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Florence luxury villa rentals with swimming pool and air
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Villa La Querce is
a charming place located only 12 km off Florence,
a mere 20 minute trip by car, ideal for those who would like to visit
the Uffizi or Ponte Vecchio without the inconvenience of finding a
parking for their car. In fact the bus stops at only 100 t from the
villa's gate and takes directly to the center of Florence!
Villa La Querce is also located only 5 minutes away from the motorways
which lead to Tuscany's main
San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa, Cortona etc.
Visiting these jewels will be the easiest thing! Villa La Querce
promises to you an unforgettable holiday in the beauty of the Florence
in the wellrenowned Chianti area,
among olive trees and vineyards, with the world's most famous
monuments at hand....
Florence exclusive Villa la Querce is
surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards in the hillsides of
florentine Chianti, located on the road that connects Bagnolo to
Impruneta. Impruneta is a very nice little town whose reputation is
related to the production of “cotto” (the cotto tiles of the Duomo, in
Florence, were made in Impruneta).
Villa la Querce is located only 2 km from Impruneta, it measures 900
square mt and we can find the famous imprunetine cotto in the amazing
ceilings of the villa. Although the reputation of the estate is above
all linked to the quality of its products – its wines and extra virgin
olive oil have won a great number of prices – interest and attention
have been paid to the historical and architectural elements of the
The elegant villa, whose construction is so old that some parts date
to the 1300, is dominated by a stately tower. The form is somber and
dignified both in the design of its layout and in the finish of the
facade. But the origin of the property dates even further back. A
document dated 1042 reports the sale of a “house with land and
vineyards” in this area, indicating without doubt the antiquity of the
cultivation of vineyards in the region. During Second World War the
villa knew dramatic moments. It 1944 it was occupied by the Germans.
The nazis cut down the enormous oak tree that gave the name to the
property in the effort to block the road, but the tree fell on the
wrong side of the road, ruining their plans.
Villa La Querce can accept a maximum of 14 guests. There are 7
bedrooms – 4 double and 3 singles (but beds can be combined in one of
the single) – and 6 bathroom + 1 wc. 6 bedrooms have air
Please note: the villa is rented as a whole and not in portions or
On the first floor we find a magnificent hall with huge fireplace, 2
elegant living rooms (one of which has an office area with fax machine
and Adsl internet connection), dining hall with a large table suited
for 14 guests, kitchen with microwave oven, traditional oven, freezer
and two refrigerators, service bathroom, and 2 double bedrooms with
On the second floor we find a large hall with grand piano, a
comfortable living room with satellite tv, the breathtaking master
bedroom with en-suite bathroom, one large and elegant twin bedroom
with en-suite bathroom, one double bedroom and a twin canopy bedroom.
These two rooms share a bathroom.
On the third level (the tower) we have a cozy living room with tv, a
twin bedroom (but the beds can be combined to obtain a double bed)
with amazing view of the valley and a bathroom. All the bedrooms have
plenty of storage space.
On the basement or ground floor we find the wine cellars (available to
guests for wine tasting tours), the gym with sauna, the laundry room
(with washing machine, drying machine and iron board) and the staff
quarter (not available for guests). The villa has also two safety
boxes at clients disposal. Air conditioning in 6 bedrooms will make
your vacation even more comfortable!
GARDEN & SWIMMING
The guests at villa la Querce can enjoy
the beautiful and peaceful private park, with swimming pool, abundant
olive orchards, laurel hedges and a fantastic lawn perfect for
children to play.
There are two living areas in the park. One in the cotto patio in
front of the villa, with two arcades where it is possible to eat or
relax in the shade. A huge fig tree guarantees shadow and coolness
also in the hottest months. Plenty of deckchairs are at the guests'
The other living area is in front of the hall at the first floor. An
elevated square garden with a big oak tree where it's possible to
enjoy breakfast in the freshness of the morning or have a relaxing
aperitivo at sunset, or try an informal dinner with the tasty dishes
cooked by Grace, the villa's cook.
The swimming pool is surrounded by laurel hedges for the guests
privacy. Nested among the olive trees, it measures 15 for 8 mt.
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL PRICE
On the arrival day our cook
Grace will prepare you the dinner, so you don't have to bother cooking
or looking for a restaurant. Our dinner includes an aperitivo with
bruschette and our wine, pasta alla puttantesca with olives, veal with
porcini or chicken with white wine and rosmary, roasted potatoes,
salad and ice cream with fruit salad.
