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Italy Vacation Rentals - Certified Homes, Villas, & Apartments
|San Casciano Val di Pesa, Firenze|
|Each bedroom and the living room with a sofabed have air conditioning with individual climate control. There is 50 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.|
|A portable BBQ is available.|
|It is necessary to have a car at this property.|
|Light housekeeping with a three hour minimum per visit may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is preferred and this service is payable on-site in Euro.|
|TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino 3 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 4 hours
National and Inter-European: Florence Peretola 35 minutes
National and Inter-European: Pisa Galileo Galilei 90 minutes
|For groups of four or more, an afternoon cooking class may be ordered at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.|
|Florence / Siena highway, San Casciano exit: 12 minutes; Cerbaia: 5; San Casciano Val di Pesa: 12; Florence: 25; Castellina in Chianti: 30; San Gimignano: 40; Siena or Montecatini Terme: 50; Volterra, Lucca, Pisa or Arezzo: 60; Bologna or Viareggio: 80; Montalcino or Cortona: 90; Perugia: 120; Rome or Milan: 3 hours.|
|The keyholder speaks some English.|
|The home comes with a laptop and DSL WiFi. Multiple devices (ie.tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones) within range of the stationery modem have Internet access. The modem's range covers the living room with sofabed and the pool area.|
|Heating and firewood for the fireplace are paid on-site in Euro. Two free baskets of firewood are provided.|
|Cottage (circa 1700) - A freshly completed yet authentic restoration keeping the original wood beams, cotto brick flooring and open-hearth fireplace. Brand new appliances, high quality furnishings and well selected antiques and art work complete a chic Tuscan decor.
Interior Amenities: Every bedroom has window screens and is air conditioned. There are two good sized living rooms - one with a fireplace and another that serves as an extra sleeping space with doors to close it off, a sofabed for two and air conditioning. Large picture windows in the kitchen and living rooms let in an abundance of natural sunlight. A laptop with Wi-Fi Internet access and SKY satellite television with news and a few movie channels programmed in English language are available.
Layout Notes: The furnished patio private to this cottage has a flower covered pergola with a barbecue for outdoor dining. The bathroom shower boxes are compact in size.
|Country style, eat-in kitchen with two picture windows, featuring tile counters and curtain drawn cabinets. It is equipped with a stove top, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.|
|Lunch or dinner may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is payable on-site in Euro.|
|The owner's villa is located ten yards behind the cottage, and the pool is shared with she and her guests when she is in residence.
Late October and November guests should expect harvesting of the nearby olive trees.
|Parking is free at the property.|
|Steps & Stairs|
|Walk 10 yards on a gravel path with a very slight incline from the parking area to the entrance. The most accessible bedroom and bathroom require two stone steps.|
|A portable cellular phone is made available at check-in. The phone is typically charged with 25 or 50 Euro worth of calling time. Guests only pay for the usage consumed. If you require additional minutes, please ask your keyholder for assistance.|
|A beautiful country landscape yet only 25 easy minutes from Florence! This classic Tuscan cottage has all the old world charm along with a few modern touches, such as air conditioning in the bedrooms and window screens.
Cottage Petra is part of a Chianti Classico wine and olive oil producing estate - guests may purchase products on-site.
|Shared with the owner and her guests when in residence and is open from the last weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.|
|From the Florence/Siena toll-free highway, an easy 12 minute drive on main roads leads to the estate's 400 yard, unpaved and bumpy path through olive groves. The width passing between olive trees is too narrow for a minibus. Compact or mid size cars are recommended.|
|All bedrooms and the living room with a fireplace have screened windows.|
|Satellite SKY package - including Italian and European channels, a few news channels such as British SKY News and some movie channels in English.|
|From the pool area, guests enjoy views of olive groves, Tuscan pines and wooded hills. A landscaped path from the pool leads to a walking trail with incredible views of the Chianti hills infused with cypress trees, vineyards and a hill top village in the distance. From the cottage, the view is of fruit and pine trees and garden greenery.|
|This property is equipped with a washing machine.|
Day Trip Ideas near this home – Meet true Italian artisans and learn hands-on the secrets of their specialty!
|Shopping and Dining: The small village of Cerbaia, a 5 minute drive away offers basic shopping with a mini-market, cheese store, gelateria, pharmacy and bank. A greater selection of shopping is less than 10 minutes away in the medieval hill town of San Casciano Val di Pesa: fruit, butchers, fresh pasta, bakeries and take-away pizza, wine and cheese. The town has three restaurants and an ATM. A "COOP" supermarket, open Saturday evenings is just outside the center of San Casciano.
Not To Be Missed: Etruscan artifacts including a tomb called "Bowman's Grave" are housed in San Casciano's Museum of Holy Arts.
Public Transportation: San Casciano is on two SITA bus routes with frequent service to and from Florence - the most direct route takes about 35 minutes. Service to Florence starts at 6:30am and the last bus returns from Florence at 8:30pm. It's also possible to drive 20 minutes to Scandicci, park the car and board a tramcar with service to Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station. This service runs until midnight.
Golf: In Grassina, a 30 minute drive away at the 18 hole "Golf Club Ugolino". Open year round. Closed on Monday between October and March.
Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held in Castellina in Chianti on Saturday, San Casciano Val di Pesa on Monday, Siena on Wednesday and San Gimignano on Thursday.