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What we offer is a beautiful and spacious old stone house in the heart of the unspoiled Chianti countryside. It has been completely and caringly restored to a high standard and furnished with antique pieces belonging to the owners.
The view from the hilltop - over 600 meters - where the property stands, is truly breathtaking: olive trees, vineyards and forests dot the open hilly landscape, whilst Siena and its towers are visible in the far distance.
There are two terraces, of which one covered, fully equipped for al fresco dining (mobile barbecues provided). A lovely garden surrounds the entire house, enhancing the tranquility and privacy of the property. The secluded swimming pool is only a few steps away.The pool may be shared with guests staying at Il Diaccino (VRBO 654136) on the same property.
If more than ten guests wish to stay at the property a small detached unit for 2 (bedroom and bathroom - not individually let) across the courtyard can be additionally booked.
Both Siena and Florence, as well as charming hamlets, small towns and castles, with all their cultural and artistic attractions are easily reachable by car. The property is close to Gaiole in Chianti (5km) and Radda in Chianti (8km).
The owners are winemakers and live nearby in the main house of the property. They will personally greet their guests and are ready to assist and advise them at any time, to make their stay truly special and memorable.
Wine tastings and guided tours of cellar & vineyard can be arranged. Guests can also participate in cooking classes; the owner is part of the Tutti-a-Tavola world-known cooking-classes program.
Keywords: Countryside Villa
We decided to settle in the Chianti Classico area after living abroad for years and then in Rome. What we were looking for was a peaceful, untouched haven, which we definitely found near Gaiole in Chianti. The property we chose had also a vineyard. We had previous amateur experience in making wine; the challenge of creating a real high quality wine was too tempting. Nowadays we export our wines also in the US. After having restored the main house, we decided to restore also another farmhouse in the property: we wished to share such a stunning place and introduce guests from all over the world to the beautiful land of Chianti and to its wine. Franco & Franca Gatteschi
Franca Gatteschi purchased this villa in 1990
Our party of six adults recently rented the entire Le Diacce villa to serve as our "home-base" for two weeks while exploring the charming Tuscany region. The location of the property is absolutely perfect, as it is quiet and serene while being well-situated to explore the area. The villa itself is well-appointed with all of the comforts of home, and is fully-equipped for preparing meals. Most notably, it has many quaint areas both within the house and the surrounding property to find some privacy and enjoy the outstanding views and wine!
Franca, the owner, is truly one of a kind!!! Her personality alone is worth mentioning, as she has a certain spark that makes anyone who meets her gravitate to her in such a way that is almost undescribable. Kind and caring, she went over the top to help us feel comfortable during our stay. From providing small creature comforts such as an "American" coffee-maker, leading an amazing cooking class (along with her sister Mimi and wonderful staff), to helping us print our boarding passes for our early morning flight, she was truly a joy to meet and really made a lasting impression on myself, as well as the rest of the group. I must also mention her marvelous sense of humor :)
Due to the close proximity of La Diacce to the town of Montevarchi (about a 20 minute drive from the property), we were able to utilize the train system multiple times, exploring Florence, Pistoia (highly recommended!!), and Venice. By car (a necessity if renting this property, in my opinion), we explored Sienna, Volterra, Assisi, and many other small, whimsical towns that dot the region. That said, if exploring by train and car are not what you are looking for in a vacation, the town of Gaiole (about a 10 minute drive away) has many small shops, restaurants and cafes to explore as well. Gaiole also has a small grocery store (The Coop) as well as a very nice butcher, that we utilized many times during our stay.
In closing, no matter what your agenda for your vacation, whether exploring, relaxing, or a combination of both- Le Diacce is simply breathtaking!
Franca was a very gracious hostess. She has created a very beautiful setting. The location is perfect to enjoy the local villages of Tuscany, Sienna, and a very convenient train ride to Florence. The villa is large with ample room. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Large kitchen and dining room and a spectacular pool area. The views are breathtaking!!
This was the perfect place to stay while exploring Tuscany. We loved how spacious it was, but yet very cozy and inviting. The owners were so enjoyable and helpful with sites to see. This is the perfect get away spot. We enjoyed the ambiance and felt right at home. It made our vacation that much more memorable. I can't imagine staying anywhere else.
