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THIS ADVERT SHOWS APARTMENT #5 "IL GELSO
Beautiful, independent self-catering apartment in ancient Tuscan farmhouse with private swimming pool.
The house is on a 30 acres property on the slopes of Pratomagno mountain, between Florence and Arezzo (35 km from Florence, 25 from Arezzo, 50 km from Siena on easy roads), with a really stunning sight on the whole Valdarno valley and the Chianti hills. It is surrounded by olive trees (we do our own high-quality organic olive oil) and typical vineyards. The farmhouse dates back to the 17th century, it had an extensive restoration work a few years ago in a very refined style and trying to maintain as much as possible of the original building. The garden where the swimming pool is is immersed in the silent, relaxing surroundings of the countryside.
This apartment is ideal for 2 persons but can sleep up to 4: it has one bedroom with double bed, its own living/kitchen, its private bathroom and private outdoor garden area (BBQ available). In the living/kitchen there is a double sofa-bed that can be opened to sleep 1/2 other persons.
Podere Casarotta, because of its privileged position, offers a perfect balance between rest&relaxation and the chance to move around and visit hundreds of interesting places: the house is secluded, quiet and peaceful, but at the same time it's near to local town and villages (the nearest shopping point is Castelfranco di Sopra, just 4kms away!) and the A1 motorway is just at a 10 minutes drive.
Then Casarotta will be your luxurious, comfortable and relaxing starting point for visiting Tuscany! Whatever you are looking for: art, history, culture, parks and nature, wine and food routes, or just absolute relax, you will find them all at hand!
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|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence FLR 70 km, Nearest railway: Figline Valdarno 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Valdarno valley, the area between Florence, Chianti and Arezzo is famous for its wine, its oil and nice food, like "fiorentina" steak. Its rolling hills are covered with olive groves and vineyards, it has extensive woodlands and beautiful restored historical buildings, including many castles and abbeys. All these features contribute to its charm and serene country atmosphere but it is in easy reach of towns such as Arezzo, Florence and Siena.
The territory of the Valdarno is singular and picturesque and begins from the point at which, near Arezzo, the river changes direction and heads north. Immersed in pre-historic times by the natural flow of the waters of a lake which flooded the basin up until the Tertiary Age, it is a series of gentle slopes interrupted by numerous ridges eroded by rain water. Here everything is colour, the browny- bronze bush of the pines at the top of the gullies, the gloomy oaks at the foot of the gorges with walls of yellowy clay open like open wounds, the eternal silver of the olive groves and the green of the vines which become deep purple every year at the end of the season.
Throughout the valley, at an hour's walking distance from each other, the bell towers and the towers of the old villages, the pievi and the castles rise up, some of which still have Etruscan sounding names such as Loro Ciuffenna, Gropina and Cennina. Because of its opulence, the Valdarno Valley was the object of brutal battles fought between the two cities which, at the end of the medieval period, aspired to dominate Tuscany: The Guelphs of Florence and the Ghibellines of Arezzo.
At the end of the XIII century, in order to fight the military pressure of the war-mongering Aretine bishops who possessed large properties and well-supplied castles such as Cennina, Castiglione degli Ubertini and Laterina, the Florentines built the three “terre murate”, three fortified towns: San Giovanni, Terranuova and Castelfranco.
After the death of Bishop Guido Tarlati in 1327, the Aretine Republic underwent a slow but inexorable decline until, in 1384, it ceased to exist and its territories were made a part of the Florentine Republic. With this end to the conflict, the limits of jurisdiction of the Arezzo department were set in Valdarno according to a line which also included the three walled cities built by the Florentines a century earlier. Three roads from Arezzo lead to the Valdarno following the entire length of the valley as far as Florence: the A1 motorway, the SS 69 which follows the line of the river and the "Setteponti" road, already in existence in the Etruscan period which emerges out on the hills of the Pratomagno dominating the valley of the imaginary water-line of the lost lake.
The Valdarno maintains an agricultural tradition of wine and olive production of high quality. The process of industrial development, concentrated in well delimited zones, has left intact the charm of the landscape and the artistic heritage of the Valdarno area.
Nearest towns are:
Castelfranco di Sopra 4km (just 5 minutes driving!)
Loro Ciuffenna 9km
San Giovanni Valdarno 11km
Figline Valdarno 15km
Podere Casarotta has belonged to the district of Loro Cuiffenna since 1774, as can be seen from the date carved on the left-hand corner of the building.
Loro Ciuffenna (just 9km from us) is a beautiful, characteristic old-fashioned Tuscan village, nestled on the slopes of Pratomagno.
The name itself tells about its Etruscan origins. In the middle-age Loro was a fortified village at the junction of two rivers bridged at two points, which led to two gates in the village walls. There was once a castle in Loro, which is mentioned in documents as far back as 1065. The old town still retains a lot of its original character. There is a road that goes from Loro uphill towards the Pratomagno mountain, passing from the mountain hamlets of Rocca Ricciarda, La Trappola, San Clemente in Valle; the roads then becomes an unpaved trail going up to the Pratomagno Cross pass (1500 meters asl), and goes back down in Casentino on the other side of the mountain.
Loro Ciuffenna is worth a visit! And we suggest you to enjoy the colorful fresh market, every Monday morning!