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“Charming hideaway in Tuscany”
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Casa Martini
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at La Casa Martini, in La Casa Degli Amici in 2009 and 2011. Those were the best holidays we had since a long time. The welcome from Beatrice and Laura is genuine and makes you feel home straight away. They are generous and always helpful. The apartment is clean, roomy and features beautiful antique furnishings. The area offers breathtaking views, calm and rest. Ideally located in the country side, but still close to Florence, it is an ideal base to visit Florence, Siena, San Gemignano or even Pisa. And after a nice day of sightseeing, La Casa Martini offers a chlorine-free swimming pool to relax and refresh. Local markets and restaurants will let you discover the fantastic tastes of Tuscany cuisine. The perfect place to unwind and enjoy well deserved holidays. Looking forward to go back to La Casa Martini !

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Christophe V
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We can only agree with the preceding glowing reviews. We have recently returned from 10 days at Casa Martini, staying in Casa di Dino. The property is a delight, with beautiful antique furnishings, stunning views from every window, good facilities and much-appreciated air-conditioning. The eco-pool was very popular with the family and visitors and provided an extremely pleasant and relaxing haven after days of sight-seeing. The location is perfect for visits to Florence, Siena, San Gemignano etc. Beatrice was always helpful and generous and we are still missing freshly-picked figs and peaches for breakfast every morning........we hope to be back!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank VickyB624
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We stayed at Casa Martini for three weeks in July and engaged all three apartments for the period. The location is in the countryside but only 12 mi from Florence, making access to the city convenient. The apartments are large, beautifully decorated and adequately equipped for a long stay with facilities for cooking and laundry. A high point is the wonderful, cool swimming pool, especially for the July weather. Our hostess, Beatrice, was most helpful with making certain our complicated arrangements (24 people coming and going over the three weeks) worked out flawlessly, and with recommendations for restaurants and wine tasting.

The nearby towns provided for our daily needs and had fine places for dining. Montagnana has a petrol station and two excellent restaurants. Cerbaia has a bus stop for trips to and from Florence, as well as some shopping. San Quirico has a critical need - a combination WiFi/Gelateria as well as food shopping and another fine restaurant. For major shopping we went to the COOP at nearby Montespertoli.

You will be happy with Casa Martini as a location for a visit to Tuscany.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank BObandBev_12
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Casa Martini is a beautiful restored farmhouse. The unit we stayed in had two bedrooms each with its own bathroom. Our son slept in the living room on a very comfortable sofa bed. Even he had his own bathroom. All the furnishings were antiques and very beautiful. Our favorite place was the big dining table under a covered area at the entrance to the unit.

The apartment has a beautiful eco-pool. The children just wanted to stay in it all day!!

The farmhouse was a haven for wildlife with a fantastic range of butterflies, a family of squirrels entertained us at breakfast and a songbird was raising chicks on a ledge at our front door.

We used the apartment as a centre to visit Florence - just 20mins away and Siena approx 1 hour south. We visited all the local villages and particularly recommend San Cascarino for a night out

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank cmcarney M
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

As someone who relies regularly on the TripAdvisor community for travel planning, I was a bit trepidatious when I booked Casa Martini, a farmhouse about ten miles south of Florence near Montagnana and Cerbaia. Our booking decision was based solely on the information provided on its very complete and appealing website [www.casamartini.eu/] and MS Windows Live Search Maps which I have found very helpful in verifying the surroundings of a particular property. You don’t want to arrive at your Tuscan podere to find it’s right next door to a gas station and a parking lot which somehow failed to show up on the property’s website. There had, however, been no review by a TA member - and Casa Martini had just opened for the lodging business this past July

On arrival though, we found the setting for Casa Martini could not be more enchanting. The lovely old farmhouse was very welcoming. We arrived the week after the grapes were picked (see pics on Casa Martini website). My husband and I were traveling with another couple - all in our early to mid sixties - and we spent the week of October 11-18, 2008 at Casa Martini using it as our base for exploring the Tuscan countryside and hill towns as well as forays into Florence.

We flew into Milan via Linate, rented a Ford Mondeo thru Hertz, and headed to Casa Martini about a 3½ to 4 hour ride primarily on the Autostrada. Our hostess, Beatrice Martini, who was thoroughly delightful and helpful throughout both the booking and our stay was especially helpful to us in locating the country lane (white road) lined with olive trees and vineyards we used to wend our way down to the house.

We were in the largest of the three apartments - La Casa di Dino - for the week and found it comfortable, fairly well equipped, very spacious for the four of us and well priced at 850 Euro [$1150-$1200]. I have added several pictures, but the website portrayals, both words, pictures and floor plans, are very true to life, not at all contrived and unusually descriptive and accurate.

You definitely need a car to explore Tuscany. We also found it very easy to drive from Cassa Martini through Cerbaia, Chiesnuova and Galluzzo right into Florence [no more than a 30 minute trip at “rush hour”]and park all day at a lot right on the Arno near the American Consulate [about 10 Euro for the day].

