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Toscanino - Casa Prato

Montelupo Fiorentino, Prato

All rooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. Usage is included in the price.

A shared BBQ is available.

One or more bicycles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge. Guests bring their own helmets.

Continental breakfast buffet may be purchased at a nearby hotel, one third of a mile away.

Car Needed
It is necessary to have a car at this property.

A mid week refresh cleaning with a towel change is included in the price - This service neatens the bedrooms and living areas, and it does not include cleaning the kitchen. Additional light housekeeping may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.

Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino 3 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 4 hours
National and InterEuropean: Florence Peretola 30 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei 1 hour
National and InterEuropean: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi 1.5 hours

Cooking Class
For groups of four or more, a morning cooking class to make lunch may be arranged. This service is booked upon arrival and paid on-site in Euro.

Driving Times
Montelupo Fiorentino with train station: 12 minutes; Lastra a Signa with train station or Pisa-Livorno highway exit: 15; Empoli: 20; Montespertoli: 30; Florence or San Miniato: 35; Pistoia: 40; Fiesole or Montecatini Terme: 45; Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano or Greve in Chianti: 60; Siena or Viareggio (Tuscan coast): 80; Bologna: 90; Cortona or Montepulciano: 100; Cinque Terre: 2 hours.

Language Spoken
Guests call a nearby hotel, within one third of a mile, for assistance. The reception is available 24 hours, and the staff speaks English.

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

Winter heating is included in the price.

Interior Décor
16th century barn - Gutted and professionally reconstructed using exceptional quality materials and incorporating spacious bathrooms. The stylish décor is contemporary, and large windows allow for plenty of sunlight.

Interior amenities: Fully air conditioned. Bathrooms have heated towel racks, rainforest shower heads and portable hair dryers. Wi-Fi access is throughout.

Layout notes: Casa Prato's living, dining and kitchen cabinet are all one room. The bedroom on the upper level has a small covered patio next to the patio used by Casa Firenze. For outdoor dining, this apartment has a private furnished lawn area along one side of the building with scenic views.

A hideway kitchen with two gas burners, microwave and small fridge is best suited for making snacks and light meals.

There is no swimming pool on the immediate grounds. Guests are welcome to freely use the pool and ample furnished gardens at a hotel, 400 yards away (open daily from 7 am to 9 pm). A poolside bar serves light lunch and cocktails starting at noon.

Casa Prato is only suitable for preparing light meals. A hideaway kitchenette has limited equipment.

There are no laundry facilities on-site. A public coin-operated washing machine and clothes dryer are found in the village, 400 yards away. A laundry bag is provided.

Casa Prato's lower level bedroom is semi-interred and after rainy periods retains moisture; not recommended for those with allergies.

Parking is free just a few feet away.

Steps & Stairs
From the private parking space assigned to Casa Prato, it is 25 level feet to the entrance. The first floor bedroom and bathroom require 16 steps.

Phone charges are based on the number of message units used on a landline phone and are paid on-site in Euro.

The Toscanino estate is the ideal location for multiple (or even daily) trips into Florence, just 35 minutes away by car or easily reached by nearby train stations with frequent speedy service.

Guests can walk uphill to a tiny medieval village reached in a third of a mile with a bottega stocked with wine and basic groceries, a seasonal gelato shop (open spring & summer), a leather workshop and three trattorie, one with stunning views and outdoor dining and another known for its barbecue.

Guests have use of a hotel pool and bar area, located one third of a mile away, that's open from the last weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool hours are from 7 am to 9 pm. Pool towels are provided.

Road Condition
Upon exiting the Florence-Pisa toll-free highway, paved country roads lead to the estate's private gravel road for the final 200 yards. This short final stretch, while lined with lights, is only one lane wide.

Guests have use of a hotel tennis court, located one third of a mile away. Rackets and balls may be provided.

Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.

Toscanino is immersed in an olive grove in the Carmignano wine area. From Casa Prato, the best views are from this apartment's private furnished lawn area and the living room. The scenery looks out over rolling green hills of olive groves and includes a spot on view looking up to the village.

