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Villa la Serena

Valdera Valley, Pisa

The villa does not have traditional HVAC air conditioning. It has a geothermal earth energy system under the floors which maintains a constant temperature of 23 degrees C provided all doors and windows are kept closed. All energy is included in the price.

The pool house has a waist height fireplace that is used as a barbecue grill.

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

Refresh cleaning is performed on weekdays and is included in the price along with a mid week towel change. This service neatens the bedrooms and living areas and cleans the kitchen surfaces.

Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino - 4 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa - 4 hours
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei - 1 hour
National and InterEuropean: Florence Peretola - 90 minutes

Cooking Class
For groups of 8 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.

Driving Times
Chianni: 10 minutes; Lajatico or Casciana Terme: 15; Peccioli or Capannoli: 20; Lari: 25; Volterra or Pontedera: 40; Pisa or San Miniato: 50; San Gimignano, Lucca or Tuscan coast (Castiglioncello): 60; Florence, Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi: 75; Siena or Castellina in Chianti: 90; Cinque Terre: 2 hours

Language Spoken
"Our stay at La Serena was excellent. The owners met us at the appointed time with passion and excitement. The Villa is a jewel. Piedro and Marjan were great hosts, doing all they could to welcome us and make our stay one we will never forget. Every need was met without asking- sparking clean - all of everything was outstanding. The people, villa and the property are first class- it is a place you want to take home- having the memory will have to do for now. A great experience. The experience at this villa is one Parker can be proud to provide. The villa is first class from the furnishings, to the pool, to the bath towels and for sure the people from the owners to the cooks." - T. Troisi

"This villa was more than we expected. It was truly a 5 star resort. The owners did not leave anything out. The staff and everyone we came in contact with were so professional and friendly. I would recommend this villa to anyone." - M. Greco

"The meals are outstanding! All homemade with fresh products. Delicious! Cook is outstanding. Owners are helpful, friendly, and genuine." - C. Gill

Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), the property has WiMax broadband with service extending to the pool area.

All energy and firewood is included in the price.

Interior Décor
16th century farmstead - After an extensive three year renovation, Villa la Serena successfully blends an ancient structure with the modern comforts of today's home. Architects have beautifully showcased the authentic features: stone walls, bricked arches, wood beam ceilings and terracotta tile flooring are found throughout. All the furnishings and fixtures are of the highest quality. Several light fixtures are one-of-a-kind works of contemporary art. The ground level living and dining room are enormous rooms connected by high brick arches.

Interior Amenities: All of the windows and kitchen doors are screened. All of the bedrooms have their own en suite bathrooms with portable hairdryers. For entertainment, an iPad mini may be used as a PC and a programmable sound system with speakers affixed to the living room and the two outdoor dining areas.

Layout Notes: Bedrooms vary in shapes and color schemes. There are two bedroom suites that are nearly double the size of the other bedrooms and have a sitting area. Accessing the first floor bedroom suite requires either walking through another bedroom or using an external staircase from the garden. There are two fully covered, outdoor dining areas: the pool cottage is just a few feet from the front entry and on the opposite side of the villa, a loggia patio is just off of the kitchen.

Exceptional quality main kitchen with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances: two electric ovens, stove top with four electric induction burners, two refrigerators, separate freezer, two sinks, microwave, dishwasher, ice maker, one espresso machine, US-style coffee maker and food processor. A second efficiency kitchen attached to the pool house dining area is equipped with: stove top with four electric burners, dishwasher and fridge.

Dinner may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. A minimum of 10 guests are needed to order this service which is paid on-site in Euro. Advance notice is required.

Unlike traditional HVAC systems, the villa's green energy climate control requires doors and windows to be closed in order to maintain the target temperature. Powered by a geothermal system, the maximum temperature during the warmest months is 23º Celsius.

No Smoking
Smoking is not permitted inside the property.

Parking is free on the estate grounds.

Steps & Stairs
Guests may be dropped off within a few feet of the main entrance with a threshold step. There are two ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms. All others require 22 steps with a handrail. All the outdoor areas are accessed from a level, brick pathway surrounding the villa.

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.

With a superb level of restoration, acute attention to detail and exceptional quality furnishings, guests experience all the grandeur of living luxuriously in a Tuscan homestead.

Villa la Serena is perfectly designed to experience outdoor living to the fullest - in this private setting, two fully covered outdoor dining areas showcase calming views over the sweeping, low lying hills. A distinctive pool cottage is softly lit for al fresco dining and offers a welcoming glow from a fireplace barbecue.

