About this listing
Historical building! 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. Perfectly located to explore Tuscany
Located in Impruneta , on the edge of Chianti, Apartment Saladino is a comfortable 70 sqm apartment consisting of:
• Bedroom with king size double bed,
• Large living room with sofa bed and kitchen with appliance (oven and dishwasher included),
• Bathroom with shower and washing machine.
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.
Our guests will have full access to the whole property, which includes two large sunny lawns, a big shady area under pine trees and orchads, 6 hectars of olive groves surrounded by 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 charm, 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 our guests feel 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 and discounted tickets to nearby restaurants.
In the hope of meeting all your needs, we have organized to offer various additional services on request: homemade breakfast and 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 homemade 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 :)
Impruneta is a 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.
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)
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.
The purpose of these rules is to make your stay enjoyable and hassle free.
• Check in time starts from 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise agreed in advance with the owner.
• On the day of your departure the apartment must be released (check out) before 10:00 a.m. In order to give us the possibility to prepare the apartment in time for guests arriving after you, please respect check out time.
• Please always close with the key the main entrance of the Villa and/or the Apartment entrance.
• Take care of the keys.
• Take care of all objects and furniture you find inside the apartment; do not change the positioning and / or take anything outside the room without permission of the owner.
• Do not throw anything down the toilet, the sink or the shower drain (tampons, sanitary napkins, baby diapers, panty liners). Please also do not use detergents harmful to the environment such as bleaching agents and the like and do not dispose of oil and food waste down the drain or the toilet. This could cause serious fillings!
• Always use the provided linen for the beds. If you will not, the owner will charge you the costs for the cleaning of blankets, pillows and mattresses.
• Avoid staining the walls crushing mosquitoes, but rather use spray equipment easily available in all the shops in the area.
• Did you bring a pet? Be careful that it does not ruin the furniture or the floor and keep big dogs on a leash when they go out.
• Make good use of electricity (turn off the light when you leave the apartment in the evening and the outside light when you fall).
• Please respect the garden and do not light fires! Avoid passing through with car on the lawn or garden. It is strictly prohibited setting up tents.
THANKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Perla and Marco are wonderful host. Unfortunately during our stay, Perla was on vacation with their children. Yet she answered all my questions promptly via emails. With only couple hours of notice, Marco prepared a 3 course traditional dinner for us using the local fresh ingredients. Although, people usually reserved the wine tours weeks in advance, Perla was able to arrange a wine tour for us at several vineyards in the Chianti area. We love all of the places we visited. We even ordered a case of wine in one of the vineyard to ship home. I would strongly recommend guests to take the wine tour per Perla's suggestion. If you worry about drinking too much during all the visits (which you will), they can arrange a driver for you with reasons fee. The house is very lovely and comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with almost all the things you need to prepare meals. There's also a washer which was very helpful for us. Everything was clean and neat. Whenever we have any questions, Perla or Marco would answer and help us out right away. All you need to do is ask. We did not have a car during our stay, but relied on the bus which there's a stop right in front of the house. You can also walk to town which is about 0.8 miles (about 15 minutes). However, there's not lots of sidewalk between the villa and town. There are several nice restaurants in town as well. It takes about 30-40 mins of bus ride to go to Florence, so you can go as often as you want to, or just simply enjoyed the peaceful environment at the villa. We visited in the end of June/first week of July, and the weather was hot. The villa has no AC or fan, but it is still very cool inside. The only issue we had was mosquito which is very popular in the region (even Rick Steve takes about it in his book). Perla and Marco have the stuff to help with the mosquitoes, so if you have problem just ask. The villa has a lot of of history in itself, so ask for a tour of the house if you want.After all, we enjoyed our stay at the villa and would definitely recommend to others.
