Main villa: 3 double bedrooms, 1 with extra single, 1 twin bedroom, 2 shower rooms, 1 of which ensuite and 1 ensuite bathroom.
Location: Florence and surroundings
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday
Set high above olive groves and vineyards, Villa Da Vinci is situated in the heart of a wide park overlooking the castle of Vinci and at a few steps from the small house where the genius Leonardo was born. The large golden villa with its striking arched portico faces a wide welcoming piazza that leads naturally to the large garden that wraps around the side and back of the villa. Here, there are wide green lawns and a furnished pergola where the family can gather for an evening meal or parents can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the children busy at the nearby playground. From the piazza, steps lead down to a large swimming pool whose stunning view of the landscape and the village of Vinci below will cause you to catch your breath. The generous area around the pool has sunbeds and umbrellas and is suitable for dinners al fresco or festive celebrations.
From the entry hall are doors to a large living area, with comfortable sofas facing a valley vista at one end and a table and fireplace with elegant pietra serena mantle at the other; both are excellent places for guests to gather and enjoy the day's discoveries. A bright dining room with a table for 12 is next to a large well-equipped kitchen with access to the back door leading to the garden. Also on this floor is an extra WC. A stone staircase leads to the first floor, whose beautiful wood lacunar ceiling stretches over the long hallway. Of the bedrooms, all of which have large windows with pleasant views, there are two double bedrooms with king-size beds, one with ensuite shower room, the other with ensuite bathroom with tub only. The other two bedrooms, a double and a twin, share a shower room and all bath and shower rooms are generously dressed in marble. The final rooms on this floor are a handy laundry room and a large sitting room where one can relax and read a book, listen to music or watch TV, all under a beautiful XXVII century ceramic ceiling.
The rental of this property for 8 guests excludes the use of the guest cottage off the front piazza. The guest cottage will not be rented so the villa is still exclusive to you.
The villa is located just a few steps from the house of Leonardo and a 15 minute walk from the village of Vinci where, in additon to shops and restaurants, there is a fascinating museum dedicated to the inventions and scientific expertise of the village's native son. The area offers a wide choice of cultural and enogastronomic activities, from the famous ceramics of Montelupo, to the easy day trips to historic villages such as Cerreto Guidi, San Miniato and Certaldo, which finish with winetasting at one of the wonderful farmhouses in the area. Whether it's big city shopping in Florence, Pisa or Lucca, or a day of pampering at the spa towns of Montacatini and Monsummano Terme, Villa Da Vinci is well situated to enjoy it all and still be back for supper and a Tuscan sunset.
Owners request no more than 4 children under 12 yrs.
While most utilities are included in the rates, guests must pay for the use of lights at the pool for night swimming. Costs are € 21 per night or € 150 per week; please let the owner know if you plan to swim in the evening.
We have just had one of the best holidays ever, all the family together for a whole week in one lovely, lovely house, it was just great. Marta and her Mum gave us a wonderful meal served beautifully, the flavours hit the spot with everyone. Great menu. Antonella was so nice and helpful, sorted anything out when required but didn't bother us, we only saw her on the day we arrived and the day we left, all communication was done via text. Lovely girl as was her cousin. So, all in all a great holiday with great memories, it's one lovely house with beautiful views. I could go back there every year.
Fabulous villa - lovely high ceilings and well furnished. Large garden with wonderful swimming pool (the olive trees slightly block the stunning view but it is a super pool). Well located with a short walk to Vinci - one thing to note is that the villa is actually called Villa Casanova - we struggled to find it without Sat Nav. Food in nearby restaurants was okay - some have stunning views so worth it for that. No air con in the villa but the fans were pretty good and the high ceilings helped. The owners/caretakers are very helpful and friendly. Supermarket in Empoli is about 20 mins away - don't go on a Saturday afternoon around 5pm as it is packed! Smaller Coop in Vinci - beware the siesta closing time. Villa is to be highly recommended - well equipped kitchen and comfortable throughout. Wifi connection is great.
Villa Da Vinci gave us a very enjoyable holiday. The welcome from Antonella, the caretaker owner, was friendly and informative. Since she lives very close by, we were able to ask her anything we needed to know and she was always very helpful, particularly on places to visit and eat.
The villa is in a magnificent position, high up, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a particularly lovely view of the village of Vinci, which is within easy walking distance - we walked down for an evening drink at the local bar. Also within walking distance is the house where Leonardo da Vinci was born, a stroll up the hillside through olive groves.
The villa itself is very spacious, comfortable and clean. We had breakfast at the table outside the kitchen door and lunches under the shady pergola inthe large gardens. The position of the pool also has beautiful views, and plenty of shady places to sit. The slight downside was the state of the pool on our arrival - it was green, with visible spots of algae, and the bottom when brushed threw up clouds of green. The water was clean, but the state and appearance of the pool was not as advertised. It did become gradually clearer through the week, but algae was very much in evidence.
We made the mistake of eating at Il Nicchio's in Vinci which we would not recommend - we subsequently discovered that, despite their requests to do so, Antonella never recommends Il Nicchio's to guests. The service was poor, the food pretty awful, and they tried to charge us 40 euros for a steak, changing our contested bill with an alacrity that suggested to us that such attempts at overcharging tourists were not unusual. In complete contrast, Antonella's recommendation of the agritourismo Il Vincio, nearby by, surpassed all our expectations of an Italian farm supper. We went to Lucca, to San Miniato which is a slowfood town, the market at Pistoia as well as spending plenty of time relaxing at Villa Vinci.
The bakery and little supermarket in Vinci could have got us through the week but are a little limited. We did one big shop at the Co-op in Empoli.
We would highly recommend staying at Villa Vinci - it is a beautiful spot, a comfortable spacious house with good access to places of interest.
Villa da Vinci was a perfect retreat!
The house and grounds are really remarkable, making our stay there very pleasurable.
The owners could not have been more accommodating and gracious.
It was really lovely!
Villa da Vinci was a perfect retreat! The house and grounds are really remarkable, making our stay there very pleasurable. The owners could not have been more accommodating and gracious. It was really lovely!
We loved our stay so much last year we just had to return! This year the olive trees were laden, the valley emerald green and the last grapes had been plucked from the vines - everything was beautiful. We explored Empoli and found a wonderful restaurant as well as some great shops. Laura said she had one of the best pizzas she had eaten in years at the local pizzeria up the hill from the villa, (coming from an Italian, that is praise indeed!). We enjoyed the spacious elegant rooms, superb views and the wonderful hospitality of Antonella, the owner. We felt very privileged to stay in this very special house and even more sad when it was time to leave.
What an impressive property with wonderful views! We walked into Vinci every night for dinner, where there are great bars, restaurants and local shops, and the English-speaking owner is so knowledgeable about the area. This gorgeous house offers decadence and tranquility in a quiet spot away from it all, yet with the convenience of a pretty little village a short walk away.