About the property
- Apartment656 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
1 Bed, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2 - 4 - Stunning views of Medieval village, private patio
A farmhouse apartment in Tuscany and a perfect base for exploring Tuscany, situated at the edge of a small Medieval village of VICOPISANO close to PISA, LUCCA and FLORENCE
Appartamento Limone is situated on an award winning organic olive farm, surrounded by olive groves, orchards and sweet-smelling pines.
The property has its own private entrance and patio along with magnificent views over the towers of the Medieval village, which is just a 10 to 15-minute walk away.
A COMPLIMENTARY WELCOME REFRESHMENT PACK: Small bottle of the extra virgin oil produced by the farm, bottle of red wine produced from the farm's vineyard, tea, coffee, sugar and milk
PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION PACK - e-mailed to you before your arrival. This guide is full of detailed information and is designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.
CONCIERGE SERVICE: concierge service which includes: Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc
TOUR OF THE OLIVE GROVE, VINEYARD AND MILL WITH TASTING SESSION OF LOCAL PRODUCTS: The tour will be a private tour as part of a small group, where you will discover the secrets of extra virgin olive oil and enjoy the tastes of the farm.
The apartment offers both rustic charm and simplicity so typical of Tuscan rural houses. This is the ideal place to stay if you are looking to immerse yourself into a typically authentic Tuscan lifestyle.
The bedroom is flooded with light and has magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and Medieval towers. There is a traditional Tuscan wrought iron bed (queen size) and a single bed which can be used as a child’s bed or as an additional seating /lounging area. There is plenty of storage in the way of a large wardrobe and antique dressing table and the bedroom is air-conditioned, ideal for those hotter months. There is air conditioning and heating in the room which can be self-regulated.
LIVING/KITCHEN/ DINING SPACE
The spacious room has a kitchen and a dining table for up to 4 guests and a sofa bed, perfect for relaxing if there are just two guests or acts as a bed for additional guests. For those who like to cook up a local dish whilst on holiday the fully equipped kitchen with both hob and oven is ideal, along with some award-winning olive oil to get you started!
The bathroom has a shower, WC, bidet and wash basin. We provide our guests with bath towels, shower gel and hand soap.
In addition to your own private patio outside the apartment there are plenty of other areas around the farm where you can relax, read a book and sip a glass of the farm’s own IGT Sangiovese wine. In the grounds around the farm you will be able to relax on sun loungers with views over the village or under the shade of fruit trees or at one of the two shaded terraces.
There is also a large BBQ area which can be used by guests.
ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN AND FRUIT TREES
There is a small organic vegetable garden where guests can help themselves to the freshest of ingredients; in addition, there are fig, cherry and peach trees in the grounds of the farm.
THE SEASONS AND THE WORKING FARM
This small working farm has just a handful of friendly staff who you will see working the land or in the mill-
Come in the spring and witness the fruit trees in blossom and buttercups meadows, the vines are young and even the olive trees have small flowers.
The fruit on the tree are almost all ripe and the vegetable garden is flourishing, and fresh herbs are ready to pick. This is also a time when the surrounding sunflower fields will be in full bloom.
If you visit in September, you can pick fresh figs from the trees and see the harvest of the grapes and taste the new wine.
In OCTOBER to DECEMBER the olive harvest is in full swing and you can witness the pressing of olives into oil. This is the farms busiest period where you will witness local people bringing their olives to the press. This can be an exciting time to see the production of olive oil however, this can also be a time when the noise of the mill can carry on until quite late into the night. So, it’s not an ideal time to visit if you like to get to bed early! During NOVEMBER the kiwis are ripe and are harvested.
ACCESS AND PARKING
There is plenty of free parking at the farm just 40 metres from the front door.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME
Arrival from 4.00PM up to 11.00PM.
Departure up to 11.00AM
In some cases we can be flexible on arrival and departure time, please contact us before making your booking.
Marie and Lorenzo
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- within a few hours
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Marie and Lorenzo
The Farm Il Frantoio di Vicopisano came into being from Nicola Bovoli and his family’s love for food, quality and the Tuscan landscape. The adventure began in the Eighties when they bought a farmhouse, a mill and about ten hectares of olive trees in the beautiful Medieval village of Vicopisano, on the lower slopes of the Monte Pisano. Today the organic farm produces an award winning olive oil, a wonderful red wine from the Sangiovese grape, and various other organic produce which is available for purchase not only throughout Italy and at the farm's own shop but also in exclusive outlets in America. Nicola and his wife Lucia are both from Tuscany and have 2 children: Simona their daughter lives on the farm and works in the office and is very much hands on in the business and she is also a qualified and professional olive oil taster. Nephew Francesco and his wife Valentina also work at the farm. Francesco works the land, tends the olives and sometimes jumps off his tractor to offer guided tours round the mill and farm! Valentina helps with bookings alongside Marie and Lorenzo (pictured) who are English speaking booking agents who are based in the village, it is Marie and Lorenzo who will initially deal with your booking enquiries. Marie & Lorenzo are not Bovili family members but have come to know and love this idyllic place on the hill and the hospitality of the family. Marie is British and will be on hand for all English Language enquiries, although all the Bovili family do speak English and there will always be a family member close at hand during your stay.
