Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 40
Large and bright spaces, warm and welcoming rooms, ideal for a relaxing holiday, for the benefit of your physical and mental wellbeing. For lovers of sun and swimming, we have a beautiful swimming pool where you can dive in and cool off on hot summer days, a tennis court and a BBQ shared with the other guests of the Residence.
There are poolside loungers and umbrellas available where you can relax whilst reading, writing or simply enjoying the stunning landscape of olive trees, vineyards, aromatics herbs, a real feast for your eyes and nose!
From Casa Italia all the most popular Tuscan destinations, such as Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca as well as the Mediterranean coast can be reached in less than an hour.
|Size||Sleeps up to 40, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Pisa/Versilia 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Galileo Galilei, Pisa 60 km, Nearest railway: Empoli 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Air conditioning available only upon request!
Small pets allowed only upon request!
|Further details outdoors|
Bicycles rental upon request
The Tuscany region
Tuscany: a place rich of history, traditions and culture, divided in ten provinces (Firenze, Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Grosseto, Pistoia, Prato) which have many differences.
During the Medioevo and Renaissance Tuscany was home of the most important Italian Renaissance artists as Cimabue, Giotto, Arnolfo, Andrea Pisano, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Tuscany is the place where one of the most important and recognized family and institution in Europe, the banking family of Medici, resided in; the place where Niccolò Machiavelli, considered one of the main founders of modern political science, learnt and wrote political treatises about the Art of Policy and Diplomacy. But
Tuscany is not just History and Art, it is also the most preferred contemporary Italian tourist destination chosen by people from all over the world, thanks to its amazing landscapes (countryside and seaside) and its renowned quality of life: culinary traditions based on very simple recipes, traditional town festivals, amazing and silent places (thermal baths, farmhouses, castles) surrounded by nature, and so on.
Lying in the heart of the province of Florence, Le Terre del Rinascimento is a tourist circuit and museum system with a wealth of well-preserved historic sites and artworks dating to the period of the Italian Renaissance.
The circuit takes in the councils of Capraia e Limite, Cerreto Guidi, Empoli, Fucecchio, Montelupo Fiorentino and Vinci. The legacy of the area’s history and artistic heyday can be seen everywhere, and there are many zones of great natural beauty. Visitors to the Terre del Rinascimento will find plenty to do: there are sites associated with the Medici family at Cerreto Guidi and Fucecchio, namely the Medici villa and its collections and the Ponte Mediceo di Cappiano; paintings and sculptures dating from the 14th to 16th century at the Museo della Collegiata in Empoli; the ceramics of Montelupo Fiorentino and Capraia e Limite, part of a tradition going all the way back to the 16th century; and finally Vinci, the birthplace of one of the Renaissance’s most illustrious figures, Leonardo, whom visitors can learn more about by touring the Museo Leonardiano and various places associated with him.
Vinci: set amidst vineyards and olive groves which produce excellent wine and oil, Vinci lies on the slopes of the Montalbano, a range of hills straddling the provinces of Florence and Pistoia. The town’s castle was built by the Conti Guidi in the first half of the 12th century. It fell under Florentine control between 1254 and 1273, and subsequently became a comune. Leonardo da Vinci was born in nearby Anchiano on 15 April 1452, and spent his childhood here. Some of the town’s most atmospheric sights are associated with and evoke his universally recognized genius.
The original nucleus of the town was the Castello dei Conti Guidi, which once circled the top of the hill and had a characteristic elliptical form, still clearly evident. The stronghold with its tall central tower is what remains of the complex today. In the panoramic piazza behind the castle entrance there is a large wooden sculpture by Mario Ceroli (1987), an interpretation of Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’.
Just a short distance away, in Piazza dei Guidi, which was reconfigured scenographically by the artist Mimmo Paladino in 2006, is the entrance to the Museo Leonardiano: Palazzina Uzielli houses the ticket office and the sections of the museum devoted to building site and textile manufacturing machines, while the rest of the exhibits are in the Castello dei Conti Guidi – over 60 models of Leonardo’s machines, each one presented together with specific references to the artist’s drawings and manuscript notes.
Also of interest within the perimeter of the ancient castle are the Church of Santa Croce, housing a baptismal font thought to have been used to baptize Leonardo; and the Biblioteca Leonardiana, a documentation centre specializing in the work of Leonardo, which has facsimiles of all Leonardo’s manuscripts and drawings.
Below the castle area, on Via Montalbano, is the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci, a private collection of documents and reconstructions relating to Leonardo. In the central Piazza della Libertà there is a bronze equestrian monument (1997) by the sculptress Nina Akamu, inspired by Leonardo’s numerous horse drawings. And at the junction of the roads for Empoli and Cerreto Guidi stands the Sanctuary of the Santissima Annunziata, which has a fine Annunciation (c.1525) by the Pistoiese painter Fra’ Paolino.
From the centre of Vinci, an ancient footpath with panoramic views – known as the “green road” – winds its way through olive groves to the Birthplace of Leonardo at Anchiano. The building is a typical 15th-century Tuscan rural dwelling, and is where Leonardo was reportedly born on 15 April 1452.
The town Vinci is twinned with the city of Amboise (France) where Leonardo spent the last 3 years of his life at the court of Francis I and died on May 19, 1519 .
Places of interest in the vicinity of Vinci include the Romanesque country parish churches of San Giovanni Battista at Sant’Ansano in Greti and the scenically positioned San Pietro a Sant’Amato, and the Church of Santa Maria a Faltognano. Leading up to the latter is a broad grassy terrace with a majestic, centuries-old oak tree that provides welcome shade in the summer heat.