Charming Reinassance Villa Apt

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Viale Vittorio Veneto, Impruneta, Tuscany 50023, Italy

16th century Villa surrounded by olive groves. Free Wifi and private parking. Car not necessary: only 1 km from town's center and shops. Bus stop to Florence (12 Km) in front of entrance gate. Ideal to relax, perfectly located to explore Tuscany

The Space

Located in Impruneta , on the edge of Chianti, Apartment Saladino is a comfortable 70 sqm apartment consisting of:
• Bedroom with king size double bed,
• Bathroom with shower ,
• Large living room with sofa bed and kitchen.
Old terracotta floors and high beamed ceilings.
All furniture and paintings on the walls are antique and belong to our family collection.
Walls are thicker than 50 cm (20 inches), as it was customary centuries ago in this kind of buildings to ensure cool even in the hottest summers .

Apartment Saladino is located on the ground floor of our family property, Villa Saladini , a 16th century Villa surrounded by a beautiful park and by olive groves.
Apartment has direct access from the garden.

Villa Saladini is therefore the ideal place to relax surrounded by a beautiful environment, but also an excellent base for visiting Florence , the beautiful Chianti countryside and the most charming towns in Tuscany.

Guest Access

Our guests will have full access to the all property which includes two large sunny lawns, a big shady area under pine trees and orchads, 6 hectars of olive groves and over 20 hectars of wood.
In the garden you will find table and chairs and deck chairs for your relax.
The Villa main Hall, full of history and charme, is at guest disposal on request.

Interaction with Guests

Let us introduce ourselves you to:
We are Perla and Marco, we are married and live in the Villa with our two children, Bernardo and Beatrice .
The Villa belongs to our family for many generations , ever since it was built over 500 years ago and it has a special charm, the entire building is filled with objects of the past, old letters , furniture and paintings collected over the centuries by the family members .
We love this place and we will be glad to show it to you !

We do our best to make guests feel as if they were at home .

Upon your arrival we will welcome you with Florence and Chianti maps, tourist information including main museums opening hours, events of the month , some useful guides , bus timetables , etc.
We will also offer you a welcome gift consisting of a bottle of our production extra virgin olive oil and discounted tickets to nearby restaurants.

In the hope of meeting all your needs, we have organized to offer various additional services on request: breakfast with home made cakes and jams, home made dinner, organic Chianti wine and oil tastings, professional cooking lessons (we have an agreement with a cooking school to have a professional chef teaching private lessons in the Villa kitchen), non professional cooking lessons (I can teach you personally how to make home made pasta), car with driver to visit Chianti, vineyards and castles tours, Guided Florence tours, shuttle service... and much more.
If you are interested in something in particular, just let us know and we will give you more details :)

The Neighborhood

Impruneta is hill town located between the valleys of the Greve and the Ema streams, about 20 minutes south of Florence. It was known in ancient times as "in prunetis" or "in pineta" (within the pine woods) and indeed remnants of beautiful pine forests may still be seen interspersed among the olive groves on some of the surrounding hills.

The Church of Santa Maria at Impruneta became ever more well-known for the sacred and miraculous effigy of the Madonna housed there. Pilgrims came in large numbers and a famous fair took place and still takes place on the feast of Saint Luke, 18 October. Originally a feast associated with the movement and sale of livestock, it is now celebrated with stalls, dinners and horse races.

A small village important for the production of pottery had developed near the church. The first record of terracotta manufacture dates from 1098 and the production of terracotta tiles, pottery and bricks has continued to flourish to the present time. The church and its treasure, and the pottery kilns and their output are the principal reasons to visit Impruneta.

However, there are many other interesting sights in Impruneta and nearby, and throughout the year there are festivals and cultural activities.

And if you are interested in castles, Chianti is full of them and they are described in the itineraries of the Chianti Castles route.

Getting around

The Villa is located less than 1 km from the town's main square and from shops and amenities.
There is a bus stop in town and there also is a bus stop for the nearby city of Florence (12 Km) in front of entrance gate.
Buses run on average every 30 minutes and the last ride in the evening arrives in Impruneta around 8:50 pm. Buses are perfect for visiting Florence during the day and return in the evening and we will be happy to provide all the necessary information and timetables.

