Enjoy noble splendor in this gracious antique villa which is both close to Florence and immersed in tranquility.
Villa Il Turco is an elegant, aristocratic, sixteenth-century country estate which once belonged to a noble family named Rosselli Del Turco.
Complete with vaulted ceilings downstairs and chestnut coffered ones upstairs, stables, a pigeon loft and a graceful loggia on the second floor, this villa is like some thing out of a period movie. Not only will it delight you but it also can provide the perfect staging point for exploring all the most important sights in Tuscany as well as those more off the beaten track.
Thanks to its valuable 18th and 19th century antique furnishings and its proximity to Florence, only 25 km, this villa is perfect for art lovers who wish to relax in a historical environment. Original frescoes and wooden coffered ceilings help to give you the feeling that you have stepped back into the annals of time.
Although it enjoys absolute seclusion, the villa is part of an active farm which produces Chianti wines, olive oil, grappa and honey (all of which can be purchased). Wine tasting and visits to the cellars can be arranged.
With in walking distance is a charming typical restaurant where local specialties are served.
Accommodation: Ground floor: large eat-in kitchen with fireplace (oven, washing machine, dishwasher). Formal dining room with vaulted ceilings opening onto the garden, living room; also with vaulted ceilings, satellite TV and telephone, bathroom with shower. Beautiful original terracotta floors. Wi-Fi internet connection available.
Second floor (piano nobile): access by means of interior and exterior staircases into the large sitting room with fireplace. Living room with piano, library with fireplace, billiard room, three bedrooms with double beds, two bedrooms with two twin beds each, two bathrooms with bathtubs.
In a little storage house in the garden, there is the boiler and the laundry.
Please note that due to it's size and disposition, this villa is not suitable for winter lets.
Garden & Swimming Pool: The garden is vast and very private. It is shaded by centuries-old trees and graced with beautiful views of the family vineyard. Behind the house, hidden away in absolute privacy, are a spacious terrace and a broad lawn, where a barbecue and brick oven make evening meals a delight.
Nearby the villa is the private swimming pool (5 X 10 meters). Recently built for the exclusive use of guests at the villa, it is shaded by oak and olive trees and affords wonderful views across the valley.
There is also a very old chapel on the grounds which can still be used for religious functions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Livorno 75 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 25 km, Nearest railway: Florence 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Villa Il Turco is near to Florence as well as with easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airport is Florence airport (less than 40 minutes), Pisa is about an hour and Rome airports are both about three hours distant.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEAR BY: Montefiridolfi is a little village with shops for the first necessities. The village is situated in the heart of the countryside, among the hills that surround the Pesa valley. The village of Cerbaia, with more diversity, a pharmacy, and a supermarket, is 3 Km away.
Horse riding: It is possible to go horse riding at the Riding Centre Horse World, which is situated on the same road as the villa, about 200 meters or yards away.
Nearest town: Cerbaia km 3
Restaurants: nearest km 0,1
Supermarket: Cerbaia km 3
Grocery: Cerbaia km 3
Shops: Cerbaia km 3
Outlets: The Mall, Reggello km 45
Bank: Cerbaia km 3
Post office: Cerbaia km 3
Chemistry: Cerbaia km 3
Tennis court: Cerbaia km 3
Golf: Golf Club Ugolino km 25
Horse riding: Cerbaia km 0,2
SPA: Gambassi Terme km 25
Train station: Firenze km 25
The original Chianti, the area between Florence and Siena, is the heart of Tuscany, traditionally identified with a thousand-year-old history of wine-making, gastronomy, artisanship and culture. At the very center of this area lies the Chianti Storico consisting of the three municipalities Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Castellina in Chianti. People in this area have cultivated the land and made wine and olive oil at least since Etruscan times.
The undulating hills form small, protected valleys with a unique, mild microclimate, which has made this area attractive since Etruscan and Roman times. Here we find a special flora and fauna and this is the reason for the high-quality wine and food products from this area. More than half of the Chianti, however, is woodland, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities.
Festivals, concerts, museums, exhibitions, fairs offer a wide range of cultural entertainment. The central position of the Chianti Storico allows for comfortable daytrips to Florence, Siena, San Gimigniano and Montalcino.
Medieval castles, churches, fortified hamlets, villas and farmhouses are scattered all over, making just driving around an experience in itself. A network of partly unpaved country roads invites to explore this beautiful landscape on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
The Chianti being one of the most famous wine regions in the world means that wine tasting is a key holiday experience, whether visiting local wine festivals, touring wine producers, visiting enoteche, or simply choosing among the many local wines to go with a meal.
Eating out in the many little family restaurants gives a chance to experience local food specialties first hand. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the traditional Chianti recipes and the consistent high quality of the seasonal products all contribute to an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Accommodation ranges from very elegant, high-end luxury hotels or rental villas, over agritourism and farm holidays to family run bed and breakfasts. A warm welcome and personal treatment is assured in any case, and as everywhere in Italy children are more than welcome.