Gorgeous Stone Vacation House in Certaldo, Tuscany
Description from the manager
This elegant farmstead is located in the most coveted region of central Tuscany. Strategically positioned in the middle of the Golden Triangle - Florence, Siena and Pisa - it sits on top of a hill. Capanna Olivo takes its name from the vast groves of olive trees that surround it in every direction, and will impress its guests with stunning views. Every window boasts an incomparable view of the surrounding landscape. Whether lying in bed or at the pool you will enjoy views of the gentle rolling hills leading to the ancient towers of San Gimignano. The silver-grey of the olives blends with the dark green of cypresses, creating a spectacular show of colours. The surrounding landscape resembles the background of Renaissance paintings admired in the paintings of Leonardo, Botticelli and Benozzo Gozzoli. The guests are free to stroll through the olive groves and adjacent vineyards, and sample the Chianti wines and olive oil produced by the family-owned farm. The farm organises wine tastings free of charge in the nearby wine cellar, and the recently awarded Super Tuscan wine is excellent.
The property consists of three buildings: the detached house Capanna Olivo offered here, the villa with tower of the property owner and adjecting to it a farmhouse transformed into four apartments (Villa Olivo / also featured in our portfolio). Capanna Olivo with sun pouring in through the French windows, its pastel colours and stunning views is the perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. The large terrace is wonderful for al fresco dining, and every day the sunset is the very special event. A private path leads to a magnificent Mediterranean style swimming pool with roman steps. The pool is conjointly used with the guests of Villa Olivo. On return from a day out, you can relax here whiling away late summer afternoons with a favourite novel.
At walking distance there are a family-owned Tuscan Restaurant (bring a torch if you like to walk - as the street is not illuminated), a mini-market and one of the oldest churches of the region. Just a few miles down the hill there is Certaldo Alto, the picturesque, walled medieval hilltop town renowned for being the birthplace of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio, the author of "The Decameron". Here you can dine in one of the many local restaurants known for their delicious Tuscan food. In Certaldo the guests may attend music concerts und cultural festivals. For longer day trips and lovers of the Italian Renaissance, Florence, Volterra, Siena and Pisa are all within one hour driving distance.
The villa's location only 8 km from the railway station of Certaldo is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Certaldo (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1.5 or 2 hours). The train ride takes less than one hour. In Florence the train 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. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 3 km from centre, and you have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill. One hour of driving takes you to the sea.
Additional amenities include: piano, cooker, private access with electronic entrance gate, large terrace with pergola, on the estate there is a washing machine for shared use, american coffee machine, cd-player, electric kettle, private path to the shared pool, a hair dryer....Read more
Left on 06/16/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | 2LHCReviewed Jun 16, 2011Stayed May 2011
Our week at the Campanna just couldn't have been any better. The villa was totally reconstructed in 2004 and has stunning views of the entire countryside through the many oversized windows and glass doors. We stayed there with another couple and both of our second floor rooms had large opening windows with commanding views of distant hillside castles and vineyards. The villa is very clean, comfortable and very nicely decorated. The grounds are extensive and surrounded with well cared for roses, all kinds of flowering plants, trees and lawn. There is also a large swimming pool with shade cabanas on the lower terraced area.
We planned on eating out most of the time, however, this place was too nice to leave. We picked up food at the local Coop and Bbq'd on three of our nights. On the final night, the gracious owner Paola, cooked us an excellent full course dinner that was served by her onsite manager, Silvia. And, during our stay Silvia was extremely helpful, assisting us whenever we had questions or needed help.
Paola, her brother alessandro and their family own and operate the Tenuta Della Luia Winery, which is about a mile from the villa. Alessandro's son Johnny gave us a tour and tasting which we thoroughly enjoyed. The view from the winery is almost as spectacular as the one from the villa and we tasted their excellent wines while seated in their garden overlooking the valley. The wine was so good that we had a case shipped to our home in the us.
I highly recommend Villa Campanna and all four of us hope to return in the next few years. Read more
Thank you so much for this beautiful review!!
We are happy about it and will forward it to Paola.
In case you will book again with us in the future we are glad to offer you a
discount for any rental you might choose.
Best regards and have a nice summer,
A FlipKey verified reviewer
"Fantastic Tuscan Way of Living"
Left on 06/18/2010 for a stay in October 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 18, 2010Stayed Oct 2009
Being Tuscans we know what Tuscany is like. So we can judge what La Poggiolaia really is offering: The absolute Tuscan feeling like in "Decamerone". Capanna is the only place to live this feelings. You're put back into Renaissance with it's hilly landscape. The factory also produces excellent wines, as good as Supertuscans!
Left on 06/17/2010 for a stay in July 2008 | Lori & GuidoReviewed Jun 17, 2010Stayed Jul 2008
Every day I dream of our delicious 4 week stay at Capanna Olivo...My teenagers talk of our stay with the fondest of memories...The perfect landscape, the perfect location, and the most delighful owner Paula, and groundskeeper, Silvia ...I have reccomended this beautiful home to many friends and even have some staying this august!! It is more beautiful than any picture can suggest!
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Left on 06/08/2010 for a stay in May 2006 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 8, 2010Stayed May 2006
Hosts and keeper could not be more gracious. Grounds immaculate. Location and accomodation better than pictures. Great base for day trips both to wine destinations, Florence, and day trips north and south.
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