Marie and Lorenzo purchased this Apartment in 1980
Why Marie and Lorenzo chose Vicopisano
The property was purchased initially with a view to starting the olive oil business, however it was the love of the Tuscan landscape and the favorable micro climate which swayed the decision for the Bovili family to settle in this area.The farm is surrounded by almost 3000 olive trees, a large vineyard, a rich orchard and a sweet smelling pine forest. At the heart of the estate stands an ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio) where all the freshly picked olives are turned into the golden oil .
What makes this Apartment unique
The farm (Frantoio) is also ideally situated close to the village of Vicopisano and all its amenities. The village is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany and is ideally situated close to the city of Pisa and it’s international airport and within easy reach of the beautiful Tuscan cities of Lucca and Florence and just 30 minutes away from the Pisan coast and golf courses .
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
It was very relaxing and peaceful, the apartment was well equipped and would recommend. Everyone on the Olive Oil farm were very friendly and helpful
We are happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It’s great to know that you found our apartment perfect for your vacation and we are really grateful for your comments. We look forward in welcoming you again as guest in the future!
The family and staff at the farm and Concierge managers Marie and Lorenzo
Stunning outlook over the olive groves to the towers of Vicopisano. Wonderful,relaxing just perfect
Authentic Tuscan apartment with stunning views. Set on an olive farm with the backdrop of olive groves up the hillside. Our second stay here was better than the first. Ideal location for visiting all of this part of Tuscany. Great restaurants in Vicopisano. Excellent hospitality from the hosts and advice on where to visit and eat.
We thank you so much for choosing to returning to Appartamento Limone and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us for a second time. It’s always good to hear that our guests love the local the ambience of the farm and Vicopisano. Our goal is to always provide the best experiences to our guests so that they feel they can keep coming back. We hope we get to meet again in 2018!
Till then take care and warmest wishes
The family and staff at the farm and Concierge managers Marie and Lorenzo
quiet, with beautiful views, well equipped but within walking distance of the village
Marie and Lorenzo made sure that we had a great experience, from the exact instructions for how to get to the apartment from the airport, to having us around for a drink, to Lorenzo taking us to the garage to get our tyre fixed. The information left in the apartment was very comprehensive. The apartment itself is on a farm with olives, kiwis and grapes in a beautiful location. The owners were always on hand if we had any queries or problems. A wonderful place to stay.
Thank you for taking time to write a lovely review and for sharing how great your experience has been. We really love providing comprehensive instructions and information as well as communicating closely with our guests so you’ll have the best Tuscan experience. It was great to meet you and share some time with you both and we look forward to you coming back to Vicopisano in the future!!
The family and staff at the farm and Concierge managers Marie and Lorenzo
We had a wonderful 16 days here. The weather was perfect. The apartment was situated so we had the most amazing view of the tower in Vicopisano and we so enjoyed sitting outside for breakfast etc. The owners, staff and Marie and Lorenzo couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. We had a tour of the olive farm with Marco and tasted the various oils and of course, some wine! We were only sorry we could bring back such a small sample of the delicious olive oil. We will look back on our holiday every time we use them.
Ideally situated for visiting Florence, Lucca, Volterra etc. We took the train to Florence which was cheap (27 Euros return for 2), on time and hassle free. Train station is in the heart of Florence so easy walking to all the beautiful sights. We had a car for whole holiday so were able to explore all the hilltop towns and villages including the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli.
The little square in Vicopsiano is the perfect spot to have a drink or a gelato and watch the world go by!
Our apartment was adequate, only small gripe was the lack of hot water and noise from adjoining apartment. Due to the tiled floors every time a chair was moved it was very loud (obviously our neighbour would have the same problem with us), only minor problems really.
This is such a lovely part of Tuscany plus the food and wine are terrific. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property and would love to return.
Dear Christina M, thank you for your fabulous and informative review of Appartamento Limone. We are sure future guests will love hearing all your hints and tips for getting around. It was great to hear that you managed to see all the majour sites in addition to the smaller hilltop towns and villages. You like many of our guests love to spend the evenings in the village square at one of the small bars, you are right it’s a great place to stop and watch the world go by! We are also lucky to have a superb gelateria in the main square who provides us with delicious artisan ice- cream!
We are sorry to hear that there was a lack of hot water and that you heard the moving of the chairs in the next-door apartment. This is something as property managers we will pass on the owners and we are sure it will be quickly resolved. We thank you for this feedback as it’s very important for us to know about these issues so we can resolve them immediately. We thank you for recommending Appartamento Limone, it was lovely to meet you and we certainly hope that you will return. Until then take care and best wishes Marie and Lorenzo
Beautiful apartment on a working olive farm - we just loved the people and the location!
