Tuscany: Niccolo Giotto
Ultimate Chianti Experience
- Name: Niccolo Giotto
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €930/week low season-min stay 4 nights
The view...it was breathtaking.
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. Book early if you can.
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 fine 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.
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.
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
Giotto is a large one bedroom apartment that is on the second floor (American designation) of a farmhouse in the village. The spacious and bright living room, that has a sitting area with two sofa beds, invites relaxation and dining with an open plan kitchen with a breakfast bar. About 935 square feet, 87 square meters, it has a bedroom with queen sized bed. The living room has a view of the dramatic hills of the Pesa valley and the bedroom overlooks the main entrance of the castle. Sleeps 2 + 2.
Property and area amenities
|Location||San Casciano in Val di Pesa|
|Sleeps||2 + 2|
|Bathrooms||Full bath with Jacuzzi tub and hand held shower that can be put in a bracket on the wall for hands-free shower.|
|Floor||1st Floor European, 2nd Floor North American|
|Laundry||No washing machine|
|Recreation||Pool shared by all apartments|
|Pets||Dogs permitted with advance approval.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5-7 Nights|
Dec 16 2018 - Jan 6 2019
Jun 6 - Aug 31 2019
Dec 14 2109 - Jan 6 2020
Mar 16 - Jun 29 2019
Aug 31 - Oct 26 2019
Oct 27 - Dec 15 2018
Jan 6 - Mar 16 2019
Oct 26 - Dec 14 2019
Minimum stay is four nights.
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 @ €1.50 Euros/pp/night, up to 7 nights, for all guests over the age of 14 years.
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.
Not all the apartments have washers.
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.
This is on a hill so plan to climb around.
Some of the kitchens are minimal, but the restaurant options are so wonderful, many will not care.
First class all around.
Our Guest Reviews
Absolutely loved your recommendation at the Castello Niccolo.
Charming apartment, perfect for families
Dear Italy Perfect
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your apartment.
The staff were friendly and very welcoming. We decided to treat ourselves to a wine tasting and castle tour and the guide was knowledgeable and witty and the products we tasted (which were very pleasant) were available for purchase.
The apartment was well laid out and very clean with plenty of spare linen. The kitchen provided everything we needed to cater for our family and the living space was large enough for us all to relax and enjoy the apartment in the evenings. The free wifi meant that we could stay in touch with work/family.
The estate itself was very well maintained and although there are many holiday apartments in close proximity it is not overwhelming and each apartment was afforded a significant degree of privacy. Walking through the estate on a sunsoaked afternoon we could imagine ourselves wondering in the footsteps of Machiavelli – we could feel him, just out of sight, wondering through his home. Unlike Machiavelli, however, we were able to put the cares of economy, politics and business to one side, relax and enjoy our time there.
The location was perfect – within easy driving distance of Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Lucca, and many other smaller towns and villages. Our one complaint – we should have booked 2 weeks.
Was like being in fairyland; on top of the world
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Castello Niccolo - what a beautiful property. The Giotto was good (a bit big for us, especially since our cooking needs were minimal). But I am not complaining about the lovely view. (Was like being in fairyland; on top of the world).
The pool was a god send since the heat was so high- we either stayed by the pool or drove around the countryside in air conditioned car - got lost a few times, but it was fun to go the back roads.
I felt at ease, knowing that what you had selected for us would work; that you had done your research, and that we would be pleased. And we were. An apartment in Florence would not have worked for us, so we/you did best for our needs.
Take care, and thanks so very much.
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 =
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|