Tuscany: Niccolo Canonica
Ultimate Chianti Experience
- Name: Niccolo Canonica
- Sleeps: 4 + 2
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: From €1120 - €1570/week 4 night min
Joy of children and adults
Drive less than half an hour south of Florence and find yourself in the romantic Chianti countryside in an ancient village with stunning views across the Pesa Valley. You have your very own thousand year-old castle, magnificent pool and expansive lawns while you lodge in comfort in completely renovated village houses that date from the 1200s.
The castle that is at the heart of the hamlet turned vacation village has a history older than the Florentine republic and was bought by Niccolo Machiavelli in 1511. Its hilltop position once contributed to the defense of the Pesa Valley. Now, a protected monument of Italian cultural heritage, it is owned by a noble descendant of the Machiavelli family.
Tuscany has many castles and hamlets converted for vacationers, but this is an exceptional property because of the quality of the location, restoration, furnishings, grounds, and stunning views, especially at sunset. The furnishings feature lovely antiques, glowing kilim carpets and attractive art, both antique and contemporary, on the walls. The ceilings have handsome exposed beams; the floors are typical "cotto" terracotta tile.
The village has a common room where you can take breakfast and where wine tastings are held. A large, sun soaked swimming pool (May-Sept) lies below a terrace where there are barbecues and covered tables for dining al fresco. You can explore the park-like gardens and groves use mountain bikes various games for children and table tennis.
The village is surrounded by the estate`s olive groves and vineyards and you can sample the different wines it produces including a Chianti Classico of the unique Gallo Nero mark as well as the olive oil and sweet vin santo.
Cold breakfast buffet available in breakfast room, reserved the day before, €10/adult, €5/child. Wine tasting, guided tours, a car with driver, baby sitting, cooking classes, a chef and in the Ayurvedic wellness center, yoga lessons, massages, and facials.
The castle hosts a full-fledged event center for hosting weddings and other special events. Check for the schedule of castle tours, usually offered weekly.
A tiny town is about a mile`s walk away where you will find a small grocery store. More choices for shopping and many fine restaurants are in several towns that are within a fifteen minute drive. A famous Etruscan tomb that was discovered in the vineyards nearby is within walking distance, too. Tennis courts and horse back riding are three miles (4 km), two golf courses are within 15 miles (20 km), and the outlet mall is about a 30 minute drive. And, of course, Florence with all its treasures is just a 20 minute drive.
We commend these accommodations to our clients and urge you to reserve early.
It is situated on the ground floor of the village parsonage. and is about 1000 square feet in size. The bedroom windows open up on the panorama of the Chianti hills.
Antique furniture and warm kilim carpets add a special feeling.
The patio is furnished with table and chairs, for dining under the Tuscan sun or stars. The ground floor apartment has a fireplace and double sized sofa bed, there is a separate dining room. The kitchen has a dishwasher.
The double bedroom has an ensuite shower bathroom, the second room has a queen-sized bed. The second bath has a tub with Jacuzzi.
Property and area amenities
|Location||San Casciano Val di Pesa|
|Bedrooms||Two bedrooms with queen sized beds.|
|Bathrooms||The double bedroom has an ensuite shower bathroom. The shower can be equipped with a plastic seat for someone who wants to have a sitting shower. The second bath has a tub with Jacuzzi.|
|Size||1000 sq ft, 93 m2|
|Outlook||The patio is furnished with table and chairs, for dining under the Tuscan sun or stars.|
|Hairdryer||Yes, on request|
|Dining||Separate dining room & table on terrace|
|Kitchen||The kitchen has a dishwasher.|
|Air Conditioning||No, but the location is high and well ventilated|
|Transport||Bus station 1.5 miles (2km); a car is recommended.|
|Crib||Yes, on request, no charge|
|Recreation||Pool shared by all apartments|
|Entertainment||TV with satellite reception for English language news|
|Internet||Free WiFi: signal strength varies, you may have to move around the estate to get a strong signal|
|Pets||Dogs permitted with advance approval.|
|Cleaning||Included, 1x/week, an additional cleaning and linen change may be arranged at additional charge.|
|Parking||Yes, no charge|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5-7 Nights|
Jun 27 - Aug 29 2020
Dec 12 - Jan 6 2021
Mar 14 - Jun 27 2020
Aug 29 - Oct 24 2020
Jan 6 - Mar 14 2020
Oct 24 - Dec 12 2020
Minimum price is for four nights. High season stays are Saturday/Saturday.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Weekly linen and towel change and weekly cleaning for stays of two weeks or more.
Not included is a €200 refundable cash security deposit due at check in. Upon booking, 30% of the deposit is non-refundable. Tuscany tourism tax is payable in cash on arrival, see www.italyperfect.com/tax for current rate.
These cancellation terms hereafter supersede the general terms and conditions: • Greater than 120 days: 30% + $250 administrative fee and 3% bank processing fee is retained • 120 to 91 days before arrival: 35% of total rent plus 3% bank processing fee is retained. • 90-60 days before arrival: 65% of total rent plus 3% bank processing fee is retained. • Within 60 days: Rent is non-refundable • Failure to pay the final balance due is considered a cancellation with no refund due. We provide a 5-day grace period for the final 50% payment, after that the reservation is cancelled with no refund due.
