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Romantic Villa Lysis-on a Hill Close Florence with a Superb View

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Last updated: 08/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lastra A Signa house description


Villa Lysis is located on the border of a charming hamlet perched on a hill top just a few miles west of Florence.

The villa was built in the twelfth century as a fortified Lombard farm to guard the fertile Arno Valley.

In 1989 the property passed into the hands of the present owner who embarked on an immense renovation, which respected the authenticity of the space whitout neglecting any of the modern comforts. In the process of the renovation the original Tuscan style framework, frescoes, wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, brick vault, and cotto floors were all preserved.

The villa has been furnished, equipped and decorated to the highest standards respecting authentic aesthetic and functional considerations. The furnishings and decorations are a combination of fine antiques and updated, high quality sofas, chairs and beds. The warm, cozy and quaint interior of the villa gives life to the feel of Tuscany, while maintaining a unique pleasing atmosphere - a rare combination of traits to find among the rental options of this countryside.

The main entrance gives way to a large and elegant living room with an open fireplace, original cotto floor, lovely beamed ceiling, library of art, cuisine, and travel books, not to mention all the comforts and conveniences of modern life (satellite television, CD player, radio, DVD player with large selection of movies in original language). In addition, the living room has access to a garden.

Off the living room is a neoclassical style double bedroom with an oversized bed (140 x 190 cm ) and 2 windows with view over the quiet courtyard. Adjacent to the bedroom is a large full bathroom appointed with a private shower area.

The kitchen has a spacious cooking plane with 5 gas range and electric oven, microwawe, American coffee maker and an abundance of cooking utensils. This finely appointed kitchen is equipped for the preparation of a light snack or an entire gourmet dinner.

The formal dining room is enchanting with its large Tuscan style fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, cotto floor and view to the garden via a large window and glass paned door. Treat yourself by serving meals in the style that one would expect in Tuscany - with stemware and china provided.

On the first Italian floor (second level) there are two double bedrooms and a full bathroom. The master bedroom is graced with an iron framed king size bed, beamed ceilings and a view of the Tuscan hillside with Florence visible in the distance. The second bedroom has a double bed (matrimonial or twins), a floral detailed ceiling from the 20th century and 2 windows with view over the quiet courtyard. Both bedrooms on the second level are air-conditioned. The bathroom is equipped with a tub and is decorated with lovely Italian tile and cabinetry .

A Medieval Cellar with stone walls and a curved vaulted ceiling serve as an enchanting dining space for six. As a note of interest, during the most recent renovation, a hidden vault was discovered filled with period pieces which now adorn the villa.

From the garden there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the Arno Valley with Florence visible on the horizon. From another side of the Villa you will be mesmorized by the tranquility of an enormous 18th Century baroque monastery residing on a nearby hilltop. The surrounding area of the villa is covered with quaint pathways, olive tree groves, vineyards and again, SPECTACULAR VIEWS!

The yard and gardens are adorned with wrought iron furnishings and comfortable lounge chairs from which you may enjoy the scenery. In addition, an outdoor Jacuzzi ( no heat, just bubbles - open mid May/mid September-depend on the weather ) is available for your pleasure.

Only few steps away from the villa there is the gourmet restaurant Edy Piu'.
They serve typical tuscan family style meals composed by different appetizers, fresh pasta, grilled meat ( awesome florentine steak ! ), deep fried chicken and vegetables and much more.
They have also an huge cellar with large choice of tuscan and italian wines. Special wine tasting ( 15 Euro x pers. ) or pic-nic basket ( 35 Euro x pers. ) can be arranged on request to a nearest farm. Cooking class with tuscan chef is available at an organic local farm/winery in the same area . The school start in the morning and the lunch is composed by the dishes prepared during the class. The cost is 80 Euro x person all includs.
Also recommended are the services of an in-house personal Tuscan chef, Signora Carla. Signora Carla has been working in Tuscany preparing regional favourites for the past 30 years. An extensive selection of appetizers and main courses are available, and requests are particularly favored by the chef . The owner is available to provide you with mobile phone ..WI-FI Internet access is also available for your lap top hook up, I-Pad, I-Phone.
The owner will be very happy to arrange a walking tour in Florence discovering unknown, secret, special places.WELNESS TREATMENTS are availables at the organic farm few steps away from the villa, where you can try also a full buffet breakfast with home made food and drink. Price 7 Euro x pers.

