A great place to get back to after sightseeing.
Julian & Anna
- English, French, German, Italian
About Julian & Anna
My wife(Anna) and I (Julian) are British citizens, but both have some Italian blood and have lived on this property since we got married. I am essentially an extra virgin olive oil producer, but I also enjoy organizing wine tours. My wife is an English teacher in Italian schools, but her presence is fundamental for running this business. Anna is also an excellent cook and therefore has decided, if anyone wishes, to give a few cooking lessons (on the premises). Anna and I love living in the country and enjoy having guests who appreciate this beautiful Tuscan hamlet on top of a hill, but at the same time we are literally a stone's throw from Florence, where we wish to enrich our cultural and social needs !
Julian & Anna purchased this Barn in 1958
Why Julian & Anna chose Scandicci
This property is part of a hamlet which was bought by my parents in the late 50's. We decided to come away from Milan and live here, permanently, in 1971. We produced some of the best Chianti wine and an excellent oil, which was exported all around Europe, the US and Canada. I feel very attached to the place, for its approaches, the exclusive, magnificent views, the peace and quiet which makes it quite special and unique, right in the middle of the typical Tuscan countryside, but also very close to civilization!
What makes this Barn unique
The property is quite unique for its logistical position. Close to all the main roads leading to all the main Tuscan towns, close to the town centre, close to all the main supermarkets, small village shops and restaurants. A 800m private track road (1/2 mile) leading up to the property on a hill (belonging to the hamlet), avoids any potential traffic passing by thus adding a big plus note to this small paradise! Excellent for walks and birdwatching.
Children are always welcome !
Over 2 persons there is a small charge per night per person
Heating has an extra charge. Please make sure that lights are turned off and doors are locked !
Please follow instructions on how to dispose of the rubbish. Thank you ! Smoking will be allowed on the terrace..(please !). Thank you !
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
A lovely space ... And convenient .. a short drive to the local tram stop and you are in Florence so easily.
Wonderful view from the bedroom and garden.
Anna was a wonderful hostess. Some great suggestions for restaurants. Thank you Anna
Kris and Ross
Lovely guests to have..! Very amiable and friendly..!
We look forward to seeing them again in the future..!
Julian and Anna
Paradise in Tuscany
We were fortunate to have chosen to stay in L’Acetaia. Originally a building from the 1400’s in which vinegar was stored, Julian and Anna have converted it to a comfortable apartment with every amenity. It exceeded our expectations. From the time of our arrival, we were treated as family. They offered advice on tours, places to visit, shop and dine. They are both very knowledgeable about the history of the area and we appreciated the time they spent with us.
We rented a car in Florence and had no problem finding the property. As you drive in, park, then walk through the gates, you enter a world where you can escape and leave your hectic lifestyle behind. It is centrally located, a short drive to Florence and a good starting point to explore all Tuscany has to offer.
Julian and Anna put their heart and soul into their property and it shows! We are thankful we had the opportunity to share in it and spend a wonderful week there.
Michael, Brenda and Matthew a lovely family to have as guests..! They understood this place and were wonderfully enthusiastic..! We would certainly recommend them to any host. They left the apartment in perfect order. We would be willing to have them again any time.
A pleasant home in a great location and the finest hosts!
L'Acetaia is a charming farmland setting and offers amazing views across the valley. Watching the sunrise against the beautiful backdrop of the hills is definitely worth an early rise. The secluded village location offers a perfect retreat whether you want to retire peacefully after a busy day or prefer to be laid back and spend the day relishing its idyllic setting.
The tram station at Villa Costanza is just 10 minutes’ drive. There is frequent train services that will take you into central Florence in 20 minutes. Our Florence Card plus purchase was worth the investment as it covered the tram fare and kids access to attractions. We managed to visit several famous museums and cathedrals over the three days we spent in the historic city.
Other major attractions like Sienna, Val D’Orcia, San Gimignano, Volterra etc. are also at easy reach by car.
