|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Antica is a spacious Tuscan country apartment well suited to a family or two couples travelling together. The building dates back to the 1500s and its massive wooden beams and handmade terracotta tiled floors are in the traditional style. Renovated recently Antica makes a comfortable base for holiday or longer stays.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms plus 2 bathrooms. There is also a single bedroom with bunk-style single bed. Downstairs, the large sitting room with impressive traditional open fireplace is a comfortable spot to relax. There is a separate dining room/kitchen. Outside the apartment has a small terrace with panoramic views across vineyards and olive groves to a distant castle.
Escape into rustic Chianti Rufina and enjoy the timeless pleasures of Tuscany - less than 30 minutes from Florence!
This small group of buildings was once part of the first line of defences of Renaissance Florence. Now on a working vineyard, they have been converted to create an attractive villa and apartments. Situated in a prestigious Florentine estate which produces an impressive Chianti, there is a panoramic hilltop castle within walking distance. Florence is an easy train ride away, saving the headache of city parking. For 2 people, you can choose between Cipresso, a mini apartment with kitchenette, or Alba and Vista, which both have full kitchens and separate bedroom. If you are travelling in a group of up to 4, select the tab for Villa, the converted barn with two spacious panoramic terraces, two double bedrooms and bathrooms. For larger groups, up to 7, select Antica & Cipresso. Alternatively, groups of up to 13 can rent the whole Borgo. All apartments have their own private terrace with views across the valley.
Approach Road: Please note that there is a 1km rough, farm road to approach the property. The surface of the road is in loose stone and not tarmac. Most of our guests arrive in small hire cars without problems. Ask us for more information if you are concerned.
I live at Borgo di Sopra with my family. I am English and my husband is Italian with a lifetime's knowledge of places to visit and eat throughout Tuscany. We are happy to share our knowledge with you and help you get the most out your holiday in this part of Italy. Can we offer you a glass of wine, spread out the map of Tuscany and help you draw up your itinerary?
Jane purchased this apartment in 2005
Borgo di Sopra is a fabulous mix.
You truly feel away from it all, in the midst of a nature in a place of enormous beauty. There is lots of wildlife here, from deer to pheasants, hares, porcupines and all sorts of birdlife. Our apartments all look out onto the vineyards of the Castello di Nipozzano. These are cared for almost like a garden. It is wondeful to watch the passage of the seasons from winter when the vines are bare to summer when a tractor in the vineyard looks like a small boat on an ocean of green, to the autumn when the leaves turn gold. At the end of the day, everyday, the light softens and intensifies ........and it is always beautiful.
Yet, if you get in your car and drive our bumpy stone road and then the leafy country lane, in 6 minutes you find yourself in the bustling town of Pontassieve. Restaurants and shops, banks and the train station - it all feels a world away from our Borgo and yet it is so close.
At Borgo you can walk uphill to the lovely Castello di Nipozzano. There has been a castle here since 1000, and you can understand why. The position dominates the surrounding countryside. But there is also a handsome Villa from the 1700s. Its nonchalant aristocratic elegance, charms and intrigues you into wandering into the wine store, perhaps even into booking a tasting. It is worth it. The wines are impressive and the laid back, welcoming style is uniquely Tuscan.
The setting and the property were beautiful! Even better than the photographs. All the previous reviews were spot on! It was spotlessly clean with nice bed linen and towels. The owners were lovely, there on hand if you needed any help or advice but did not impose in any way. Jasmine and Peggy (dog and cat!) were a big hit! So cute! There is a very good book provided by the owners with local restaurants etc. We ate at a few but I can't remember the names. The is a really cute gelateria in San Francesco called Sottani. It is really nice. Unfortunately we weren't able to do the wine tour at Nippozano as they were very busy at that time. However we did have some wine from the wine store there and it was delicious! Book this early if you are interested. We would highly recommend this property.
The Borgo di Sopra villas were a centuries-old watch tower that had been tastely refurbished with modern amenities. Clean, spacious and comfortable, yet with the touch and feel of the Old Europe. The property was on a beautifully maintained huge outdoor space half way on top of a hill. The land was adorned with flowering plants, including furiously blooming lavenders with hovering bees, butterflies and Italian moths, 30ft wild walnut trees with eagerly awaiting squirrels, and outdoor sheltered sitting areas to enjoy the view.
