Tuscany Chianti Vineyard Views & Wine-Tasting-Beautiful Location
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Italy Perfect Winner Trip Advisor-FlipKey Award of Excellence 2011 & 2012. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Top Florence Specialist 2012 & 2013. Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star 2013.
The minimum booking period is 5 nights. Arrive any day of the week.
Casa San Vito is a beautifully restored Tuscany villa that sleeps eight and has three bedrooms: two king-size beds, two twins, and a sofabed in living room. Two beautiful full bathrooms, large living room with fireplace, country-style eat-in kitchen, washing machine, as well as a cable TV and CD player.
Great care has been taken in the remodelling process of this Tuscany villa to retain the many charming features while providing modern comforts and conveniences.
The villa is in the beautiful vineyard countryside between Florence and Siena and is in one of the best parts of the Chianti region of Tuscany for daily excursions to visit Florence, or to see the famous towers of San Gimignano, the sites of beautiful Siena, the baths of Montecatini, and is a wine aficionados paradise if you want to sample the many excellent varieties of Chianti! It is only 25 minutes south of Florence, making it easy to pop into the city for a day of sightseeing, strolling, shopping or even just for dinner. The nearest towns are San Casciano and Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa. Siena is an easy drive and the famous town of Greve in Chianti is only 11 miles away. You can even make a day trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa as it is only a one and a half hour drive away as is the graceful town of Lucca.
On the ground floor set into cool stone walls is the original barn, now a loggia, or covered terrace, which is essentially like an outdoor living room in the summer. The patio area is furnished with a table & chairs for dining outdoors.
Go up the front stairs and you are greeted by a good-sized entryway as you cross the threshold. Coming off the entryway is the living room to your left and the eat-in kitchen to your right. This Chianti villa has terracotta floors and beautiful wooden ceiling beams that rise above. The living room has a large working fireplace with comfortable seating and a window the overlooks the property. All furniture is of the highest quality. The kitchen is lovely with brand new appliances and is furnished with a large table for comfortable, casual meals and lively conversation.
There are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a dual king bed and an adjoining bath. The window looks out over the vine-covered hills. It has good closet space, and a little desk. The adjacent master bathroom has a full shower, toilet, bidet, and sink. The view from this particular window is one of the best as you gaze over the olive grove out to Chianti's rolling hills! The finish work in the bathroom is excellent, with beautiful tile details done by master Italian ceramic craftsmen. Over the sink is a large mirror and excellent lighting.
The spacious second bedroom is a bit larger then the master bedroom and has a romantic antique queen-size bed, a large armoire and a window looking east. The beautiful headboard has been passed down in the family generation after generation. The third bedroom has two twin beds and an antique armoire.
There is a laundry room off the hallway with a washing machine. It leads to the large bathroom that has a full size tub with Jacuzzi-style bathtub, a toilet, sink, and bidet. The bathroom sink is set into a spacious cabinet, with plenty of countertop space. Again in this bathroom is beautiful tile with arched details over the large mirror over the sink that are very pretty.
The house is located on the same property with another rental house, Casa Rossa VRBO #36918, which can be rented in conjunction with Casa San Vito for large groups. The houses are approximately 30 meters apart.
Less than one mile away are the tiny villages of San Cristina in Salivolpe and Romita where you can get basic provisions or go for a morning espresso at the local cafe. Only seven miles away, less than ten minutes, is the ancient hilltop town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, located between the Greve and Pesa valleys. The town is surrounded in part by an ancient wall dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries. Every Monday morning is market day in San Casciano where you can shop for the freshest produce, meats, fish, and flowers. Be sure to sample the wonderful array of local extra virgin olive oils and honey too. San Casciano has a large supermarket, and numerous small shops if you prefer, such as a butcher, fruit and vegetable shops, post office, bank, gas station. There are numerous good restaurants, pizzerie, a public swimming pool and public tennis courts as well.
The nearby village of Cerbaia, about six miles from San Casciano, has the distinction of having one of Italy's most celebrated, and expensive, restaurants, La Tenda Rossa. It is one of the handful of restaurants in all of Italy to receive a remarkable two stars from in the revered Michelin Red Guide! Just beyond Cerbaia is Montespertoli, famous for its red wines. You won't forget for a minute that you're in the heart of Chianti.
Keep going in the direction from San Casciano towards Florence and you'll find a great cafe in the tiny village of Santa Andrea in Percussina. This village is famous for being the home of the writer-politician Niccolo Macchiavelli.
Please see the link below for more photos & information, map showing the location, guest comments.
Arrivals occur any day of the week. 5 night minimum booking period.