Perla was the most gracious and wonderful host. Villa Saladini is a beautiful, tranquil escape outside of Florence. The Villa has been in her husband's family for 500 years, and is a beautiful, comfortable place. The family lives in the Villa, and it has historical charm as well as a very lived in feel. We opted for a home cooked meal by Perla and it was the highlight of the trip. She works so hard and is really so nice and lovely and welcoming. I stayed with my family and we were able to visit Florence during the day. Wish we could have stayed longer! You will need a car, and wifi is spotty, but there it is worth it to stay at Villa Saladini. Also, there is a dog park at the end of the road for those traveling with pets!
Dear Lisha, thank you for the wonderful review.
It 'was really a pleasure to host you and your beautiful family!
I am sorry that the Internet connection did not work perfectly, but I assure you that was not the wifi.
It was the cable company (I do not know exactly how to call it in english.... maybe provider..) that was doing some tests on the line on that day, so the connection was almost impossible for about 24 hours.
At home my landline phone did not work either :(
I wish you all the best! Perla
Perla Made us feel very welcome and she especially loved telling us about the amazing 500 year history of the villa. This made our stay here extra special.
However, after we arrived she informed us that it would be 10 Euros Extra (about $13) for TV second person.
When I mentioned that the airbbnb listing said there was only an extra charge after 2 persons, she immediately said "Then just give me five."
I gave her the 5Euros but would not do so again. After looking at the listing it clearly states that after the 2nd person there is a 5Euro charge.
I felt this was deceptive.
Other than that the place is absolutely amazing and one of those best values I have ever seen on AirBnb.
In the middle of an Olive Grove- in my opinion it is the most beautiful region in all of Italy. Don't forget to Visit Inalbi Olive Oil Factory that is right up the hill. Amazing place
Joseph, I'm glad you liked my place but I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.
You have made an instant booking which I could not refuse at the very last minute, about one hour before arrival and for only one night.
As I clearly explained you, my minimum stay is 2 nights and you could book only because I had made a mistake on my calendar. The reason why I have a 2 nights minimum stay is because cleaning expences, laundry and ironing costs are much higher than the price I ask for them and I need at least two nights to make a booking worth to be accepted.
You were two persons but you asked to use both beds and I told you that only one bed was included, but you insisted and I finally asked you € 10 just to do you a favor. € 10 is the price I ask for each extra person using the second bed for 2 nights, which is € 5 per night, and it is just to cover the cost of the extra laundry and of the person that come here specifically to iron.
I talked about this with your mother while you where outside and she was not happy to pay the extra cost but she still wanted to use the second bed.
When you came back you where not happy either and I thought that it was not your fault if I had made a mistake on my calendar which allowed you to book, so I decided to accept only 5 euro.... I would have never thought that this would have cause you to feell deceptive!
I am very sorry if you had a bed feeling and I apologize for not having been able to better explain the situation. It was a pleasure hosting you and showing you the Villa and I would be glad to host you again. Perla
Perla was most charming and helpful. The 500 year old house is most interesting situated in delightful garden surroundings. The apartment is very spacious and well appointed with a large comfortable bed.
There a good restaurants nearby which Perla can recommend. Perla made our short stay most enjoyable.
Io e la mia ragazza abbiamo affitatto questo appartamento per passar un weekend nella meravigliosa (website hidden) siamo trovati molto bene, l'appartamento e' proprio come nelle foto e descrizioni e molto grande. Inoltre la posizione e' molto comoda per chi volesse visitare Firenze perche' prendendo una stradina ( consigliata da Perla) ci si arriva in 15 min.
We arrived later than expected but were warmly welcomed! Our apartment was great for us (my mom and myself) with no stairs to deal with after long days of site-seeing. I loved waking up and opening the front door and windows and listening to unfamiliar birds each day. Breakfasts were good and on time. Directions for using the bus into Florence were easy and a nice break from driving around the back roads of Tuscany. We had a great time visiting Cafe Incontro in town for coffee and warm pastries. We would love to stay here again!
We had a really great week with Perla and Marco. Their villa is very beautiful and a great place to see Tuscany. Bus for Florence leaves right by their road. Perla had bus times, an extensive list of sights to see, plus a bottle of Impruneta's own wine.
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About the Host, Perla
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!
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!