Casa della Vista
About the home
With a beautiful location set below the small, medieval hill village of Sorana, this is a traditional stone farmhouse retaining all the usual beautiful Tuscan features of cotto floors, chestnut beams and an open fireplace.
Outside there are private olive groves for the children to play in, a terrace for al fresco dining, BBQ for outdoor cooks and a pool for cooling off in the glorious summer days - all with spectacular views of the Pescia valley. Two of the best restaurants in the area are just down the road or there is further fine dining in and around the local town of Pescia, less than 15 minutes drive away
Open all year around, this house offers a quiet retreat from which to explore the surrounding hills on foot to local villages such as Vellano, Castelveccio, Fibialla or Medicina.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Viareggio, 40km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 10km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The accommodation is on two floors with the kitchen, shower room and one lounge/bedroom downstairs and the master bedroom and second lounge/bedroom upstairs
The main bedroom has a queen size bed with chest of drawers and wardrobe whilst the upstairs second room has a large stone grate with cast iron fire, large bed sette and cabin bed. Downstairs, the lounge has a sofabed and is equipped with an air conditioning unit
The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils and pans, with a 5 ring gas bottle-powered cooker complete with oven
There is also an under-house storage room which contains the garden furniture and washing machine
Further details outdoors:
The house is part of a working olive farm so the groves are open and available for exploration, although care should be taken down some of the steep slopes
There is also a hand-built stone barbecue and outside dining area, ideal for summer evening cooking and eating outside
The pool is a 15' by 8' plunge pool, perfect for cooling off during the long hot Tuscan summer days.
There is a 300m walk from a car park through the village and down a path to get to the door, which is a little steep in places. Whilst this makes for a quiet and private location it means access would be difficult for elderly, infirm or disabled guests
A deposit of 50% of the rental is required to secure a booking, with the balance due 4 weeks before arrival
The Tuscany / Pistoia Province region
Tuscany, the cradle of modern European culture, contains treasures of every age and style, from the Etruscan theatre and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the majestic Gothic buildings in the medieval town of Siena and the exceptional art and architecture of Florence. The cities of Tuscany have produced writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists whose works have literally changed the world.
The immense dome of Florence's Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi, inspired Michelangelo's design for the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, and influenced architecture in towns throughout Italy. Modern science and technology have their roots in the experiments of Galileo and other researchers. Puccini was born in Lucca. Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio broke with traditional Latin and wrote in the Italian language, establishing the Tuscan dialect as Italy's literary language and things Tuscan as the measure of culture and refinement.
The peaceful Tuscan landscape is primarily rolling hills, with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and hilltop villages all bathed in a soft, amber light. To many it seems familiar, and rightly so: during the Renaissance it was often used as the backdrop for the paintings of the masters. The rustic Tuscan farmhouse, made of local stone and set atop a hill flanked by lines of cypress trees, is a sight unique to Tuscany and accurately reflects the situation of the house at Casa della Vista. Silent medieval hilltowns, with their fortified castle walls and church steeples visible in the distance, are a part of the landscape: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona. Tuscany's olive groves yield some of the world's finest extra virgin olive oil, but the heart of the region is in its vineyards, particularly the Chianti Classico, where you can visit fattorie (wine estates), to sample and purchase their wines.
In Tuscany there is huge emphasis on food and the family. Most Tuscan meals begin with crostini, slices of bread that are lightly toasted and topped with anything from chicken liver to myrtle to olive paste; acquacotta, a thin vegetable soup, and panzanella, a soup made from leftover bread soaked in vinegar and vegetables are among the many bread-based soups. Simplicity and flavour are the guiding principles of Tuscan cooking: pasta, served with a sauce of vegetables or meat; salviata, an omelette with fresh sage; or lesso rifatto con le cipolle, a stew of leftover boiled beef smothered in long-simmered onions, are classic embodiments of this philosophy.
