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Zafferano

San Gimignano, Siena

A/C
All bedrooms, the main living room and study have air conditioning with individual climate control. There are 400 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.



Cleaning
Light housekeeping with a three hour minimum per visit may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. This service is payable on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino 3 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 4.5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Florence Peretola: 50 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei: 70 minutes



Cooking Class
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.



Driving Times
Poggibonsi or Certaldo, both with train stations: 15; Colle Val d'Elsa: 20; Florence, Siena or Volterra: 35; Radda in Chianti or Greve in Chianti: 45; Pisa or Montecatini Terme: 60; Lucca, Cortona, Arezzo, Viareggio (Tuscan coast), Montepulciano, Pienza: 90; Perugia or Orvieto: 1 hour 45 minutes; Assisi: 2 hours; Bologna or Cinque Terre: 2.5 hours



Language Spoken
The keyholder speaks English and lives in Poggibonsi.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), DSL WiFi is provided. Three users within range of the stationery modem have Internet access.



Heat
Heating is paid on-site in Euro.



Interior Décor
13th century medieval tower - A chic loft-style ambiance is created with contemporary furnishings, exposed brick walls, picture windows and beamed ceilings.

Interior amenities - All bedrooms, the main living room and the study are air conditioned. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.

Layout notes – Each of the three floors has a bedroom and bathroom, allowing for privacy when rented by three couples. The third level bedroom, encompassing the entire top floor is an open room located atop the staircase leading up from the study.



Intown
This property is located within a city or town. A car is strongly recommended. The town is serviced by bus with returning service from neighboring towns ending at 8:30 pm.



Kitchen
Eat-in kitchen with six burner stove top, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and US style coffee maker.



Minuses
Guests must be very agile in order to manage the number of steep steps between levels. A luggage porter is provided for arrival and departure days.

No children under the age of 12 are allowed.



Parking
A private garage space for one car (no larger than a mid size wagon) is included in the rental. The garage is located 400 yards away.



Steps & Stairs
Walk 550 uphill yards on cobblestones and up 60 steep internal steps from the entrance to the second level with a bedroom, bathroom and living room. If arriving by car, guests may enter the piazza with a rental car to drop off at the building entrance on arrival and departure days only.



Phone
The landline phone inside the villa is for incoming calls only. On arrival day, guests are required to call the keyholder to coordinate arrival at a meeting point outside the town walls; therefore, having international service on your cell phone is required.



Pluses
Sensational rooftop terrace! Whether on your private rooftop terrace or inside the home, enjoy the idyllic Tuscan views overlooking the hill town and the rolling countryside looking toward the Chianti.

Walk out your front door to find restaurants, cafe bars, gelaterie and boutique shops - Zafferano is in Piazza della Cisterna, one of San Gimignano’s main squares.

Zafferano’s restoration exudes space and elegance as the townhouse is situated on three floors with a bedroom on each level and features interiors of exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings, large picture windows and designer furnishings.

Air conditioning is available in all bedrooms, the main living room and the study. A generous amount of usage is included in the price.



Road Condition
Only taxis are permitted in San Gimignano's limited traffic zone. On arrival and departure days, guests may be dropped off at the building entrance using the keyholder's permit. A private garage space for one car (no larger than a mid size wagon) is 400 yards away.



TV
Satellite SKY package - including Italian and European channels, a few news channels such as British SKY News and some movie channels in English.



Views
Far reaching views of rolling hills entwined with vineyards, olive groves and fields may be seen from the rooftop terrace, main living room and every bedroom. All other rooms overlook the cobblestone lanes and medieval stone architecture of the town, with the smaller living room also having a view of Piazza della Cisterna.



Washer/Dryer
This property is equipped with a washing machine and dryer.



What's nearby

Day Trip Ideas near this home – Meet true Italian artisans and learn hands-on the secrets of their specialty!

Chianti Wine Salute   A half day wine tour.
Walk Florence & The Uffizi: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
4-Courses in Chianti: A Wine Pairing Lunch   A half day wine tour.
Florence & The David: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
Italy day trips
& cooking tours near your villa.
Shopping and Dining: San Gimignano is a compact medieval hill town with numerous cafe, pizzerie, restaurants, specialty grocers, wine shops, bakeries and artisan shops within walking distance. A cafe bar, ATM and two gelato shops are located in Piazza della Cisterna, right outside the property entrance. The COOP supermarket in San Gimignano is located just outside the town walls and is open on Saturday evenings until 8 pm.

Internet Points: San Gimignano has two Internet points: "Internet Train" inside the enoteca D!Vineria, located in Piazzetta delle Erbe; inside the "Bar Pasticceria Boboli" on Via San Giovanni.

Public Transportation: Bus service is the only public transit in San Gimignano and the buses are a 550 yard walk from the house. There is frequent bus service to Poggibonsi, a neighboring town with a bus and train station that connects to cities such as Florence and Siena. Bus service to Poggibonsi begins at 6 am and ends at 8:30 pm. Certaldo, a 15 minute drive away, also offers frequent train service to Florence.

Beaches: Within an 80-90 minute drive are the sandy beaches of the Tuscan coast.

Swimming Pools: During the summer months, there are community swimming pools in the Santa Lucia neighborhood near San Gimignano (10 minute drive) and in Colle Val d'Elsa (20 minute drive). There is a daily entrance fee per person and sunbeds along with umbrellas can be rented. The Castelfalfi Golf resort, rated five stars, offers a day pass allowing use of the swimming pool area with sensational views over the countryside and a poolside cafe serving cocktails and a light lunch menu - a total resort experience.

Golf & Spa: Castelfalfi Golf Resort & Country Club (35 minute drive) features an 18-hole Mountain course, a 9-hole Lake course, driving range, swimming pool, tennis courts and a full service spa with massage and facial treatments. Open year round.

Open Air Markets: Right outside your entrance door, San Gimignano's morning market is held on Thursday in Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza Duomo. On Saturday mornings, one is held in Piazza dell' Erbe. Other neighboring towns' morning markets are held on Tuesday in Poggibonsi, on Wednesday in Siena and Certaldo and on Saturday in Volterra.



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