As an aside, our Ford Mondeo was perfect transportation for the four of us and our luggage. We picked it up in Milan, used it for our week in Tuscany and Florence, drove to Positano [5-6 hour drive] for a 2-3 day stay and then, via Pompei, back to the Rome airport [about 3 hours] where we dropped it off and had a driver bring us from FCO to our Rome hotel for the remainder of our stay in Italy without a car. We had the car for 10 days with unlimited mileage for under $1200 not including fuel. Fuel was not cheap, but the Mondeo got good mileage. The freedom it provided us was invaluable.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for our stay and easily reached, via very scenic drives, destinations near Casa Martini such as Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Certaldo, Lucardo and Fiesole as well as three full day trips into Florence. We had wanted to visit Lucca but we’d have needed another day.

Casa Martini has no restaurant on site and provides no food other than an attractive welcome basket including a bottle of Casa Martini label vino rosso. Each morning we went into Cerbaia [5 minute drive] for very reasonably priced, good cappucini and croissants with the locals. The folks at the coffee shop were very gracious to us each day and bid us a warm arrividerci as we left for Positano. We also made use of the grocery store, post office and laundry in Cerbaia. Casa Martini has a clothes washer, but (as is the Tuscan way) no dryer. Clothing being air dried is a common sight in Tuscany.

One day in Florence we engaged Original and Best Walking Tours [www.italy.artviva.com] Via Sassetti, 1, 50123 Firenze +39 055 264 5033. We did their “three in one day” special which was demanding but rewarding. Details of what’s included is on their site - basically a morning walking tour, after lunch to Uffici and part 3 later in the afternoon to L’Accademia to see David. Would recommend this company highly. Guides are both entertaining and knowledgeable. We booked this tour on-line about two weeks before our tour date, but a longer lead time may be necessary during the height of the tourist season.

There are excellent restaurants near Casa Martini, especially Il Focolare in Montagnana [5 minutes in the opposite direction from Cerbaia]. We ate there twice. Be sure to make a reservation and pay attention to their schedule. The owner-server is extremely gracious and accomodating. We also enjoyed C’era Una Volta in Lucardo, Osteria del Molino just outside Montespertoli, and Locanda di Sant’ Agostino in San Gimignamo - the latter located within the walls, but away from the more touristy portion of San Gim.

A couple of evenings after our travel during the day and before tripping out for dinner we enjoyed sitting on our portico with a glass of wine and watching the sun set over the Casa Martini vineyards. We all four loved the place for its charm, its easy proximity to Florence and for it's being a convenient gateway to so much of the Tuscan countryside. The charming Beatrice made it all the better. Highly recommend Casa Martini.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Thank Francesca F
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Reviewed April 24, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stefania V
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Additional Information about Casa Martini

Address: Via Romita 8, 50025, Montespertoli, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Montespertoli
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Montespertoli
Price Range: $100 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Description: we are a 17th century country Villa, Casa Martini, 20 Km from city centre of Firenze on the road to Siena, the most beautiful towns of the charming land of Chianti, an ideal position to discover the beauties of Tuscany, and just 1 km far from the closest small town village. The villa is composed by 3 apartments, each of them with his independent entrance, but all part of the same villa, perfect to be rented separately as much as a whole unit for a big groups of friends or families. The apartments are restructured with ecological materials to respect the environment, all with equipped kitchen, dishwasher, oven, fridge, in total 4 double/triple kingsize bedrooms, 3 double very comfortable sofa beds, 5 bathrooms and open-air private space. Casa Martini is perfect to do Holistic Retreats. Outside and territory: Casa Martini has a beautiful pool with ecological treatment plant in salt pan and completely immersed in the surrounding landscape, to enjoy relaxing baths and rejuvenate in the sun after a long day of sightseeing in the city. The outside area are surrounded by of vineyards and olive groves. And the villa is in the middle of a vally in between two medieval castles, Poppiano and Montegufoni. A nice gazeebo in the pool area offers a shadow from those hot summer days, in these green spaces adjacent to the pool area we organize tastings of organic products from our biodinamic garden or from the local area. The villa is adjacent to a nice small Equestrian Club. Nearby there are many paths for hiking and biking excursions organized by the best Tuscany bike tours of the area or just long walks in the countryside. The S.S. 68 Volterrana is elected as favorite from the 'bikers' of Tuscany. Holistic space: we have also a space for activities, the Fienile. It is the hayloft, open space, multifunctional independent space, just restructured, where didactic, holistic or artistic activities will take place. It has been projected to do workshop or retreats of yoga, meditation, theatre, dance, tutorials of any kind, tastings of typical food from the territory, small cooking classes. It is 50 square meters, with a bathroom, a kitchen corner, climatization, heater, music center with projector, and access to all types of pc or mobiles, with wooden floor. The space is perfect for small or medium groups who want to organize seminars or retreats. Our services: we offer activities as individual or group Yoga class, or a relaxing Ayurvedic Massage made from a professional operator; If food is your passion we can arrange you a cooking class with final dinner, or simply enjoy a tasting of local food and wine. If you like t bike or e bike, we can help you to organize your tour with a guide, who will bring you to visit a charming 12th century medieval castle and stops to do wine and oil tasting; or an exciting old fashion tour on the carriage to taste the colours, scent and view of Tuscan Countryside; wine tastings with a visit in the old Chianti cellars, in farmhouse or in castles or simply spend some relaxing time in our country house and take a walk on the hills is the easiest way of enjoying in silence the full beauty of our nature. The apartments have their own kitchen but on request we can arrange breakfast or lunch or dinner, all with organic local and home made products. When it’s time we sell fresh organic vegetables and fruits from our garden, wine and olive oil, because we are also a farmhouse. ... more   less 
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