The self-contained unit has all the comforts and conveniences that you would require to be ‘at home’. With two full shower rooms and a fully equipped kitchen, getting ready for the day’s outing was always smooth.
The real highlight of our stay was our kind, charming and lovable hosts Julian & Anna. Had it not been for them, we would have been stranded for hours during night when our rented car broke down during our journey from the airport and we couldn’t even get past the emergency helpline’s automated system. Without sharing further details, we can confidently say that anyone who signs up with Julian and Anna are guaranteed to be in safe and knowledgeable hands. Our only regret is that we weren’t able to join them for the olive gathering and pressing as we were pressed for time. The time we spent together with Julian and Anna will remain close to our heart and we look forward to meeting them again.
We thoroughly enjoyed hosting Siraj and Sumi and their two lovely children at our farmstay. They genuinely appreciated the peace and beauty of our rural location along with the proximity to Florence and the roads leading to the most interesting Tuscan locations. They were the most charming, friendly and special guests to have, who loved touring the area and Florence.
We happened to be harvesting and pressing our organic olives during their stay, so we were able to offer them a taste of the new 'spicy' organic extra virgin olive oil !
Julian and Anna were gracious hosts. Fantastic directions to their place as well as getting to the tram. Tha view from the apt was absolutely breathtaking! Would definitely stay here again
Thank you for your kind words. We really felt at ease with you ! We so enjoy people who understand and appreciate the natural beauty of this place. Anna and I are really looking forward to your stay again !
We flew into Rome and took a rental car for 11 days to relax and tour Tuscany and see Florence and get a feel of an area of Italy we had never visited. Directions were perfect and we got great advise from Julian asnd Anna. The accommodation was as described with a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering. The apartment is situated on the ground floor and the high ceilings and direction made the apartment cool and shaded even though the weather was hot for most of our stay. We ate outside overlooking the fields and hills surrounding the house. The location was ideal for us. Both in the middle of nowhere, quiet and peaceful, but also 10 minutes by car from the Florence tram line and Ring Road for easy access to everywhere. We recommend days in San Gimignano and Volterra to the south and Lucca and Cinque Terre to the north. We visited Florence twice. The tram line is convenient and?
great and costs near to nothing. If you want somewhere quiet and off the beaten track, beautiful and good value for money, this is typical Tuscany.
Our stay in La vista was beyond all expectations...the location made Florence exceptionally accessible thanks to the proximity of the new tram system. Again the central location of the podere is ideal for further excursions eg. Sienna, Barga, Lucca, Piza etc. The owners , Julian and Anna could not have been more welcoming and helpful...ideal hosts. The directions given were excellent especially the GPS coordinates. We would highly recommend this well appointed appartment for those who wish to visit Firenze and surrounding area without the high costs and stress of living in the city its self. We will certainly return.
Dear Andrew and Margaret,
Thanks for you very kind comments and remarks ! We are here awaiting for your next visit
and hope to be even more present and helpful next time. Our best wishes to you both, Julian & Anna
“PODERE VIGLIANO VECCHIO”
( GPS : N43°44’47.0” - E 011°07’51.2”)
From MILAN / BOLOGNA / ROME on A1 motorway .
Exit : “FIRENZE-SCANDICCI” >> after pay-toll follow signs to yr right for ‘Scandicci’ >> 100 mts. turn right again >> Scandicci >> straight to roundabout >> keep to your right, next roundabout, straight on and at third roundabout turn right>> on the Via Pisana road go towards ‘Lastra a Signa’ for 600 mts. >> after ‘Olmo’, at ‘La Pieve’ to your left, there is a ‘power station’ with electric pilons, immediately after this >> turn left into Via delle Fonti >> straight on >> cross a narrow bridge >> straight on >> the road narrows >> uphill, go straight (do not turn left towards S.Martino alla Palma ), >> carry on; steep downhill and steep uphill , at the top of the hill you will read a notice ‘Vigliano-Bricoli’, carry on until you meet a fork road >> take a left into Via di Roncigliano.
