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Location:San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Air Conditioning, BBQ, Central heating, Charcoal BBQ, Child Friendly, DVD Player, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Freezer, Iron, Laundry, Lounge, Microwave, Oven, Phone, Refrigerator, Stereo, Stove, Swimming Pool, TV
Activities:Badminton, Ping Pong, Restaurants, Shopping, Sightseeing, Swimming
Description:Archipettoli is a magnificent country estate, situated between Florence and Siena, with 14 acres of private landscaped gardens is uniquely located as if perched on top of the hill in the middle of the typical Tuscan countryside with its rows of vineyards and groves of olive trees. From its location the villa enjoys a breathtaking, panoramic view, extending on one side to the Appenines towards the Adriatic and on the other side in the direction of the Thyrrenian coast. r nArchipettolis oldest part dates back to the 13 century. It belonged to the noble Florentine families of Cavalcanti and Filippo Strozzi the Younger. Confiscated by the 1st Duke of Florence, Alessandro de` Medici, in 1599 was sold to the Spedale di Santa Maria Nuova in Florence, which held it for several centuries before returning as a property to the Strozzi family. r nArchipettoli is an ideal base for exploring the cultural heritage of Tuscany. It lies just a few minutes from the town of San Casciano Val di Pesa, made important by its proximity to the Via Cassia (road still bearing the name of the principle Roman route), along which one can admire sites of both historic and artistic importance and 30 minutes south of Florence. r n r nThe villa has been cleverly restored to offer a comfortable, very well equipped family home. r n r nArchipettoli consists of a ground floor and two upper floors. Details rendering the interior comfortable and elegant include floors in terracotta and red bricks and impressive ceilings with wooden beams. The villa accommodates 6 adults and 3 children. r n r nGround floor r nFully equipped country kitchen/dining room with original Tuscan fireplace and separate room with washing machine and tumble dryer. r n r nFirst floor r nTwin bedroom sharing a bathroom with a single bedroom both with separate access to the landing. Two twin bedrooms with bathroom and one twin bedroom with bathroom. Upon request, the twin bedrooms can be made up as double beds. Living area with SAT TV and many English and German books. r n r nTower r nSpecial sitting room situated in the panoramic tower, perfect for relaxing, with the possibility of a single bed with HiFi System, SAT TV and DVD player. r n r nOutside area r nThe villa is enclosed in a large private garden, sloping gently with the contours of the hillside. Just a few steps from the house lies a large private swimming pool (12x6 m) ready to refresh and enliven summer days. Equipped with lounge chairs, it is ideal for moments of total relax and for enjoying the surrounding panorama embellished with bright flowers, and olive and cypress tress. Next to the house is an archway, ideal for alfresco dining or the covered pergola a few steps away, with fantastic views and magnificent sunsets. Also available are a built-in barbecue as well as a movable charcoal barbecue, a ping pong table, badminton, etc. r n r nAvailable: Private pool (open mid May to end of September), central heating - telephone - 2 baby beds/cots, 2 highchairs - iron and ironing bar - SAT TV /DVD - stereo, large fridge/freezer, oven â,€,“, gas stove â,€,“, dishwasher â,€,“, microwave - washing machine - tumble dryer â,€,“, BBQ r n r nOn request: additional house keeping and cook service (cannot be guaranteed). r n r nChianti is perhaps the best known of all Tuscany's varied panoramas. Located between Siena and Florence and known above all for its good wine, Chianti is dotted with pretty hill top towns and villages, green hills, undulating rows of vines, olive groves and swathes of pine and ancient oak. A perfect base for sightseeing, countryside pursuits and shopping trips. r n r nFlorence, the capital of Tuscany, certainly ranks among the architecturally most important cities of the world. Founded in 59 ac, the city has been a thriving cultural center of Europe for hundreds of years. The marks of this era can still be seen everywhere. Some of the major sights are the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore form the 13th century, Ponte Vecchio, the eldest bridge in town, which is bordered by medieval buildings, and Piazza della Signoria, where a copy of Michelangelo's David has been put up. The Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous galleries in the world, shows numerous important works of art. A walk out of the city centre and up on a hill to the Piazzale Michelangelo is recommendable. From there, one can enjoy stunning views of the Old Town, the cupola of the cathedral, the river Arno and Ponte Vecchio. r n r nSiena is high on the list of day trips in Tuscany as it is brimming with beauty, culture, Renaissance art and architecture. Highly recommended is a visit to the central piazza or 'Campo', the location of the famous Palio horse race, it's colourful cathedral, pretty shops and excellent restaurants.
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