Property Type

  • House
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Housekeeper
          • Chauffeur
          • Private Chef
          • Massage


          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


          • Events Allowed
          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king


          • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 1 double

            oversize bed 140 x 190 cm...moreless

          • Bedroom 3 has oversize bed 190 x 140 cm

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet


          • bathroom 2 has separate toilet and bidet


          • DVD Player:

            UPON REQUEST ...moreless

          • Books
          • Music Library
          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Radio
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • Audio Tape Player


          • Romantic
          • Historic
          • Tourist Attractions
          • Family
          • Budget


          • Autumn Foliage
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Duty Free Shops
          • Museums
          • Water Parks
          • Coin Laundry
          • Restaurants
          • Winery Tours

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Horseback Riding
          • Eco Tourism
          • Walking
          • Scenic Drives
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Shopping
          • Wildlife Viewing

          local services and businesses

          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Laundromat
          • Babysitter
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services
          • ATM/Bank

          Location Type

          • Village
          • Monument View:

            view of the Duomo in Florence in the horizon...moreless

          • Mountain View:

            view over hillside and mountains along the Arno Valley with Florence in the distance...moreless

          sports and adventure activities

          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Mountain Biking
          • Equestrian Events
          • Tennis
          • Cycling
          • Golf Privileges Optional

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Mobile Phone:

                available upon request for free...moreless

              • Living Room
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                available 24h/day ...moreless

              • Telephone:

                mobile phone provided...moreless

              • Air Conditioning
              • Heating
              • Linens Provided
              • Parking
              • Internet
              • Towels Provided
              • Fireplace
              • Iron & Board
              • Activities Guide
              • Firewood
              • Hair Dryer
              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Mosquito Magnet
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Toilet Paper
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking On Street

              house cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Included


                  • Stove
                  • Kitchen
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Grill
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster
                  • Coffee Grinder
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Stove


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Barbecue
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    NO HEAT, JUST BUBBLES, USUALLY OPEN MID MAY-MID SEPT...moreless

                  • Outdoor Hot Tub
                  • Jacuzzi


                  Write a review 4.8
                  from 35 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  May 31 - Sep 26, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  Sep 27 - Oct 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay


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                  • Taxes Not included

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                  Last updated: 08/07/2014
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                  8 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Lastra a Signa Train Station
                  5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  A1 Milan/Rome/Naples
                  70 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  70 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ski
                  8 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf
                  10 Metres
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  The villa is ideally situated for those who wish to enjoy day trips to Florence ( 15 minutes by car or train ). It is also only three miles from the entrance to the Florence-Pisa and Milano-Roma motorways, both of which connect easily to all the major cities and villages of Tuscany.

                  There are numerous gourmet restaurants in the vicinity offering Tuscan meals and wine at affordable prices.. The grocery store is only 3 minutes walking from the villa. The surrounding area is covered with quaint pathways; olives trees groves, vineyards and again Spectacular views!


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1989

                  About the owner: Personal chef Carla and I in Kennebunkport during our trip in the US few years ago. I was born and raised in a small village west of Florence but unfortunately located in the industrial area. My dream was always to lives up the beautiful hillside, with wineyards and olives trees around. I accomplish my dream in 1989 when I buy a very fascinating old mansion, but in a very poor condition ! I worked hard for 3 years to fix the house and then I start to rent few weeks in summer . All my clients was very happy with my hospitality and the business increased each year, so, after time I decided to move elsewhere in the same area and left the villa only for my guests.

                  Why the Owner Chose Lastra A Signa:
                  I decided to buy this house because when I saw it the first time I immediately fall in love with ! The location was wonderful; on the top of the hill, with an amazing view overlooking the valley and Florence, the small hamlet was typical tuscan style, whitout any modern intrusion. The villa was owned in the past by a bourgeois family and still maintain some taste of elegance from the older time, with decorations and appliances. It was like jumping back into the XIX° cent. !

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  House built in the XIII cent., quiet location, view, green area, wineyards and olives trees.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: french, italian, spanish, english

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                    view toward Florence

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                  This listing was first published here in 2005.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

                  €700 - €1,000 per week (EUR)

                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 5

                  View calendar: Updated 08/07/14
                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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