You’re more or less midway between Pisa, Florence and Siena – your host Patrizia knows the area inside out and will happily share her knowledge. Up from the village, through vines and olives along a private road, is this cluster of farm buildings – you have neighbours but the apartments feel private and quiet. Set in the big stone farmhouse are two charmingly furnished apartments – one up (Pettirosso), the other down (Usignolo).
First-floor Pettirosso is ideal for a family: a big Tuscan fireplace, ceiling beams and touches of exposed stone, and a charming balcony-terrace; you also get your own seating area in the olive tree grounds. Ground-floor Usignolo, a retreat for two, has a big double bedroom and a lofty dining room/ kitchen with an open fireplace. Through a wide arch, a sitting room with a divan bed (fine for a child) and a loggia for sun and shade.
Certaldo Basso, a five-minute drive down the hill, is great for restaurants and bars, and the funicular to lovely hilltop Certaldo Alto. Pull on your boots and hike to San Gimignano – as soon as you crest the hill the views stretch across the valley to its towers, beautifully floodlit at night.