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Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 80km

Villa Filippa B is a gracious 40-square-meter (about 430.5 square feet)

apartment which sleeps four people. It features a shared swimming-pool and

garden, with a wonderful view of the woods and the valley.

It is equipped with central heating, satellite-dish TV, and parking space.

Villa Filippa B has a double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, and a living-room

with a double divan bed and a kitchenette.

The place

Villa Filippa is a beautiful villa built as a vacation home. There is a large

swimming-pool and terraces facing the sun and the vast scenery of the valley and

the hills. It is divided into five small apartments.

It is at about 400 meters (about 1,312 feet) of altitude in a prominent position

on the slopes of a hill covered in woods. Around you all you will see are a few

other vacation villas or houses inhabited by people of the place.

You will be on the hills of Montalbano, the hills where Leonardo Da Vinci was

born, a land which stretches between Florence and the sea.

In the sixteenth century, this area was a hunting reserve of the Medici family.

Even today the hills are covered in woods: if you are fond of ecotourism, this

place will definitely excite you. In the area you will find a numerous foot and

cycling paths which will lead you into the discovery of very ancient woods,

archaeological sites, old villas, churches, and old hamlets. You can even take a

wine and food tour on a way called 'Strada del Vino e dell'olio' (Road of the

Wine and the Olive Oil) and visit wine cellars and oil-mills.

You won't be far from the sea. At only 40 km (about 25.9 miles) away, you will

find the small town of Viareggio, famous for its splendid beaches and elegant

shopping streets.

You will also be close to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano: you will

be able to go on convenient daily excursions to search for the cities of art of

Tuscany with their beautiful castles and historical hamlets.

The swimming pool

At Villa Filippa you will have a shared 12 x 5 meter (about 39 x 16 feet)

swimming-pool at your disposal. It is located in a flat area facing the main

façade of the villa. In one angle of the swimming-pool, you will find a

whirlpool corner.

Around the swimming-pool you will find a large sun-drenched area furnished with

umbrellas and sun loungers. From the sun-drenched area you will enjoy the vast

scenery consisting of the surrounding green and the valley.

The swimming-pool is open from the first of May to the 30th of October.

The garden

At Villa Filippa you will have a spacious park some hectares large at your

disposal in case you feel like going for strolls. It is a wooded area in a

sloping land. The land boasts paths and steps which will lead you to an area

furnished with deck chairs so you can relax in the shade of trees or to an area

where there is a barbecue or even to a playground for kids. You can even use

such paths and trails as shortcuts to reach the town of Porciano on foot, which

is about one km (about 0.6 mile) away; you will be hiking amidst the green.

The house

Villa Filippa B is on the first floor, and you can reach it from the patio of

the villa by climbing an outdoor staircase of 16 steps. In the living-room you

will find a double divan bed, a table with chairs, a satellite-dish TV, and the

kitchenette. The kitchenette is equipped with a four-burner stove and a fridge.

From the living-room you will be able to reach the double bedroom and the

bathroom with shower.

The double bedroom has windows overlooking the hills.

The apartment is completely furnished, well-cared for in details, elegant, and

cozy.

At Villa Filippa you will have a shared laundry room available.

Nearby tourist attractions

During your stay at Villa Filippa, you will be in a territory whose history

dates back to the ancient Romans and which has preserved, since the year One

Thousand, historical castles, churches, villas and palaces rich in master pieces,

all to be absolutely visited. You will also be near the small town of Vinci,

birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

You will be in the area where the 'Chianti del Montalbano' wine is produced. And

as an addition to all the cultural visits, don't forget to stop at the beautiful

wine cellars of the area while taking the “Strada del Vino e dell'Olio” (Road of

the Wine and olive Oil). Don't miss out on having lunch in one of the

characteristic trattorias, often attended by local people and where you will

taste the genuine Tuscan cuisine!

1 km (about 0.6 mile) away from the house you will find the first shops, right

in the center of Porciano. You will find the first restaurants three km (about

1.9 miles) away. Pistoia is 15 km (about 9 miles) away from the villa. From

Pistoia it is possible to get trains to Florence. If you feel like enjoying some

thermal baths, 20 km (about 12 miles) away are the famous thermal waters of

Montecatini.

In addition, Lucca is 40 km (about 25 miles) away, San Gimignano is also 40 km (about

25 miles) away, Florence is 45 km (about 28 miles) away, Volterra, the city of

the Etruscans, is 45 km (about 28 miles) away, Pisa is 60 km (about 37 miles)

away, and Siena is 70 km (about 43.5 miles) away. You will be able to easily

visit the great artistic and historical attractions of Tuscany and also go on

excursions to the sea, as the beautiful and famous beaches of Viareggio are only

40 km (about 25 miles) away.

And if you like Italian fashion, don't forget to plan a stop at the renowned

'Valdichiana outlet Village', where you will find 90 shops which offer Italian

high fashion at reasonable price!

