Timeless Views and all Amenities
- Name: Panorama
- Sleeps: 10 + 2
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 5
- Price: From €2000 - €4800/week
The Villa was beautiful...The view is incredible and the grounds are lovely.
A comfortable villa above the Val di Nievole, the Valley of the Mists. Spacious and bright, every room has a view and air conditioning. Whether you want a relaxed vacation home with a large swimming pool or a more active plan with visits around the region, sports such as golf and riding, this is a fine property for you and your friends and family.
The spacious, gated property is nestled in olive groves on a hillside overlooking Montecatini Terme. A large swimming pool crowns the property. A beautiful little chapel is on site. A little monument commemorates a stay by the first king of united Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Your view is ever drawn to the valley where you can see Montecatini sometimes hidden in the mists. An overlook with stone benches invites contemplation.
The front entry opens onto a reception living room with fireplace. The laundry room is also on this level with washer and dryer.
The main public rooms are on the next floor up, the piano nobile "noble floor". Here you will find a dining room with a large table connected with a living room with three sofas. The television is also located in the living room.
There is wifi internet and satellite TV reception, DVD, stereo and telephone.
The kitchen has modern appliances and plenty of good light. A Carrara marble table seats 10 or serves as a preparation area, perfect surface for making pasta. Side-by side refrigerator wit icemaker, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, mixer, Italian style coffee maker.
Steps lead out the back to a broad terrace with a very large table to seat all guests. A barbecue is found here, too.
This is a good property for the moderate price. Not luxury but comfortable and a nice place to stay for a large group.
Optional services include maid service, additional linens, baby sitting and a chef for lunch, dinner and cooking lessons.
Also on the main floor, is the first of 5 well-sized bedrooms with en suite baths. It has a queen sized bed. A desk for a little work and a nice bookshelf with some interesting antique volumes. There is wifi internet. The antique bureau has a pretty mirror.
On the top floor are four more bedrooms, three have queen sized beds and the fourth has two singles that can be joined. All have ensuite bathrooms with modern fixtures.
All also have windows with very nice views.
The bedroom used by the first king of Italy is on this level. You can sleep in his four poster bed, each column topped by an eagle.
Another bedroom has a beautiful frescoed ceiling. You may recognize the style as echoing ancient roman designs.
You may add housekeeping and chef and tour services to your stay. Let us work with you to plan your stay and services.
- Vineyards and wine tasting tour
- Wine and food tasting at your villa
- Cooking classes in your villa by professional chefs that can optionally be preceded on Mondays by shopping in local markets.
- Personal chef offers various menus for you to choose from: Italian Menu, Tuscan Menu, Florentine Steak Menu, Barbecue Menu, Fish Menu, Vegetarian Menu and Poolside Aperitif with Antipasti
The Valley of the Mists Abounds with Activities for the Whole Family
Find yourself in the beautiful countryside within an easy drive or train ride (40 minutes) of the main city of Tuscany, Florence. Some of the most lovely lesser cities of Tuscany are even closer: Lucca and Pisa. These cities are lovely with economies based mostly on tourism, where the smaller and even closer cities such as Montecatini Terme, Pistoia and Pescia, rich in art and history, bring you closer to real Tuscan life and culture. Coming in closer to the villa you find an area that is know for its beautiful nature and gentle Tuscan culture. Montecatini Terme lies in Val di Nievole, the Valley of the Mists, which phenomena you can appreciate from the heights of Villa Panorama.
Montecatini and Monsummmano, the closest towns, have been known for their hot springs since antiquity and were developed during the last half of the 1700s as destinations for nobility to enjoy the waters for their health. Today they offer world-famous spas and experiences to promote health and relaxation.
Montecatini Alto, the original village in the area is reached from Montecatini Terme on the oldest funicular in the world. No worries, it was thoroughly updated in the 1980s. Your destination is a classic medieval fortified town with defensive walls, a wealth of 25 towers, church, convent and a piazza with restaurants. A great outing.
Montecatini Terme has its own opera with a season from mid-April to mid-October.
Golf at the beautiful 18-hole course is at the Montecatini Golf Club.
Small museums abound in the area. Consider a brief museum visit in one of the little villages, followed by a nice lunch in the piazza. The contemporary art museum in Monsumano offers a collection that includes Pietro Annigoni. Several small museums such as the History of Farming, Territorial Museum, Paper Museums, Castle and Archaeology Museum of Larciano, the Museum Natural Science and Archaeology of Pescia, the Museum of Religious Art in Massa and the Open-air Museum of Serravalle Pistoiese all give you a chance for brief and interesting visits in the little towns in the Valley of the Mists.
The town of Collodi, home of Pinocchio, is a short drive where there is a cheerful park with loads of great and amusing art and activities for the whole family, puppet shows, a butterfly house and nearby a classic and monumental villa and garden that is impressive for fountains and gardens, the Garzoni gardens.
Architecture in the valley ranges from medieval to the grand spas, country homes of nobility, monumental buildings such as the Montecatini Terme Town Hall from 1911.