After 20 yds turn left again onto a dirt track road., you will read Via di Valimorta and a wooden sign: Podere Vigliano Vecchio There is a first iron gate after 300 yds, ignore it. Carry on for another 500 yds and you will find another iron gate,stop.(parking, below right). Enter the courtyard (on foot)If you have to go to the ‘La Vista’ apt.,through a small iron gate to the right of the main iron gate, walk to the house on the far end to your right. If you have to go to the ‘La Stalla’ or ‘L’Acetaia’ apartments., enter wooden gate (below parking).
We will be there… expecting you…!! (dist.from exit: 4 miles-10 mins.drive)
- From PISA airp. enter : “FI-PI-LI” dual carr. > FIRENZE >
Exit : “GINESTRA FIORENTINA” >> when you enter the local road, on - From LUCCA take the ‘A 11’ motorway, enter ‘A1’, go towards Rome and follow as above.
roundabout, 3rd turning to your right, go straight, ignore the cross road to your left which indicates Lastra a Signa. After 400/500 yds. the road takes a slight rise, turn left, there will be a small sign-post with Carcheri written on it. The road is quite narrow >>you will get to Inno (where there is a typical wood-oven for making bread and pizzas open also on Sundays) >> carry on >> You will see a signpost: ‘Vigliano-Bricoli’, go passed it. You will notice, on your right, that the road takes a sharp turn going uphill, follow it. After 15/20 yds turn left where it says Via Valimorta, then, you will get onto a country road. You will find a first gate, after 500 mts, you will find a second gate. (then follow as above…) . We will be there.. expecting you ! (it takes 45/60 minutes. Don’t go over 90 km/h, there are speed-cameras !).
From FIRENZE (Peretola) airport:
Get onto roundabout >> follow signs for Scandicci, Ponte all’Indiano, >> go over a bridge across the Arno river, >> follow signs for FI-PI-LI, go towards Pisa (not Florence), take the first exit for Scandicci , (then follow directions as though you were coming from motorway A1 from Milan or Rome (15-20 mins.).
Special interest holidays:
This is one of the best Chianti areas of Tuscany, where some of the most prestigious wines are produced. The owner and his wife, on request, have cooking classes for a minimum of 2 people to a max of 4.
There is a very efficient tramway system at the bottom of the hill, to get to the town centre of Florence. You leave your car in a free parking space at the bottom of the hill. At the terminal of "Villa Costanza" you hop on the tram after having bought (€ 1,20 at vendor machine). You then stamp your ticket at the machine once you are inside the tram. You get off at the other terminal (Stazione di S.Maria Novella). It takes more or less 20 mins to get there. There is a tram every 3/4 mins.
The owner also organizes wine-tours in the heart of the Chianti area (Chianti Classico) and the Montalcino area where the famous Brunello wine is produced (with his car or w/guests car). Close by (10 mns drive) there is a production of the most famous pottery and terracotta in Tuscany: Montelupo. There are hand-made terracotta factories in the area. The tradition dates back to the Etruscan populations (9th cent BC). There's an interesting ceramic museum in the centre of Montelupo which is worth visiting (it has just been renovated). Empoli is another town close to Montelupo also with Etruscan origins and famous for its glass. Glass factories can be visited. Museums in Florence - If you want to avoid queues you better book your entrances: from abroad (+39)055 294 883.
Close to one of the largest artificial lakes (the largest in Europe. Get on A1 motorway - Milan - exit 'Barberino di Mugello' 20 miles from property). The sea, towards Livorno- south- on the FI-PI-LI (no toll double carr.road) about 1 hours drive (pay attention to 90km/h speed limit cameras!). 50 miles to the coast. There are both sandy and rocky beaches