The location, near Vicopisano, was perfect for our trip. We stayed for 10 days and split our time between day trips to nearby towns and cities or just chilling on site or in Vicopisano. Small towns like Buti were charming, Pontedera has the Piaggio ( Vespa) museum and Pisa was amazing! Vicopisano was home base and we loved the people, the tree-lined streets and the amazing history that you could see and explore.
The apartment had everything we wanted to relax or to cook and we often had espresso on the patio. Everything you could want was available just a short 12-minute walk into Vicopisano. From fresh produce, bread, cheese, WINE and even prepared meals! And of course, restaurants and coffee shops, when you want.
Marco, was very helpful and was a great host/guide when we took the tour of the farm, in explaining the process of making olive oil right on site and the olive oil tasting - complete with wine - of course!
Marie and Lorenzo were amazing hosts. We spent an evening with them and other travelers over Prosecco and olives! We heard many great stories of travel in the local area and got great advice and suggestions on some of our day trips. One suggestion was for our walk to the tower in Pisa that would take us past many other sites. It made that day a hit!
I would not be surprised that we book another stay here. Still so much more to explore!
Ron and Linda
Wonderful vacation on an Olive Farm in Tuscany
We can't say enough about how we fell in love with the farm, the town of Vicopisano and Tuscany in general! Thanks to Marie and Lorenzo for helping us get our stay organized. Marie was always responsive to questions and gave us lot of information for our stay - driving instructions, where to eat & shop and what to enjoy!
Lucia (the owner) and the farm staff were helpful any time we needed something. Marco was the host for our olive farm tour and tasting. What a wonderful way to truly understand the journey of olives from the tree to your table!
We loved our apartment; cooked most of our own meals on site and enjoyed the patio, especially at coffee time! We spent our time walking to and around the town of Vicopisano and driving through the countryside, visiting the small towns along the way. The tour of the Brunelleschi tower (which is the view out the bedroom window) is well worth it. This location provides easy access to Florence, Pisa and Lucca as well as lesser known sites like the Vespa museum in Pontedera.
Dear Ronald, how great to hear that you fell in love with our little corner of Tuscany and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Appartamento Limone. It’s so nice to hear when our guests love to spend time soaking up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying the local culture and traditions.
The olive tasting experience is always a big hit with our guests so we were pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Marco. The Brunelleschi tower and fortress is also a favourite so we pleased that you got to explore this wonderful monument.
Lastly, we must say it was lovely to meet you and thank you for being such great guests, we do hope you come back and visit us again one day in the future. Until we meet again take care and warmest wishes Marie, Lorenzo and all of the staff and the farm
VICOPISANO - 10 - 15 minute walk
Shops, Bars, wine bar, 2 restaurants.
Weekly market - Saturday morning
Antique and collectors market every 2nd Sunday of the month (except August).
Historical site - Brunelleschi's Fortress
The hilltop Medieval fortress and watch tower designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi stands guard over the village and surrounding countryside. The fortress is open to visitors at the weekends; a perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring Medieval dungeons, palace rooms and climbing the impressive watch tower, the small entrance fee includes a personal guided tour.
BUSES -run from Vicopisano Monday to Saturdauy to Pisa and Pontedera (for trains to Florence) - last bus back to Vicopisano late afternoon
BUTI (5 minutes drive)
The nearby village of Buti which is famous for its restaurants which boasts 15 at last count. Italians come from all over Tuscany to visit this tiny village famous for good food at local prices. Many summer festivals in this characteristic village
CASCINA - Nearest bigger town - 10 - 15 minute drive
Weekly Market - Thursday mornings.
PONTEDERA 10 - 15 minute drive
Nice shopping district, Vespa museum, trains to Florence.
PISA 20 minute drive
Apart from its famous Leaning Tower. This city with its Medieval streets, picturesque squares and lovely riverside walks deserves to be explored beyond the Leaning Tower.
Pisa has wonderful galleries, museums, and a vibrant nightlife.
In the property you will find a self guided walking tour with all the cities must see places. In addition you will discover some secrets and the best lunch and dinner spots!
There are endless gastronomic events, historical re- enactments and music festivals throughout the summer months.
details of these will be provided in your Pre- Welcome pack and in the property.
Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.
You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Your chef and teacher has a restaurant in the area where you will have the lesson.
Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting.
all of the above experiences can be arranged with or without a private guide
OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE
Discover the farm and mill - includes a visit to the olive groves, olive press and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.
Visits to a local ceramic workshop. One of the last remaining artisans in the area. Watch the artisans at work and a chance to buy one off affordable pieces.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
All cancellations incur an administration fee Rates include: Bed linen and towels Final cleaning Heating or air-conditioning Welcome Pack on arrival which includes: Small bottle of award winning olive oil, 1 bottle of the farm's own red wine, seasonal fruit, fresh milk, selection of teas, ground coffee & sugar. complimentary toiletries: hand soap and shower gel. Rates do not include: Pet fee which is charged at 30 Euro per pet per stay