This villa features a brilliant kitchen that is levels above even the highest quality rental home with commercial grade, stainless steel cabinetry, countertops, appliances and an ice maker. Dual sinks, refrigerators and ovens are just the highlights.

The private swimming pool is opened starting in May.

The private pool is open from the first weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.

Road Condition
Upon exiting the toll-free Florence-Pisa-Livorno highway, the scenic route goes through the low lying hills of the Valdera valley on a paved road.

All the windows are screened. The following doors are screened: the two doors in the kitchen leading to the patio, the door in Bedroom 2 opening to the garden and the door on the first floor foyer opening to the terrace.

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

All the outdoor areas and most interior rooms enjoy panoramic, far reaching views looking out over low lying hills, wheat fields and the village of Chianni to the rear. In this valley, colors change with the seasons. From December through May, emerald green hills dominate and change to golden earth tones in the summer until the crop harvest in August. For the remainder of the year, coffee hues are prominent as the fields are replanted. The living room overlooks the pool cottage. The owner's vacation home, 300 yards away, is part of the scenery from one end of the villa.

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!

The Grape Escape - Chianti Edition   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: The closest village of Chianni, a 10 minute drive away, has a café, bakery, butcher (known for their take-away prepared roasts), pharmacy and a mini-market for basic groceries, open Sunday morning. Between Chianni and the next closest village of Lajatico, 15 minutes away, there are 8-9 restaurants. Larger supermarkets, open on Sunday, are in La Capannina (20 minutes) or Ponsacco (25 minutes).

Not To Be Missed:
- Casciana Terme's curative thermal baths, in a 15 minute drive, date back to the 14th century. Terme Villa Borri offers massage and wellness treatments, two indoor thermal pools and a Turkish bath.

- Capannoli, 20 minutes away, has a Natural History museum inside Villa Baciocchi, from the Baroque period, set amidst a public park with exotic and age-old plants. The museum tracing the Valdera valley's animal history from the Prehistoric to the Middle Ages. 130 natural habitats are reconstructed with 1,400 animal species. Closed all day Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

- The charming village of Lari, a 25 minute drive, has an 11th century castle that was the sight of many medieval battles between Lucca and Pisa. The castle and it's dungeons are open to the public on most afternoons from 3 to 6 pm. The Martelli family pasta workshop is also found in Lari.

- The Valdera valley is known for truffles - The Savini family organizes guided truffle hunts on their wooded estate, 40 minutes away in Forcoli. As an add-on to the tour, they can demonstrate how to cook with truffles.

Public Transportation: Drive 40 minutes to Pontedera-Casciana Terme station with continuous service to Florence taking 1 hour or service to Pisa taking 15 minutes. The last train returns from Florence at 11 pm.

For Families:
- The Amedei chocolate factory in San Gervasio, a 35 minute drive, arranges tours. The factory is close to the Alpaca Country House Restaurant, a working farm with an osteria serving lunch/dinner. Visitors are welcome to meet the alpaca and other farm friends.

- Pontedera, a 40 minute drive, is home to the Piaggio Vespa with a Vespa museum showcasing antique Vespas including a one of a kind model adorned by Salvatore Dali. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Beaches: Within an hour's drive is the ancient town of Castiglioncello with a 17th century tower and pine woods that drop dramatically to the narrow, rocky cove beaches along the Tuscan coast. Wider sandy beaches are an hour's drive to Tirrenia or 80 minutes to Viareggio.

Golf: In Castelfalfi, an hour away, the Castelfalfi Golf Resort 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.

Walking trails: Woodland trails with marked routes are found all around the area. A map book of the trails is left inside Villa la Serena.

Open Air Markets: Local markets are found in the center of the villages starting at 8 am. They take place on Saturday in Chianni and Pisa, on Tuesday in Terricciola, on Wednesday in Lajatico and Pisa, on Thursday in Casciana Terme, on Friday in Pontedera.

Annual Festivals: The Valdera valley's festivals center around the agricultural products grown in this area.
In June:
- Sagra della Ciliegia: On the1st Sunday in June, this festival showcases the 19 varieties of cherries grown around the village of Lari with cherry flavored liquors and sweets.
- Festa della Bruschetta is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June in Lajatico.

In November:
- Sagra del Chiangiale: The feast of the Wild Boar is celebrated for two weekends in Chianni.
- La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco: During the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends, the town of San Miniato hosts a white truffle festival with food stands lining the streets and restaurants serving truffle themed menus.
- Wine and Olive Oil outdoor markets are set up in Peccioli during the last two weekends in November.

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