La limonaia di Settignano
About the home
"La Limonaia" is a little annex, about 35 m2, located at short distance from Settignano's square, one of the most beautiful area on the hills around Florence, at 3 km distance from down town, that can be reached in about 15 minutes by bus; the bus stop is very close.
The place is the ideal resort for spending your holidays visiting the famous monuments of Florence and then relaxing in quiet area characterized by mild weather and located in the middle of olive tree plantations, or walking around through the hills.
The cottage, built at the beginning of '900, was completely renovated in 2008 with terra-cotta floors and on sight wooden beam ceiling, in respect of Tuscany tradition. The inside spaces, comfortable, bright and suitable for 3 people, include one living/dining room, with TV and a small double sofa bed, separated by a bookcase from a double bedroom, a kitchen with oven and dishwasher, a box-room with a washing-machine and a bathroom with shower. The furniture is modern and functional. Outside the sunny garden is fitted with a veranda furnished for dining.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Versilia, 80km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Wi-fi available|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 3, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
Further details outdoors:
Private parking space available upon request.
The veranda is fitted for outside dining
Utilities included for short term breaks up to 3 weeks.
Utilities not included for longer term let
Final cleaning: 30 euros
25% of rental fee due at the time of the reservation, full payment at the time of arrival.
Refundable deposit of equal to 20% of the rental fee required on arrival, to be refunded at departure time (subject to satisfactory property inspection).
The Tuscany / Firenze Province region
Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarca, Dante, Botticelli Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci and Puccini Due to this, the region has several museums (such as the Uffizi, Pitti Palace). Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulcianop and Brunello di Montalcino).
Tuscany has an immense cultural and artistic heritage, expressed in the region's numerous churches, palaces, art galleries, museums, villages and piazzas. Much of these artifacts are found in the main cities, such as Florence, Lucca and Siena, but also in smaller villages scattered around the region, such a San Gimignano and Volterra.
The UNESCO estimated that Tuscany has 10% of the World Cultural Heritage!
If you travel by car the cottage's location at the south-eastern edge of Florence is a good starting point for going on excursions to the Chianti region, to Siena or to the coast, as the feeder road to the autostrada highway (exit Firenze-Sud) is only 3 km distant and can be reached easily without having to pass through the city centre.
The Florence / Settignano area
The historical centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world's 72nd most visited in 2009, with 1.685 million visitors.
It was declared a World Heritage Site UNESCO in 1982. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.
The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capital of the world.
Legend has it that the tranquil village of Settignano, nestled in the hills which frame Florence, was founded by the Roman Emperor, Septimus Severus, but there are some signs that its origins date back even farther into antiquity. Settignano has always been considered an ideal summer residence for rest and meditation, as witnessed by the long presence of castles and villas of notable Florentines (especially the Guelfa family).
For centuries Settignano has served as the preferred location of residence for such luminaries as Giovanni Boccaccio, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolò Tommaseo, Gabriele d’Annunzio, Leo Stein, and many others who appreciated the healthful atmosphere, restful hills and fields of grapes and olives
In Settignano there are a lot of sites of historical interest such as:
Villa Gamberaia (XIV century)
Birthplace of Bernardo Rossellino (1409 - 1464) renowned sculptor and architect and of his brother Antonio (1427 - 1479), it is now known for its beautiful gardens, among the most famous in the world, and for its unique view of Florence.
Chiesa di S. Maria a Settignano (XII century)
This three nave church has a stone pulpit designed by Bernardo Buontalenti, a lovely terracotta statue of Saint Lucy attributed to Michelozzo, a Della Robbia Madonna and Child with two angels behind the main altar and a rare papier machè Crucifix by Pietro Tacca.
Formerly a country house, this villa was bought by Michelangelo's father who had his son brought up by a wet-nurse, wife of a stone mason. Here he spent his youth and probably learned the first rudiments of his art.
Villa I Tatti
Though not formally part of Settignano, the owner, art critic Bernard Berenson, so desired. He willed the villa, the library and the remaining art objects to Harvard University which has transformed the residence into a center of Italian Renaissance studies.
How to get there
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From the UK you can arrive by Airplane, Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Meridiana, British Airways and many other European and American Airlines . A car is not necessary to get around as you are in the city, the bus stop is just in front of the house and each bus ride is usually scheduled every 20 minutes and Florence downtown can be reached by bus within 20 minutes. From the Centre of Florence you can take a bus or train to any destination in Tuscany or Italy.
However if you prefer to have your own car all major Car Rental companies are represented in Florence and we have private parking inside the property.
*Ryanair and Easy Jet from Pisa Airport : there is a direct link by bus and train (1 hour journey from Pisa Airport to the Centre of Florence)
Activities near Florence
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
A winter sun break
08 Nov 2012
Very nicely restored and decorated by the owner, who is a former architect. We were a bit concerned by the proximity of a road on which traffic may be intense at peak hours but it turned out not to... more
27 Aug 2012
My wife and I stayed here for a week while using it as a base to explore Tuscany & Florence.
The cottage is very nice and well equiped with almost everything you could need, although a toaster in the kitchen would have been nice. It is nicely decorated, has Air Con (very important!), wifi, and a secure off road place to park.
The location is quiet, although the odd car goes by on the road, and is easy to get into Florence and out and about.
The bus into Florence centre stops just up the road (180m) and the bus stop on the way back is just 20m from the gates! The bus takes 20-25 minutes to get to San Marco square and makes it easy to get into and out of Florence without the car..
The location was good for us as we had a hire car and wanted to get out around Tuscany easily and not have the problems with the limited traffic & parking zones of Florence, and this it did for us. We could park the car off the road in the driveway with gates to ensure security.
The Wifi worked well (although note that it is only 'n' compatible, so older devices might not work).
If I had to pick faults then I would say that I didn't like the shower as I struggled to get the right tempature and the curtain was a bit clingy! And a pitty about the toaster (mentioned).
Otherwise we found it a great little place perfect for a couple and would recommend it to others and stay again if we come back.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 3|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|high||24 Dec 11||8 Jan 12||€ 450||€ 70||€ 210||3 Nights|
|low||8 Jan 12||2 Mar 12||€ 350||€ 60||€ 180||3 Nights|
|high||12 May 12||27 Oct 12||€ 450||€ 70||€ 210||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Utilities included for short term breaks up to 2 weeks.
Utilities not included for longer term let
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