Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Bottai a splendid 13th Century Villa just 10 minutes from the historical centre of Florence. Together with Fulvio I have been renting this villa for the past 10 yrs.
Recently the ground floor has been restored into 3 double bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 1 cloakroom/laundry room, lounge with sofa bed, sitting room, dining room, kitchen , The Villa is ideally situated for stress free vacation in this beautiful historical city, available throughtout the year: it has the feel of the countryside sitting amidst its own olive grove and fruit orchard on 6 hectares of land only minutes away from the historical centre of Florence. The terraced gardens have magnificent views of the Florentine Hills
The property is all enclosed with a high brick wall and electronic gates, a short gravel road inside the estate reaches to the private parking near the Villa from there a footpath leads to the formal Italian garden and to the entrance to the apartment. We let the apartment throughout the year as it is ideal for those who want to visit Florence in the quieter months .
Price includes electricity, gas, water, linen, internet access free, satellite TV, bicycles, final cleaning charge and local taxes.
Central Heating is not included in the price it is paid locally if used.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tirrenia 80 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence Airport 25 km, Nearest railway: Florence Central Station (Santa Maria Novella) 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The Apartment consists of :
3 double Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with showers, 1 cloakroom, 1 laundry room, kitchen, dining, lounge with sofa beds, sitting room.
Sleeping Zone for 6 or 8 Persons
Bedroom 1: King size bed + single bed or cot.
Bedroom 2: King size bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Lounge : Double sofa bed
Sitting room is furnished with sofa, lounge chairs, coffee table and TV, DVD and telephone.
Lounge with sofa bed, chairs coffee table.
Dining Room: long wood table with 10 Chairs
The Kitchen has built in cabinets, hob, electric oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, all crockery, cutlery supplied. (kettle, toaster , coffee maker)
Bedroom 1 is furnished with antique furniture, king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers night tables, chairs, extra bed or cot if required.
Bedroom 2: has double bed, wardrobe, night tables and chairs.
Bedroom 3 is on the mezzanine floor with 2 single beds, wardrobe, night tables.
Bathrooms : tiles from floor to ceiling, pedestal basin, large mirror, enclosed showers and wc.
Cloak rooms: Pedestal basin and wc.
|Further details outdoors|
The guests have their own private parking inside the estate, the formal garden with views of the countryside
Part of the garden in front of the entrance is set out with seating area with table and chairs and built in barbecue.
Outdoor furniture : Lounging chairs, table, chairs and Parasol, near the brick built barbecue.
Swimming pool : 6m x 12m surrounded by patio, furnished with lounge chairs , tables, parasols, and shower. A changing room is close to the swimming pool with bathroom facilities.
The Villa is ideal for week-end breaks as it is near the historical centre close to bus route or walking.
From the villa the bus stop is 100mt. from here it takes you the centre of Florence or to the Central Station (SMN) where you can take a train or bus to anywhere in Tuscany or Italy.
Journey to Rome is 1.5 hour with Eurostar.
Journey to Bologna is 1 hour with Eurostar or regular train.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been designated UNESCO protected sites: the historical centre of Florence(1982), the historical centre of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical centre of San Gimignao (1990), the historical centre of Pienza (1996) and the Val D’Orcia (2004).
Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, and its artistic heritage includes architecture, painting, and sculpture, collected in dozens of museums in towns and cities across the region. Perhaps the best-known are the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Bargello in Florence . Tuscany was the birthplace of Dante Alighieri ("the father of the Italian language"), Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli.
Tuscany is also well known for its wines, the most famous of which are Chianti, Brunello di Mantalcino,and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, it has 120 protected nature reserves. Other agricultural products include Chianina cattle (origin of the famous "Fiorentina" steak) and the production of olive oil, principally in Lucca and the surrounding hills.
The industry comprises factories producing Piaggio motorcycles and scooters. Tourism is the economic backbone of the so-called "Cities of Art" Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Cortona, Pienza, as well as on the coast and in the isles (Elba).
The Villa is ideally situated for visiting Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Pisa, Lucca and Rome - not to mention the small cultural towns of San Gimignano, Certaldo, Vinci and many more. A car is not necessary as you are only 100m from the nearest bus stop that takes you in the centre of Florence. From there you can take a train or bus to any destination.
The seaside towns of Tirrenia and Rossignano are an hour away, Cecina is 1.5 hour with a water park and sandy beaches.Besides wandering in this beautiful city and looking at Renaissance art, there are many other things you can do in Tuscany. For example, you can learn to cook or just taste Tuscan food, do trekking, golf or go to a health spa.
At the property we have leaflets and information on events during your stay.
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26 Aug 2013
"Magnifique et extrêmement bien situé"
Magnifique appartement dans une maison de maître d'un ancien domaine agricole. Idealement située à 10 minutes en bus du centre historique de Florence et à 5 minutes d'un embrachement aut… More
26 Jul 2013
"All of our dreams and expectations were surpassed by this amazing property."
We went to celebrate a friends 60th birthday. We were my husband and I and 2 single women. (Originally we were supposed to be six, but unfortunately two had to cancel the trip. It was still a reasonable price for what we got.)
The rooms are very large, and authentically furnished with real classical Italian, original furniture. Family photos and paintings are on the walls, giving the feeling throughout that we were in someones home. Nothing sterile, and nothing ratty. Very well maintained and just a pleasure to be in.
The garden is fabulous! Large and beautiful, and at the back it overlooks olive groves and hills. We spent at least 4 evenings here at sunset enjoying wine and anti-pasta instead of staying in the tourist areas. We just didn't want to give up one sunset here for anything else.
There are three bedrooms which can accommodate 3 couples privately, and two have extra beds so good for children or singles. There are two showers, and several toilets. The small kitchen is quite adequate, but we didn't cook. We did have breakfast and light suppers which we ate in the garden.
Galluzzo is in itself wonderful. NOTHING touristy about it, but everything authentically Italian everywhere. There are multitudes of local cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, pizzarias, boutiques (at very reasonable prices), and a supermarket/deli. There is a daily open air market at the end of the road if you go to the left when coming out of the gate. Every day except Sunday. Well worth a visit. And try to go to the local supermarket on Monday morning, as it is an experience NOT TO BE MISSED! All the locals and neighbours are there, kissing and hugging, and chatting and the aisles are full of carts and everyone is cheerful and happy, and the deli there is amazing!
There's a fine dining restaurant at the street side of the villa. It was good, but costly. You can eat for a fraction of the cost anywhere else in Galluzzo. We found one restaurant at the location of the main street coming from Florence and the creek that we ate at 3x in one week. Totally Italian, local, nice clientele, and wonderful service, food and prices. We couldn't eat like that for that price anywhere in Sydney.
My negative comment on directions was that we used Google Maps/Google Earth. The information the Italian authorities gave to Google, or Google itself, made a mistake because part of the end of the road near the villa has been made into a one way street, and you cannot get there from that direction. Hopefully they have either fixed this, or the owners are providing clear directions. You must drive in from the end of the road closest to Florence, and that will take you directly to the gate.
The bus stops are at that intersection, and the bus takes 10 minutes to the middle of Florence. Easy!
1 Jul 2013
"A Dream Come True"
Tonight is our last night at this amazing villa. It is incredible to have "lived" in this ~800-year-old historical place, beautifully appointed with comfortable, charming furniture and mode… More
27 May 2012
I stayed at Villa Bottai with my fiance and three friends we were awestruck when we walked through the door. The photos do not do this place justice when the big gates close behind you from the crowde… More
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