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Tuscan holiday villa with pool, stunning view near the beach and art cities - I Gelsi

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,906 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



I Gelsi

The I Gelsi apartment spreads over two floors.

The ground floor is composed of an entrance hall, a large and comfortable sitting room with fire-place, a dining area, a study (with TV, dvd player and stereo), a fully equipped kitchen with fire-place and a guest bathroom.

The bright living area features many French windows facing the garden. The first floor is composed by one twin bedroom served by a shower room, two double bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom (one which Jacuzzi tub, the other with shower), a small sitting room with sofa-bed (French size when open) and an independent entrance accessed from an outside staircase. The apartment is extremely charming, with mainly antique furnishings and modern comfort.

About the property

La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo

La Casetta is a Tuscan charming villa with pool located on a hill-top, surrounded by olive trees and enjoying relaxing views over the Tuscan countryside.

The Tuscan farm-house and the pool enjoy a large, tended garden with beautiful views extending from Pisa and the Apuane alps to the hills surrounding Leghorn and the sea beyond.

The property is a real relaxing oasis, with wild bunnies playing in the lawns early in the morning and in the evening, and buzzards flying over.

There is Wi-Fi internet connection, air conditioning can be provided in the bedrooms.

The comfortable living area has many French windows overlooking the garden, there is a dedicated room for the TV, equipped with DVD player and Hi-Fi.

All rooms are spacious, furnished with coloured fabrics, each served by its own bathroom, three of which are en-suite.

The 16-meter swimming pool, which area is fenced, offers pleasant refreshment in the hotter months of the year.

The large lawn facing the house is ideal for yoga exercise.

La Casetta’s proximity to numerous places of natural and cultural interest as well as sporting facilities make it the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. Close to art cities, Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Volterra are repectively 20,40 and 50 minutes by car, the Cinque Terre can be easily reached for daily trips too.

The property is ideal for a genuine and relaxing holiday with friends as well as for family holidays.

The "colline livornesi" (the hills beyond Livorno), are ideal for trekking lovers.

La Casetta is a child friendly property, ideal for families with kids, a large lawn right in front of the house is perfect for kids to play and the pool area is fenced.

The property is ideally located on a quiet and panoramic hill-top, with amazing views over the country side.

Pisa's international airport, reached by low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair, is reachable in 20 minutes by car.

Major cultural destinations as well as the seaside lie just behind the corner.

Upon request, I am happy to provide a sort of concierge service booking wine tours in some of the best Italian wineries next to Bolgheri (San Guido, Guado al Tasso, Ornellaia, Argentiera just to mention some, are reachable in abt 30-35 mins from home) and restaurants, as well as providing tips for tailor made daily trips.

The large and plain lawns in front of the house and by the pool make La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo the ideal place for yoga retreats in Tuscany.

Guests looking for an unforgettable Tuscan holiday, can combine their stay at La Casetta, in the countryside and near the coast, with some days spent in the heart of Florence, into a unique historic apartment located behind the Duomo, decorated with frescoes and dating back to the 16th Century, Residenza della Pergola, ask me for more info. I Cipressi is also ideal for longer rentals off main season, for whoever is looking to live in Tuscany for some months, enjoy a true Tuscan experience in the coutryside though near art cities and the coast. A balanced mixture of nature and culture.

More Details

Federica Di Paola
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Federica Di Paola

I have a real passion for gardening and I enjoyed learning about interior design while refurbishing the house, in 2005. I then started renting it out and I liked establishing friendly relations with my guests, from all over the world. I can also say I'm in business as I worked for an agency that rents holiday villas in Italy for almost 3 years. Every year I do my best in order to renew the house and improve it. I love the region and my house particularly! I do all the best in order to help my guests enjoying their holiday at La Casetta as much as possible, giving all sort of tips for daily trips, good restaurants and other useful information.

Why Federica Di Paola chose Province of Livorno

Well, it belongs to my family, we decided to refurbish it completely and if at the beginning it seemed to be an Epic venture, it slowly became something concrete and amusing. I enjoyed choosing the plants for the garden and the furnishings and up to now, all our guests appreciated these efforts. You can see it is not just a house available for rentals, we care about it and we are happy when our guests feel the same.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The location is quiet and secluded and, at the same time, close to many interesting places. The views are relaxing, all guests feel it's not just a house for rent, in fact it's my family's house.

The location is ideal to relax and its proximity to art cities as Pisa, Lucca, Florence, the Cinque Terre, to the best Tuscan wineries (San Guido, Ornellaia, Terriccio just to mention some) and to the sea make it the strategic starting point for daily trips.

I am happy to provide a sort of 'concierge service' to my guests assisting them with suggestions and making reservations, I also enjoy cooking and can prepare Tuscan meals (this last, as an extra though).

My true passions are the garden and the proximity to a couple of spots where I can do some kitesurfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddling) as well as biking.

Guests looking for a long lasting benefit and full relax, may be happy to know that, upon request, we can organize yoga camps in collaboration with trusted and renowned Yoga schools. Ask me for more details!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a great vacation at your beautiful house!

I loved to be here in Italy, everything has been great.

The dogs are so cute, the pool is huge.
Jun 2014
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Eventual heating expenses are charged in addition to the rental rate at cost. Air-conditioning in the bedrooms can be provided upon request through movable conditioners and an additional cost of Euro 50,00 per week shall apply.
Upon request, a cook service is available at extra cost, contact me for menu and info.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Province of Livorno in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2906 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Green bathroom - Toilet , Jacuzzi , Bidet , not a large one
    Stripes bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Twin's bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Guests toilet - Toilet , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Green bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Very spacious room
    Stripes bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Extremely cosy
    Twin's bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Studio - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedrooms have all been carefully furnished with nice tissues and antique pieces of furniture. Both double bedrooms can be converted into twin bedrooms upon request. Upon request, a cot is available for kids, cot linen (for hygienic reason) is not provided.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Cook service, daily maid service and baby sitting can be provided upon request, at extra cost. Air conditioning in the bedrooms can be provided through movable conditioners at extra Euro 50 per week .


