Built in the 1200s, Master Quarters 220 sq meters, 2 Suites, 4 hectares of parc
- english, french, spanish, italian
I am a hard working professional, multicultural multilingual experienced traveler and leisure-time sailor. The profession and in general Life are full of challenges and tension. In my mind this property catalyzes peace and introspection, excellent karma if i may dare to say!
Gil purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2016
Why Gil chose Pontassieve
In a few words, Florence with all its museums, churches, shopping, restaurants, services, attractions, Chianti Region, all major touristic attractions of Tuscany, e.g., Siena, Montepulciano, San Sepolcro, charme, uniqueness, space, land, environment, proximity to train/highway/air links. More explicitly, the Estate represents the "best of both worlds", the beauty and peace of the Chianti hillsides and the metro/artistic/alive ambiance of Florence. The property is 15 km from downtown Florence, in the Northern Hills of the Chianti Region with stunning views of the Tuscan hills and the Arno River Valley, hence wonderful evenings on one of the terraced spaces or balconies, sipping Chianti wine over cheeses, breads, prosciutto, salame, bresaola, etc., a myriad of items from the Tuscan culinary tradition, excellent crusty breads, all bought at the local Coop store, in the Village one kilometer away. Or in one of the many wineries of the Chianti region. And another day or evening, a more metropolitan, "cultural", urban experience in Florence, downtown Florence a gunshot away, less than ~15 km, excellent train connection as well, railway station at 3 kilometers with free parking space. Visiting museums, shopping, a gourmet meal after an aperitif in world renowned bars and restaurants. That much for location, a duality if you will, to pick and choose one of the faces of the properties depending on your mood and desire.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
A Chianti, Tuscan Hills experience at its fullest. Yet 15 km from Florence, 25 km from Florence Airport or 20 minutes train ride to downtown Florence. 3 hours drive to Rome, 2 hours drive to Bologna and a bit less to the Mediterranean Sea, less than 1 hour drive to Bilancino Lake. A multi-faceted experience, or one only depending on your desire. A country-life experience in the Tuscan Hills, or a tranquil base for day trips to Florence and Chianti wineries.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
No overnight stays - 10 max. - discuss with Owner
strictly non smoking inside, 11 acres grounds
prior discussion and approval by Owner - fee
Strict adult supervision required at all times
Minimum age of primary renter:24
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
- Easy to accommodate extra guests, ask Owner - Check-in/out time as per Listing - No electric heaters - Close patio umbrellas after use (windy!)
- Inside furniture, stays inside - Only toilet paper in toilets. - Remember: you are renting private quarters, not a hotel
- HA/VRBO platform inbox messages official mode of communication: all questions either party may have to be timely addressed there
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Charme and Mystery in the Florence Chianti Hills
This stay was a present and a test! We loved the compound for space and views, the quarters for equipment and comfort, the home-cooked meal right after our cooking class in Florence, the ability to reach downtown Florence with half hr train ride, station a few miles from the Torre with frequent trains and free parking, the sense of ownership and privacy in an entirely safe environment with Groundskeeper working in the background - beautiful present!
Tuscan Countryside Villa
Wonderful stay at this ancient watch tower villa. Gilberto is a dedicated and thoughtful host who provides timely and insightful advice both about the villa and the surrounding area. The drive to the site is somewhat challenging but well worth the effort when you arrive. Our only regret was the inclement weather in November. But Gilberto can’t control that aspect. We will try to return during a better time of the year. The feline that greets you at the gate, Esmeralda, is an additional treat. Gracie, Gilberto.
This is a rare find. A property that will make you feel so at home, while also making you feel like you are at last the farthest thing from your own usual reality. A true escape, and a chance to immerse yourself in history.
Breathtaking views, shimmering olive trees, hills enveloped in mist and ancient wood and stone create an atmosphere that is not always available in our world. The beauty is astounding.
No intrusive sound, just birds and insects and the aromas of sage and rosemary.
It's a quick train ride to Firenze, but hard to make yourself leave the Tower!
Thank you so much to Gil, always attentive to questions and a wealth of information; thanks so much to Bruno and Enza - wonderful greeters and tour of Tower.
Hello Lisa & sister
What can I say?
A real pleasure meeting you, albeit virtually, i do share your impressions on the Torre, a magical environment! Couldn't have said it better myself!
Had an excellent stay. Was a little tricky to find but when we did it was great
Wonderful place to stay in The Tuscany Region of Italy
It was a very lovely home perfectly located in the area of Italy that we wanted to be. We were able to travel from there to see many sites during our stay and knew that we had a place to return to each night so that we could get rested up for our next adventures. The owner was great!! He kept in touch with us all the time. He was very helpful even when it came to advising us on great places to dine and great places to visit to enjoy on our trip!!
Debbie a real pleasure to get to know you a bit and to have both of you as guests in the Torre - remember invite you received for next trip to Tuscany is genuine and meant!
