2 double bedrooms (1 with king-size bed, the other with French double bed) and 2 shower rooms
Location: Pisa and Lucca
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
A stone's throw from the medieval town of San Miniato, this ground floor apartment at the front of historic Villa San Miniato has its own furnished patio just outside the entrance. Once a border tower, then a rich Florentine's family country getaway, the large villa of which Verdino is a part has been lovingly restored. The military memories are still there in the enormously thick lower walls, while the elegance of its later life is apparent as you drive up to it. Version is one of the four generous apartments created out of the large villa. San Miniato, the medieval village seen from the shared swimming pool, is one of many sites that will draw guests seeking a Tuscan experience.
Just to the left of the large villa and past a small tree-shaded patio used by guests of Verdino is a walkway leading to the front door of the apartment. Entrance is into the large main room whose wide brick arch separates the sofa and open fireplace in the living area from the eat-in kitchen with a dining table for 6, marble countertops and kitchen cabinets running along on end of the room. A short hallway off the living area leads to two double bedrooms, each with its own shower room. One of the bedrooms is very spacious and furnished with a painted bedroom suite, while the other is smaller with a French double bed that allows a couple not quite as much stretching room. All rooms feature traditional beamed ceilings and terra-cotta tiling, but are air-conditioned and attuned to modern comforts.
Very likely a first outing will be to the charming medieval town you can spot from the estate pool. Once famous for its position on the Via Francigena, the ancient road to Rome, scenic San Miniato now draws pilgrims in search of the prized white truffle. Being halfway between Pisa and Florence may have put you in harm's way in the Middle Ages, but it is a definite plus for the modern adventurer and visitors can hop aboard a nearby train or drive to the heart of these Tuscan cities quite worthy of the many pages in their guidebooks. Other day trips include ventures to the skyscrapers of the Middle Ages in San Gimignano, the beautiful shell-shaped Piazza del Campo in Siena or the beaches of the Versilia sea coast. Yet staying at this estate means having wonderful staff on hand to help set up local wine tasting, truffle hunting or canoeing on a nearby lake. At this property you won't be at a loss for something to do, though don't be surprised if a poolside sunbed and a gentle breeze in the olive trees persuade you to put off that doing to another day.