House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Azzurra is a lovely apartment with stunning views from every window over the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Located on the edge of an attractive hamlet the apartment has two bedrooms comfortably accommodating 4 people.
The house is accessed from the garden via a flight of stone steps. A door on the left leads into the comfortably furnished lounge with sofa, TV and writing desk. The main feature of the room is the brick built open fireplace. The apartment has the traditional Tuscan terracotta tiled floors and tiled and beamed ceilings throughout.
At the far end of the lounge is the well equipped kitchen, which has fitted units with built in oven and gas hob above, a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. To one side there is a wooden dining table with four matching chairs.
To the right of the entrance hall are the two bedrooms one with double bed, the second has twin beds. The bathroom has a WC, basin and shower. Next to the bathroom is the utility/laundry room which is where the washing machine is located.
The apartment's private garden, which has been planted with Mediterranean shrubs, flowers and several young olive trees, has a dining table and chairs -perfect for outdoor entertaining; there are also sunloungers and a parasol. The hamlets shared swimming pool is only a few steps away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 45 km, Nearest railway: Florence 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Chianti is above all a wine zone and includes parts of the Tuscan provinces of Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Pisa. The Chianti DOCG appellation is divided into seven subregions (Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rufina), of which Classico is the most famous.
The Chianti Classico region in turn is defined by the towns between Florence and Siena: Greve, Panzano, Castellina, Gaiole and Radda. Almost all the famous Chianti estates are located near one of these towns, although Rufina is to the East of Florence.
In addition to the red wine, many producers make the dessert wine Vin Santo del Chianti as well as "Super Tuscan" wines that do not adhere to the DOC regulations. Some also make olive oil.
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For someone interested in museums, churches and such things it is not necessary to leave Florence or Siena. However, the Chianti area can be an excellent base from which to explore Tuscany as whole without having to stay in these crowded cities. The countryside is beautiful, and absolute gems that should be visited are the hamlets of Montefioralle and Volpaia, and the beautiful towns of Greve, Panzano, Radda and Castellina.
The region is an invaluable treasure for those who are interested in exploring the eno-gastronomic culture of Tuscany.
With serious competition only from a few neighboring regions in Tuscany and from Piedmont, Chianti is one of Italy's prime wine regions. The best way to tour the wineries and sample their products is on the last Sunday of May when many producers throughout Italy open their doors for the festival of Cantine Aperte. Tastings are free and reservations unnecessary, so if you like wine and happen to be in Tuscany at the time, this is a fantastic opportunity for you. You should however keep in mind that not all the wine produced in Chianti is exceptional and that some of the best producers do not even participate in Cantine Aperte, so it makes sense to plan ahead and be choosy.
Olive groves are also the region's pride, and while it is not normally possible to visit an oil press, olive oil can be purchased directly from the producers. Olives are pressed in November and December and the olio nuovo or new oil, which is very piquant for the first several months, is especially prized on bruschetta and ribollita.
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