And don't forget gastronomy. Famous for its earthy and delicious cuisine, there are many fine restaurants as well as fresh foods for you or a chef to prepare in your villa. Enjoy a gastronomic and wine-tasting tour.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||5 bedrooms: 4 with queen sized beds and 1 with 2 singles.|
|Bathrooms||5 ensuite bathrooms, all with step in shower|
|Mobility||No elevator and 3 floors|
|Size||300 m2, 3230 sq ft. Property is 10 hectares, 25 acres.|
|Outlook||Panoramo of Val di Nievole and Montecatini Terme|
|Dining||Dining room, eat-in kitchen and dining table on terrace.|
|Kitchen||Full kitchen with side-by side refrigerator, ice maker, microwave, electric kettle, mixer, toaster. Carrara marble table seats 10-12.|
|Laundry||Ground floor washer, dryer, iron, ironing board.|
|Utilities||Electric usage about 200kwh/week (a good baseline) will be charged according to use. Heat and air conditioning is billed according to use.|
|Entertainment||Television with satellite reception for a few english language channels, DVD player with some DVDs (European Standard), stereo.|
|Linens||Extra linen change E15/person|
|Pets||Small pets allowed with advance arrangement.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning 200 paid in cash on arrival.. Additional maid service available with advance arrangement @ E12 Euros/hour.|
|Cook||Available at additional cost. Request quote for your preferred service. Lunches, dinners, cooking lessons.|
|Security Deposit||E800 Euro security deposit paid in cash on arrival and refunded on departure less damages and any other costs.|
|Pool Towels||Pool towels provided.|
|Transfer & Auto||Rental car delivery service to the villa can be arranged with ample advance notice. You may also include chauffeur service from Florence, Pisa and Bologna airports to the villas. Please request a price quote.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Rental is generally Saturday/Saturday, please check with us for more flexible schedules during off peak dates.
15 Jun - 31 Aug
11 May - 15 Jun
31 Aug - 28 Sep
06 Apr - 11 May
28 Sep - 26 Oct
21 Dec - 11 Jan 2020
05 Jan - 06 Apr
26 Oct - 21 Dec
Minimum price is for a week.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utility allowance, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi (not guaranteed for every room) Continental breakfast for first morning.
Arrival check in is generally between 4:00-8:00 pm. We'll ask you for your plans so we can coordinate your welcome.
Not included: These expenses are paid locally, normally deducted from an €800 Euro security deposit. Final cleaning of €200 Euros, Electricity use above 300 kwh/week at €0.35/kwh for 2018 and then 200 kwh/week at €35/kwh for 2019, heat as consumed at €5.5/cm, air conditioning as consumed at €0.35/kwh, lost keys. Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
Optional services: Chef and cooking classes. Cleaning @ €12/hour, minimum 3 hours. Full cleaning with change of linens and towels is €200 Euros. If you want to change linens & towels yourself, a set of linens & towels is €12 Euros.
These property specific terms override general terms: Upon making the deposit 30% is non refundable.
• We visited this nice villa when the mists were in the valley and the view was wonderful. This is a true villa rather than a rustic agriturismo which dates from the early 1800s. It has been totally brought up to date with central heat, air conditioning, modern bathrooms and kitchen. Also WiFi, Satellite TV reception, stereo and telephone.
• It is a good price for the amount of space. It a moderate villa in terms of style & amenities, as reflected by the moderate price. It is a not what we would categorize as a luxury villa.
• Maintenance appears good.
• Pool size is very good, appropriate for the number of guests.
• Access is uphill with curves but no blind switchbacks so you will not hesitate to drive around the area.
Our Guest Reviews
Almost Italy Perfect
Villa Panorama lived up to our expectations and we had a most enjoyable week there. It has excellent facilities with more than enough room for a group of 8 to 10 people. I would highly recommend it.
That said I have high expectations for such a place given the cost and these were not met in several small ways. This comes from not ensuring that over time all facilities are maintained to a high standard. Examples: insufficient wine glasses (attended to immediately by the manager); terrible pillows; no toiletries at all; light above the stove out etc. My main concern was that the English speaking greeter was not there to greet us, instead a lovely gentleman who spoke no English. It must be realised that travellers spend huge money on these places and look forward to the stay immensely. If it is not “perfect” especially on arrival then the enjoyment of the stay is diminished.
Fix these little things up and Villa P would be outstanding.
I would highly recommend Italy Perfect.
[Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you had an enjoyable week. We are so sorry that the English speaking manager had an unexpected and last-minute true emergency and had to send someone who didn’t speak English. As you wrote before, she was there the next day and organized everything for you. The Italy Perfect Team]
We loved our holiday at the Panorama house. The house was large and comfortable with incredible views which surrounded the villa. It location was close to major cities as well as small towns which were easy day trips. The manager to the house was very helpful as well. Italy Perfect made booking our family holiday a breeze, which was enjoyed by the grandparents down to the toddlers. We highly recommend this villa for a memorable family vacation as well as Italy Perfect.
[We are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Family trip to Tuscany
The Villa was beautiful and very adequate for our needs. The only minor negative is that it is on three levels and without elevator, so baggage and everything else needs to be carried up the stairs. The view is incredible an the grounds are lovely. The service from Italy Perfect is perfect, Pat is extremely helpful and very responsive. I rate her five stars plus!
[Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Map and Location
|Village of Mazza e Cozzile - 3/4 mile, @ 20 min walk, 3 min drive|
|Montecatini Terme - 16 minute drive|
|Pescia - 24 minute drive|
|Monsummano - 25 minute drive|
|Pistoia - 33 minute drive|
|Lucca - 34 minute drive|
|Pisa - 52 minute drive|
|Florence - 1 hour drive (40 min train ride from Montecatini)|