San Vincenzo a Torri, Florence
Bed & Breakfast

A Tuscan idyll for sybarites and for cyclists, cooks, hikers, riders… The approach alone, via a statuesque cypress drive, is heart-stirring


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2


You’d better stay a week as it’s hard to stray far from this expertly restored old farmhouse, its olive grove and hamlet-dotted views – and charming Xenia at the helm.

Cook makes breads, cakes, anything you like, for breakfast, in the loggia or out under the umbrella; you’ve the immaculate garden to stroll in – terracotta pots spilling white geraniums; a lawn sloping down to the lovely pool to plunge in and lounge by. Bedrooms and bathrooms simply require you to linger. You can lunch and dine here too, on local and organic food, much of it from Xenia’s prolific garden, cooked with great flair and home-grown olive oil, Mediterranean style.

When you’re ready to strike out, Xenia can tailor things: a visit to Florence, a tour of the Chianti region, maybe a cookery class, a bike or horse ride – and why not splash out on a balloon flight?

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We think you'll love

  • The deep sense of peace and quiet
  • Your hostess Xenia and her versatile approach to life
  • Being surrounded by classic Tuscan countryside
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Home truths

  • The slope down to the pool is quite steep
  • You need to drive for dining out


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
23 October to 15 November; 21 December to 8 January.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Dinner, 3 courses, €32. Lunch, 2 courses, €28. Restaurants 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €120
Extra bed/sofabed available €50 per person per night.
4 Doubles
From €230
1 Single
From €120


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The neighbourhood

All the finery of Florence is only 14k away but do take the last section of winding unpaved road through ilex woods to Casetta at the right speed to enjoy. The white roads and trails that link the area’s olive groves and ancient hamlets are great for exploring on foot or saddle and Xenia provides excellent info on all things regional, including great food. The Chianti wine region begins here and she’s an expert on vineyards and tastings too.

Local points of interest from Xenia Lemos

  • I'm happy to help customise day trips, give directions and suggest great places to eat . I can also arrange In-house holistic treatments including Massage, Pedicures and Manicures.
  • At Casetta we have an in house chef who prepares delicious typical Italian meals and we also provide a refrigerator stocked with drinks available for purchase. Laundry service is available for an additional fee & pool heating is available for an extra cost
  • We can organise cooking classes for anyone that wishes to discover the secrets of our Tuscan cuisine. Accompanied by our chefs you will personally create traditonal and typical recipes. Immersed in fun, you will become Italian Chefs for a day!
  • Nearby one can do wine tasting, horseriding, fishing, golf, tennis and fly in a hot air balloon over Chianti. I'd be happy to organise anyone of these for you.
  • Do venture out hiking through woods, orchards, olive groves, vineyards, fields of sunflowers where nature will flood your heart.
  • Our motto here at Casetta is "An invitation to explore your senses........"


Xenia Lemos

Xenia is an impeccable host; attentive, immensely practical and knowledgeable, and delightfully relaxed. She’s happy to chat or you may spot her driving a tractor or pruning olive trees. The Lemos family - from Greece originally - have owned Casetta since 1969, restoring it with minute attention to tradition and comfort. Since 1995 Xenia (her name means ‘hospitality’) has shared the fruits of their labours with guests, who just keep coming back