- We love it!
- The views are stunning. The property is beautifully landscaped.
- Very close to Florence, convenient to Siena, and dozens of great hill towns.
- The apartments are first rate, comfortable and well-furnished. The style is elegantly rustic, totally appropriate to the location.
- There are no screens, but mosquito repellant appliances are supplied.
- No washing machine.
- Pool towels not supplied. Bring your own (maybe some old ones to leave behind); even inexpensive towels at the stores are not very cheap.
- The Florence Siena highway runs below, about two miles away, as the crow flies, so on quiet nights or mornings when the wind is blowing from the west, you may be able to hear it faintly in the distance.
- Four tight, blind curves on the drive up from the valley. Road is wide enough for two cars.
- This is on a hill so plan to climb around.
- Four tight, blind curves on the road up from the valley. Keep your wits about you for 5 minutes.
- First class all around.
Our Guest Reviews
The perfect spot
The 2 bedroom two bath [Giotto] villa was perfect. Our son is 21 and he had space and privacy as did we. On a hillside in Tuscany the views are breathtaking
The location is great about 35-40 minutes from Florence you can drive in and spend the day while the rest of the time exploring the beauty and tranquility of Tuscany
The accommodations are spacious and we had our own outside area to hang in the Sunshine. There is a pool and a dining area for breakfast. There are many great places to dine with in a short drive
We recommend taking the tour and lunching at the Antonori winery a quick drive a way”
Absolutely loved your recommendation at the Castello Niccolo.
Niccolo Canonica in Castello Bibbione is a great spot from which to experience the Tuscan countryside. The castle and the grounds are timeless and offer a setting that is pure old Tuscany. The stone walls have modern interiors and the beds were great. Make sure you enjoy the morning breakfast/buffet offered in the auxilliary building. It may not be much by NA standards but it is a charming and adequate way to start the day.
Make sure to explore the valley and go to the Antinori winery which is just 10 min south. It is a modern architectural marvel. When you head into Florence park in Galluzzo and take public transit into the old city. Siena is worth seeing and is only an hour south. The town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, a 10 min drive north, has a great Co-op grocery store, several laundromats, many small restaurants as well as sites worth visiting for tourist value.
We would gladly stay here again and heartily recommend it to anyone visiting Tuscany and/or Florence.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
We will not leave
Tendrils of rosemary hang from ancient stone walls, scenting the hair tickling air as it rolls up the olive treed slops of Bibbione. If the scent fails to waken memories of childhood landscape, the fresh purple lavender flower waving their fronds in the clean air will. An ancient jewel polished by centuries of weather and the many souls whose feet and hands have trod the stone steps have brought forth a beauty as deep as the roots of its ancient trees. Swallows turn and glide in the evening air. The elevation offers equal panoramas of nimbus and cumulus clouds, supported by hills of green patterned vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees needling heavenward. My Bride and I feel the release of the city's tight coils, the modern serpent has become seduced with bird song its great tail slowly disappearing over the stone wall. The Italian melody living in the young women's voices who have made the comfort of our stay accessible is a music as flavorful as the Chianti wine grown and pressed on this land. The difficulty is that we came to Italy to see its art, its metropolitan culture, its culinary charms and we will not leave the Castello and its land.
Black Peace Eagle =
Really even better than we expected!
We just had a wonderful stay in the Canonica apartment in Chianti. Thanks to Italy Perfect's great website, and recommendations, we found this to be the perfect villa for our family of 6--we went with our four children, ages 8, 6, 3, 1. The villa grounds are wonderful, there is even a little playground that was a nice surprise! The reception staff are wonderfully helpful, even helped me with our Elba Ferry booking, which had to be done in Italian. The villa was very spacious, and so charming. We were happy to find that we did not need air conditioning in September, and the mosquitoes were not too bad.The views from every window were breathtaking. We found the Chianti region to be full of wonderful destinations, and the nearby town of San Casciano was very pretty, with a big playgound overlooking the valley. The co-op there is really the best deal for food to stock the kitchen, but a bit tricky to find, so on your first night just go to the local bodega. Market days in the hill towns are really fun, and the reception will offer a nice schedule of the nearby ones. Overall we really loved our time here and hope to come back one day! Thanks so much, Pat for your Italy Discovery Journal, we enjoyed the tidbits and activities in it as much as our kids did!
I have never been more pleasantly surprised
I just wanted to write a quick note about our experience with Italy Perfect and in particular, our stay at the Castello Niccolo.
In a nutshell, I have never been more pleasantly surprised!!!
First of all, you took the time to explain exactly what to expect; whether it was with regards to amenities, towels, telephone, etc, it was absolutely 100% accurate. The documents you sent me provided us with invaluable information that was fantastic. You took the time to answer any questions I had with regards to this rental as well as offer suggestions and advice with regards to the rest of our trip to Italy. That shows tremendous professionalism on your part!
