Podere La Casellina Agriturismo

Figline Valdarno, Florence
Bed & Breakfast

Embrace a slower pace at this simple, honest family home. Delicious meals from homegrown and local produce, exquisite Tuscan countryside


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Come here for life’s slow rhythm – and for this warm, honest and lovely family. The grandparents arrived in 1936, when the little church put the podere into their hands; they and young Michelangelo have worked the land ever since. Anyone wishing to experience ‘real’ Italian peasant life (vita del contadino) should come here; neither inside or out is fit for the fussy – but it will be a delight for open souls. Simple bedrooms, in the old hayloft and stables, have views of the church. All the food, oil and produce is deliciously Slow, while the landscape, between Chianti and Valdarno, is exquisite; you have the chestnut woods of the Chianti mountains to one side, oaks, cypresses and olives to the other. Join in with family life in the kitchen at breakfast, learn to prune vines and pick olives on the farm; gather chestnuts and wild mushrooms in the woods. Go riding or biking, then return to Grandma’s recipes – the grape flan is scrumptious and there are freshly baked cakes and passion fruit for breakfast. Michelangelo is a dear, talks to the animals as though they were family and speaks brilliant English.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Discounts for stays of 3 nights or more.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Lunch with wine €16. Dinner with wine from €20. Restaurant 1km.


Nightly price
from €72
Dinner, B&B €50-€56 per person.
3 Doubles
From €72


We stayed with Michelangelo and Silvia for seven wonderful nights during our trip to Italy and could not have imagined a more perfect experience. Truly charming farm, ideal for exploring Tuscany and experiencing quintessential tuscan life. Each day we were treated to the most amazing food, fresh cakes, delicious homemade tuscan dishes & fruit, vegetables, honey, olive oil and wine all from the farm. Silvia & Michelangelo are such wonderful, cultured and kind people - we feel extremely lucky to have met them and spent time on the farm. We miss it already and we will be back! Jack & Catherine

Jack, Liverpool

The perfect balm to counter the madness of London. Silvia and Michelangelo are completely charming. A bushel of deep fried elderflowers and sage leaves were laid before me on evening one. A communal table can be daunting but the hosts speak excellent english and can translate when needed. Woken up by a cock crowing. What could be better. Lots to explore in the area without having to dedicate too much time weaving through the crowds of Florence.

Stephen, London

We spent a wonderful 4 nights at Podere la Casellina. Our room was simple, but beautiful. The location was great for exploring Tuscany and beyond and Michelangelo and Silvia were kind and generous hosts who both spoke excellent English, having lived in the UK for a time. For us the real star of the place was the food and Silvia's cooking, which was in keeping with the local traditions and the slow food movement. Michelangelo's wine was great and Nonna's cakes at breakfast were a delicious start to the day. If you want a break from a hectic life and you like good food, this is the place.

Jane, Bath

Wonderful overnight stay. You could not hope for more friendly, relaxed, kind or generous hosts than Silvia and Michelangelo. The food we ate there: chestnuts roasted on the large open hearth, pasta with wild mushrooms from the nearby woods, sausages, delicious homemade cakes and jams, huge breakfast... - was the best during our 10-day drive down Italy. Simple, spotless rooms, with views over the rolling hills near Florence. We were sad to leave and will definitely go back. Thank you to Sawdays for finding these small gems.

Althaus, Frankfurt

This is a great place to stay. Off the beaten track and not luxurious, but the welcome is very warm indeed and Valdarno is a great base from which to tour the area. Sylvia and Michelangelo were very friendly and both speak good English.


We had a wonderful times staying with them and relaxed in the wonderful countryside. Rooms are full of character, and host family are one of the nicest people we have ever met. Full of Tuscany charm, and I had good time helping in the kitchen and learn some cooking from Silvia


A very welcoming and friendly place! Silvia and Michelangelo are the perfect hosts. Beautiful countryside, good food and wine. Memories of our walks through the hills, surrounded by wildflowers, still linger.


My family and I stayed with Michelangelo and Silvia in April for several days, basing there for our brief exploration of Tuscany. We could not have wished for a better experience. Not only were they absolutely perfect and friendly hosts, but they served the most lovely food, grown/raised right there on the farm. They speak excellent English and have a very worldly view. They have chosen this life, and it certainly shows in the readily apparent love of how they live. The rooms are comfy, and the large kitchen with open hearth is simply not to be missed.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michelangelo & Silvia Bensi

  • Ask about cookery classes.
  • walks from all about the house
  • picnics in the fields