Casalta di Pesa
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Beautiful stone Tuscan hamlet dating back to the 16th century and nestling deep among the splendid Chianti Classico vineyards. This property still shows the blazon of the astronomer Galileo Galilei who stayed in this hamlet many years and drew inspiration from the beauties of the surrounding landscape. This property was restored in 2010 preserving its original architectural features and its ancient charm and was turned into 7 charming accommodations.
The apartment is welcoming and tastefully furnished in a typical Tuscan style with wrought iron beds and nice pieces of furniture. This hamlet is located right in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, a short distance away from the small towns of Panzano and Castellina in Chianti as well as from other charming Chianti villages such as Radda in Chianti, Gaiole, Greve in Chianti. The outside areas are well kept and allow their guests to relaxing and enjoy one of the most beautiful landscape in Tuscany. The access to the property is via an unpaved but well-kept road.
Distances: Panzano with general stores 6 km away, Castellina in Chianti 8 km, Siena 35 km away, San Gimignano 38 km, Florence (airport) 50 km away, Pisa (airport) 130 km away. At guests' disposal: large outdoor areas surrounding the property, shared swimming-pool (12 x 6 m – min. depth 1,4 m – max. depth 1,6 m – open from 01/05 to 30/09).
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||100 km|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: GALLILEO GALILEI - PISA 50 km, 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
(Casalta di Pesa has 7 apts) Andromeda is a separate house laid out on different levels, ideal for big families with several children. In the middle of the dining room there is a table for 6 people. The kitchen hob is very big and is equipped with fridge, freezer, electric oven, microwave oven and drip coffee maker.
The large double bedroom has a beautiful wrought-iron bed, a wardrobe, two night tables, The twin bedroom is furnished with two single beds, that can be joined together to make a double bed. The two large bathroom have a shower and bidet. It is possible to add a baby cot in the double bedroom on request.
The Tuscany region
The Chianti region is one of the most beautiful and famous areas in Tuscany. Chianti is strongly tied to its wine and its wine culture. Chianti's gentle hills are alluringly sketched by miles and miles of vineyards that each season color the landscape in different hues. Hills in shades of green, purple, red and yellow attract thousands of visitors every year.
Castellina in Chianti
Castellina in Chianti
The city of Castellina in Chianti is located atop a hill at the crossroads of important roads that cross the Arbia, Elsa and Pesa valleys. Set along the Chiantigiana road that connects Florence to Siena, it is one of the most important destinations in Chianti.
It is a small city and there while there isn't that many things to see and do, we recommend a stop here to enjoy a nice walk along the main street, always crowded and with a long history. If you decide to include it in your Chianti tour, you have to drive to Castellina. As a matter of fact it's not well connected to other destinations in Chianti. The best connections are to and from Siena, but there is only one bus early in the morning to Greve in Chianti and Florence and this is really a shame.
The city's origins go back to Etruscan times and came under Florentine control starting in the 12th century when it became an important outpost due to its strategic position between Florence and Siena. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times during the battles between the two cities and every time the town was reconstructed with bigger defensive walls. Legend has it that even Brunelleschi was asked to work on the project of new walls for the town.
Along the ancient walls an impressive underground tunnel used by the guards back then remains, now called Via della Volte which today is a fascinating tunnel with shops and restaurants. I suggest you walk down the tunnel during different times of the day so that you can admire the view of the surrounding Chianti countryside with various degrees of light from the small windows along the tunnel. The tunnel itself goes around the city and encloses the delightful city center, itself divided by its main street, Via Ferruccio. Here you'll find many shops, workshops, restaurants and important palaces such as Palazzo Banciardi and Palazzo Squarcialupi, both belonging to local noble families. Inside Palazzo Squarcialupi the Enoteca Antiquaria is now housed, a wine shop for over a 100 years old which represents an important historical archive of wine and which has helped preserving the original characteristics of Chianti Classico wine itself.
The Church of San Salvatore deserves a visit. It was rebuilt in 1945 after the devastation of WWII but which still displays a valuable fresco by Lorenzo Bicci depicting the Virgin Mary with Child and a wooden statue from the Renaissance. A few steps away from the city center, the Fortress with its tall tower offers a stunning panorama of the town and countryside. Inside the Fortress is the headquarters of the Municipality and the Archeological Museum of Chianti, displaying important archeological findings from the surroundings that testify the ancient origins of the Chianti region.
Within walking distance from the historical center I recommend stopping at the Antica Delizia, a wonderful ice cream shop where you should enjoy a giant delicious gelato. I also recommend a visit to the Etruscan tomb of Montecalvario in the surroundings, an important remnant of Etruscan necropolis architecture.
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20 Sep 2012
"Beautifully done, but not so good value for money"
The renovation has been done beautifully, generally using very high quality materials. A lot of things were broken in the apartment though - taps coming off, etc. A walk-in closet in a holiday apartment is a bit over the top! Swimming pool is large and very nice and with lots of afternoon shade! BBQ area and terrace with beautiful view.
The noise in the building was very annoying - people keep coming in till well after midnight and not at all considerate of other guests - creating a lot of noise till into the morning hours. The hallways are also causing a lot of echo of the sounds.
It lacks a bit of charm and authenticity. The building is nice but we did not even get a warm welcome from the owners / agents (not sure who they were) - they just collected the money (cash) and we never saw them again. The road leading up the hill to the villa is very very steep and with a lot of loose gravel. Some of the other places in the area had the roads fixed - I believe for the price they charge for these apartments they can invest in a decent road - or at least warn guests beforehand.
we are in 4 brothers, maybe you see all of us :) anyway since we do not live there, and most of the guests like it, we have in all apartments all phone numbers for any kind of problems and we are available 24 hours on 24.
Pls consider that in august lot of guests are children and sometimes just need a voice to make them calm. Anyway we apologize if you felt unwelcome in Casalta di pesa. Kindest reagards. Chiara
20 Sep 2012
"Beautiful accomodation set in a beautiful location"
Accomodation first class and Lovely place to stay and great location
between Florence and Siena, Need a car and recommend going to Volterre about an hour away.
Chiara arranged a meal for my wifes birthday for a group of 22 and it was fantastic and she was really helpful.
plenty of places to see and plenty of time to relax - your choice
Thank you Paul! see you soon :)
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