Experience Tuscany at a farmhouse steeped in history. The foundations of villa Giotto date to the 14th century, and the six-bedroom stone farmhouse has been renovated with an eye to keeping its centuries-old charms. Set on an estate that produces olive oil and wine, the villa offers rural peace and quiet but is just 20 miles northeast of Florence.
Looking out from the villa’s grounds, it’s hard to see any signs of modern life—unless you count the inground pool surrounded by chaise longues. The original stables have been converted into an outdoor area with built-in barbecue, and a covered table and chairs is the perfect shady al fresco dining spot. The main house has its own 21st-century amenities, like an Internet connection, ping-pong room and mosquito nets.
Inside the villa’s vine-covered stone walls, floral and gingham fabrics, white walls and beamed ceilings play up its rustic charm but feel open and breezy. Gather around in the cheery living room, which has plenty of comfortable seating, or the dining room, where a buffet features vintage dishes and tins. The modern kitchen has both modern appliances and an old-fashioned fireplace large enough to sit inside.
Villa Giotto’s six bedrooms are decorated in equally charming fashion and have beautiful views of the landscape. There are two bedrooms with double beds, and two bedrooms with two twin beds each. The fifth bedroom has two twin beds plus a single bed perfect for children. In the sixth bedroom, you’ll find a French bed and en-suite bathroom.
The villa is named for Renaissance painter Giotto, who was born in the village of Vicchio, just over a mile away. Today, you’ll find amenities like a grocery store, tennis court and train station in the village. Active guests will want to check out the stables 3 miles away, the sailing and windsurfing on Lake Bilancino, 12 miles away, or the golf course 15 miles away. For day-trippers, it’s an easy jaunt to Florence, 20 miles away.
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BEDROOM & BATHROOM
Bedroom 1: Double bed
Bedroom 2: Double bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds, Children's single bed
Bedroom 4: 2 Twin beds
Bedroom 5: 2 Twin beds
Bedroom 6: French bed, En-suite bathroom with bathtub and 2 shower rooms
FEATURES & AMENITIES
Table tennis room
External laundry room
ADSL dial up internet connection (charges may apply)
Al fresco dining
Swimming pool (1.40 m x 2.20 m)
Partially fenced garden
Covered BBQ area
Al fresco dining
STAFF & SERVICES
Maid service (3 hours, twice/week)
Weekly change of linens and towels
Final cleaning on Saturday
Normal use of hot/cold water
Electricity (up to 330 kW per week - any usage beyond this will be metered and charged locally at the time of check out. Charges vary greatly but can be as high as ~€0.80 per kW)
At Extra Cost (advance notice required)
Heating (will be metered and charged locally upon check out
Points of Interest
2 KM (1.2 MI) to Vicchio (supermarket, bank, tennis court, etc.)
2 KM (1.2 MI) to train station
5 KM (3 MI) to horseback riding
20 KM (12 MI) to sailing and windsurfing activities on Lake Bilancino
25 KM (15.5 MI) to golf course
35 KM (22 MI) to Florence
70 KM (43 MI) to San Gimignano
70 KM (43 MI) to Arezzo
80 KM (50 MI) to Siena
90 KM (60 MI) to Lucca
90 KM (60 MI) to Pisa
40 KM (24 MI) to Florence Airport(FLR)
310 KM (192 MI) to Rome Airport (FCO)
Maximum 8 guests
Children are welcome
Small pets allowed
Security deposit is to be paid upon arrival at the villa in cash
All services not included in rates are to be paid locally.
All rentals from Saturday to Saturday
Check-in: Between 4pm-7pm (late arrivals must be arranged in advance and may be subject to additional charges)
Check-out: Before 9am
From the garden you might hear cars passing occasionally along a narrow country lane.
Trains depart to Florence every hour from Vicchio). For more information, visit www.trenitalia.com
Additional amenities include: ping pong table, cd player, maid service: twice a week, internet - adsl, alfresco dining....Read more
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