Villa Giotto

Mugello Valley

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Web Ref: 3158
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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Large living/dining room (TV, billiard table) with doors to garden and terraces. Cloakroom. Sitting room (fireplace, TV). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Central heating (payable locally). WiFi.
  • Intermediate floor: Double bedroom (A/C). Single bedroom (A/C). Shower room
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C). Bathroom (separate shower). Shower room. Double bedroom (A/C). Shower room. Double bedroom (A/C). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room. Spiral stairs to children’s twin room (A/C) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of terraced lawns. Poolside pergola. Summer kitchen with wood oven, barbecue and dining table. Utility room (washing machine). Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 7m).

The rural bliss of the Mugello, brimming with authenticity and yet delightfully under visited, makes for one of the loveliest valleys in Tuscany. Dominating this rural vignette from its own tor and framed by orderly cypress trees and regimented olive groves is this impressive farmhouse, recently renovated by a Florentine architect.

The architectural integrity of this large house is accented by stone rendering and a charming outdoor kitchen ‘loggia’ complete with its own dining area, pizza oven and barbecue. Further into the well tended garden a poolside dining pergola and the panoramic swimming pool take advantage of the resplendent views across the Mugello. Food lovers will be in their element as the owner can arrange ‘pizza parties’, Tuscan cooking lessons and an in-house cook (on request and payable locally).

Inside the property, you will be struck by the abundance of space throughout the living areas. The bedrooms are liberally spaced throughout the upper floors and each enjoys splendid views across the valley and features comfortable soft furnishings. Villa Giotto is a spacious country house perfect for a large party in an authentically rural location.

The villa takes its name from the Renaissance painter Giotto who, along with the all-dominant banking and papal Medici family, hailed from these hills. You can follow in their footsteps by undertaking the short journey to Florence just 35km to the south; the city’s unique atmosphere and myriad art treasures await and surely warrant more than one visit during your stay. Likewise, the Arcadian atmosphere of Fiesole is even closer for an evening meal and there are plenty of restaurants in nearby Vicchio (4km) for a lazy supper at just a few minutes’ drive away. Lucca (110km) and Pisa (135km) make for an excellent day out, and just over the Appenines to the north lies the remarkable city of Bologna (90km) which can be reached in an hour for sightseeing and exploration of its culinary delights.

The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house. The caretakers live in a small building in the grounds of the property. They do not use any of the facilities and your privacy is respected at all times. Terraced grounds mean that young children would need supervision at this house. The price shown does not include a tourist tax of €6 per person (payable locally). Children under 14 are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Giotto

Lake Bilancino

Just a 30 minute drive from Villa Giotto, you will find Lake Bilancino. There are two beach restaurants and and various sports and outdoor activities to be enjoyed: canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, as well as hikes, mountain bike rides, and bird-watching in the WWF nature reserve.

Visit a winery

Just 20 minutes from Villa Giotto, the Frascole estate overlooks the town of Dicomano. This family-owned estate produces Chianti Rufina DOC red wines and offers wine tastings on Tuesday afternoons. The wine cellar is open for visits Mondays to Saturday afternoons. They also produce their own olive oil.

Discover Vicchio's artists

Vicchio was the birthplace of two famous Italian painters: Giotto and Beato Angelico. Make sure you include a visit to the Beato Angelico Museum, Giotto's home in the hamlet of Vespignano and the Cimabeu's bridge. Legend has it that this is where the painter Cimabeu encountered Giotto painting a sheep onto a rock and was so impressed that he took him in as an apprentice at his workshop in Florence.

Walk from Vicchio to Gattaia

There is a beautiful walk from Vicchio to Gattaia which enjoys spectacular views of the mountains that surround the Mugello valley.

Lake Montelleri

Just outside Vicchio you will find Lake Montelleri. Bring a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the lake-side or if you are feeling more energetic, there is canoeing available and mountain bike and hiking trails.

The Pratolino gardens

South of the Mugello valley and about 12km north of Florence, you will find these magnificent gardens, initially commissioned by the Medici family in the late 16th century then abandoned and restored over the centuries by a Grandduke and then a Russian Prince. This later gave his name to the Villa Demidoff which still stands in the grounds, along with the ruins of the original Medicean villa. The park is now open to the public - although it is worth calling ahead to request free access to some of the more interesting areas. The centrepiece is an enormous Renaissance statue called 'Colossus of the Apennines'.

Always wanted to fly?

The Mugello gliding club in Borgo San Lorenzo is conveniently close if you have always fancied trying your hand at gliding!

Keen anglers

can fish at the Lago di Montelleri lake in Vicchio.

Teeing off

Poggio dei Medici is an 18 hole Championship golf course, only about half an hour's drive away from the villa. 6452 metres and par 72, it has 5 different starting tees for a challenging round for any player. And beautiful views of the verdant Mugello valley to enjoy.

Keep active

For those who need to work off some energy on holiday, tennis is available at Borgo San Lorenzo and horse riding at Vicchio.

Wine tasting in Chianti

Chianti is not just a beautiful region of Tuscany, but also a famous wine producing region - so wine tasting is a must during any stay in Chianti! Some of the wines produced here are: Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini ... but there are many others to taste and savour. You can drive to this region from the house in about an hour and a quarter.

Greve in Chianti

Greve is a small town in the heart of the Chianti region, whose charming 'square', Piazza Matteotti, is actually an unusual triangular shape. The piazza is lined with porticos under which you will find a number of shops, cafes and restaurants, and a weekly market takes place here every Saturday morning, where you can take in the atmosphere of a typical Tuscan market day. Also don’t miss the famous Falorni butcher’s shop, where you can taste a platter of meats & cheeses accompanied by a good bottle of local wine.

Thermal spas

Montecatini Terme (1h 15mins from Vicchio) is a beautiful town that was built around its mineral water springs. The most famous spa in town is the Tettuccio Terme, built in the late 18th century, and still open to visitors who want to admire the liberty architecture and enjoy a treatment. You can also take the funicular (1898 cablecar) to Montecatini Alto, the historic part of the town, which offers a spectacular view and a typical square full of inviting restaurants. About 15 minutes further, the Grotta Giusti is a unique natural grotto with an underground hot water lake, where guests can enjoy a relaxing and detoxifying steam bath. Other spa facilities are also available for a truly relaxing day.

Visit the local markets

around the central piazzas of Vicchio di Mugello on a Thursday morning, and at Borgo San Lorenzo on a Tuesday morning.

Florence is a must

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence (or Firenze in Italian) will feature high on your to-do list whilst staying in this area. Surrounded by the beautiful Florentine hills, the city sits either side of the River Arno in a natural bowl. The ‘centro storico’ consists of an overwhelming abundance of Renaissance ‘palazzi’, museums and churches that are world famous for their beauty, art and history. From the station in Vicchio you can get a direct train to Florence, the journey takes about an hour and is far preferable to getting caught up in traffic and having to find a parking space!

Nearby

Towns

Vicchio 10 mins
Fiesole 45 mins
Prato 55 mins
Florence 60 mins
Pistoia 65 mins

Airports

Florence 55 mins
Bologna 80 mins
Pisa 100 mins
Times are approximate

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