The view was magnificent: the property overlooked the valley of the river of Arno that constituted a tranquil Tuscan picture of to-the-horizon vineyards, olive groves and a red-roof small town. On top of the hill was a castle of a world-famous Chianti family who offered a most memorable wine tour. The hill had many long foot-paths so bring hiking shoes.
The property was a short 20 minutes train ride to Florence and a 40 minutes drive to Siena. Florence offered great museums of renaissance art and never ending shopping opportunities and Siena a more subdued but colorful medieval Italian city-state experience.
The hosts were super friendly and helpful. They arranged for us a wine tour, restaurant reservations (talk about sumptuous slow Italian foods) and suggested attractions that only locals would know. We're especially in-debt for their care in a medical emergency.
We would not hesitate to recommend this property to all and we will surely go back to it ourselves.
After reviewing many locations to stay at, we determined that Borgo di Sopra was just what we were looking for. My wife, myself, our adult son, our adult daughter and our son-in –law arrived to be greeted by our gracious hosts, Jane and Giampiero. Their home was everything we dreamed of. It gave five adults plenty of individual space yet it was a wonderful family center. The location, the views and the accommodations were simply wonderful. It was idyllic. It was easy access to Florence either by local train or by car (which is really a must) and Siena. The wines of the region are fabulous. I encourage you to taste them all at local wine tours. Giampiero made some excellent restaurant suggestions for both Siena and locally. We tried both and his recommendations hit the mark both times. The walk up to the castle was easy and both the castle and the views from it were superb. My daughter summed it up best when she declared that the family must return in five years to Borgo di Sopra again for it gave us wonderful memories.
OUR HOST JANE WAS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL HOSTS AND SHE LOOKED AFTER EACH AND EVERY DETAIL OF THE HOUSE AND OUR STAY. WE WERE TWO COUPLES (SIXTY PLUS) AND HAD THE THREE BEDROOM + THREE BATHROOM HOUSE FROM HER BUT WE WOULD GIVE FULL MARKS TO BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT OUR COMFORT AND WELFARE.
WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THIS PRORTY TO EVERYONE WHOM WE KNOW BUT CAR IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE IT IS FAR FROM THE MAIN TOWN BUT EXTREMELY PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL.
My husband and I stayed in Vista at Borgo di Sopra. It was absolutely wonderful!!! The location was perfect for day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arrezo and Florence. It was lovely to sit on the terrace in the evening, after a long day of site seeing, with a great glass of wine from the winery located in the castle above the property. The castle was a 15 - 20 minute walk up the hill and the views were magnificant! When I go back to Tuscany I will definitely stay here again. I would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to see Tuscany and relax at the same time.
The pictures do not do it justice... we thought that it would be nice but never has beautiful, serene and breathtaking as the property was.
First, let me say that this location is the idyllic because of Jane, Giampiero, Vita and of course Peggy! From having groceries for us when we arrived from our long trip, to a book of helpful hints & info to fantastic conversation sets this place aside from any other. Jane & Giampiero are so dedicated to making your stay as fulfilling as you would like it and make sure that they try to do anything along the way to help you.
Antica was beautiful with plenty of space to spread out. The apartment blended the qualities of the original tower with the luxuries we all love in life. Every need you could imagine was there so you never need to worry about forgetting something.
Pontassieve & Pelago were wonderful to visits and walk around - the local businesses were lovely. Highly recommend Sottani (Thanks Jane for the tip!), Far West for Pizza, etc. The train system was easy to navigate and everything is easily accessible to make day trips if you please to Arezzo, Venice, Florence, etc.
Our honeymoon was perfect - couldn't have imagined going anywhere else! Thank-you Jane, Giampero, Vita & Peggy for making it unforgettable!
The 2 main airports in Tuscany (Pisa and Florence) are easily accessible . Short breaks are feasible all year round! You'll know you have made an escape from routine, though, when you drive down the winding approach road. You pass through vineyards with a historic castle and our property above you in the distance. You are now in the Nipozzano estate of the noble Florentine family of Frescobaldi. From your apartment, a pleasant walk, with superb views, will take you up to the castle. There the wine is aged in the historic cellars and you can taste and buy all Frescobaldi wines. Numerous other panoramic walks dot the area (the historic monastery of Vallombrosa is not far either). For renaissance culture, we are near Florence and Arezzo. Regular trains from Pontassieve station (5 minutes away) to central Florence take only 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, designer outlet discounts from Gucci, YSL, Todds etc are to be found at the Mall, outside Leccio, 15 minutes away.
Other Activities: Wine tasting.