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I Gelsi
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 23 reviews
Co. KIldare

Unwinding in the Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at I Gelsi for eleven nights with our family of three children. It is a stunning house, classically furnished, extremely comfortable and with its own quiet, relaxed rhythm. We loved the sounds of the surrounding countryside, the children adored the lovely pool, and the wonderfully hospitable family were on hand at all times to help (in perfect English!) with all our enquiries. Federica's suggestion of a typical Tuscan restaurant at Coltano and Il Fattoria at Laura were top scorers with us. The house's location made for easy access to Florence, Lucca and of course, the marvellous Tower of Pisa, which is a must. I Gelsi is obviously a home rather than just a house. We would like to have stayed longer, but we came home completely relaxed - is there any higher recommendation? Thank you Federica, Sabrina and Mama!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Padraic, it was a real pleasure for us to have you and your family at I Gelsi and I'm happy you could enjoy the house and the area!! Many thanks, Federica
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Fantastic house with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at I Gelsi. Very big and comfortable house with stunning views over Tuscany. The pool was also very welcome in the heat. Federica was an excellent host. We even went paragliding which was amazing. Would love to go back one day!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing villa & pictures don't do it justice

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Federica and her family for being such great hosts - from the moment we arrived till we left the whole family enjoyed the stay and fantastic views !! The Villa is better than the pictures showed and pool is HUGE !! Highly recommended and we look forward to returning in the future !

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, thanks for the lovely review! I enjoyed hosting you and your party and I am happy you spent a nice holiday here. If you want to come back, I will be happy to share more tips about this beautiful area and suggest more things to do and places to visit! Ciao, Federica
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A wonderful week in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo in early May this year. This is a wonderful location for a vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy. La Casetta, located on the top of a hill, provides stunning views of the Tuscan country side. It was amazing to sit outside in the morning and evenings gazing at the vistas with the fragrance coming from the roses and other flowering plants. Sitting in the middle of several hectares of property there are olive trees, vineyards and gardens surrounding the house.

The house is large, elegant and very comfortable. I Gelsi, the unit we rented, has a large eat-in kitchen, large dining room, living room, media room and several sitting areas, three bedrooms, swimming pool and BBQ. It is well equipped, and beautifully decorated.

La Casetta is located in the middle of wine country. The owners, Federica and Francesa, are friendly and helpful and are willing to assist with information about the area, make arrangements for wine tours and provide recommendations of places to visit and directions to locations. We used I Gelsi as a home base to make day trips to places of interest in the area, including Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Florence, Bolgheri, Volterra, a stunning beach and others.

In retrospect, we should have planned to stay longer. We considered this to be a rare find, fully enjoyed our stay and highly recommend I Gelsi. Federica, Francesca, thank you from all of us for your hospitality, you made our first trip to Tuscany an amazing experience and we hope to have the opportunity to return in the future.

Rod and Cathy, Terry and Lenora

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Here I know how to answer and I am really happy that you spent your holiday at La Casetta! I enjoyed the lovely dinner that Cathy and Lenora cooked with mom's support and the nice chat with Rod and Terry in the garden while ladies were cooking! If you decide to come and visit us again we will welcome you with open arms!!!
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Sublime, idéal avec des enfants. Proprio super!

  • 5 of 5

Sublime, idéal avec des enfants. Proprio super sympa. Paysage reposant, position stratégique pour visites culturelles, culinaires et promenades dans la campagne toscane. Encore merci pour l'accueuil chalereux de Federica!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sublime, idéal avec des enfants. Proprio super!

  • 5 of 5

Sublime, idéal avec des enfants. Proprio super sympa. Paysage reposant, position stratégique pour visites culturelles, culinaires et promenades dans la campagne toscane. Encore merci pour l'accueuil chalereux de Federica!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Torretta Vecchia
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
29 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Livorno Centrale/Central Leghorn
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Torretta Vecchia
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Tuscany is famous for both its natural and its artistic heritage. Many places of artistic interest can be easily reached from Castell’Anselmo. Livorno is a charming seaside town, founded by the Medici family and still dotted with fosses and fortresses dating back to those times. The town also has a large number of Liberty style villas. Lovers of the Macchiaioli school should not miss the Fattori Museum where many works by Macchiaioli painters are displayed. Pisa with its leading tower is only a 15 minute drive; Lucca can be reached in 40 minutes; both Volterra and Florence lie approximately 50 minutes from the farmhouse. Numerous sporting activities, from hang-gliding (within the farm) to horse riding, golf and trekking are available nearby. The sea is just behind the hills, Calafuria, Castiglioncello and Quercianella lie 20 minutes away from the farm, it takes 45 minutes to get to Forte dei Marmi.

Other Activities: hang-gliding

Golf: Numerous golf courses, some of which are quite famous, can be easily reached from the farmhouse:

Cosmopolitan Golf & Country Club - Tirrenia, 18 holes, 29 km (30 minutes)

Golf Club Tirrenia, 9 holes, 29 km (30 minutes)

Castel Falfi - Montatone (Pontedera), 18 holes, 58 km (40 minutes)

Versilia Golf Club, 18 holes, 68 km (45 minutes)

Montecatini Golf Club - Montecatini, 18 holes, 86 km (54 minutes)

L'Ugolino - Florence, 18 holes (1 hour and 10 minutes)