Finally wine - Vin Santo is one of the region's renowned sweet wines, often served with cantuccini di Prato, dry almond cookies, for dipping. Among the other great wines of Tuscany are Tignanello, Sassacaia, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the famous Brunello di Montaleino.
The Pescia / Sorana area
Sorana is situated along the valley north of Pescia known as the Dieci Castella region. This takes it's names from the 10 villages that line the valley hills and hilltops, each of which has a church with bell tower. During medeival and in more recent periods of upheaval like the second world war the towers acted as prime lookout posts for defence of the area
There are some beautiful places to visit in the Pescia valley and surrounding area in Northern Tuscany and Casa della Vista is the ideal location to use as a base from which to venture out or to relax and enjoy the fabulous views and perfect weather in summer. Alternatively you can relax in the shadow of the olive groves, cooling off in the pool or nip down to Chiesa Uzzano, near the Autostrada for a day at the Don Carlos water park
Local villages such as Vellano, Fibialla, Castlevecchio, Aramo, San Quirico, Collodi and Medicina can all be explored on foot from the old mule tracks that run from right outside the front door of the house or the historic walled city of Lucca is only a 30 minute drive
Florence is about an hour's drive, if you want to risk the hairy Italian city traffic or the rail link from Pescia is regular and reliable and will allow you to take in the scenery across the rolling north Tuscan hills
Perhaps the best way to experience the hospitable local people and their culture is to dine in the local restaurants or visit the Saturday market in Pescia. At the bottom of the hill leading up to Sorana village is Trattoria Da Sandrino, which serves a marvellous array of local produce including various game dishes, wild boar, the best fillet steak you will ever taste and the world-famous Sorana beans. Another dish not to be missed is the 'Pollo Arrosto', or roast chicken, at the Pescia 'Mercato' on Saturday morning, but don't be late as they stop serving at about 1230!
The whole area around Pistoia is rich in the history of Italian culture and famous names. You can visit the birthplaces of Leonardo da Vinci and Puccini or take in many festivals, markets and other gatherings across the region. Not many of the locals speak English, so a smattering of Italian or a good phrasebook are essential!!
How to get there
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Fly to Pisa or Florence from most UK airports
Cheap flights available from Ryanair or EasyJet to Pisa or Meridiana to Florence. There is also a British Airways service from London Heathrow or Gatwick.
Casa della Vista is only an hour from either Pisa or Florence airport
Easy driving directions from Autoroute A11 between Pisa and Florence - available from the owner when you book
Regular train service from airport to local town of Pescia near the house
Bus or taxi transfers from Pescia to Sorana if required
Activities near Pescia
Rural / countryside retreats
02 Oct 2012
We stayed at Casa della Vista in July, and we'll most definitely be back. The owner had reservations originally about the size of our group, he didn't want us to be too cramped as there... more
05 Sep 2012
What you read about this property is what you get (and more!) As a family we wanted to stay in a very 'local' area to get a true feel of Tuscany, but also wanted to be able to visit other... more
16 Jul 2012
If you want a taste of genuine Tuscan life in tranquil surroundings with stunning views where you can relax and chill out to the max, be sure to book Casa Della Vista.
This small rustic... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
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|Low Season||9 Sep 12||23 Dec 12||£ 335||-||-||3 Nights|
|High Season||23 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||£ 495||£ 85||£ 85||3 Nights|
|Low Season||6 Jan 13||27 Mar 13||£ 375||£ 70||£ 70||3 Nights|
|High Season||27 Mar 13||7 Apr 13||£ 495||£ 85||£ 85||3 Nights|
|Mid Season||7 Apr 13||14 Jul 13||£ 415||£ 80||£ 80||3 Nights|
|High Season||14 Jul 13||8 Sep 13||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||8 Sep 13||20 Oct 13||£ 415||£ 80||£ 80||3 Nights|
|Low Season||20 Oct 13||22 Dec 13||£ 350||£ 65||£ 65||3 Nights|
|High Season||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
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