Our special time at Pontassieve...The Torre Casalta
Our time here at the Torre Casalta allowed us to have breathtaking views and experience a peaceful and relaxing time for our very first trip to Italy!
The Tower itself, "la Torre" dates to 1255 AD. Indeed it has a name, we will disclose it privately upon completion of the reservation, so as to allow you to refer to your history books!).
The complex consists of three independent Quarters, only one is being rented, the "Casa Padronale" (Master Quarters). HENCE EXTRA GUESTS MAY BE EASILY ACCOMMODATED (see below). The Master Quarters ("la Casa Padronale") spans over ~220 sq. meters (~2200 sq. feet) with two independent Suites each with bathroom-en-suite configuration. The Estate itself encompasses ~4.5 hectares (~11 acres) of land.
The property is on the hills of the Arno River, East-South East of Florence, Northern edge of the Chianti Region ("DOC Chianti Rufina"). Originally, in the XIII Century, a Watchtower. It has the beauty of those hills, with olive, oak, cypress, pine trees and a stunning view of the Chianti Region to miles and miles away. And it is 15 km from Florence.
The Torre Estate allows to experience the life of a "Tuscan chateau", firewood places, home cooked dinners, relaxing in the yard and terraces sipping Chianti wine, or walking or hiking in the property and enjoying beautiful sunsets. And all of this, a gunshot from Florence!
Not to mention the many little restaurants, osterias, trattorias within a 5 kms radius, with typical Tuscan Cuisine, at extremely reasonable prices. Further, the property being as it is on the Northern edge of the Chianti Region, puts some of the most prestigious wineries well within reach and allows for unique day trips, tours, excursions and wine shopping.
Or a visit to one of the most famous outlet shopping mall, the "Mall" in via Europa 8, Leccio - a half-hour drive or so to indulge in brand-names shopping, e.g., Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Balenciaga, Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Pomellato, Pucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino & Zegna -the whole "Gucci Pucci Fiorucci" gamma!
A second more reasonable outlet mall in Barberino.
Alternatively, the “Torre Estate” experience may be taken as a "trip to Florence", without its congestion, traffic and cost. A 5 kilometers easy drive to the railway train station, with ample free parking, will get you in ~20-30 minutes by (frequent) train ride to the downtown Florence Train Station, ~2-3 EUR fare. Spend the day in Florence, with all it has to offer in terms of its arts, performances, museums, shopping, sightseeing, tours, boutiques, restaurants and then back to the Torre after or for dinner. Or drive to Florence, ~10 miles (~15 km) by car.
In conclusion, you may experience a mix of the beauty of the Tuscan Hills and the City of Florence in its splendor. It will make for a memorable vacation.
The complex consists of the Torre proper and its two additions. It develops over three independent Quarters, hence EXTRA GUESTS MAY BE EASILY ACCOMODATED for an extra per-diem fee.
The Master Quarters ("la Casa Padronale") consist of two independent Suites each with its own bathroom, (two sofa-beds for three extra guests may be deployed, extra charge as per Listing), living room, formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen, day room sofa' and table/chairs, greenhouse (Jardin d'Hiver) with wet bar and table/chairs, over an area of ~2200 sq ft (~220 sq meters). Completed by panoramic views, many terraces and balconies, outside table and chairs, fireplace, grill, washing machine, internet-WiFi, TV and much more.
The Guest Quarters ("il Fienile") consist of a bedroom, bathroom, living/dining room with fireplace and kitchen, over an area of ~ 800+ sq ft (~80+ sq meters). We may discuss if interested its rental as well.
Finally the Tower itself ("la Torre"), extending over two floors, second and third floors of the construction itself, plus the terrace at the top, kitchen, dining room, fireplace, bedroom suite with bathroom-en-suite and an extra bathroom for guests on one level, large open space living/bed room on the second level, terrace on the third level, over an area of ~1200 sq feet (~120 sq meters), not available as a rental at present.
If this property and its location so far attract you and you are considering a stay, feel free to contact me with any questions, clarifications or concerns – we are proud of the Estate and we are happy to share it and discuss it with others.
Chianti Wineries, Florence, Siena, all of Tuscany
RESTAURANTS detailed list will be sent upon completion of reservation
Artemide Restaurant (my preferred one)
vis di Galiga 21
Torre al Sasso Ristorante e Pizzeria
via Montetrini 51
strada provinciale Molino del Piano
Molino del Piano
La Bottega a Rosano, (excellent for lunches)
via Primo Maggio, 10
Localita Rosano (Rignano sull'Arno)
GROCERIES - SUPERMARKETS
The "Coop" chain in Tuscany is a regional institution - 1.5 km away, small but fully stocked, groceries, produce, wines, sandwiches made to order with Tuscan bread or pizza and Tuscan cheeses, prosciutto, etc., - very nice staff