And when you are tired of walking up and down, you can enjoy the peacefulness

and beauty of the Tuscan hills in a beautiful and comfortable apartment!

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach 80 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Florence 48 km, Nearest railway: Empoli 18 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, TV
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

From the living-room you will be able to reach the double bedroom and the bathroom with shower.

The double bedroom has windows overlooking the hills.

The apartment is completely furnished, well-cared for in details, elegant, and cozy.

At Villa Filippa you will have a shared laundry room available.

Further details outdoors

You will be on the hills of Montalbano, the hills where Leonardo Da Vinci was born, a land which stretches between Florence and the sea.

In the sixteenth century, this area was a hunting reserve of the Medici family. Even today the hills are covered in woods: if you are fond of ecotourism, this place will definitely excite you. In the area you will find a numerous foot and cycling paths which will lead you into the discovery of very ancient woods, archaeological sites, old villas, churches, and old hamlets. You can even take a wine and food tour on a way called ‘Strada del Vino e dell’olio’ (Road of the Wine and the Olive Oil) and visit wine cellars and oil-mills.

You won’t be far from the sea. At only 40 km (about 25.9 miles) away, you will find the small town of Viareggio, famous for its splendid beaches and elegant shopping streets.

You will also be close to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano: you will be able to go on convenient daily excursions to search for the cities of art of Tuscany with their beautiful castles and historical hamlets.

The swimming pool

At Villa Filippa you will have a shared 12 x 5 meter (about 39 x 16 feet) swimming-pool at your disposal. It is located in a flat area facing the main façade of the villa. In one angle of the swimming-pool, you will find a whirlpool corner.

Around the swimming-pool you will find a large sun-drenched area furnished with umbrellas and sun loungers. From the sun-drenched area you will enjoy the vast scenery consisting of the surrounding green and the valley.

The garden

At Villa Filippa you will have a spacious park some hectares large at your disposal in case you feel like going for strolls. It is a wooded area in a sloping land. The land boasts paths and steps which will lead you to an area furnished with deck chairs so you can relax in the shade of trees or to an area where there is a barbecue or even to a playground for kids. You can even use such paths and trails as shortcuts to reach the town of Porciano on foot, which is about one km (about 0.6 mile) away; you will be hiking amidst the green.

Nearby tourist attractions

During your stay at Villa Filippa, you will be in a territory whose history dates back to the ancient Romans and which has preserved, since the year One Thousand, historical castles, churches, villas and palaces rich in master pieces, all to be absolutely visited. You will also be near the small town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

You will be in the area where the ‘Chianti del Montalbano’ wine is produced. And as an addition to all the cultural visits, don’t forget to stop at the beautiful wine cellars of the area while taking the “Strada del Vino e dell’Olio” (Road of the Wine and olive Oil). Don’t miss out on having lunch in one of the characteristic trattorias, often attended by local people and where you will taste the genuine Tuscan cuisine!

1 km (about 0.6 mile) away from the house you will find the first shops, right in the centre of Porciano. You will find the first restaurants three km (about 1.9 miles) away. Pistoia is 15 km (about 9 miles) away from the villa. From Pistoia it is possible to get trains to Florence. If you feel like enjoying some thermal baths, 20 km (about 12 miles) away are the famous thermal waters of Montecatini.

In addition, Lucca is 40 km (about 25 miles) away, San Gimignano is also 40 km (about 25 miles) away, Florence is 45 km (about 28 miles) away, Volterra, the city of the Etruscans, is 45 km (about 28 miles) away, Pisa is 60 km (about 37 miles) away, and Siena is 70 km (about 43.5 miles) away. You will be able to easily visit the great artistic and historical attractions of Tuscany and also go on excursions to the sea, as the beautiful and famous beaches of Viareggio are only 40 km (about 25 miles) away.

And if you like Italian fashion, don’t forget to plan a stop at the renowned ‘Valdichiana outlet Village’, where you will find 90 shops which offer Italian high fashion at reasonable price!

And when you are tired of walking up and down, you can enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Tuscan hills in a beautiful and comfortable apartment!

Further details

Included in the price

The rental price includes: towels; linens; electricity.

Payment Terms

A 25% deposit is paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 60 days prior to arrival at the property.

The Tuscany region

Pistoia (north-west of Florence) is a lovely place for wallowing in rural beauty, enjoying the wealth of watercourses like Ombrone Pistoiese that dimple the land, and provide the opportunity to admire precious ichthyic species in crystalline waters.

The name derives from the Latin "Pistôrium", meaning Etruscan city... Pistoia has proven Roman origins, but it probably had Etruscan settlements, too.

The city was built during the II century BC as important "oppidum" (fortress) of via Cassia, that linked Rome, Lucca and Florence: it was intended for supplying the Roman troops against the Ligurians.

Pistoia was episcopal seat and underwent several ivasions: Goths, Byzantines, Longobards and Franks but, in 1105 the city became independent, governed by the "consuls" (the oldest democratic Bench in Italy) and, in 1158, the 'podestà' finally stemmed the bishop's power.

