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The villa was beautiful, just as described in the photos. There were 5 of us and we have plenty of room. The weather was chilly and rainy so did not take advantage of the pool at the top of the hill. The villa was close to shops, restaurants, grocery store and the train station in Vicchio if you wanted to get into Florence without driving. Our only drawback was that no one spoke English and the lovely Italian couple who were the caretakers on site didn't speak any English. However, we managed quite well for the week.
We stayed at La Casaccia in August with our 3 children. The house itself is comfortable, clean, beautifully presented in keeping with its age and style, well equipped and there is lots of space.
The views from the seating areas and hammocks outside are just breath taking and seem to change continually. We really enjoyed just sitting and enjoying the tranquillity and landscape. There was lots of wildlife to spot – it was fascinating to watch the boars come through at dusk. We also made good use of the barbecue. The pool area was equally beautiful, and the children spent hours hopping in and out – we were often the only ones using it.
Florence was easy to get to, just a short car ride and then the train. Other places of interest were about 1.5 hours away. I would say that La Casaccia is undoubtedly off the main tourist track – the road from the nearest village is a good 10 minutes with many hairpin bends and often single track. This of course is part of its charm, that it is so tucked away, rustic and peaceful. We had a very special week here, and thank you Maria Luisa for all your warmth and hospitality (and your lovely wine!).