For those coming by car, Villa Saladini is ideally located as a base to explore Tuscany .
We are located just 6 km from the exit “Firenze-Impruneta"of the A1 highway and from the beginning of the road which connects Florence to Siena. From here you can easily reach all places of cultural interest and the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, such as:
• Siena : 60 km 1 hour
• Pisa 100 km 1 hour and 30 minutes
• Lucca : 90 km 1 hour
• Pistoia : 50 km 45 minutes
• Arezzo : 80 km 1 hour
and also San Casciano Val di Pesa (12 km) , Greve in Chianti ( 15 km) , Certaldo (36 km ), Colle Val d' Elsa (40 km ), San Gimignano (45 km), and the renowned spa town of Montecatini Terme ( 60 km)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $7 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $555 /week
Security Deposit: $142
Cleaning Fee: $28
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Some pets

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  • Perla, and husband Marco, were wonderful hosts. Perla has a genuine desire to make her guests comfortable. We loved being with locals you knew the area. We hired a friend of Perla's to show us the Tuscany countryside. There were a couple drawbacks for us: the apt. villa was cold because it was Oct. but Italy legally doesn't turn their heat on until Nov.1, and secondly there was a festival in town that rerouted the bus so we had a long walk to bus. Also, if the upstairs rooms/apt. are available I would choose those for brighter rooms, more sunshine and better views.

    October 2013
  • A very pretty location in Impruneta which is about a 15 minute drive from Florence. Perla and Marco are great hosts who are most happy to help with any questions.

    October 2013
  • You honestly couldn't get a better Hostess than Perla. She went above and beyond to ensure our stay was well above expectations. The apartment was amazing - such history and space! After 4 weeks on the road it was great to spread out. Excellent communication and check in. Perla and her husband Marco were truly charming to stay with. A very warm couple amongst a great environment

    October 2013
  • Perla and her husband, Marco, are delightful hosts who went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. The entire Villa is a true site of authentic history that has been in Marco's family for over 500 years. The apartment is very spacious and comfortable with beautiful furniture, a well supplied kitchen, bathroom with a washing machine. Perla has developed a comprehensive collection of infomation left in the apt. with everything you may want to know about visiting Floence and the surrounding area including upcoming events, festivals, etc. The location is very convenient to travel to Florence, Chiante and many Tuscany hill towns which we visited by car. However, if guests are without a car, the bus is also very convenient. Marco gave us a bottle of Olive oil from their orchard and Perla gave us a jar of her fig jam and a tasty morning treat. This young couple with two young children are hardworking, generous and the perfect hosts that offer their guests so much more than the price they are asking. We hope to visit them again someday!

    September 2013
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the apartment. We having coffee and shopping like the locals in this little town. You will enjoy a different kind of holiday. We prefer a quieter place and yet very close to town. Bus ride to Florence is scenic. The air is fresh and cooler than Florence. Do stop at wall of Rome and walk through streets of Florence and cross the bridge to get to the heart of Florence. Apartment we stayed at ground floor is big. Have everything you need although kitchen is a little small. Very homely feeling. Hosts Perla and Marco are wonderful hosts. It is quite special to have hosts staying at the same property as you get to know them better. Get Perla to cook you dinner for a home cook meal. Highly recommended place to stay. Hoping to come back soon during olive harvesting season.

    September 2013
  • We spend a really nice time in the apartment and in Tuscany.

    A really lovely family and they helped us for everything.

    July 2013
  • I stayed at Perla's apartment for 2 nights with my family, when I visited Impruneta, in June. Its located in a beautiful and quiet green place surrounded by olive and other tree - good for long walks. Those using GPS, like us, might want to watch out as ours took us to the nearby village which apparently is within the same local authority and share similar postcodes. Anyways, Perla was very patient and helpful when we were delayed as a result. The apartment consists of a large living room with a kitchenette in one corner, a bedroom and through the bedroom you can access the shower room. The apartment has been largely decorated with antique furniture, paintings/pictures on the wall etc and has tall windows with shutters and an even larger door. Perla is a helpful host and even before i arrived she was very good suggesting me places i can visit or things i could do during our stay. She also gave a complementary bottle of olive oil and Marco gave us some beautiful locally produced wine to taste. However, our overall stay at the apartment was not very pleasant as it was quite hot at the time but the windows could not be kept open at night for ventilation as there were loads of mosquitoes. Some sort of insect net on the windows may have helped. There was some mosquito repellant but that did not help so after a point we were forced to cover up to our heads with a bed sheet, which wasn't very pleasant when it was already quite hot. What also did not help was that the Wifi was not working at all, apparently due to some technical problems that occurred prior to our visit. We requested Perla to resolve it but all of the following day she did not take action. I can appreciate it, as she was out the entire day with her family and it was a weekend, but that did not help me since I still had important work to do like accommodations to reserve for the final couple days of my trip and other personal and work related issues to attend to, which i couldn't do without a net connection. In the evening Perla did come back with a solution and apologised for the inconvenience but the solution did not work. She very kindly offered us to come to her house and use her home Internet on her computer but we declined mainly because I am always wary of using other people's devices for making online payments etc. Before I made the booking I was very clear about having access to wifi so in my view this was unacceptable. This may have been a one off / bad luck so I am not writing off the place completely. Perla's apartment is in a good location, she is a helpful host and Impruneta is a beautiful place to visit but it certainly isn't on my list of favourite places to...