- 2500 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Wood Fireplace
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- European-Standard DVD player, Window Screens, Portable Crib
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet:
- Mobile Phone
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Above and BeyondGuest comment entered by owner
Above and Beyond
Here's just a small sampling of why Casa San Vito and its owners exceeded our expectations: *Lovely villa with modern appliances and beautiful furnishings *Beautiful vistas and enchanting olive and grape groves *Fine linens and more than enough dishes, towels, pots and pans for 7 of us to live and cook there for a week comfortably *The greatest asset had to be Francesco. His helpful and warm demeanor made us feel like he was our friend, not just our landlord for a week. He went out of his way to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. He was easy to reach when we had a problem (like me accidentally pushing the wrong buttons and turning our heat off) and eager to help us out in anyway he could (escorting us on a late night pizza run).
- Guest Angie from Minneapolis
- Date of stay 03/22/13
- Review Submitted 06/16/13
A Little Bit of Tuscan HeavenGuest comment entered by owner
A Little Bit of Tuscan Heaven
Our family of four stayed at Casa San Vito in the hills near Florence and it was wonderful. The house is nicer than the photos. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The kitchen is very functional (although the refrigerator is too cold and your milk will freeze) and we cooked a number of dinners there. The countryside is beautiful and the owners are delightful. Francesco (who speaks English very well) greeted us warmly and was very responsive if we had any issues (the house ran out of gas one night and he had the problem handled early the next morning). His mother, Franca does not speak any English, but she greeted us at our arrival with a bottle of their family olive oil and one of their own wine, which was lovely. I highly recommend this if you want to enjoy the Chianti hills. We had a very nice dinner at The Fattoria (a restaurant recommended by Francesco) nearby and were pleased to find the bus into Florence very convenient. The house is well situated for touring the whole of Tuscany.
- Guest Nancy from Ashland, Oregon
- Date of stay 05/23/13
- Review Submitted 06/16/13
Memorable Week in Casa San VitoGuest comment entered by owner
Memorable Week in Casa San Vito
We thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay at Casa San Vito. The owners were delightful, and Francesco was especially helpful because he spoke English. We learned about the harvesting of grapes. The surrounding area was beautiful. We liked dining at different restaurants in close by villages. All in all, it was a truly relaxing visit.
- Guest Pat
- Date of stay 09/29/12
- Review Submitted 11/05/12
Best of ItalyGuest comment entered by owner
Best of Italy
We had the time of our lives in Casa San Vito in Tuscany. The Villa is beautiful and comfortable. It was very clean and had everything we needed. Its surrondings are just expectacular and the views from our bedroom window just priceless. We usted the Villa as our homebase and had day trips to the nearby towns; Florence is only 20 minutes away. We also explored Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimigniano, Montepulciano, Bagno San Filippi and many other charming towns. Francesco and his mother Franca were very welcoming and kind. Francesco had a wonderful gesture towards my family. We usted 3 other rental agencies for our 3 week vacation and Lisa at Italy Perfect was by far the most professional of all. She was on top of every single detail, from sending reminders to making sure our expectations were met. Rest assured that by using Italy Perfect you will get your the best of the best and most importantly, peace of mind.
- Guest Marian
- Date of stay 09/12/12
- Review Submitted 10/06/12
Great Location to Experience TuscanyGuest comment entered by owner
Great Location to Experience Tuscany
The service was good. We were met within 45 minutes of arriving. Everything was clean and tidy, the appliances worked and the kitchen was well equipped. The location was perfect. Easy day trip to Florence and/or Sienna, and to the ancient town of Volterra. We rented and rode bikes west of San Casciano on another day. The grocery store in San Casciano was well-stocked and enabled us to have lots of flexibility with our meals. The house was quiet and and surrounded by beautiful countryside views. Although it was hot, the screens and windows allowed a nice breeze through the house in the afternoon and evening. One negative was that the window screen in the master bedroom was broken and could not be fixed during our stay, so we had to keep that window closed to keep the mosquitos out. Overall, as a result of our stay here, I feel my family and I have a good knowledge and understanding of Tuscany.
- Guest Bill & Susan
- Date of stay 07/03/12
- Review Submitted 08/14/12
Nice villa!Guest comment entered by owner
Francesco is awesome. Nice villa!
- Guest T.C.
- Date of stay 05/20/12
- Review Submitted 07/23/12
Guest comment entered by owner
It was a wonderful trip all in all. Give Francesco and Franca our regards...they were lovely.
- Guest James
- Date of stay 07/16/11
- Review Submitted 07/31/11
Guest comment entered by owner
We enjoyed our stay at Casa San Vito a geat deal. The house was beautifully restored,clean and comfortable for 6 adults (friends). The beds were all very cozy with down comforters and pressed sheets. Francesco and his mother were very friendly and helpful. Location is a little off the beaten trail but with the little grocery down the lane you could access everything you might need. It is a great location for driving to places in Tuscany which we did every day. A suggestion for October stays - have wood available for the fireplace. We managed with a small saw we found. Thank-you, Lisa, for the friendly, efficient correspondance. Your info package is excellent and we referred to it often. I hope we will be checking with you in the future because we would love to return to Italy.
