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Scenic country house near Florence, Tuscany

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,875 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Rustic charm surrounded by nature with spectacular views

"Casa Alta" (also known as Casalta) occupies a commanding site with sweeping views of the countryside nearby and of the distant hills of the Arno valley. The impressive stone house maintains its rustic character yet is cozy and welcoming, with five double bedrooms, two fireplaces, common rooms, outdoor spaces for relaxing or dining, and a large pool. Just half an hour from Florence, it's an ideal spot to unwind after a day of sightseeing, or simply to get away and enjoy the timeless beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

Casa Alta is a two-storey rectangular stone house that probably originated in the 12th or 13th century as a defensive watch-tower. Over time it was modified and expanded to accommodate new residential and agricultural needs, and for most of its existence it was a working farmhouse. Situated some 400 meters below the main road, and reached by a curving driveway through the woods, the house is secluded, private, and very quiet.

Inside, the house’s high wood-beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, stone features, rustic wooden doors, and abundant windows create a harmonious, warm atmosphere characteristic of a classic Tuscan country home. On the ground floor an open loggia frames the large arched entryway to the house. This floor contains a vestibule, a well-equipped kitchen and dining area with a fireplace and access to a small patio, a pantry with laundry facilities, a full bathroom, a sitting room, and two double bedrooms. Each bedroom has direct access to a broad scenic terrace. On the upper level, reached by an old stone staircase, there is a spacious double living room with a massive fireplace and stone lavabo, three double bedrooms, a study, and two full bathrooms. All the rooms have large windows with wonderful views.

Outdoor spaces around the house include the small patio off the kitchen on the east side, and on the west, a covered portico – handy in inclement weather – with a wood-burning oven. On the south side, with magnificent views over the valley and up to 50 miles beyond, there is a small terrace with a shady pergola as well as a large patio, outfitted for sunning or al fresco dining under a pergola. In front of the portico and main entrance to the west, a stone stairway leads down to the sizeable 14 x 7 meter pool. An open park with benches and shade trees enhances the sense of spaciousness and tranquility.

Additional things to note: I live in a small, autonomous apartment at the back of the house. Both the interior spaces and outdoor areas of Casa Alta have been designed to ensure complete privacy for our guests, who enjoy exclusive access to the spaces and facilities described above. As for myself, my presence will be very discreet, but I am more than happy to assist guests at any time and in any way possible. Casa Alta also welcomes diversity and is gay-friendly.

More Details

Michael Rocke
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2018

About Michael Rocke

Born, raised, and educated in the United States, I have been living in Florence since 1983. I came to do research on a Ph.D. thesis in Florentine history, and ended up falling in love with the place and never leaving. Since finishing my academic degree I’ve worked mainly in local American educational institutions, first as a teacher and researcher, and for the last twenty-odd years as the head of a research library devoted to Italian Renaissance studies. I love to travel and experience different cultures, peoples, and cuisines, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge of and passion for Florentine and Italian history and culture with others.

Michael Rocke purchased this house in 2017


Fiesole House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3, ground floor - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2, upper floor - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom, upper floor - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking


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Scenic country house near Florence, Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Charming hide-away

  • 5 of 5

The view is spectacular, the home is comfortable, the location in the heart of Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy and her family and friends were great guests, and we'd be happy to welcome them back again.
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Florence Airport, Peretola
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Campo di Marte station, Florence
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
E35, Firenze Sud exit
Nearest Beach
109 Kilometres
Versilia, Camaiore (Lucca)
Car: necessary

Casa Alta is situated in a beautiful hilly area characterized by vast vineyards, olive groves, and woodlands, and dotted with isolated farmhouses and a few small villages or towns. Wildlife abounds, and it's not uncommon to see deer, fox, pheasants, or wild boars on the property, not to mention a host of songbirds or birds of prey. It's a great area for hiking, cycling, and nature walks. Interesting sites to visit in the area include several medieval castles and the lovely 16th-century sanctuary called the Madonna del Sasso.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $235.57
Refundable Damage Deposit $588.93

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.