Set high above olive groves and vineyards, Villa Da Vinci is situated in the heart of a wide park overlooking the castle of Vinci and at a few steps from the small house where the genius Leonardo was born. The large golden villa with its striking arched portico faces a wide welcoming piazza that leads naturally to the large garden that wraps around the side and back of the villa. Here, there are wide green lawns and a furnished pergola where the family can gather for an evening meal or parents can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the children busy at the nearby playground. From the piazza, steps lead down to a large swimming pool whose stunning view of the landscape and the village of Vinci below will cause you to catch your breath. The generous area around the pool has sunbeds and umbrellas and is suitable for dinners al fresco or festive celebrations.
From the entry hall are doors to a large living area, with comfortable sofas facing a valley vista at one end and a table and fireplace with elegant pietra serena mantle at the other; both are excellent places for guests to gather and enjoy the day's discoveries. A bright dining room with a table for 12 is next to a large well-equipped kitchen with access to the back door leading to the garden. Also on this floor is an extra WC. A stone staircase leads to the first floor, whose beautiful wood lacunar ceiling stretches over the long hallway. Of the bedrooms, all of which have large windows with pleasant views, there are two double bedrooms with king-size beds and en-suite shower rooms, one of which also has an oval bath. The other two double bedrooms share a large bathroom and all bath and shower rooms are generously dressed in marble. The final rooms on this floor are a handy laundry room and a large sitting room where one can relax and read a book, listen to music or watch TV, all under a beautiful XXVII century ceramic ceiling.
For larger groups it is possible to also rent the guest cottage off the front piazza. A small fully equipped kitchen, a shower room, a comfortable double bed and a single sofa bed are all part of the simple wooden furnishings in this bright air conditioned apartment, whose large windows overlook the swimming pool and the breathtaking view of the castle of Vinci.
The villa is located just a few steps from the house of Leonardo and a 15 minute walk from the village of Vinci where, in addition to shops and restaurants, there is a fascinating museum dedicated to the inventions and scientific expertise of the village's native son. The area offers a wide choice of cultural and enogastronomic activities, from the famous ceramics of Montelupo, to the easy day trips to historic villages such as Cerreto Guidi, San Miniato and Certaldo, which finish with wine tasting at one of the wonderful farmhouses in the area. Whether it's big city shopping in Florence, Pisa or Lucca, or a day of pampering at the spa towns of Montacatini and Monsummano Terme, Villa Da Vinci is well situated to enjoy it all and still be back for supper and a Tuscan sunset....Read more
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