Villa Serena

Central Tuscany

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan sitting/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, WiFi). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C) with patio doors. Twin/double bedroom (A/C) with patio doors. Twin bedroom (A/C) with patio doors. Three shower rooms. Laundry room. Central heating throughout the house and air conditioning are payable locally.
  • Outside: Extensive lawns and terraces (open and shaded). Landscaped grounds of four acres. Barbecue. Tennis court (bring your own equipment). Basketball court. Private parking.
  • Large, kidney shaped private swimming pool (15m x 9m).

Nestling in the grounds of its owner's private estate in the heart of Italy's famous Chianti region the views from this lovely property are indeed special. You will not fail to be impressed by the unbroken rural panorama that spreads out before you, taking in a sweeping stretch of unblemished countryside all the way across to the famous stone towers of San Gimignano perched on the crest of a hill just 13km distant.

The house has been thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of this privileged location. Décor throughout is bright and fresh.

Sliding glass doors in the living/dining room and two of the bedrooms lead directly out onto the surrounding terrace making the house particularly light and welcoming, as well as showcasing the superb views to great effect.

With such a pleasant environment to be enjoyed Serena undoubtedly lends itself well to outdoor living. Well tended grounds feature mature lawns, trees, and shrubs as well as a tennis court and a basketball court.

A larger than average swimming pool occupies a wonderful sunny location in the middle of the lawns and terraces. The centre of the village of Campiglia is just 1km from the property and has a general store and trattoria serving local dishes.

Colle di Val d'Elsa (2km) is the nearest large town with comprehensive amenities including the Molino il Moro restaurant – much recommended by the locals for its food and traditional atmosphere. Siena (38km) and Florence (52km) can each be easily reached via a good road network. Rome is about two hours south.

  • The owner lives on the estate. Her residence is hidden from sight by trees and accessed by an independent driveway meaning your privacy is respected although she may on rare occasions use the pool and tennis court when guests are not present.
  • Air conditioning and central heating are payable locally.
  • The twin/double bedroom will be prepared as a twin as default.  Please advise at time of booking if you would prefer the bedroom to be prepared as a double.  

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Serena

Enjoy the pool

it is one of the largest pools in our programme (15m x 9m), so there is plenty of space to swim and splash around. Or, if you don't fancy the pool, have a game of tennis or basketball on the courts in the grounds of the property.

Take a stroll along the country lane into Campiglia

for lunch or dinner at the local trattoria.

The towers of San Gimignano can be seen in the distance from Villa Serena.

It is only 13km away so spend a morning or afternoon strolling through this beautiful little town. Go early or late and you will avoid the coaches that come throughout the day. Visit the famous ice cream shop in the main square and spot the celebrities in the photos on the walls.

The nearest town to Villa Serena, Colle Val d'Elsa,

has two parts: the working town at the bottom of the hill, and the old walled village on the hillside. The old village has beautiful stone houses and cobbled streets, and is famous for its crystal glass production.

If you are driving into Florence, follow signs to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Not only will you find free parking in this square, it is also the spot where you will have the most fantastic view over Florence. A short walk down the hill takes you to the Ponte Vecchio, over the river into the heart of Florence. Go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds!

When in Florence, head for the Piazza San Spirito

if you want somewhere quiet to eat. Cross the Ponte Vecchio and turn right and you will soon arrive in the square. Popular with the locals, there are some good restaurants there, away from the tourist traps!

Read one of the many novels about 'Life in Tuscany'

and the places mentioned will mean so much more to you once you have visited them!

A 'must do' on anyone's list is to experience the 'passeggiata'.

In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to promenade around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch!

The weekly open-air market is part of Italian life.

Stalls laden with produce, scents and smells filling the air, and a crowd of Italians - finish the morning's shopping with a coffee in a bar. Go to Colle Val d'Elsa on Friday morning, and San Gimignano on Thursday and Saturday.

Shop at the market for some fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, salami, and bread

and then come home to have a leisurely al fresco lunch, followed by a siesta.

Any of the tourist offices will be able to provide you with a map and suggested wine itineraries to follow.

You are in Chianti - home to some of the best wine in the world.

Go out for an ice cream

children will love the 'gelateria' or Italian ice cream shop. Mounds of different flavoured ice creams fill the counters - it will take them ages to decide which one to have.

If you have a late flight back from Pisa,

spend the day wandering around the town. Visit the Tower (you can climb up it now), the Duomo, the main piazza with its beautiful frescoed buildings - a perfect way to end the holiday.

The Chianti wine festival is a fantastic event.

Held in the small village of Montespertoli, between the 30th May and 6th June, it is the first chance for the public to try this year's vintage and is a celebration of this famous Italian wine.

Follow the S68 westwards from Campiglia and you will soon reach Volterra

a beautiful Etruscan town and one of the hidden jewels of Tuscany.

Have a drive around and marvel at the stunning scenery

every turn in the road brings a new discovery! The S222 and S429 in Chianti are worth investigating.

Siena is a short drive away

a must do on anyone's list. Note that the Palio takes place on July 2 and August 16 - they are either days to avoid or days to visit! Narrow streets lined with cafes and shops lead to the heart of the town - the unique Piazza del Campo, the shell shaped slanting square - a perfect place for a coffee.

Do absolutely nothing except laze around the pool.

Or soak up the view from Villa Serena - you will not want to leave.

The Cities

Catch the bus from the local town, Colle di Val d'Elsa, to Florence - an hour on an 8am journey, or to Siena - beautiful and easy to find restaurants. If you want to watch a football match in either city - ID is essential for all wanting a ticket. Don't forget - much of Italian life takes Monday off in summer so museums etc all closed.

Nearby

Towns

Colle di Val d'Elsa 10 mins
Poggibonsi 25 mins
San Gimignano 25 mins
Volterra 30 mins
Siena 45 mins
Florence 60 mins

Beaches

Cecina 80 mins

Airports

Florence 45 mins
Bologna 100 mins
Pisa 100 mins
Rome Ciampino 195 mins
Rome Fiumicino 195 mins
Times are approximate

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