Tuscany: Niccolo Torretta
Private Cottage in Classic Chianti
- Name: Niccolo Torretta
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €930 /week, Min stay is 4 nights
We enjoyed our evenings out on our stone patio, sipping Chianti, watching the sunset.
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.
Torretta is an independent house of 750 square feet, 70 square meters, that has its own terrace and is surrounded by lawns. The living room is equipped with a double size sofa-bed and an ancient fireplace. The kitchen is a separate room with lovely tile work and opens onto the private terrace, where you find a wonderful stone barbecue to grill on. On the first floor, there is a spacious bedroom with a queen-sized bed and bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi. There is not a separate shower but a hand-held shower head that can be put into a bracket on the wall, but there is no shower enclosure or curtain. Washing machine.
Property and area amenities
|Location||San Casciano Val di Pesa|
|Sleeps||2 + 2|
|Bedrooms||One with queen sized bed|
|Bathrooms||1.5 Baths, full bath with Jacuzzi tub and hand held shower that can be put in a bracket on the wall for hands-free shower. Toilet on the ground floor.|
|Floor||Two levels, ground and second floor|
|Size||750 square feet, 70 square meters|
|Outlook||Private terrace with views|
|Dining||Table for four in living/dining room, table and chairs on terrace.|
|Kitchen||Four burner gas stovetop, under-counter refrigerator, sink, washing machine.|
|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, more frequent cleaning may be arranged for additional charge|
|Parking||Yes, no charge|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5-7 Nights|
Jun 29 - Aug 31 2019
Dec 14 2019- Jan 6 2020
Mar 16 - Jun 29 2019
Aug 31 - Oct 26 2019
Jan 6 - Mar 16 2019
Oct 26 - Dec 14 2019
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 @ €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 rustic, totally appropriate to the location.
There are no screens, but mosquito repellant appliances are supplied.
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.
Our Guest Reviews
Absolutely loved your recommendation at the Castello Niccolo.
Castello Niccolo - Torretta
We absolutely loved Castello Niccolo. The property is beautiful, the pool is fantastic ( a great respite after a busy day of sightseeing ). We loved our little villa, it was perfect for our family of 4. We loved being able to cook a few of our dinners in and dine al fresco on our lovely patio. Our boys loved the ping pong, and it was beautiful to sit up on the top grass in the late afternoon and enjoy a bottle of the house wine watching the sun set. The location is fabulous for day trips to Siena (Antica Osteria da Divo), Florence (Anywhere in Oltrarno), Pisa (didn't eat there), San Gimignano (the wine bar off the fountain square, fabulous patio downstairs looking over hills), etc. We found it to be ideal, and so nice to have a lovely home base to go back to at the end of a fun, busy day. The fish/seafood restaurant in Borgo is fabulous, especially if it's your first night... literally a 1 minute drive down the hill and left into the tiny town. The food and service were fabulous, a great way to start the week off after a day of travel from Venice. The crazy rusted "Jetsons" looking building on the hill just past Borgo is the Antinori vineyard!!! We didn't figure this out until our last day. Great place, cool modern architecture and, of course, fabulous wine. There were, however, a few things that were detractors from what would have been a perfect Tuscan week. 1. The mosquitos were eating our poor kids alive; given that there was no air conditioning (at least as far as we could tell) in our villa, we had to leave our windows open at night, which we wanted to do anyways (you're in Tuscany, of course you want the windows open!). So, unfortunately, they were covered in very itchy red bites the whole time we were there. Don't know if the Italian mostquitos are a different type, as they are very different bites from the ones we're used to in Vancouver...seem to last way longer and be way more red and itchy. 2. The highway noise from below. There are a few mentions on the website and reviews of some "possible" noise from the highway that runs below the villa. I would like to point out that this is not only a possibility, but a guarantee, all day and most of the night. While it is not really loud, it is a constant drone in the background, that I found very annoying when you're supposed to be in the peaceful Tuscan countryside. Granted, I live on acreage and it is silent at my home other than wildlife, so I am somewhat spoiled. I just think that this should be more clearly laid out in the description, because I found it to be a major detractor in my overall enjoyment of the place. Again, I will say that the average person coming from a city or town that is used to traffic/highway noise may not even really notice or be bothered by it, but it was a sore point for me. Overall, great spot, would return if we could stay up in the castello and hopefully avoid most of the highway noise. Grazie!
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. It is a great spot, beautiful and convenient, too. So sorry you missed the information in the documents and links we provided explaining that there are virtually no screens in Italy and recommending mosquito repellant and describing the mosquito repellant devices that are in the apartment. We will ask the management to point those out to future guests. As for the sound of the road below, we can understand that if you live in the silent countryside, you definitely would hear something in the distance especially if the wind is blowing towards the property. Thank you again!
Spectacular location, Castello Di Bibbione provides modern accommodations in a historical setting. Toretta has probably the best view of the valley and is one of the buildings on the property. Quality bathroom, comfortable beds, cozy kitchen, private terrace. Excellent if you prefer privacy some may find it a bit secluded. We loved it. Make sure you try the wine and the oil made on the property and go on a walk at sunset towards la Loggia Delle Arte.
We had a fantastic time in Tuscany
Just a short message to let you know that Kevin and I returned yesterday from our trip to Italy. We wanted to thank you very much for arranging our stay at Castello Niccolo in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. We had a fantastic time in Tuscany, we loved the accommodations at the Castello, Valeria and everyone there couldn't have been more responsive, helpful, and friendly. The Wednesday tour of the Castello and the wine tasting were absolute treats. Please know that the experience we had was excellent and we definitely would return in the future.
Again, many thanks for helping us to enjoy our first trip to Tuscany. We look forward to talking with you again for future arrangements.
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|