In the 12th century the town of Semifonte, just west of the Chianti Classico, was so prosperous that it merited a mention in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy; by 1202 it had been razed to the ground by rampaging Florentines. Casa Grazia was erected as a watchtower in the aftermath, but as the town was never rebuilt it gradually settled into a quieter existence as a farmer’s home. Now restored and enlarged, the building has preserved many of its original features without losing any sense of the past. The stone work, beamed ceilings, quirky windows and a lovely old fireplace remain, but comfortable furnishings, air-conditioned bedrooms, a modern kitchen and new bathrooms have turned the tower into a wonderful country retreat. The views, which have changed little over the centuries, can be admired from almost every window but most especially from the hot tub positioned at the edge of the terrace. From here you can plan excursions to the wine centre of Barberino Val d’Elsa or the beautiful walled city of San Gimignano, both minutes away.
Max Occupancy: 5
Villas near San Gimignano, Tuscany
Air Conditioned Bedrooms
The site of Semifonte is now occupied by Barberino Val d’Elsa, 4km/2.5 miles from Casa Grazia and in the heart of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini wine-producing area; Petrognano, today a tiny hamlet, lay on its outskirts. Several villages in the area did survive the turbulent Middle Ages and rather gloriously, too - notably San Gimignano, 15km/9 miles, with its famous towers, and Certaldo, 12km/8 miles. Siena and Florence can both be reached within 1 hour.
Entrance into a sitting room with a big fireplace. WC. Dining room with a fireplace. Kitchen with a wood oven.
[up 13 steps] Sitting room. Air-conditioned Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Second floor [up 12 steps] Reading room. Air-conditioned Double bedroom. Air-conditioned Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower.
Small, level and nicely-maintained lawned garden edged by a stone wall. Summer kitchen with barbeque. No swimming pool but an above-ground hot tub [heating included], 1.4 x 2m/4.5 x 6.5 feet, positioned to face a view of forested hills dotted with farmhouses and villages.
Assistance is provided by the owner, who speaks English and lives about 20km/12 miles away; the housekeeper, who does not speak English, lives on the neighbouring property. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Washing machine. CD player. Air-conditioned bedrooms. Central heating. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Tennis courts at Noce (Tavarnelle) and Poggibonsi, both less than 15 minutes’ drive. 18-hole golf within 30 minutes. This is a wonderful area for walking and biking: a selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English).
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Mixer. Toaster. American coffee maker
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What better way to explore Italy than in the charming and classic Fiat 500? Our Fiat 500 tour will have you cruising through the Chianti countryside and the cobbled streets of iconic Florence. The picturesque landscape provides panoramic views of infinite groves & rolling green hills, dotted with grapevines and monasteries.
Embark on a unique tour created for lovers of the great outdoors, Italian truffles and fine cuisine. Our truffle hunting experience takes you through the time honoured Italian tradition, with a guide and a Lagotto Romagnolo truffle hunting dog. To conclude this experience, your taste buds will be delighted with light truffle-themed lunch.
Discover the world of superb Italian wine in its spiritual homeland of Chianti. Our Chianti wine tour allows you to become acquainted with the diverse wines of the region, as guided by an expert wine-maker. Your taste buds will be treated to a light lunch comprised of local delicacies and wines with their own unique aromas, complexities and characters.
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