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Top 5 farm houses in the Florence countryside

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Dreaming of a summer vacation in the wonderful Tuscan countryside and looking for a farm house in Tuscany? Check out the five best rated Florence farm houses on

1. La Sala, La Panca (Greve in Chianti)

Surrounded by 45 acres of parkland, La Sala farm home offers comfortable accommodation in the area of Greve in Chianti, Tuscany. Featuring three apartments housed in a beautiful, picturesque Tuscan farm house and an old barn, La Sala boasts a vast garden with outdoor swimming pool and barbecue, the perfect setting for either a romantic break or a family vacation in Tuscany.

Situated on Via Francigena pilmigrage route, 19 miles south of Florence and 26 miles north of Siena, Greve in Chianti is a great base to explore Tuscany and the splendid Chianti wine district. Some of the main sights of interest in the area are the Franciscan monastery in Greve’s old town and the Castle of Verrazzano.

2. Podere Poggetto, Barberino Val d’Elsa

Located in Barberino Val d’Elsa, about 9 miles from San Geminiano, Podere Poggetto is a small farm house nestled amongst the splendid Chianti hills. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday in Tuscany, the house features two apartments and offers leisure facilities including outdoor swimming pool, barbecue, bowls game, table tennis, as well as children playground with slide and swing.

Lying on the Cassia, the road which connects Florence to Rome, Barberino Val d’Elsa boasts a beautiful medieval old town and offers breathtaking views over the splendid Chianti vineyards and olive groves.

3. Il Piastrino, Vinci

Located about 1 mile from Vinci town center, Il Piastrino farm house offers good value accommodation in the very heart of Tuscany. Boasting a friendly atmosphere, the house is a great place to stay for both gourmets and nature lovers. Il Piastrino farm home has a large garden with outdoor swimming pool and offers guests delicious home produced Chianti wine, vino santo, olive oil, honey and biscuits.

Surrounded by the Tuscan hills and situated only 20 minutes from Florence and 30 minutes from Pisa, Vinci is picturesque city also known for being the birthplace of Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci. Tourist attractions include the Castle of Vinci, Piazza dei Guidi square, the church of Santa Croce and the sanctuary of Santissima Annuziata. If you are in Vinci in July, do not miss the medieval fantasy festival called Festa dell’Unicorno.

4. Conio, San Donato in Poggio (Tavarnelle Val di Pesa)

Conio farm house enjoys an excellent location in San Donato Val di Pesa, halfway between Florence and San Geminiano. This beautiful Tuscan farm house offers accommodation including 5 private apartments and guest rooms only 0.3 mile from San Donato old town. Ideal for a family vacation in Tuscany, Conio farm home features a swimming pool and a small private lake. The farm house also produces its own wine and olive oil, and organizes cooking lessons for Italian food lovers.

Boasting a rich historic heritage, San Donato in Poggio is a lovely medieval village which is worth a visit. Sights of interest include the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie e Pietracupa, the abbey of Pieve di San Donato in Poggio and the main Piazza Malaspina square with its Florentine architecture and original water well.

5.Casolare San Lorenzo, Montespertoli

Surrounded by a vast parkland with lakes, olive groves and vineyards, Casolare San Lorenzo is a splendid farm home in Montespertoli, Florence that enjoys fantastic views over the Chianti hills.

Built in traditional Tuscan style featuring wooden beams and terracotta bricks, this elegant farm house is the rural equivalent of a 4-star city hotel and offers a wide range of facilities: outdoor swimming pools, children’s swimming pool, soccer field, tennis court, tennis table, children’s games, laundry room, and private parking area. The 10 farm house apartments are named after the main protagonists of Tuscan Renaissance culture, from Michelangelo to Dante to Galileo and offers all you need to enjoy a relaxing stay in Tuscany. Located in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, Casolare San Lorenzo estate also produces its own organic olive oil and wine.

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  1. A reader says:
    October 7th, 2008 at 18:05

    Great farmhouses, I’d love to rent one next year.

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