Finally about the Castello...our experience was amazing. The place was just magical, the staff was lovely, and the proximity to the cities (Florence, Pisa, Sienna) was exactly as you had mentioned. The small town of San Casciano was great; the supermarket (COOP) was incredible, and we simply could not have asked for anything more.
I will gladly promote your services to everyone I know and would not hesitate to recommend any property you advertise on your website.
I thank you so much; my family was thrilled and we will hopefully be returning very soon. I will be sure to use your services again for every time I plan to travel to Europe.
If any of your clients have any questions regarding this property, please let me know; I will be more than happy to share my tremendouz experience.
We had a fabulous time at the castle.
We had a fabulous time at the castle. It was the perfect base to visit around tuscany and we especially enjoyed meeting other families from around the world. We spent our eves with our new friends. the children played while the grown-ups drank wine looking out over the countryside. Thank you for all your help!
We are thinking of traveling there again
We have returned from our week at the Castello and I wanted to write to say how much we enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are thinking of traveling there again in June 2007 with the extended family and having 3 villas/apartments.
All of the information you provided with our booking confirmation, along with the Manual, were of great value. Your driving directions were spot on and we found the driving much LESS stressful and much MORE straightforward than we anticipated – which was great! We ate at several of the restaurants which you recommended both in San Casciano and in Florence (La Rinascente roof top). FYI: On our first night, having arrived rather late, we went to Mama Rossa, just around the corner from the castle (turn right at the bottom of the hill, go a couple of minutes and it is on your left at the first tiny village on the way to San Casciano) and found it wonderful. We tried to make time to return but never got to it. One day we went to Montelupo and purchased pottery and another we drove into Florence – literally into Florence.
We made great use of the Wellness Centre at the castle. It is small but the husband and wife therapists are lovely and made us feel very welcome and pampered – just what we were after! We were also very pleasantly surprised to find a washing machine in our villa. You may want to update your description to include this info – we ended up making use of it several times!
Finally, we went in search of Parco di Pinocchio one day and while trying to find it, bumped into a zoo, Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, www.zoodipistoia.it. We decided our son, nearly 3 years, would probably prefer the zoo, so we abandoned looking for Collodi and remained in Pistoia. It was a very nice little zoo and we would recommend it highly for people traveling with young children. We were told there are not many zoos in Italy. In fact, the closest zoo the reception knew about was a 2 hour drive away – Pistoia was about 50 minutes. Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia does not have the extravagance of many of the large American zoos, but this is a zoo which definitely has it's heart in the right place – education and conservation. It is privately owned, by the family of the director, and they suffer a bit with limited funding, which appears to come almost exclusively from gate entrance, but they are continually trying to improve conditions for the animals and the experience for the visitor. There is a good children's playground on site, a children's petting zoo with goats, donkey's, etc and some food coin food dispensers for feed for the elephants and giraffes. The zoo itself is cut into a hillside of what was a pine plantation so is heavily treed and planted throughout. It is pretty to walk through even if you don't look at the animals. On the grounds of the zoo is a very nice restaurant, which is available to zoo goers and non-zoo goers as well having its own entrance and car parking. We had some of our most delicious food there, including 3 chocolate desserts which we sampled between us and are some of the best I have EVER had! Again thank you for your help with our holiday.
The property was great, the pool was gorgeous
We spent some time in Venice and Rome before we went to the Castello. We had a wonderful stay there - the property was great, the pool was gorgeous - nice and big for laps. The kids look forward to swimming every day after our day trips. Everyone was helpful. We enjoyed going to Mamma Rosa the first night and going to the little town San Casicano and visiting the cheese and wine stores.
We had a very positive experience - everything you mentioned was right on - including the freeway noise which was a bit disappointing for us, but we slept through it anyway.
Thanks very much for all your help, Pat. We enjoyed the travel journals as well !
Castello Niccolo is the joy of children and adults alike
The little farmhouses surround the 9th century castle, former hunting residence of Niccolo Machiavelli. It is situated in the heart of the Chianti region along the Florence-Siena route near the town of San Casciano Val di Pesa. We were within driving distance of the artistic towns, villages, cultural sites, vineyards and attractions of Tuscany. The farmhouses and apartments scattered among the fields and woods of the property made us feel as if we had been transported to another time and place. Each house on the property has been restored in the traditional Tuscan style with modern conveniences. We stayed in Le Ginestre, a two-storied farmhouse with a private garden, Tuscan fireplace and outside barbecue (see photo). The furnishings are well appointed but staying here is not like staying in a stuffy old museum. When we turned the antique key in lock of the large wooden Tuscan door and step across the stone threshold we somehow felt like we had come into our own Italian home in the heart of Tuscany. Castello Niccolo is very kid friendly and everyone did their utmost to ensure the quality of the accommodations and that our stay was most comfortable, not our experience in other agriturismos.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|San Casciano 10min drive|
|Florence 35 min drive|
|Siena 1hour drive|
|Pisa 1.75hour drive|
|Antinori Cellars 6min drive|
|Greve 35min drive|
|San Gimignano 40min drive|
|Radda 40min drive|
|Montalcino 1hr20min drive|
|Montepulciano 1hr23min drive|