Originally an artist's studio situated in the grounds of a privately owned family Villa in an inner city conservation area with a beautiful garden of two acres with cypresses and olives and a good sized swimming pool. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance and a bus stop 2 minutes from the gates. The Studio has a large lounge and dining area. There is a double/twin bed which is screened off from the rest of the room, and also a sofa-bed (suitable for a child no more than 10) and a cot for a baby. The kitchen and bathroom are separate rooms. The Studio which is quite apart from the Villa has a little outside terrace for dining and a barbecue is available. You have full use of the garden. Private parking (free) is on the property. The secluded swimming pool (not used by the Villa), with poolside loungers and a shady arbour with table and chairs, is close by. There is a laundry house in the grounds for your use with washing machines and dryer. The property has good lighting at night and high security.
When you arrive: at the estate you come to the main gates. Press the button and we will open automatically. Go up the drive and see the Studio on your left with its invitation to enter and make yourselves at home. Fresh flowers, a bottle of Chianti with a corkscrew and two glasses will be waiting for you for...a good start. You will also find a book giving useful instructions and information on the accommodation, recommending shops, restaurants, and transport. If you need any further help, information or advice please don't hesitate to ask at the Villa where you will be welcomed (we speak English). There is a separate laundry, with washing machines, drier and clothes lines. On your last morning you can arrange to leave your luggage in the Villa should you wish to spend more time exploring the city or do some last-minute shopping.
Arrival time is after 13:30 p.m. and departure is by 10:30 a.m.
For children over 5n years old : + 20% on the total price.
Five minutes walk: away you have all the necessary food shops and one of the best, typical Tuscan restaurants in Florence, 'Ruggero,' which is a well-kept Florentine secret. A 10 walk takes you to the Belvedere Fort and from there to all the best sites, via the Ponte Vecchio. You can also catch a bus from either end of the street (Bus N° 11) and this will take you directly to Florence railway station Santa Maria Novella, in Florence downtown. The seaside, with its miles of sandy beaches (Viareggio), is about an hour away, and a day trip is easily possible by train from Florence to Venice or Rome.
Don't forget that food shops in Italy: open early at 08:00 in the morning and then shut firmly from 13:00 until between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. They close in the evening around 20:00. However, there is a supermarket which is open all day. and also in Sunday (Carrefour in Piazza Tasso). All shops are closed on Sundays, except for cake and ice-cream shops which are only open in the morning. Restaurants serve lunch from 12:00 mid-day till about 14:00, but not much later (siesta time...), and dinner at night usually between 20:00 and 22:00. Cafes and pizzerias stay open later.