- Guest Patti
- Date of stay 10/18/10
- Review Submitted 11/17/10
Guest comment entered by owner
I wanted to thank you for my Italian holiday, which was indeed perfect. Casa San Vito so lived up to expectations, exactly the degree of comfort and charm that I wished for. The owners were, of course, charming and helpful, and oh, the beauty of the countryside! To open the shutters and see that landscape each morning was blissful. You provided an exceptionally thorough and helpful orientation. Quite extraordinary in how comprehensive it was. I hope that I will be fortunate enough to return and can require your assistance again!
- Guest Eda
- Date of stay 08/21/10
- Review Submitted 09/08/10
Guest comment entered by owner
We enjoyed Casa San Vito very much. The house is very comfortable and there were only a few very minor issues to dealt with (the halogen ceiling track lights are too hot for the dimmer and circuitry to handle so they sometimes burned out or went off and on. Francesco, the owner's very helpful son, tried to remedy this problem but the lighting issue has to be retooled to be effective.) The views were unbelievably beautiful. We found this house very comfortable for 4 people and there was even a small extra bedroom for one or two more guests (perhaps children.) All the furniture is fine, not fancy but very adequate. The kitchen was well enough equipped for simple meals.The bed linens were very pleasant (changed weekly) and the bathrooms are more than adequate. The house was spotless. Here are the things to be aware of: The road to the cottage is dirt and rocks so be careful with a low standing vehicle. Your undercarriage will be hit. Often. You need to be prepared to drive quite a ways to the Co-op [grocery store] in San Casciano or Tavernelle. But you will find them to be outstanding supermarkets. We loved the mini mart in nearby La Romita which met many immediate needs. Driving in Tuscany can be hair raising and their poor road signs added to our sometime frustration. A GPS is very helpful. But if you like hair pin turns on mountain roads with gorgeous views you will be in heaven. Italy Perfect was fine to deal with although they really did not give any written instructions about using the television when we wanted occasionally to get the English language news. This would be easy to amend if they chose to improve that services. [Thank you for that useful suggestion. Verbal instructions were provided at check in but we will supplement this with written instructions. Lisa, Italy Perfect] There are bees and gnats on the patio bring insect repellent. Now that I have listed the problems, let me say that the cheerfulness of the owners made up for some of these deficiencies. They were a wonderful family whom we thoroughly enjoyed.
- Guest Alexandra
- Date of stay 07/31/10
- Review Submitted 09/08/10
Nov thru March .. €1020/7 nts; €962/6 nts; €837/5 nts Mid-March thru Oct .. €1225/7 nts; €1155/6 nts; €1006/5 nts Final cleaning & utilities, except heat, included. 5 night minimum except 1 week minimum Easter. Arrive any day of the week VISA & Mastercard accepted
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Year Purchased: 2004
About: This property is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love visiting Italy as much as we do. We are sisters Lisa and Pat Byrne who lived in Italy in our youth and now travel there frequently for business and pleasure.
Why Other Florence Properties:
Wonderful views of the rolling Chianti hills of Tuscany
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Location on a real working vineyard Easy drive to Florence Many charming hill towns nearby
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- Secondary: +1 415.221.5018 8:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Time
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White house on left is Tuscany villa, gorgeous views of Chianti's rolling hills
Eat-in country style kitchen with top-of-line cabinets and appliances
Living room has comfortable sofa and 2 armchairs, fireplace.
Master bedroom with splendid views overlooking vineyards has adjoining bath.
Gracious living room with fireplace, sofabed, 2 comfy armchairs for lounging
Handsome door to the building where the wine is made.
Streets are busy on market day in San Casciano, it's a charming hilltop town.
Radicchio, fresh tomatoes, beans tempt
High tech wine tasting kiosk at one of the many wineries in the Chianti area
Poppies in bloom
Sunny terrace for enjoying meals al fresco or in the cool shade of the loggia
Country kitchen with expandable table for 8 people.
Buon giorno Tuscany as light streams into the romantic bedroom!
Large second bathroom with a jetted whirlpool bathtub
Beautiful views of the vineyards and Tuscan hills
San Casciano is the nearest major town, lots of good restaurants, supermarket.
Tiny hamlet of Romita is nearest village, good cafe for your morning coffee.
Wonderful fresh produce at the market in nearby town
Nearby restaurant sampler with 3 varieties of pecorino cheese and wild honey
Springtime in Tuscany
Beautiful rolling hills
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