    June 2013
    Perla
    Response from Perla:

    I'm really very sorry that your stay was not entirely satisfactory. I always do everything I can to let my guests have a great time and it saddens me to know that it was not a good time for you.
    I gladly accept your advice to apply some sort of nets on the windows to protect guests against insects and I will do it as soon as possible, although I must say that most of the times nets are not necessary: we do the whole garden pest control several times during the season and usually there are very few mosquitoes. Unfortunately, however, the effect of pest control ends in case of rain, and the procedure must be repeated. You were our guests right after some days of rain and more rain was expected in the following days, so my husband had not yet had the possibility to carry out the pest control.
    As for the wifi, I'm very sorry but I'm not really guilty at all!
    As I explained you, the phone company was doing some kind of works on the line and we all (us, our neighbors and the whole area), had no telephone and no internet access for 48 hours ending just before your arrival.
    I do not know much about technology, but I can tell you that the changes made on the line by the telephone company somehow blew up all the internet router’s settings and so, even though the line was back, the access was only possible using a WEP connection with password. I gave you the password but, I do not know why, it did not work on your device, while it worked on mine instead. I had to call a technician to reset the router, but obviously he came on Monday, after your departure.
    I'm deeply sorry that all this has brought you so many problems, but I absolutely could not foresee such a thing at time of booking and I honestly think it is not fair that the service I offer is evaluated as "unacceptable" based on a momentary inconvenience that has affected the 'whole town, and that was absolutely not up to me.

    June 2013
  • Our stay at Perla and Marco's Villa was fantastic. The apartment was very well set up with everything we needed, the bed was very comfortable and the peace and quiet were fantastic. Perla went out of her way to get some things at the store that we needed to have for us when we arrived. It was great being away from the noise and traffic of Florence yet getting there on the local bus was very easy. And it was very helpful to have a washing machine in the apartment. There's also a laundromat in town near the local grocery store. Impruneta is a great place to have a home base for exploring not only Florence but also Pisa, Prato and other nearby areas. The entire villa is fascinating - built over many centuries and in the family since the beginning. Amazing history. We hope to return again some day and now we feel as if we have friends in Impruneta.

    April 2013
  • Perla and Marco,

    Made our trip to Firenze one of the most spectacular experiences of our 15 day stay in Italy. We stayed at their Villa Saladini in Impruneta.
    The accommodations were, Clean, Quiet and Safe. Bill and I felt completely Welcomed.
    Marco picked us up from the train station and dropped us off after our stay.
    I would recommend renting a car if you are traveling into Firenze, but there is plenty of parking.
    The Villa was out of a Movie. The grounds were rustic and charming yet well manicured.
    Perla and marco could not have been any friendlier or helpful, by providing us with precise details on how to get around the town.
    If you are looking for Charm? Look no further than Villa Saladini.

    Perla and Marco, we will see you soon~!

    All the best,
    Ken and Bill

    October 2012
  • Beatiful apartment, indeed! And really comfortable. Perla and Marco are experienced, helpful hosts. And Impruneta it's as beatiful as a Tuscanian village has to be. Great Experience.

    September 2012
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Vivo ad Impruneta a pochi chilometri da Firenze e sono sposata con Marco che gestisce con me gli appartamenti che affittiamo e che si trovano accanto alla nostra casa, all'interno della Villa e della proprietà che appartiene alla nostra famiglia da generazioni. Abbiamo due splendidi bambini: Bernardo e Beatrice, loro sono la gioia della nostra vita! Ci piace la campagna, il buon vino e l'olio che produciamo noi... vi aspettiamo! I live in Impruneta, a small town at the edge of Chianti, a few kilometers from Florence. I'm married with Marco, who manages with me the apartments we rent. The Villa where we live belonged to our family for generations and we love it. We have 2 wonderful kids: Bernardo and Beatrice, they are the joy of our life. We like countryside, good wine and the olive oil we produce... we wait for you!
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