Villa La Quercia is a colonical dwelling place dating back to the 17th century, built entirely using ancient terracotta and stones.
The villa is situated in Impruneta, just half mile from the center of the village , on a hillock that dominates the Chianti hills.
In front of the main entrance to the house there is a beautiful loggia. On the backside, there is an open-air dining area situated in front of a swimming pool surrounded by laurel and cypress hedges.
Villa La Quercia is surrounded by 20 acres of land, which is partially cultivated with vines and olive trees.
On the ground floor there are the dining room, the double living room with fire place, the kitchen and the guest room with bathroom ensuite, kitchenette and independent entrance.
On the first floor there are two double bedrooms with bathroom ensuite and one master bedroom with bathroom ensuite with shower box and bath tub, and a wardrobe/changing room
There is one single bedroom on the upper tower.
Upon request and at an additional cost, the following are also available: morning or evening cooking class followed by lunch/dinner with the fruits of the labour, market tour in Florence, cheese tasting, wine tour, candle lit butler served dinner, catered meals, grocery shopping prior to arrival, pottery class, tour guide, bike guide, driver, masseuse, babysitting service.
'Dear Veronica and Margarita, I had such an amazing stay at Villa La Quercia! I think it is a real paradise, right here in the very middle of this beautiful country. I hope I will come back, and if I do we will cook and learn Italian! I really loved it here! Thank so much for all you did to make this trip to Italy a real garden of Eden! Gracie Mille'
- Mr D. Tiburon, California USA (Aug 11th 2012)
'Veronica, thank you for everything...for sharing your home with us, for showing us a part of your life, and for welcoming us as you would long-time friends - family. We loved our visit and look forward to returning'
- Mrs L. Parillo, California USA (June 30th 2012)
'Veronica, it is difficult to leave Villa La Quercia and all the gifts of Italia. Nights filled with birdsong, jasmine and lavender coupled with laughter and amazing food beckon one to stay. Your home and the grounds are so serene and magical. Every detail is imprinted in my memories of Italy. Coming back a second time...Only reinforces a desire to return. Until we meet again ~ Thank you for sharing your 'gift La Quercia'
- Mrs M. Saltmarsh, Florida USA (June 2012)
'Dear Veronica, once again the glories of Tuscany have cooked their magic on our guests, and once again sharing wine & laughter with friends in your magnificent home has given each of us indelible memories to be forever cherished. Until our next visit to Italy... Much affection & gratitude'
- Mr M. McKenny, Florida USA (June 2012)
'Dear Veronica, as last year we have enjoyed our stay at Villa La Quercia very much. With its ideal location close to Florence, in beautiful surroundings, together with your hospitality, has made our vacation more than a success! We look forward already to be back, do some running in the morning, relax with a coffee in Impruneta, do some swimming in the pool and enjoy the culture of many historical villages in the area. We hope to meet again, possible next year. Best regards' - Mrs B. Vidra-Krul, Holland (August 21st 2009)
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Forte dei Marmi, Lucca 117 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence Airport, Amerigo Vespucci 31 km, Nearest railway: Santa Maria Novella train station, Florence 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
A football (five-a-side) pitch is available
Tuscany now has 10 provinces: Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. However, the regions can be described differently due to their geographic nature.
There is the Arno basin with the Arno river at its centre; the river stretches for 240 km and is the major Tuscan river. Most of the agricultural and industrial activity is sited in this area. The main output is farming, chemicals, glass-making (Pisa) textiles (Prato) and engineering (Florence).
The Apuan Alps are located north of the Arno river and are the home of the famous white Carrara marble. At the foot of these mountains lies the lovely sandy shoreline of the Versilia with Viareggio the most popular resort. At the southern end lies Livorno which is the only real commercial port in Tuscany with its major shipyards and oil refineries.
The picturesque landscape for which Tuscany is world famous lies in the Florentine countryside and Chianti district. Olive groves, vineyards, cypress trees and corn fields adorn the beautiful rolling hills. Fortified villages, majestic villas and farmhouses silhouette against the clear blue skies. South of Tuscany rise the Chianti hills extending between the main Siena road and the Autostrada ‘del Sole’ which runs the length of Italy. This area is characterized by clay soil home to the highly revered Chianti wines.
The hills south of Chianti are rather bare and have a pale golden soil. This is a quiet pastoral landscape with Siena at its midst.
Between the Florence area and the West Coast of Tuscany is an area of low lying hills known as the Metalliferous hills due to the fact that they are rich in iron-ore, lead, copper and zinc.
The Maremma is on the southern boundary of Tuscany, against the border with Lazio, where there are the first volcanic mountains of central Italy. The land is now cultivated with crops such as cereals, sunflowers, rice and market gardening and many modern farming cooperatives have emerged.
Close to Florence and just in the Chianti Classico wine zone, the town of Impruneta deserves a visit by anyone interested in the plastic arts. Impruneta is the home of Tuscan terracotta and, increasingly, of hand-painted ceramics.
The main piazza of Impruneta with the the Basilica of Santa Maria.
Impruneta is also the location of one of the most famous basilicas in Tuscany, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria, dating from 1060 and immortalised by Jacques Callot. Callot’s engraving, created in 1620, of the piazza in front of the basilica illustrates the famous Fiera di San Luca (Fair of St. Luke) that continues to this day.
An excellent grape festival with floats and so on is held every year during Autumn.
The terracotta kilns and pottery painting workshops are mostly clustered on via delle Fornace which can be reached after a short walk from Piazza Buondelmonti along Via delle Case and then Via Seconda Fonte.