Lovely hamlet in the Chianti hills

Views, wine, olive oil and great food

IN THE MIDDLE OF CHIANTI

Casavecchia is located on the outskirts of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, halfway between Florence and Siena. In the centre of Tuscany where views with rolling hills, wine, olive oil and great food are in abundance. We are talking about hills, Florence, Siena, Chianti Wine, olive oil and good food: it all starts here. Many important monuments and historical villa are located in this area, named “Classic Chianti”: many of these castles or villas had been built to overlook and control the valley, its oil and wine productions, most precious ever since. It is now called “Chiantishire”, or simply “Chianti”: some of the best wine labels of the world have their home here, such as Antinori, just to name the most famous. One of the most appreciated activities from our guests or friends is just strolling around the area, close to the villa, maybe even with a nice dust road to downtown, and find out what’s to see in the Village: a moving wooden Christ scene from Simone Martini, a cozy little gothic church, or maybe the remaining of the medieval walls, and stopping by some wine bar or a canteen, for a late afternoon tasting.

Florence

IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL, INDEED

Florence is just a short drive away: one of the best and most desirable cities of the world lays at hand. And Visiting Florence will be hours of walking and visiting, it will be Uffizi and David of Michelangelo, but it will also be Bargello Museum, or Ferragamo’s. It will be lampredotto to go, it will be ice-cream and cueues, it will be Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo. It will be beautiful, indeed.

If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss FlorenceThe Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the little streets of San Niccolò, where it feels like you have ended up in another time along its centuries-old walls.

Florence is the perfect walking city due to its compactness: as you stroll from the Baptistery to the Palazzo Vecchio, from the Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace, you will be steeped in a world of art but also of fashion. Florence city center (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is scattered with an eclectic mix of boutique. All of the world’s best-known labels have set up business here as the city is a lovemark and landmark for international fashion. When you start to tire of the crowded streets, leave the center behind and head for the hills! A testing climb leads up to Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato al Monte – it’s worth the effort to experience some of the most soul-soothing and inspiring views in the world with your own eyes.

siena

SAN CASCIANO NEAR SIENA

San Casicano in Val di Pesa, a charming town is a walk away through the vineyards or a short drive. Filled with historical buildings surrounded by a medieval wall. Market places, cafes and restaurants complete this idyllic town. San Casciano is placed right on the old road connecting Florence and Siena, the two old enemy cities in Tuscany: towers against towers, flags against flags, money against money. And Siena did remain somehow a vision from the past: the huge Piazza del Campo, where the worldwide famous Palio is still happening twice a year, is extraordinarily old to visitor’s eyes, and donates the vision of what it looked like to be as powerful as Siena, at the time. The dome with its beautiful decorated pavements, the green and white marbles and the peculiar cakes and amouse-bouche from Siena will “hit” you. This place well deserves a good time to spend, and from San Casciano it is just at 40 minutes driving distance, on regular roads.
Close to San Gimignano and Volterra, but close to the “secret” city Arezzo (one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, but not many people notice), and still close enough to Pisa, Lucca, to the seaside of Forte dei Marmi as well as to the southern Maremma, San Casciano Val di Pesa is called the center of Tuscany, and it really is, just like our Mansion. Florence Airport is 40 mins drive door-to-door and Pisa Airport 1h20mins: the railway station links the town to Florence downtown with many daily regional trains, with Florence being one of the biggest railway hubs in Italy.