartment's location only 1.5 km from the next bus stop is a good base to visit Florence even without a car. During the week buses go regularly to Florence (approx. every 1.5 hours). In Florence the bus will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station "Santa Maria Novella" to the Cathedral or the Uffizi.
La Scala is suitable for anyone interested in the inner workings of an olive-oil- and wine-producing estate. The extensive vine and olive cultivations stretch as far as the eye can see. A selection of the best vintages is stored in the winery cellars in large kegs, and the olive oil is delcious. Since 1993 the estate has been hosting two major international events: a flower and garden festival that usually held during the third week in September in the elegant garden of the villa and a vine exposition that takes place during the first weekend in May. The estate offers those seeking to immerse themselves in the green hills of Chianti Classico the possibility of absorbing nature, history and culture in one!
The Chianti area
The Chianti area
The hills of Chianti, criss-crossed with vines and crested with cypress trees have become the hallmark of Tuscany, the beauty of the landscape married to a quality of life which would be rare anywhere in the world. Chiantishire, as the English call it, has an infinite variety of hilltop villages where you can sip a cappuccino in one of the outdoor cafes in the medieval squares, of cellars where you can sample the local wines from the barrels, of little trattorias serving robustly satisfying Tuscan food with its hams and salamis and delicious pastas and wild boar stew with white beans and salads growing wild in the hedgerows. The back roads wind uphill and down, between old stone walls crested with pale violet irises past Romanesque cloisters, sandstone farmhouses and shepherds with their flocks of sheep producing the famed 'pecorino' cheese.
You are in the heart of Tuscany (San Casciano is "the doorway to Chianti"), and the list of excursions half or a whole day away is long: Florence, famous for its fine Renaissance art, the walled city of Lucca with its 99 churches, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Val d'Orcia with the Renaissance town of Pienza and the wine-making meccas of Montepulciano and Montalcino and the awe-inspiring abbey of Sant'Antimo are just a few...
Florence is 15 to 20 minutes away, Greve in Chianti 25 minutes, San Gimignano 30 minutes, while Siena can be reached in 50 minutes. Montalcino and Pienza are a one and a half hour's drive, while the Thyrrenian sea is one hour away. Pisa and Lucca are one hour by car as well while the jet-set sea resort of Porto Ercole can be reached in approx. two hours.
Airports and transport
The Florence airport is 25 kilometres away and Pisa is at 118 kilometres, while the airport in Rome is less than three hours away and approx. 290 kilometres further south. The nearest railway station with most travel options is Florence.
Additional amenities include: shared pool with a private gazebo at the pool area and a parking near to the house, internet wifi connection is available at the restaurant by the winery approx, 100 m distant (not in the apartment), chairs and barbecue, 1 mobile fan, private garden equipped with table, 4-ring gas hob, screens at the bedroom windows.Read more
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