I am not sure where to start regarding our stay at Le Diacce on the Podere Ciona Vineyard. Exceptional owners and service, glorious accommodations, breathtaking views and oh did I mention exceptional owners! From a general space perspective: we were a large group (12) and the villa along with the cottage was more than enough room and capable of accommodating everyone. The kitchens were well equipped for us to do all the cooking we wanted and not have to go out to eat if we didn't choose to. Franca and Franco (the owners) and Maria, one of the people who help them were so gracious and friendly during our stay. They offered great advice on places to go close by and even day trips, making us feel as though we were an extension of their family. The morning after our late night arrival we awoke to the most spectacular views from our bedrooms of the surrounding vineyards and countryside, and Franca stopped up with maps and instructions on how to get to Gaiole for food for the week. We spent many happy times at the large pool surrounded by olive trees, relaxing to the smell of lavender from the nearby bushes. The property is just a short drive to Gaiole where we shopped and explored. Franca directed us to the most amazing butcher (Macelleria 1a Qualita - Chini established in 1682!) and pottery (Colori del Chianti) stores in town. We took advantage of both the wine tour and cooking class offered through the vineyard and couldn't be more pleased that we did. Franca & her sister Mimma were entertaining cooks, patient teachers and gracious hosts for the cooking school and joined us as we had an amazing meal overlooking their beautiful vineyard from the patio of the wine tasting & cooking school. I could go on and on about the beauty of this place and the family and staff that provides the accomodations. You should look no further for your next vacation. If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a large family in need of a spacious place to call your home. If you stay at Podere Ciona you will have a very hard time leaving and like us start planning your return before you have left!
This is a LONG overdue review, so long that VRBO wouldn't let me enter our true dates in July of 2014. We first came across Le Diacce (aka Podere Ciona) here on VRBO. All prior visitors left such glowing reviews, luckily it was available for our trip.
Podere Ciona is a family-owned vineyard and winery west of Montevarchi about a 90 minute drive south of Florence. The property is secluded and sits at the end of a dirt road in Montegrossi. The farmhouse is well appointed and split into two self-sufficient units but you can take the entire building. The kitchen is fully stocked - bring you own groceries and you are good to go. The bathrooms and kitchens are very modern and the WIFI is excellent. We were traveling with 8 people and had room to spare. There is a washing machine, mother nature dries the clothes.
Le Diacce has a large brick patio area bordered by a large lawn. Sitting in lawn chairs looking out over the valley is quite relaxing, read a book, take a nap. We took some long walks around the perimeter among grapevines and olive trees - beautiful. The owners live further in down a long gravel driveway. Keep in mind you are in a rural area so there are lots and lots of animals and insects about both inside and outside. Bring bug repellent and check the rooms and beds before turning in for the night.
The summer of 2014 was cool and drizzly so high temps were not a concern. I suspect the stone structure would have remained cool regardless. There is a swimming pool (not heated) a short walk away. Le Diacce’s location outside Gaiole in the heart of Chianti is excellent and an easy drive to Siena, Florence, the Prada outlet in Montevarchi, and the fashion outlets outside Florence. Groceries are available at a small Coop store in Gaiole. Montevarchi is a larger town with frequent train service to Florence. There is so much to see and experience, you would not regret spending a month here to wander the Tuscan countryside.
The owners are wonderful people and very considerate hosts. Advice, if you are interested in eating at a local restaurant, Franca is only too happy to make arrangements so have her do so. We found that it can be difficult at times to dine in town without these introductions. Also if you have the opportunity to take her cooking class, do so! We all did it and loved it.
By the way, the Podere Ciona Chianti Classico DOCG Reserva is very good wine! We enjoyed a bottle at Osteria "Il Papavero" in Barbischio.
We just finished a week in Tuscany and stayed at Le Diacce. What a wonderful place. There were 9 of us, 3 families, 3 generations and staying here fit our needs just right. Lots of room to get lost and relax, but also the intimacy of the great dining room to have dinner together into the late hours of the evening.
While I could write at length about the accommodations, it really is Franca who makes the place special. She was helpful with everything we needed but was also thinking ahead for us. It was 3 weeks before we arrived when Franca asked if we would like dinner reservations for our first night there, knowing that we would be tired from our journey. She was even helpful in shipping some packages back to our home a few days after we had finished our stay and had already departed.
While there, do take the time to do a wine tasting. Not only do they produce excellent Chianti Classico, the stories and history that you will hear are most fascinating. Consider also the cooking class with sisters Franca and Mimma - it is interesting if you want to learn traditional Italian cooking but also a great time to just to go and eat.
Thank you to Franca and all the people at Podere Ciona who make this a wonderful place. Spero che facciamo venire e visitare di nuovo.
From Le Diacce you can reach easily many of Tuscan beautiful sights. We'll always be there for advice, driving directions, special tips.
You can consider one day sight seeing tour to S. Giminiano, Volterra, Colle Val d'Elsa, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo and Cortona. Not to speak of Florence and Siena. There is a great choice of wine tasting tours in the Chianti area, starting with us!!
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