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|All rooms have summer air conditioning with individual climate control. There are 800 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.|
|A private charcoal fired barbecue is available.|
|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 with a 4-hour minimum per visit may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.|
|For groups of 6 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.|
|Vinci: 3 minutes: Empoli with train station and entrance to the A11 highway: 20; San Miniato: 25, Montecatini Terme: 30; Florence, Lucca, Pisa or Viareggio beaches: 60; San Gimignano or Castellina in Chianti: 70; Siena: 90; Cinque Terre, Bologna or Montepulciano: 2 hours; Rome: 4 hours.|
|This quality property is brand new. It has been professionally restored, tastefully furnished and equipped to Parker Villas standards - and regularly inspected by our staff. We look forward to welcoming our first guests and their comments.|
|For those with internet capable devices, DSL WiFi allows access to multiple users within range of the stationery modem.|
|All rooms have winter heating with individual climate control. There are 800 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.|
|Hunting lodge (circa late 1400s) - Gutted and professionally reconstructed using exceptional quality materials and featuring modern fixtures, baths and kitchen. The tasteful décor includes comfortable furnishings in a minimalist style to contrast the medieval exterior of this historic home. An antique ornamental fireplace and wood oven adorn the living room.
Interior Amenities: The entire villa is serviced by a modern HVAC system tthat provides summer air conditioning or winter heating. Bathrooms have large modern shower stalls and supplied with portable hair dryers. The laundry room, adjacent to the kitchen, contains a combination washer/dryer. For entertainment, a portable, waterproof, stereo WiFi dock connects your device for use indoors or by the pool. The Smart TV in the main living room may be wirelessly connected to a portable device to share your favorite media. Outside, under a shady pergola, a small, gravel covered court is equipped with a set of bocce balls for leisurely play.
|The large modern kitchen offers plenty of counter space. It is equipped with a five burner stovetop, oven, large fridge, separate ice maker, dishwasher, US-style coffee makers and toaster. From the kitchen, there is direct access to both indoor and outdoor dining areas.|
|Lunch or dinner may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. A minimum number of guests are needed to order this service which is paid on-site in Euro. Advance notice is required.|
|The great privacy afforded by trees and vines surrounding the property limit the views from ground level to peeks of the town or countryside through the foliage.
Due to the elevation of the villa, a near constant breeze makes shade umbrellas impractical. By the pool, surrounding trees provide daylong shade. The outdoor seating areas are naturally shaded by the villa from noon onwards.
|Smoking is not permitted inside the property.|
|Parking is free and located a few feet from the main entrance of the property.|
|Steps & Stairs|
|Guests may park within feet of the main entrance and walk up one step or use a slightly graded ramp. A ground floor bedroom with en suite shower is off of the living room. From the outdoor dining and living areas, one step is needed to enter the villa and three to access the adjacent level lawn leading to the pool. The five upper floor bedrooms and baths require 15 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.
|Newly renovated, fully air conditioned farmhouse in a private, peaceful setting surrounded by ancient olive groves and organic vineyards.
The village of Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace) is 3/4 of a mile away with a few shops, six restaurants, a museum dedicated to the artist, a castle open to the public and hiking trails of varying difficulty levels leading to local points of interest. In the evenings, it is recommended to drive to Vinci in a few minutes rather than walk since the road is unlit and narrow.
Easy access to Florence in an hour or less, by car or by train from nearby Empoli. The villa is well positioned between Florence, Lucca and the coast where day trips to the Tuscan beaches or the Cinque Terre villages are possible.
|The private pool is open from the last weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.|
|The 20 minute route from the highway exit is along easy paved roads. The final 3/4 mile stretch leading up to the villa is on a gently winding narrow road. The villa's tree lined driveway is level and unpaved.|
|Smart TV allows users to wirelessly share content from their devices. When used as a standard TV, reception is limited to Italian channels with one or two English language news broadcasts.|
|The views of nearby Vinci and the surrounding hilly countryside covered in vineyards, olive groves and dotted by the occasional stone farmhouse, typical of Tuscany, are best enjoyed from the the furnished 1st floor landing and bedrooms. At ground level, partial views emerge through the foliage.|
|This property is equipped with a combination washer/dryer.|
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|Shopping and Dining: The small village of Vinci, within a 3 minutes drive offers basic shopping with a mini-market, pastry shop, bakery, butcher and a few clothing stores. There are 5-6 restaurants and 3 cafés. A greater selection of shopping is less than 20 minutes away in the larger modern town of Empoli with two supermarkets open until 8 pm on Saturday and one open on Sunday.
Not To Be Missed: Museo Leonardiano, the museum of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and over 80 models of his varied creative inventions is in Vinci's small historic center. Even more models are found on three floors of the town's Castello dei Conti Guidi, a 12th century castle.
Public Transportation: Drive 20 minutes to Empoli with continuous rail service to Florence taking 30 minutes. Service to Florence starts at 4:30 am. The last train departs Florence at 10:00 pm. Empoli is on the Florence/Pisa line with service to downtown Pisa in 40 minutes. From Vinci, a local bus reaches Empoli in approximately 20 minutes. The last bus to Vinci departs at 8:00 pm.
For Families: Within a 45 minute drive is Pinocchio Park in Collodi - an outdoor theme park telling the fairytale through sculptures as well as Peccioli Prehistoric Park in Peccioli - an outdoor park with real size reproduction of dinosaurs.
Thermal spas: Within 30 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 and sail boat rental in Forte dei Marmi or Viareggio are an hour away.
Golf: The 9-hole Bellosguardo Golf Club, just outside of Vinci, is reached in 10 minutes by car. Montecatini Golf Club is within 40 minutes' drive. Le Pavoniere Golf Club in Prato is an hour away.
Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held in Montespertoli on Tuesday, Vinci on Wednesday, Pistoia and Lucca on both Wednesday and Saturday, Empoli, Montecatini Terme and San Gimignano on Thursday. During the summer months, an outdoor market is held on Wednesday and Sunday in Forte dei Marmi's Piazza Marconi - this market is well known for the selection of designer clothing and high quality linens so be sure to arrive when it opens at 8 am.
Antique Markets: In the centre of Pisa, the antique market arrives on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. In Forte dei Marmi's Piazza Dante, the antique market arrives for the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of each month. Lucca offers an antique market in the centre of the city on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month. In Sarzana, it can be found on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of each month. Sarzana holds a National Antique Market during the last two weeks of August that is considered to be one of the largest in Italy - Giovanni Versace went every year. The streets along the center of town are filled with stalls.
Annual Festival:The town of San Miniato 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.