A shared laundry room in the village, 400 yards away has a coin-operated washing machine and dryer. Iron and ironing board may be requested at check-in. Drying racks are left at the building for all apartments to share.

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.
Italy day trips
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Shopping and dining: A tiny village, just 400 yards away may be reached by an uphill walk. It offers a wine shop that stocks basic groceries (closed on Monday), three restaurants, a leather workshop and a gelateria (open spring/summer). Montelupo Fiorentino, a larger town 12 minutes away by car, has a variety of shops, ceramic stores, cafes, ten restaurants and a COOP supermarket, open Saturday until 8 pm. There are 4 supermarkets in the surrounding area open Sunday on a rotating basis.

Not to be missed: Montelupo's Museo della Ceramica houses a collection of over 3000 pieces of majolica from the 15th and 16th centuries. Considered one of the major ceramic centers during the Renaissance, local potters in Montelupo were commissioned by the great aristocratic Florentine families to create dinnerware customized with their coat of arms. Lorenzo the Magnificent, the patron of Renaissance art collected pieces from Montelupo. The museum is closed on Monday.

Public Transportation: Drive 15 minutes to the Lastra a Signa station with continuous service to Florence taking 15 minutes. The last train leaves Florence at 9 pm. Another train station with 30 minute service into Florence is Montelupo-Capraia, and the last train leaves Florence at 11 pm. To visit Pisa, the Empoli station is on the Pisa line.

For Families: Within a one hour drive is Pinocchio Park in Collodi - an outdoor theme park telling the fairytale through sculptures.

Thermal spas: Within 45 minutes are the towns of Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Terme, both known for their thermal waters and spas offering curative treatments. The "Grotta Giusti" resort spa in Monsummano is housed in a 16th century villa and is consistently voted one of the best spas in Italy. They offer an open air swimming pool filled with thermal water, a natural cave with an underground lake used for steam treatments and a variety of massage and beauty treatments.

Beaches: The Tuscan coast with sandy beaches in Forte dei Marmi or Viareggio is 80 minutes away.

Tennis: Guests are welcome to use a hotel's tennis court, a third of a mile away.

Golf: Three courses are within an hour's drive. Golf Club Ugolino Firenze in Grassina, 45 minutes away, is closed on Mondays. Le Pavoniere Golf Club in Prato is 30 minutes away. The Montecatini Golf Club in Montecatini Terme is within an hour's drive. There is a 9-hole practice green at the Montelupo Golf Club, 15 minutes away.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held in Montespertoli, Carmignano or San Miniato on Tuesday, Pistoia on Wednesday, Empoli, Poggio A Caiano or San Gimignano on Thursday, Castelfiorentino, Montelupo Fiorentino or Lastra a Signa on Saturday.

Annual Festivals: The town of San Miniato, 35 minutes away, hosts a white truffle festival, La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends in November with food stands lining the streets and restaurants serving truffle themed menus.

Pistoia, 40 minutes away has two major festivals in July. The Pistoia Blues Festival takes place during the first two weeks of July with blues artists from around the world performing in the city's main piazza. On July 25th, there is a celebratory procession to honor St. James, the city's patron saint. Twelve knights take part in the Giostra dell'Orso, a medieval jousting tournament to lance a figurine of an orso or a bear, the symbol of Pistoia.

There are several festivies throughout the year in Florence, 35 minutes away. To highlight a few:
- January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany. A grand parade evokes the Wise Men's journey into Bethlehem.

- March 25 is the Florentine New Year celebrated on the Feast of the Annunciation with a morning parade starting in Palazzo Vecchio. Piazza S. Annunziata has an outdoor market from 9 am to 5 pm and an evening concert at 9 pm.

- Easter Sunday's event takes place in Piazza del Duomo with the Scoppio del Carro or explosion of the cart. A three story high cart led by white oxen is led through the streets and then becomes a fireworks display.

- June 24 celebrates St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint with fabulous fireworks.

- August 10 is the feast of San Lorenzo with outdoor stalls, live music and treats served in Piazza San Lorenzo.

- September 7, on the eve of the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Florentines walk through the city streets carrying paper lanterns. The main procession starts in Piazza Santa Croce around 8 pm and passes through Piazza Signoria.

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