Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Home Holiday La Farfalla is located in the heart of Tuscany, surrounded by wonderful expanses of farmland, vineyards, olive trees, wheat, sunflowers and lots of traditions; the perfect mix for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday in Tuscany, away from the chaos of the city and the stress of everyday life.
La Farfalla resides in the surrounded green hills of San Miniato al Tedesco, a beautiful Medieval Town of the Eighteenth Century, the ideal place from which you can easily reach important historical cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, but also on a convenient distance from Volterra, San Gimignano, Montespertoli and many other famous cities. Located in the relaxing and peaceful Tuscan's countryside, has a great location for many activities like horse riding, forest walks, wine and olive oil tasting, and a good Tuscan's food in addition to visiting San Miniato and the neighboring town centers that offer an immense heritage of Art & culture.
La Farfalla is family run so you will be greeted by the owners with their sincerity and sympathy, they will be at your disposal to make you feel at easy and enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable real Tuscan's holiday.
Il Fienile with its splendid location on the top of the hill of "San Quintino", offers a breathtaking view of 360 degrees from where you can enjoy a splendid landscape including: direct view of San Miniato and the Tower of Frederick II, the Mount Amiata, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the surrounding hills with plantations of olive trees and vines, typical of Tuscan's landscapes, but also the opportunity to enjoy romantic sunsets. The "Barn", which renovation, completed in 2011, has all the hallmarks of Tuscan houses, red bricks face view, slate for stair and finishings, chestnut wood for window frames, wooden beams and exposed brick ceilings. The interior is elegantly furnished and decorated with fine furniture in a Tuscan style, this will allow you to spend a relaxing and unforgettable holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tirrenia 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 35 km, Nearest railway: Empoli 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Safe, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science. As a result, the region boasts museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace). Tuscany is famous for its wines, including the well-known Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino and more.
Six Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical centre of Siena (1995); the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987); the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990); the historical centre of Pienza (1996); and the Val d'Orcia (2004). Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves, making Tuscany and its capital Florence popular tourist destinations that attract millions of tourists every year. Florence receives an average of 10 million tourists a year, making the city one of the most visited in the world. (In 2007, the city became the world's 46th most visited city, with over 1.715 million arrivals)
San Miniato is situated along the Via Francigena, which in the Middle Ages connected northern Europe to Rome. The city enjoys a favourable position in the heart of the Arno River valley, at the crossroads of highways leading to Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena.
It is no surprise that San Miniato was favoured by emperors, such as Frederick II of Swabia, and by Popes, including Gregory V and Eugene IV. For instance, according to a manuscript by Buonarroti himself, in 1533 at San Miniato Michelangelo met Pope Clemente VII, who commissioned him the completion of the Sistine Chapel.
San Miniato took on a primary role under emperor Frederick II, known as Barbarossa, firstly becoming the base of the imperial delegate in Tuscany (in the Middle Ages the city was actually called San Miniato al Tedesco meaning “German San Miniato”), to later become an Episcopal seat. The construction of the Seminary, with its distinctive frescoed façade, and the restoration of the Bishop's Palace, both located in the Cathedral area, date back to this period.
San Miniato was also the site of Roman and Etruscan settlement, as proven by the excavations of a 3rd-century B.C. necropolis at Fontevivo and a Roman villa at Antonini, whose artefacts are displayed in part in the Civic Museum.
All of this has left a significant artistic and architectural heritage that is offered to visitors, starting from the nucleus around the Prato del Duomo, a charming square situated in a raised position in relation to the rest of the town. The square is lined by some of the oldest and most prestigious buildings of the city, including the Palazzo Comunale, the Bishops' Palace, the 14th-century Palazzo dei Vicari and the Cathedral.
The historic centre of San Miniato offers an interesting Museum System that allows admission to eight exhibition centres, including museums, historical buildings and collections with a single ticket. The Museum System leads visitors on an urban trail where the works can be enjoyed in their natural settings, instead of taking place in a single exhibition area.
The itinerary comes to its natural conclusion at the Rocca Federiciana.
The tower, named after emperor Frederick II and built from 1217 to 1223, stands on top of the hill, where it constitutes the main element of the Rocca (fortress), of San Minato
At the end of the tour, which includes The Oratorio Loretino, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Archaeological Museum, the top of the tower affords a beautiful view of the city, the Arno River valley, the Volterra hills and, on clear days, of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
An Educational Museum of Writing can be found at San Miniato Basso. The exhibition, intended primarily for children and students, covers the key stages in the history of writing from the Stone Age to the present day.