Tour of the cellar and
You can tour our vineyards
and learn everything about our wines with Marco Ferretti, the wine
maker of our company. At the end of the tour you'll visit our cellar
and taste our wines which have won a great number of prizes.
Learn the real tuscan cuisine
with someone who has a true insight into the tuscan food culture.
You'll learn how to make the real “pappa al pomodoro”, “zuppa di farro”,
“rosticciana”, “fagioli all'uccelleto”, and other dishes that make the
tuscan cuisine so unique. Our new chef Lorenzo Girolami will teach you
the tricks in the informal, homely atmosphere of villa La Querce -
learning to cook italian food will be a pleasure!
is available as a chef for a special meal or for our guests who
require a chef during their stay at our villa. Inquiry with the owner
for the prices.
Guided visits of Florence
Visit Florence and Siena with
a very special guide, art historian Cecilia Martelli, former teacher
of the art history program of John Hopkins University in Florence. You
will step into the Renaissance and walk thru the beauty of the city
and its monuments, museums and churches.
Some example of itineraries:
The Medici family and the arts –
visit to Palazzo Medici Riccardi (with the famous Benozzo Gozzoli
chapel), San Lorenzo church and Medici Chapels
Brunelleschi Renaissance architecture in Florence –
walking tour of Ospedale degli Innocenti, San Lorenzo Church, visit of
the Duomo and the “cupola”.
Introduction to florentine Renaissance art –
walking tour of San Lorenzo church, piazza Duomo, Battistero,
Orsanmichele church, piazza Signoria, visit of the Uffizi Gallery
(this is an whole day itinerary).
Michelangelo in Florence –
visit of the Accademia museum, Medici Chapel, Laurentian library.Lorenzo
Ghiberti and the Baptistery doors –
visit to the Battistero and the Opera del Duomo museum.
Our guide is an expert on
Renaissance art and she can organize tours also in Siena (which is
only 50 km away from the villa).
we now offer special art lessons with canadian artist Sharon Okun at
the villa!!! Great fun for the kids.
NEW! Yoga lessons (hatha
yoga, sivananda) by the teachers of Firenze Yoga: 90 minutes lesson in
English (but also German or Spanish) in the hall of the villa. The
space is perfect for excercize and meditation. It is also possible to
have our Pilates teacher, Silvia, come and teach a class at the villa.
Visit of the pottery
factory Antica Fornace “Ugo Poggi”
Located very near villa La
Querce the terra-cotta factory Ugo Poggi is famous for its beautiful
terracotta pots, jars, tiles and art works. Impruneta is the town of “cotto”,
the tiles of the Florence Duomo were made in Impruneta and the
factories which produce terra-cotta are many. But the Poggi furnace is
unique, because it has a long tradition in this manufacturing art. The
Poggi furnace creates gorgeous flower pots, both traditional and
modern which are exported in the whole world. Recently the italian
artist Mauro Staccioli created his art work for Poggi, a gigantic
terra-cotta ring which has become a landmark for Impruneta. Visiting
the factory you'll discover the secrets of “cotto” as we call it and
the process of making it.
Chianti by bike
Why not visit Chianti by
bicycle? You can book the bikes and the guide at the villa, pick up
your favorite tours and see the country in a new, exciting way. Our
guides from the shop “Florence by bike” will propose a different range
of tours, right for a family ride or for a more “professional”
challenge. In any case, there is no better way to really enjoy the
beauty of Chianti, with its extensive vineyards and olive groves. The
famous towns of Greve and Panzano are within reach, a must of Chianti
touring. If you don't think you need a guided tour, but you want to
rent your bikes nevertheless, we offer you the possibility of having
them delivered right at the villa.
Trekking on the Apuane
The Apuane are the Dolomites
(Alps) of Tuscany. They are very near the coast and are famous for
their marbles (Michelangelo used the Apuane's marble for his
sculptures). They offer the beauty of a walk in the mountains with the
breath-taking view of the sea. Our expert guide and friend Cinzia
Sarti will come with a van to pick up your group at the villa and lead
it through an easy but fascinating trekking. The day can end with a
visit of nearby Lucca or with a stop on the beaches of the tuscan