About the property
- Apartment753 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 terrace and large garden
Appartamenti Il Castagno is a family-run holiday houses rentals in the central part of Tuscany near Florence on one of the most beautiful hills of Chianti in the quiet and beautiful village of Poggio alla Croce (a few km from Greve in Chianti) . The apartments are located in an ideal place for a holiday in the quiet of the Tuscan countryside , close to all major tourist and cultural place of interest such as Chianti, rich in charming rural views and gourmet products of excellent quality and the art cities like Florence , Arezzo , Siena, San Gimignano , Volterra, Pisa and Lucca are within a short drive (8 km from the highway A1 - Incisa Reggello , by bus or by train (8 km from the railway station of Figline Valdarno). Poggio alla Croce is the ideal place for those seeking an accomodation close to places of tourist and cultural interest like Florence and Siena but also for lovers of trekking in Chianti because it is a strategic starting point for excursions and walks along trails signed by the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) with between woods and vineyards where you will enjoy breathtaking views of our Tuscany region. In the middle of this natural paradise next to a forest of chestnuts Danilo Becattini the owner, sympathetic Tuscan chef and lover of the countryside and typical gastronomic products of Tuscan cuisine has create an holiday homes complex called Il Castagno which consists of four beautiful apartments restructured maintaining the typical Tuscan style for 2 to 6 people with two bedrooms, living room with kitchen, bathroom, terrace with a panoramic view especially at sunset, on vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti and Florence.
Becattini family will always be available in helping to meet everything you need: Tuscany cooking classes: you can spend a couple of hours of fun with the Tuscany cooking class held in our friendly kitchen, getting to know the secrets and the most genuine ingredients but also to prepare some of the most traditional dishes of Tuscan cuisine like traditional fresh made pasta, Pizza, Florentine T-Bone steak, the Ribollita, the Panzanella, the Peposo with Chianti classico wine, the Fried chicken and rabbit.
- Preparing Tuscan tipical recipes(2 hours)
- Recipes of the dishes
- Diploma of the Tuscany Cooking Class
- Enogastronomic gift to remeber you Chianti holiday
- You will have a lunch or dinner where you will eat the dishes prepared by your hands with a good “Chianti Classico wine” and “Vinsanto with Cantuccini”.
(Euro 50 per person)
Il Leccio (4+1 persons, 70 mq)
Ground floor apartment with an independent entrance and a garden equipped with private tables, chairs, barbeque to relax or eat “open-air” (outdoors)
Large kitchen that is also a dining/living-room with a convertible sofa bed, TV and it's equipped with all you need to cook, as well as an oven, a 4-rings-stove, fridge, freezer, moka-machine (Italian Coffee-Maker), toaster, American-Coffee-Maker and kettle. Two double-bedded rooms with panoramic terrace, 1 bathroom (WC, basin, bidet, shower), lumber room with washing machine and clotheslines. Iron linen and towels are included. Private parking space. Independent heating.
Enjoy sunbathing or reading in the silence of our large garden or our open terrace on Florence.
Barbecue available in the garden for the use of all the apartments.
You can use our free wi-fi internet connection with your personal computer in your own apartment.
Danilo and all members of Becattini's family, the owners, will be delighted to assist you during your stay for any needs (organizing wine tours, museum reservations, transfer services , car rental and mountain biking, advice on touristic informations) but at the same time respecting your privacy. Appartamenti Il Castagno is the best choice if you ask for a relaxing holiday far from the noise but still near the most important Tuscan tourist destinations.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Lorenzo Becattini
I am a chef of Tuscan cuisine and lover of the countryside and the typical products of our land like Chianti Classico wine, extra virgin olive oil and Vin Santo of our production.
Lorenzo Becattini purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Lorenzo Becattini chose Incisa in Val d'Arno
'Appartamenti Il Castagno' is situated in the suggestive hamlet of Poggio alla Croce (Greve in Chianti), in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Chianti (between Firenze, Arezzo and Siena). The small village offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding Tuscan vineyards, olive groves and chestnut forests. It’s the ideal spot for those who wish a relaxing vacation immersed in the beauty of Chianti nature. We offer you the opportunity to learn about, cook and taste the products and the recipes of traditional Tuscany cuisine.You can spend a couple of hours of fun with the Tuscany cooking class held in the big kitchen of our restaurant where we kept the traditional fresh made pasta, Florentine T Bone steak, Ribollita, Panzanella, Peposo with Chianti classico wine, Fried chicken and rabbit. You will then have the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in a friendly environment, getting to know the secrets and the most genuine ingredients but also to prepare some of the most traditional dishes of Tuscan cuisine. At Poggio alla Croce you can have a wonderful wine tasting experience at the winery 'Tenuta La Novella'.
What makes this Apartment unique
From there you can easily reach (it's better by car) all the main Tuscan cities, worldwide known for their cultural and artistic treasures, such as Florence (18 km) where I suggest to you to go by the nearest train station of Figline Valdarno (7 km) in which every 30 minutes starts a train that arrives in Florence in 25 minutes buying a ticket that costs 10 euro for each person (round-trip ticket). There is also possibility to go to Florence by taking the bus 'SITA' from Poggio alla Croce at 07:10 and arrive at 08:10 and return starting at 18:30 from Florence and arrive at Poggio alla Croce at 19:30. We are near also to Arezzo (45 minutes by car), Siena (1 hour), Pisa (1 hour) San Gimignano (1 hour) and Lucca (1.5 hour).For practical things in a few minutes you can easily reach the villages of S. Polo in Chianti (4 km) where shopping centers, banks, post offices and chemist's shop.
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Wonderful! Can't say enough good things!
