Midway between Florence and Pisa, if you follow a certain unpaved road through oak woods, olive groves and fields of sunflowers, you will suddenly find yourself on an open hilltop whose glorious views of the countryside surrounding San Miniato will second your decision to holiday at Casa Fiorentina. A farming estate of 250 acres, it is situated on part of the ancient pilgrim's road to Rome, Via Francigena, and provides a sense of being far the rest of the world yet immersed in a territory rich in history and character. Home to hares, wild deer and pheasants, it is both hunting preserve as well as a place to relax, where the opportunity to hike, lie by the pool with a good book or explore the local culture provides a holiday to suit everyone.
One side of the main villa at Casa Fiorentina is made of bricks and a wide glass door is a welcoming entryway to the largest of the apartments. From the entry hall a stone staircase leads to the first floor living room, which is dominated by an enormous fireplace and a group of sofas and easy chairs near large windows. A large, fully equipped kitchen with marble sink and table reminds you of ancient times, when large families used to eat all together at the end of a long day of work in the fields. Three of the bedrooms, each with private bath or shower room, are situated at the top of the staircase to the left, while the fourth bedroom is off the living room. A large umbrella, a table for 8 and a barbeque are located in the private space just outside the house.
All guests share the large pool, located 50 meters from the villa, sheltered from winds yet exposed all day to the sun. The large garden around the pool offers a privileged viewpoint from which you can contemplate the Tuscan countryside and savour the serenity it offers. For this reason the owner decided to build just here a large wooden platform, the perfect spot for dinners and barbeques. Near the swimming pool there are also a gazebo and small wooden house with bathroom, shower and a fridge.
Six kilometres away lies the medieval town of San Miniato, birthplace of Matilde di Canossa and Francesco Sforza and famous for its truffles, which we recommend you to taste during the Feast of the Truffles in November. In the surroundings there are some true jewels of history and architecture to discover. Montaione has a small historical centre well known for its craftsmanship, and ancient neighboring villas and a remarkable number of organic farms. Certaldo, the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, has a very fascinating well-preserved medieval castle and a thriving cultural centre, home of the theatre and music street festival, the Mercantia. A bit farther down the road are Volterra, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. With Florence and Pisa are only a half-hour away and Siena, Lucca and the sea-cost of Versilia an hour's distance, Cimabue and Casa Fiorentina is a wonderfully positioned base from which to explore....Read more
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