Portico, Figline Valdarno

Sleeps 8

An elegantly renovated villa at the heart of a farming estate south of Florence

Property summary

Sleeps 8

3 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom, each with an ensuite bathroom

Location: Florence and surroundings

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Bar, restaurants, supermarkets in Pian di Scò, 5 min. and San Giovani Valdarno 20 min.
  • Shops and trains in San Giovanni Valdarno, 20 min, and Figline Valdarno, 17 min, with free parking and direct line to Florence hourly
  • Weekly markets in Filigne Valdarno 17 min and Montevarchi 1/2 hr
  • Tennis in Castelfranco di Sopra, 10 km, riding stables within 6 km, 18-hole golf course in 30 km
  • Prada outlet and The Mall outlet stores in Incisa, 1/2 hr.
  • Loro Ciuffena 16 km, Chianti villages 50 min
  • Florence 45 min, Arezzo 50 min, Rapolano spas, 1 hr & Siena around 75 min
  • Airports: Florence less than 1 hr and Pisa 1 1/2 hr, Rome 2 3/4 hr.
  • Accommodation

    The main entrance Portico is actually the door to the right of the covered porch facing the central hamlet piazza and fronted with a small garden space, but with two other sets of French doors on the facade, it is obvious that flow in and out of the house will depend of the guests’ preference. The main door leads up to a landing at the bottom of the original pietra serena stairway and then down four steps into a large sitting room whose earlier role as a kitchen is seen in the presence of the original hamlet bread oven. Now its sofa, armchairs and attractive antiques clearly create a comfortable place for guests to relax and reflect on or plan their excursions.

    To one side French doors provide a view of the piazza, buffered by the porch; to the other side an open doorway leads to a charming eat-in kitchen with vaulted ceiling, country fireplace and a round marble-topped dining table for 8. On the ground floor there is also a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and independent outdoor access. Upstairs there is a laundry room and three further bedrooms – one twin and two doubles. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with twin sinks and one of the double bedrooms has a small loggia from which to look out over life in the central square and listen to the gentle splashing of the fountain.

    Local area

    Borgo Rinnovato is perfectly located to discover why Tuscany has been and remains a destination of choice. Being in the Valdarno, the wide valley through which the Arno River meanders, Florence, the famed city that straddles it immediately comes to mind. Leaving your car at the Figline or San Giovanni Valdarno free station lots, hourly direct trains will easily bring you to the heart of this Renaissance treasure chest where world-famous museums, frescoed churches, graceful bridges and historic piazzas are all accessible on foot, with sustaining gelato stops along the way of course.

    The road south arrives at another major Tuscan city, Arezzo. Believed to have been one of the 12 most important Etruscan cities and always a center of commerce, still today Arezzo’s artisans and merchants enliven its medieval center, especially on the first Sunday of the month and the previous Saturday when its Antiquarian Fairs fill the streets with ‘treasures’. June and September visitors delight in Piazza Grande’s costumed Saracen Joust, while visitors the year round seek out the splendid frescoes of Piero della Francesca.

    If bustling historic cities and a church too many begin to fatigue, there are other options. Designer outlets are half an hour away for those whose preferences lean to Italian styling and a good bargain. And in less than an hour winding cypress-lined roads through the Chianti region lead to small towns such as Gaiole-, Greve- or Radda in Chianti, known world-wide for what fills a wine glass and the delicious food that accompanies it.

    Should small-scale exploration suit you best, head to nearby Loro Ciuffenna, a delightful medieval town built around a Romanesque bridge spanning the mountain torrent that powered the many water mills producing chestnut flour. Though the mills have ceased to flow, there are charming restaurants, an art museum dedicated to a native son Venturino Venturi and only 1 km out of town in Gropina the impressive Pieve di San Pietro, the oldest (774 A.D.), best preserved Romanesque parish church in Tuscany.

    Yet even before hopping into the car to go exploring, the estate’s wooded panorama, reaching as high as the Pratomagno mountains, may well inspire guests to follow paths through their 800 hectares. Or perhaps join a guided hike and wine tasting tour through the nearby village of Castelfranco whose dramatic landscape and colourful eroded shapes, the ‘Balze’, featured in the background of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. Certainly, with stables nearby and bikes easily arranged, life in the slow lane is a wonderful way to discover your surroundings, and with a beautiful house as your base and a restorative pool at hand, a Tuscan holiday will soon find its rightful rhythm.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    Air-conditioning in all bedrooms, extra
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request, for a small fee
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    English-speaking babysitter, available on request
    Bar
    There is an Honesty Bar by the swimming pool, which can be stocked with alcohol on request.
    Bicycles
    Bike rental in Figline Valdarno, 10 km. - Rental and excursions can be arranged on prior request
    Billiards table
    Family billiard table, a 1914 'Della Chiesa', is in the Billiard Hall
    Catering
    Breakfast or dinner - Available on request, either in the Borgo dining room or courtyard or in the house
    Coffee Maker
    Italian and American coffee makers
    Computer, Printer or Scanner
    Fax/photocopy service and some printing available via receptionist desk, on request
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Dryer
    DVD player
    Event organizing
    Presence of the Theatre, Restaurant and Enoteca and large Library provide space for a variety of events. Assistance available on request.
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Extra linen change
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable fans available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    Renaissance open fireplace in the Billiard Hall and several wood stoves in the Library. Fireplaces in the house is not used.
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Private portico facing the square can be furnished and there are other furnished areas near the pool.
    Games room
    The Billiard Hall is equipped with a gaming table for cards, chess or board games
    Golf course
    18-hole golf course at Circolo del Golf dell Ugolino in Grassing, 30 km
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating, Extra and based on consumption
    Home-grown produce
    Virgin olive oil, Vin santo, Zolfini beans
    Horse riding
    Stables near Reggello, 7 km
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet - available in all indoor areas of the Borgo, including the house as well as the Library and Theatre. The Library gallery provides additional quiet space for working on-line.
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Laundry service
    Available on request
    Microwave
    Available on request
    Mid-week cleaning
    Daily cleaning (2 hrs/day), with mid-week linen change, included
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good throughout the property
    Music
    CD player & radio
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Restaurant on-site, serving breakfast and dinner. Nearest restaurants in Pian de Scò and Reggello, 5-12 mins.
    Safe deposit box
    Suitable for disabled visitors
    Ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms in Portico, though no EU-standard shower available.
    Swimming pool
    Large shared pool (Dim: 10x20 m; Depth 1.20-1.70 m.) Pool has steps into the shallow end and adjacent furnished pavilion for shade. Pool is open all year round.
    Telephone
    Phone usage available on request
    Television
    Satellite TV
    Tennis court
    Tennis courts at Castelfranco di Sopra, 10 km or Montevarchi, 10 km
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Airport transfers available on request. Guided hiking tour available on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine-tasting on-site available in the Enoteca; Hiking/Wine tasting tour available.
    Workshop and conference space
    Utilizing the theatre, library, and catering facilities there are excellent facilities for workshops, art exhibits, conferences, etc.
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