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Casetta al Leccio is part of Spannocchia'farm and castle estate, about 1,5 km away from the main castle structure,
Casetta al Leccio gets its name from the enormous oak (leccio in Italian) tree that towers over the western corner of this little farmhouse nestled among Spannocchia’s grain fields. The lovely ancient tree provides shade in the summer and protection from wind during the early spring and late fall. Located on a hillside covered with barley and wheat, Casetta al Leccio has a terrific view of the Castello on the opposite hill, and offers a glimpse of Siena through a notch in the Montagnola Senese hills. A pergola covered with roses in the early summer provides a wonderful place to dine al fresco, with views of the grain fields, the cherry trees, and a large rosemary bush that perfumes the air. Inside, a kitchen with a pantry, the dining room, and the living room with a fireplace make up the first floor of the house. The second floor houses the bathroom, with a full tub/shower and washing machine, a bedroom with two twin beds and a view of the fields, shaded by the oak tree, and a large master bedroom with a double bed and a view towards the Elsa River valley. There is also a small room outside the master bedroom that can be used as a study or to house an additional guest, if extra space is needed. The kitchen is stocked with all the items needed to make and serve meals, and we welcome guests to order a harvest basket of organic vegetables from the Spannocchia garden or to try our own organic wine, olive oil, honey, or pasta when creating their own versions of a Tuscan dinner. Casetta al Leccio has woodstoves and a fireplace, and is available from April - October on a weekly basis (Friday – Friday).
Please note that all of the facilities listed below are situated at the main complex (20-55 minute walk, about 2 km away) ensuring peace and tranquility to Casetta al Leccio.
Swimming pool, studio and classroom space, full service guest office, dining room open for dinner Monday-Friday, shared telephone, free internet wireless, shop featuring farm products.
Dining available onsite featuring organic products and traditional Tuscan recipes, hiking, cooking classes, language/arts classes, farm tours, product tastings, products available for sale onsite.
We encourage guests to order a harvest basket of organic vegetables from the garden or to try our own organic wine, olive oil, honey, or pasta when creating their own versions of a Tuscan dinner.
Other Things to Note
NOTE: Drivers using a GPS device should NOT enter Spannocchia as the destination — it will not provide accurate directions. We recommend following the written directions below. GPS users may wish to enter ‘Rosia’, and then follow the written directions, below, from there.
Country Map to Spannocchia
Country Map to Spannocchia
1. From Siena (city center):
Follow signs toward Porta San Marco in the southwest corner of the city, until you arrive at the traffic circle on the Via Massetana. Take the exit off the circle marked: Firenze-Roma A1, M. Marittima, Arezzo, Grosseto, etc. This puts you immediately on the SP 73 Senese-Aretina road. Continue on SP 73 through Costafabbri, Costalpino, Volte Basse for about 20 minutes, to Rosia. Go through Rosia; you will pass the IP gas station on the left, then the bar “La Pergola”. Bear right to continue out of Rosia on SP 73. 4km after Rosia you will see a small marble cutting factory on the right, and our driveway with Spannocchia sign immediately on the left. Follow the drive all the way (2.2 km) to the top. Drive past the large green gate to the left, down the road next to the wall passing the tower on the left, past the pool on the right, and make a sharp left turn between brick columns to arrive at the rear courtyard of the Fattoria. Enter the guest office through the door to the left of No. 167. If no one is there, enter through No. 167 and go down the corridor straight ahead to the business office at the first door on the right.
2. From Florence airport (rental car lot):
Take the shuttle from the airport to the rental car lot. After getting your car, exit right out of the parking lot and follow green arrow signs to the A1 autostrada, and make sure to follow the A1 signs for Roma, heading south. After the toll booth (pick up ticket), bear left at the fork to take the A-1 south in the direction of Rome. You will pass the exit for Firenze Signa, then very shortly after a tunnel, take the exit for Firenze Impruneta. Go through the toll booth (1.10 Euro). You will come immediately to a traffic circle, which you will barely enter, bearing immediately to the right to enter the highway from Florence to Siena, called the “Raccordo”. The drive from Florence to Siena on this road is approximately 40-50 minutes. Approaching Siena, you will pass the first exits for Siena Nord and Acqua Calda. Exit from the highway at Siena Ovest – Porta San Marco, which brings you at the end of the ramp to local highway SP 73 Senese-Aretina. Turn left and as described in the directions from Siena.
2. From Florence:
Take the “Raccordo” highway Florence to Siena. This is reached from the south side of Florence by taking the Via Senese road through the suburb of Galluzzo to the traffic rotary at the entrance to the A-1 Superstrada. Entrance to the Raccordo is the next right off the rotary after the A-1 entrance/exit. From the A-1, going either north or south, take the exit marked “Firenze Impruneta” to the above traffic circle and the first right onto the Raccordo. The drive from Florence to Siena is approximately 40-50 minutes on this road. Approaching Siena, you will pass the first exits for Siena Nord and Acqua Calda. Exit from the highway at Siena Ovest – Porta San Marco, which brings you at the end of the ramp to local highway SP 73 Senese-Aretina. Turn left and continue as described above in the directions from Siena.
Regional Map to Spannocchia
Regional Map to Spannocchia
3. From Rome:
Take the A-1 north from Rome toward Firenze, and exit at Siena, Betolle, taking the road towards Siena. As you approach Siena, do not continue for Siena Est, but exit for the Siena Tangenziale towards Firenze, Grosseto. Continue on this road towards Siena, Firenze, Bologna. Take the exit at Siena Ovest, Porta San Marco, and at the end of the ramp turn right onto SP 73 Senese-Aretina. Continue as described above in the directions from Siena.
4. From Rome Airport, Fiumicino:
Take the main highway from the airport toward Rome for several kilometers, and exit at Fregene, Civitavecchia, A12 north. Follow highway A12, which eventually becomes E1, to Grosseto (about two hours). Follow signs for Siena onto E78 north. Notice the mileage markers along the side of the road; 10 km from Siena, turn left at the sign for Montestigliano, Brenna, Rosia, etc. Follow this road past Orgia, Brenna, Stigliano, and Torri to Rosia, where you will intersect SP 73, Via Massetana. Turn left and continue 4 km to Spannocchia driveway as described above in the directions from Siena.
5. Directions from Pisa Airport:
Turn right out of the rental car parking lot and follow road to rotary at airport exit. Take the rotary exit towards Firenze. This will put you onto the SGC road that connects Florence, Pisa and Livorno — along the way you will see signs on the side of the road that say FI-PI-LI every so often. Continue towards Florence — the drive is about 50 minutes, and the road will take you to the toll both for the A-1 autostrada at the Firenze Signa exit — follow the green A-1 signs in the direction of Rome, which will put you on the A-1 going south. The next exit after Firenze Signa is Firenze Impruneta. Exit here and follow directions from Florence/Florence Airport.
The welcome was wonderful. We were warmly greeted and sat down to dinner with the amazing interns. After driving all day our kids weren't interested in anymore sitting so one of the interns took the kids off to look at the farm animals. When we got to the cottage we had fresh bread, water and locally produced wine waiting for us. The cottage as clean and had all the amenities for a true rustic Tuscan experience in a farm house. The cottage is very remote and a half hour walk to the main farm. We had booked for a cooking class but was very disappointed it didn't go ahead even though I confirmed it with one of the staff members.
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