We wanted the best of both worlds; a base from which to explore Florence and a peaceful retreat in the countryside and this place did not disappoint. It is absolutely beautiful and even better than it looks in the pictures on the website. Buses frequently leave the town centre to the suburb near the villa and you disembark opposite a well stocked mini market that sells good food and fab wines at amazingly cheap prices. You walk for about ten minutes from the suburb, under the railway (not an intimidating tunnel but a well lit , wide, walkway and bit of road) and down a pretty, quiet country lane to the gates of the villa which is set well back from the road. There is a track which is about 500 metres long up to the villa and you can just make out the Duomo in the distance, through the trees. The apartment we stayed in was lovely and scrupulously clean; and the stone walls, tiled floors and air conditioning brought instant relief from the heat of the day. The pool was spot on and there were plenty of loungers and sun parasols for everyone. Signor Starnotti could not have been more helpful and he gave us a lift to the bus stop with our cases when we left. Can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Frantoio delle Grazie accommodation is a pleasant alternative to visit Florence outside the city itself. Guests can easily reach downtown (by car, by bicycle or by public transportations) and enjoy Tuscan countryside pleasures as well. Its natural surrounding is dominated by olive groves, vineyards, cypresses and oak-trees. It is only 3 Km from Florence historical city centre; nearest shopping centre is far only 1 Km.The House consist of 6 independent apartment with Permanent fast internet connection wifi, Satellite Television, air conditioning and heating, hair dryer, buzzer, microwave oven, american and Italian coffee maker dishwasher, fridge.Graden, pool, private parking barbecue on disposal. ... more less
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