We loved our time in Chianti, in this lovely apartment and with our fantastic hosts. Danilo and his wife were so gracious and kind. In spite of our lack of Italian, we were able to communicate and they were so helpful. Our youngest son just fell in love with your charming father, Dario. You all made us feel so welcome and at home. The apartment was perfect for our family (so clean and with everything we needed), the views were spectacular, and the village was great...not to mention the delicious pizza and desserts! We had a little accident with the soap dish, which we are so sorry we broke. We were not able to communicate this to Dario when we left so please don't hesitate to let us know what we owe you for a replacement. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this apartment to anyone traveling in this region. Thank you, Lorenzo, for coordinating this for us and for the excellent directions.
Find Tuscany even more lovely with this apartment
we are 6, 3 adults and 3 children, our host is really nice caring man, only regret were that I can't speak in Italian to thank him enough, the apartment is neat and clean, full of utencils, plates, towels, everything you need are all there ready to use.
Thanks very much. We really appreciate your comment.
We are very happy that you have passed a good vacation in Poggio alla Croce in our apartments Il Castagno.
Danilo and Lorenzo
Excellent In Every Way
Happy to report that our stay in il Castagno was perfect in just about every way possible. The apartment is very spacious, well equipped and by the end of our one week stay started to feel like home. The small village is perfectly located for seeing Tuscany by car and in particular for visiting Florence by train. Florence itself is almost impossible to navigate by car and with the large number of "restricted" auto area's you are almost assured of a heavy fine. Do as Lorenzo recommends and take the train into Florence from Figeline for a much more economical and pleasant experience.
We ate at both the families restaurant and the local pizza restaurant in the village and both are excellent and worthy of a visit. Lorenzo was an excellent host helping out with suggestions whenever askedand speaks very good english. All in all this was an excellent stay and I can highly recommend the property.
Had a Wonderfull Time!!!
I just wanted to say that we had a wounderfull time staying at your place, it was trully a great vacation for myself, my husband and my little brother. I am sorry I am a little late with a review, but better later than never:). I also would like to thank our kind host, Lorenzo, who helped us with our difficulties in renting a car in Italy, you were great and many thanks again. And thank you for our delicious first night dinner.
And just a few words to visitors who plan to rent this particular appartment, if you want to experience the heart of Tuscany and at the same time relax, then this is the place you need to visit. It is a quite village right in the mountains, which is half an hour away from Florence by train, however, you do need a car to get from the train station to the apartment. We had to take a taxi from the station, which required some basic Italian, but totally duable. The apartment itself was very nice and clean, we experienced some great views from our spacious balcony. The residents of the village were very nice and welcoming, even though we did not speak Italian (maybe a few words).
You absolutlly need a car in this area, so please do your self a favor and rent it in advance from your home country. We had some trouble doing so, as I tried to reserve it the last minute from US and did not have a printed confirmation at the airport in Italy, so we ran into so troubles on our first day. But if you have a car you will be able to visit some great places. Lorenzo recommended a few places that we visited and absolutlly loved them. Also make sure you review Eropean road signs, as they a little different from American.
Thank you again for your help with everything.
we had a great time
Natalia, Alexander and George
Dear Natalia, Alexander and George,
thanks very much for your appreciation and suggestions for our future guests.
We love to welcome in our flats friendly people like you!!
We hope that you can return in Poggio alla Croce
Danilo, Lorenzo, Dario, Rina e Giancarla
Great time in Tuscany Region
We really had a great time. The location is very nice - its out in the country. At the same time, it is close to shoping, Florence, Pisa and a huge high end outlet mall. The rooms are a good size and furnished well. Kitchen was fully equipped. Views were spectecular. Lorenzo and family took good care of all our needs. We would highly recommend it.
Thanks very much.
We really really happy that you have appreciate Poggio alla Croce and our family. We hope that you can return next year. Danilo and all Becattini's family
Great Place to stay in Tuscany
We loved the Il Leccio apartment we stayed in. It was clean, well appointed, roomy and had a fabulous view (down a valley overlooking Florence in the distance). The Beccatini family was friendly and helpful beyond what we could have expected, they made us feel like part of the family. The food they served at their restaurant was wonderful. We have already decided that we will be making a return trip to the Beccatini's place in Poggio alla Croce sometime in the future.
Thanks very much. We really really happy that you have appreciate Poggio alla Croce and our family. We hope that you can return next year.
Danilo and all Becattini's family
In the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Chianti between Firenze, Arezzo and Siena, lies Poggio alla Croce, a suggestive hamlet in one of the most wonderful Chianti hill. The small village of Poggio alla Croce offers a breathtaking view and it is surrounded by typical Tuscan vineyards, olive groves and chestnut forests, which make it the ideal spot for those who look for a relaxing vacation in Tuscany immersed in the beauty of nature. Poggio alla Croce is a strategic location from you can reach easily all Chianti villages and all the worldwide known Tuscan cities such as Florence (30 minutes by car or train) Arezzo and Cortona (1 hour by car), Siena and San Gimignano (1 hour by car or by bus from Florence) and Pisa or Lucca (1.5 hour by car). We offer group or single Tuscany cooking class to learn how to make home made pasta, pizza or desserts or you can try a free Chianti classico wine tasting.
For shopping lovers we are close to many fashion outlets that offer major brands of clothes with discounts from 30% to 70% all year round.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Prices include: towels and bed linen final cleaning all consumption internet wi-fi connection VAT tax NOT included: tourist tax (applied to the non-residents staying overnight for a maximum of 7 consecutive nights, Euro 1,5 for each person more than 14 years) heating (Euro 3,5 for m3: there is an independent gas meter) If you reserve two consecutive weeks you will have 10% of reduction in price