In 1144, two pilgrims, brought in town the precious St Jacopo's relic, making Pistoia unavoidable leg of via Francigena for all believers going to Santiago de Compostela. The "shell of the pilgrim", one of the symbols of St Jacopo, is also probably represented in the city's coat of arms: the white and red chessboard with 36 pieces, supported on both sides by two bears (later added in order to represent the predominance of Pistoia over the mountain).

Pistoia is situated at the confluence of three big commercial itineraries and this position fed its great commercial vocation: specially from 1100, when it grew a new active flourishing mercantile class. The inhabitants of this enchanting place became internationally popular for their incredible abilities in banking and financial mathematics.

The city is sunny, with a temperate climate, just ideal to enjoy the great outdoors any time of the year: in summer is lovely to rest and enjoy the cool breeze under the shadow of centenary chestnut and beech trees; spring and autumn, for the stunning marvels offered by the nature itself.

Pistoia holds marvellous monumental buildings dated back to different ages, as well as splendid, sophisticated, Romanesque and Gothic churches. Make a beeline for Piazza del Duomo, centre of the civil and ecclesiastic power. There you will see:

the Cathedral, dedicated to St Zeno, with a Romanesque façade and the famous St Jacopo's silver altar. The building's been modified many times throughout the centuries, specially with the addition of baroque changes inside. The Cathedral's come back to the ancient splendour thanks to restoration works made during the 60's.

The Bell-Tower, also characterized by Romanesque style, with three loggias and a belfry remade many times, because of the numerous earthquakes that lashed Pistoia in late Middle Ages.

The Baptistery, ex Palazzo dei Vecovi, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo di Giano, the Church of St Maria Cavaliera and the imposing medieval tower of Catilina, do all worth a visit!

Nearby Piazza del Duomo, you will find Piazzetta della Sala where, from very ancient times, every day there is a picturesque fruit and vegetable market and the ancient marble well, called "del Leoncino", in the middle of the piazza.

In Pistoia you will enjoy fabulous traditional events, like the "Giostra dell’orso" (Joust of bears), in July: an ancient equestrian competition, whose origins dated back to the "palio". This challenge used to be disputed even in 1200, in honour of St Jacopo, Pistoia's Patron Saint.

If you are keen on blues music concerts, you should not miss an international event: the "Pistoia blues". From 1980 it takes place annually in the old town centre, the second week of July. Many famous artists have honoured the city of their presence, including: BB King, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, after 10 years, John Lee Hooker, Lou Reed and Canned Heat, Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Patti Smith, Pino Daniele, Sugar, Albert Collins and many others.

The cuisine in Pistoia is very tasty. You must try some typical delicious dishes, as follows: fett'unta, crostini di milza, i crostini di frattaglie di pollo, crostoni di cavolo nero, zuppa alla pistoiese, i maccheroni all'anatra, zimino di lampredotto, trippa, rigaglia, fagioli di sorana al fiasco, funghi trifolati…and many others!

Porciano

A quiet and silent terrace over the Valdinievole that extends its gaze from the Garfagnana to the San Gimignano hills and the sea.

A town where for centuries life has passed by serenely and which has been through time modelled by and into the typical colours of the Tuscan tradition, both in architecture and in all aspects of its people's lives.

The name of the town might have been inspired by the name of an ancient Roman commander, Porzio (or Porcius in Latin), who became the lord of this territory which was probably given to him by the emperor as a reward and prize for great military actions, or which he might have simply obtained by inheritance after his family bought it. Cerboni also presents another interesting hypothesis on the origins of the name "Porciano": the name could have been given to the area by the Counts Guidi, rich and powerful lords from Casentino, who apparently extended their authority also over the present-day Porciano between the tenth and the eleventh century. Porbably for personal pride and affection for Casentino, or maybe ven struck by the many similarities between the landscape of Porciano and the one of their homeland, they decided to give the area the same names of their two Casentinian feuds, Porciano and Papiano. Finally, according to a less known but nonetheless interesting theory, Porciano was once called Querciano or Querceto.

The term "quercia" in Italian meaning oak, the name clearly referred to the many trees and forests which characterize the place. The switch from the name Querciano to the name Porciano might have been linked to the event of the deforestation of the land around the year 1000, when the forests were reduced to create more land for agriculture. Historically, Porciano is mentioned as a part of the town of Lamporecchio in the Liber Focorum of 1226. However, many facts regarding Porciano (even though they have been expressed by many authors) are not supported by accurate historical documents. For example, due to the absence of precise documents, it is impossible to confirm that the Villa de Runcho, given to the Bishop of Pistoia in 998 by Ottone III, really stood in this area. Furthermore, there are no concrete documents to prove that Porciano might have been, as mentioned above, part of the lands under the authority of the Counts Guidi, although this is probable

(Taken from "Percorsi nella storia e nell'arte di un paese del Montalbano - Lamporecchio " di Valerio Bonfanti editor C.R.T.)

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