Villa Le Piazzole
Via Suor Maria Celeste 28, Via Gherardo Silvani 149/A, 50125 Florence,
Have the best of both worlds: live like a Florentine but eschew city heat and hassle. You'll adore this handsome, symmetrical, 17th-century villa that lies just outside Florence. Beaming Benedetta welcomes you through the imposing entrance, at once diffusing any impression of formality you may have deduced from the immaculate gardens, the dignified statues and the imperial entrance stair – which leads you from a cypress tree-lined pathway into the marbled hallway. The bedrooms are beautiful, elegant and utterly original: wooden ceilings and terracotta floors, the occasional lavish four-poster, oil paintings, smartly upholstered armchairs, window arches and fresh flowers. The self-catering apartments have their own private little gardens, and there's a stunning pool surrounded by lounging wicker chairs and cream parasols. The owners produce their own wine so ask to visit the cantina and stock up before you leave. This is a real Tuscan retreat with wonderfully down-to-earth hosts; the guest book bursts with praise from returning guests.
- Wheelchair access
- At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
- Children welcome
- Kids of all ages can stay.
- No smoking
- Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
- Credit cards
- Credit or debit card payment accepted.
- English spoken
- Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
- Air conditioning
- Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
- Wireless internet access available.
- Pets welcome
- Pets allowed in bedrooms (not on the bed).
- Public transport
- Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
- Working farm
- Or vineyard.
- Owner has pets
- Animals living on the property.
- Swimming pool
- On the premises.
- Vegetarian meals
- Available on request.
- Licensed premises
- Alcohol may be served.
Little gems of local knowledge from Rodolfo & Benedetta:
- Ask about wine tasting & cookery classes.
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- 3 Doubles
- 1 Single
- 10 Apartments
20 December-11 January.
Via Suor Maria Celeste 28, Via Gherardo Silvani 149/A, 50125 Florence, Florence